The Turnbull Government provides a wide range of grants and funding support to organisations including by way of competitive application.  Below is a a list of some key local grants and funding programs which are currently open and relevant to Corangamite residents.  You may also want to check out an excellent resource – – which collates all government grants as well as some philanthropic grants.

If you need any more information or help applying for a grant, please don’t hesitate to call Natale Lewington in Sarah’s office on 03 5243 1444.


The Australian Government’s flagship initiaitve for business competitiveness and productivity. There are four key elements:

  • Accelerating Commercialisation – helps small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, services and processes
  • Business Management – experienced business advisers and facilitators review business operations, including business direction, strategy, growth opportunities and supply chain
  • Incubator Support – assists new and existing incubators to improve the prospects of Australian start-ups achieving commercial success in international markets through helping them to develop their business capabilities; and
  • Innovation Connections – experienced Innovation Facilitators work with your business to identify knowledge gaps that are preventing your business growth. The outcome is an Innovation Facilitation Report.


Regional incubators and accelerators will be able to access greater support under changes to the Australian Government’s Incubator Support initiative. Information sessions outlining the changes to the initiative will be held in several regional locations and a national webinar will also be delivered for potential applicants in early 2018.   For more information on how to apply for an Incubator Support grant, go to


The $155 million Growth Fund is offering the following current funding opportunities:

  • A $15 million boost to the Automotive Industry Structural Adjustment Programme to extend the programme until 30 June 2018. This programme provides retrenched automotive workers with instant access to intensive employment support.
  • A $30 million Skills and Training Initiative to help currently employed Holden and Toyota workers recognise their skills and train for new jobs. Holden and Toyota have contributed $15 million funding each.


Ford workers can access reskilling and upskilling support through the Ford Transition Programme . The Australian Government awarded $5 million to Auto Skills Australia to help workers move from their current jobs to new meaningful jobs as the plants close down.


There are a range of grants open to veteran and returned service men and women organisations which can be found on DVA’s website.  You can also call your nearest DVA office on 1800 555 254. Grants include:


The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund is provided through Regional Arts Victoria which administers two funding programs:  Community Grants (Applications for Round 1 2018 will open Monday 8 January 2018 and close at 5.00pm on Tuesday 13 March 2018 for projects starting after 1 July 2018.  Quick Response Grants The Regional Arts Fund Quick Response Grant Funding is currently open.


Community Heritage Grants (CHG) are a federally funded grants program, operating since 1994, which offers grants of up to $15,000 to assist in preserving cultural heritage collections of national significance. Not-for-profit organisations, such as historical societies, regional museums, public libraries and Indigenous and migrant community groups throughout Australia, are encouraged to apply. For more information on CHG see The round opens 6 March 2018 and closes on 7 May 2018.


Communities across the country will be supported to celebrate NAIDOC Week this year with a $1.4 million grants round. The Coalition Government proudly supports NAIDOC Week each year. Local grants will enable communities to host their own events, for example a cultural showcase or family fun day. The 2018 NAIDOC theme ‘Because of her, we can!’ celebrates the important contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made and continue to make to our nation. Applications close 3 April 2018 at 5pm (AEST). Further information on the 2018 NAIDOC Grants is available at


The DonateLife Community Awareness Grants are provided by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of its national Community Awareness and Education Program. Applications are invited from non-government organisations and professional bodies, including community-based not-for-profit organisations and local government associations. The closing date is Tuesday, 3 April 2018 at 10.00am. For details about the Community Awareness Grants and how to apply visit the DonateLife website:


Applications for up to $12,500 for community groups to install rooftop solar photovoltaic, solar hot water and solar-connected battery systems on their buildings will open on 13 March 2018 and close on 31 May 2018. Guidelines are now available. The Program will be delivered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, in consultation with the Department of the Environment and Energy. Further details, including eligibility requirements, can be found at:


Local community, landcare, environment and other natural resource management groups can now apply for funding to help restore our local environment in Corangamite, under the Coalition Government’s $5 million Environment Small Grants in Phase 2 of its National Landcare Program. Applicants have until 19 March 2018 to apply for funding of between $5,000 and $50,000 for each project. The small grants will be allocated through a one-off grant in the 2017-18 financial year. For more information, go to:

Disclaimer: Page updated 9 March 2018.  For the latest information, please call Natale in Sarah’s office on 5243 1444.