While the Federal Government provides a wide range of grants and funding support to organisations including by way of competitive application, below is 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 – www.grantready.com.au – 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 Sarah’s office on 03 5243 1444.

  1. Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme: Applications currently open.  See http://www.business.gov.au/advice-and-support/EIP/Pages/default.aspx
  2. Automotive Industry Structural Adjustment Programme: Applications currently open. See http://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-assistance/growth-fund/Automotive-Industry-Structural-Adjustment-Programme/Pages/default.aspx
  3. Saluting Their Service grants and Veteran and Community Grants program: Visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) website www.dva.gov.au/grants or contact your nearest DVA office on 1800 555 254.
  4. Local Sporting Champions: This program is designed to support young people participating in state, national and international level sporting championships as either an athlete, coach or official. Click here to apply.
  5. Building Better Regions Fund: BBRF guidelines are now available, to lodge an application from 18 January 2017 and see the guidelines visit www.business.gov.au/bbrf . Applications will close on Friday 31 March 2017 for the Community Investments Stream. CLOSING SOON.
  6. Building Excellence in Support and Training: (BEST) Program supports ESOs to provide compensation and welfare assistance to the veteran and Defence communities. It also links closely to the Advocacy Training and Development Program, which provides practitioners with the essential skills for claims, advocacy and welfare work.
  7. The Festivals Australia program provides around $1.2 million each year for high quality arts and cultural projects in regional and remote Australia which support community participation and audience engagement. The guidelines and application form are available at: https://www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/festivals-australia . Applications must be submitted by 5.00 pm AEDST on Friday, 24 March.
  8. The Community Heritage and Icons Grants program offers grants of between $2,500 and $10,000 to support community engagement and awareness raising activities that promote places on Australia’s National Heritage List such as the Great Ocean Road and surrounding environment. Applications must be received before 2:00 pm AEDST on Thursday 23 March 2017. Further information including the application guidelines and application form, is available at www.environment.gov.au/heritage/grants-and-funding/community-heritage-icons-grants/2016-17 CLOSING SOON.
  9. The Community Heritage Grants program offers grants of up to $15,000 for community organisations such as public libraries, museums, historical societies, Indigenous and multicultural groups to help preserve and protect nationally significant collections. Applications close on Monday, 8 May 2017. The guidelines and application form are available at: www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/chg
  10. The Bridges Renewal Programme is a great opportunity for state, territory and local governments to apply for funding to have ageing bridges fixed, with up to half the cost met by the Australian Government. Round Three is open for applications until 15 May 2017. Guidelines and proposal forms are now available at: www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges
  11. The $50m Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is for councils that are looking to build smart cities know-how. Applications are open until 30 June 2017. For more information and to download a copy of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program guidelines, visit business.gov.au