Apply for a grant

Council recognises the contributions of community groups, clubs and organisations in making our City a thriving community where everyone belongs. At times, these groups seek financial support from Council to enable a better response to local needs.

Council’s grant programs provide opportunities for community organisations to apply for funding to support them to establish themselves and lead projects and initiatives that benefit the City’s community.

Community Grants Program

Melton City Council's Community Grants Program has large grant rounds open on a regular basis throughout the year. See below for available grants to apply for.

Council are now running Grants Information Sessions for those wanting to find out more about Council grants in-person. Email communitygrants@melton.vic.gov.au to attend one of the following sessions in 2019:

  • Monday 18 March, 6pm to 7.30pm - Melton Library & Learning Hub
  • Tuesday 9 April, 1pm to 2:30pm - Melton Library & Learning Hub
  • Wednesday 24 April, 6pm to 7:30pm - Caroline Springs Library
  • Wednesday 15 May, 11am to 12:30pm - Caroline Springs Library
  • Monday 27 May, 6pm to 7:30pm - Melton Library & Learning Hub

Grants Guidelines and other helpful resources:

Community Grants Program Guidelines(PDF, 182KB) (must read before applying)

Grant Application Help Guide(PDF, 1MB)

Budget Factsheet(PDF, 124KB)

Sample Answers(PDF, 98KB)

Community Groups Training Calendar (for upcoming grants workshops)

Grant Tip Sheets

Apply online

Grant Categories

Semi-Annual Grants (up to $10,000)
Open in February & June 
Funding round open twice a year for community groups and organisations to support projects and initiatives that benefit the community across two categories: community project and entry-level.

Responsive Grants (up to $2,000)
Open in Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sept, Nov
Financial support for projects that require fast response to meet emerging community needs that support people living in the City of Melton. These grants are administered on a bi-monthly basis.

Establishment Grants (up to $1,500)
Open in Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sept, Nov
Financial support with establishment costs for new community organisations, clubs and groups. These grants are administered on a bi-monthly basis.

Resident Achievement Donations (up to $750)
Open in Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sept, Nov
Financial assistance to individual residents to participate in sporting, community, cultural or arts events at a higher than normal level. These grants are administered on a bi-monthly basis.

The Club Caroline Springs Grants (up to $10,000)
Open in October
Funding to community groups and organisations, across two categories: community project and entry-level.

Harness Racing Victoria/Tabcorp Park Grants (up to $10,000)
Open in October
Funding to community groups and organisations, across two categories: community project and entry-level.

Other Council Grants

Young Communities Grants
Open in February
Funding for young people, across two grant categories: individual or project grants. Please read the Young Communities Grants guidelines(PDF, 119KB) before applying, and refer to the Youth Grants & Awards webpage for more information.

Environmental Grants
Open in March.
Funding for environment groups working on public land within the City of Melton or working in a public capacity. Please refer to the Environmental Grants webpage for more information and to apply.

Lydia Lassila Youth Sports Scholarship
Open in June
Funding to encourage and support youth under 25 years of age to progress their sporting career. Download the Lydia Lassila Grant Guidelines(DOCX, 36KB).

Heritage Assistance Fund
Open in September
Financial assistance to landowners, companies or community groups to maintain, repair or conserve a heritage place or for preparation of conservation management plans for a heritage place within the municipality. Visit the Heritage Assistance Fund webpage for more information.

Contact

You are highly encouraged to contact Council’s Community Funding Officer to discuss your application:

Email: communitygrants@melton.vic.gov.au
Phone: 03 9747 7247

Other Grant Sources

Grants are also available from the State and Federal Governments, benevolent organisations, trusts and corporations.

Here are just a few:

Our Community

Federal Government Grants

State Government Grants

WestWaters