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Support for Grant Applicants

Support for Grant Applicants

The Merri-bek Community Grants Program gives financial support to community led initiatives and collaborative projects that demonstrates multiple benefits and focuses directly on the Merri-bek community.

This grants program is targeted at not-for-profit incorporated community groups or groups auspiced by another incorporated organisation.

Community Grant Information Sessions

  • Merri-bek Civic Centre - 90 Bell Street Coburg

    Register to attend other sessions here

    Sessions run for approximately an hour with time for questions at the end of the session. 

  • Online sessions (via Zoom)
    Thursday 8 September at 11 am - register here
    Wednesday 14 September at 6 pm - register here
    Thursday 22 September at 11 am - register here
    Tuesday 27 September at 11 am - register here
    Wednesday 12 October at 6 pm - register here
    Thursday 25 October  at 11 am - register here
    Wednesday 9 November at 6 pm - register here
    Thursday 29 November  at 11 am - register here
    Wednesday 14 December at 6 pm - register here

    Monthly in 2023
    Last Tuesday of each Month at 11am
    Second Wednesday of each month at 6pm

    Book your place at any of the sessions here

    Sessions run for approximately an hour with time for questions at the end of the session. 

     

     

     

Key application dates

All year-round grants

Annual grants

  • To support projects that enhance the Merri-bek Community and aim to address areas such as social inclusion and community participation, environmental sustainability, healthy and active living and creating vibrant spaces.

    Funding amount: Up to $7,000

    Applications open 3 January 2023
    Applications close: 3 March 2023
    Notification: May 2023

    Find out more about this category.

    Read the guidelines here.

  • To support newly established organisations or groups over three years to grow and become independent.

    Funding amount: Up to $10,000 per annum for 3 years

    Applications open 3 January 2023
    Applications close: 3 March 2023
    Notification: May 2023

    Find out more about this category.

    Read the guidelines here.

  • This funding supports changes to community facilities or assets that will help community members participate more in community life.  Priority is support community-led projects that increase community access and participation, demonstrate collaboration between groups and result in greater use of facilities.

    Plans, permits or site audits may be required, depending on the project.

    Funding amount: Up to $10,000

    Applications open 3 January 2023
    Applications close: 3 March 2023
    Notification: May 2023

    Find out more about this category.

    Read the guidelines here.

  • To support larger improvements to facilities that will help local people participate more in community life. This is a two stage process.

    This category Typically requires planning and building permits to proceed. Applicant must contribute 25% of total value of project

    Expressions of Interest
    Open times: March - November
      - Interview with Council officers must be conducted: March - November.

    Applicants must submit an Expression of interest during open times to be considered eligible to submit a full application between January to March. 

    Notification of full application outcome is May 2023.

    Funded Amount: Up to $40,000

    Find out more about this category.

    Read the guidelines here.

Talk with a Council Officer  

  • Test your idea: Speak to one of our staff about your application. They can help to develop your ideas and provide guidance on Council’s priorities.

     

  • Language Link: is a telephone service that provides recorded information in nine common community languages:  Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Mandarin, Punjabi, Turkish and Vietnamese.

    It also provides trained interpreters to help residents and staff talk to each other in any language.

    The Victorian Interpreting and Translating Service (VITS) runs the Language Link service for Merri-bek Council.

    Contact us to use this service.

  • National Relay Service - If you are deaf or have difficulty with hearing or speech, you can use the National Relay Service to contact Council.

    National Relay Service 1300 555 727. Ask for 9240 1111. Read more on their website here.

Guidelines and forms in other formats  

    • Other languages: We can offer the application form and guidelines in other languages, as well as translation services. Contact us to receive an application form in another language.
    • Other formats: We offer printed paper-based applications for those that need them.
    • Technical difficulties? If you have any technical challenges with your online application,

    Contact us for assistance.

Other people that can help and support

  • Council suggests speaking with your closest Neighbourhood House that can provide additional support to groups that work with migrant and refugee groups.

    View more information here.

  • Information sessions and workshops: We offer information sessions and workshops. Click here for session dates and bookings.

  • Auspice organisations: can provide support and help to unincorporated organisations applying to this program. Read  Frequently Asked Questions for more about auspicing for your group and other information that may help you.

 

Free training to volunteers of a Merri-bek Community Group - register and get started here.

For further information about the grants program or to ask a question email the Grants Officer or speak with the relevant contact officer outlined in the Community Grants Program Guidelines. You can also join the grants mailing list for updates.

View and apply for all current funding opportunities through the online grants website.

How to apply

See our Applying for community grants page for further details about the application process including information on reporting and other requirements for grant recipients.

View and apply for all funding opportunities online through the grants website.

Other funding opportunities

We also have a range of funding opportunities for the creative sector including the Flourish Arts Recovery Program. Read more at our Arts Grants page.

If you are a business, visit our Business support and programs page or email Economic Development for advice about small business funding opportunities.