Major Grants
  • Last updated:
  • 07 Apr 2021

Can your not-for-profit group make our community more active, vibrant, inclusive, resilient and creative?

Major Grants support not-for-profit organisations to deliver one-off projects, events and activities with broad community benefit. Applications must align to a specific grant category as detailed in the guidelines. 

Information on eligibility, category priorities and assessment criteria

When is funding available?

  • Round opening and closing dates for 2021 are:
    • Opened 1 February 2021 and closed 15 March 2021
    • Opens 12 July 2021 and closes 23 August 2021

What funding is available?

  • Up to $15,000 to fund one-off projects, events and activities (all categories)
  • Up to $30,000 to fund infrastructure projects (in the Community Facilities category)


Council understands how challenging fundraising has become and how difficult it will be to secure co-funding in the current COVID-19 affected environment. We are keen to support projects that can start and finish quickly, and which will inject money into the local economy. With this all in mind, co-funding requirements were temporarily amended in the March round. The table below outlines co-funding requirements applicable to March 2021 Major Grant round: 

 Amount requested from council
 Minimum co-funding requirement
 Up to $10,000
 No requirement
 $10,001 - $30,000
 50% of total project costs from other sources
 Eg. If you would like to request $20,000, the total cost of your project must be at least $40,000. 

When will I know if I have been successful?

  • 6-8 weeks from closing date.

How do I apply?

  • Applications must be submitted online.
  • Applications must be submitted before starting the project.
  • Applications are currently closed.

What else should I consider when applying for funding?


Variations to already funded projects

If you require a project variation or an extension of your project dates contact the Grants Team via with the details of your issue.

If your group has had to cancel a community event which has received council grant funding, and you have spent the money as outlined in your application you can acquit your grant as usual. If you have an under-spend or hadn't started spending yet, please contact the Grants Team via to discuss whether a project variation or a return of funds is your organisation's best option.