2020 Community Grants Program opens

Published on 15 July 2020


Online applications for Maribyrnong City Council’s 2020 Community Grants program have now opened, with $170,000 of grant funding available to support community projects and activities.    

Community Grants are an opportunity for the diversity of our community to flourish by funding initiatives that build connections between people and neighbourhoods, and build skills and understanding.  

The annual program supports diverse projects that create social inclusion, help build an intercultural and intergenerational city, and engage people from diverse communities of all ages, social and cultural backgrounds to participate, engage and contribute to community life.  

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s program includes a focus on supporting community groups respond to the emerging needs of the community and to build resilience within their organisations.  

The $170,000 program includes three grants categories:

  • Small Grants and Seniors Support up to $500
  • Medium Grants up to $5,000 – projects with a focus on Arts and Culture, Community Development, or Environmental Sustainability
  • Large Grants up to $15,000 – larger scale collaborative projects that respond to an issue or opportunity, or have an emphasis on sustainable program design.

Applicants are encouraged to devise projects that respond to local needs and issues and that build an inclusive community.  

This year’s funding is not limited to creating a project, but can also include support for organisations to undertake planning, training, professional development, governance and/or succession planning and/or deliver projects that respond to the emerging needs of the community, particularly in light of COVID-19.  

All applicants should read the Community Grants Program guidelines here and contact Council’s Community Grants Officer regarding their proposed project, prior to submitting an application.  

Applications close 9am, Monday 3 August 2020.  

For more information about the Grant and to apply, please visit: www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au  

For further information, contact Council’s Community Grants Officer on 9688 0223 (Tues-Thurs), Council’s Community Grants Officer (Westgate) on 9688 0365 or email grants@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au.  

A message from Mayor, Cr Sarah Carter  

Our local not-for-profit and community sector has been hit hard due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has highlighted the importance of Council’s Community Grants Program to support local groups and organisations to build resilience. We want these groups to continue to deliver programs that support local leadership and volunteerism, and promote a welcoming and diverse city, and the Community Grants Program is an opportunity that helps provide much needed support to these organisations and groups.

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