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All Year Round Grants

All Year Round Grants

This funding aims to support initiatives that help residents participate in community life and improve personal outcomes. 

Open for applications all year.  Applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the activity or event.

To apply online go to our grants website to complete and submit the application form.

Community Participation Grants

 Two types of grants are available under this category.

For individuals

Support to individuals who are residents of Merri-bek that have been selected to pursue an achievement and / or development activity in their chosen area of expertise. Funding up to $750.

  • Applications are open during the financial year for this grant category until funds are expended. Applications must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the planned activity.

  • Funding up to $750

  • Recipients are only entitled to one funding opportunity under the grants program per financial year. Priority is given to Applicants who have not previously applied.

  • Applicant must:

    • Be a resident of Merri-bek
    • Show that they have been invited to participate in an activity by an organisation or group
    • Show that there are financial barriers to participating in the activity
    • Demonstrate a strong commitment to their area of endeavour
    • Show the benefit of your activity to the Merri-bek community
    • Applications for coaches and trainers.
    • Activities that are to support small business or self employed development.
    • Activities where there has been no selection process to participate.

    Further information on the grants program, what will and won't be funded view the Community Grants Program Guidelines (PDF 1.2Kb).

  • Applications can be submitted at any time of the year at least 4 weeks before the planned activity.

    To apply online go to our grants website https://merri-bek.smartygrants.com.au to complete and submit the application form.

    Our page on applying for community grants provides further details about the application process and information around reporting and other requirements for grant recipients.

For groups and organisations

Community groups and organisations needing support with quick response funding for programs and activities designed to build participation in the community includes projects that fall outside of the annual grants timeframes. Funding up to $3,000.

    • Open for applications all year round
    • Applicants will be notified of outcome in 4-6 weeks after application is submitted.
  • Up to $3,000 

  • Applications are accepted throughout the year until funds are exhausted.

  • Organisations, groups and clubs

    • Be a Not-for-Profit community group, organisation or club,
    • Be incorporated or auspiced by another incorporated organisation,
    • Have adequate public liability insurance,
    • Have acquitted previous Council grants and have no outstanding debts to Council,
    • Be able to supply financial statements and requested supporting documentation,
    • Ensure the proposed activity is consistent with Local, State and Federal laws.

    Funding will be prioritised for activities which support for residents from at least one of these communities:

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,
    • Migrant and refugee communities
    • People with disability,
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual plus, Transgender and gender diverse, Intersex, Queer, Asexual and Aromantic communities (LGBTIQA+),
      • Women,
      • Youth,
      • Children,
      • Seniors.
  • Funding may not be used for:

    • Projects that do not align with the Community Grant Program Principles and Objectives
    • Fundraising activities/ projects that are for general fundraising and fundraising events, competitions, trophies, prizes or awards.
    • Permanent public art installations
    • Projects that have already started or have been completed.
    • Activities that are part of an organisation’s regular program or that duplicate an existing program
    • Items that are part of an organisation’s core business or normal operating expenses e.g. salaries, insurances, utilities, rental of business premises.
    • Projects that are the funding responsibility of other levels of government
    • Privately-owned, for-profit businesses.
    • Further information on the grants program, what we won't fund view the Community Grants Program Guidelines (PDF1.2Kb).
  • Applications can be submitted at any time of the year at least 4 weeks before the planned activity.

    To apply online go to our grants website https://merri-bek.smartygrants.com.au to complete and submit the application form.

    Our page on applying for community grants provides further details about the application process and information around reporting and other requirements for grant recipients.

Membership Activity grants

Supports Merri-bek based community groups incorporated community groups who meet on a regular basis to address issues of isolation and promote active community involvement. Funding up to $3,000 per year for 3 years.

  • Supports Merri-bek based community groups incorporated community groups who meet on a regular basis to address issues of isolation and promote active community involvement.

    This grant category funds groups which have a substantial proportion of their membership base living in Merri-bek and can support expenses associated with membership activities such as transport costs, refreshments, insurance, dinners and general day-to-day expenses.

    Community Grants Program guidelines (PDF 1.2Kb) provides further information about this grant category.

    To apply online go to our grants website to complete and submit an application.

  • Applications are open during the financial year for this grant category until funds are expended.

  • Funding up to $3000

    • $2000 for groups with up to 20 members
    • $2500 for groups with 21 to 60 members
    • $3000 for groups with over 60 members

    Funding levels allocated are based on: the Merri-bek resident membership numbers as above; the level of in-kind support from Council;  the groups limited ability to fund expenses; and activities offered to members. e.g. free use of Council facility, exercise classes.

  • Funding is for 3 years.

    Payment is annually - up to $3,000 is paid each financial year, a total of $9,000 over 3 years.

  • Organisations, groups and clubs

    • Be a Not-for-Profit community group, organisation or club,
    • Be incorporated or auspiced by another incorporated organisation,
    • Have adequate public liability insurance,
    • Have acquitted previous Council grants and have no outstanding debts to Council,
    • Be able to supply financial statements and requested supporting documentation,
    • Ensure the proposed activity is consistent with Local, State and Federal laws.

    Community groups must:

    • Meet regularly in Merri-bek
    • Address Community Grants Objectives and Funding Priorities
    • Provide activities to members that support health and wellbeing, such as social or active programs
    • Provide evidence of membership and that it meets in Merri-bek.
    • Must complete an acquittal every year to show how the organisation is operating.
  • Member activities, such as:

    • Guest speakers, classes, workshops
    • Social outings (e.g. bus hire)
    • Consumables and supplies (e.g. tea & coffee, food, equipment)
    • Special events (e.g., social lunches, end of year celebrations
    • administration
    • group activity insurance
    • advertising
    • Volunteer expenses
    • Small equipment that is useful long term to the group
    • Communications, media, advertising and marketing.
  • To apply online go to our grants website https://merri-bek.smartygrants.com.au to complete and submit the application form.

    Our page on applying for community grants provides further details about the application process and information around reporting and other requirements for grant recipients.