Community Groups Invited To Apply For Grants Funding

The City of Greater Geelong is making almost $4.48 million in funding available to local community clubs, groups and organisations through its expanded 2024-25 Community Grantsprogram.

The funding pool, which has increased by $431,000 on last year, will support a range of community-led initiatives, including new or upgraded community facilities, environmental sustainability and arts and culture projects, community events and equipment purchases.

During its meeting on Tuesday night, the Council approved updated Community Grants guidelines, including increasing the maximum grant amount under the major Community Infrastructure stream from $350,000 to $400,000.

A new Creative Commissions Program within the Creative Communities stream will offer grants of up to $20,000 for established professional artists and creatives to deliver large-scale, inspiring projects.

Applications for the majority of grants will open this Saturday 1 June.

Mayor Trent Sullivan:

The grants program is one of the most important ways for the Council to support the local community.

Over the years our community grants have directed millions of dollars to projects big and small, from changeroom or lighting upgrades at sporting clubs, to wonderful community events, to projects that have made a big difference in helping our environment.

The majority of funding is directed to volunteer-run clubs and groups and is vital in helping make their projects possible.

We are pleased to be increasing our support for these wonderful groups and volunteers by significantly increasing the funding available in 2024-25.

The full list of available grants is as follows:

Community Infrastructure

Applications open: 1 June to 19 August

Total budget: $3 million (up from $2.7 million last year)

Maximum grant amount: $400,000 for capital works, $50,000 for planning for capital works

Funding to plan or deliver new or upgraded community facilities on public land, or private land that is accessible to the broader community.

Arts Projects

Applications open: 1 June to 22 July

Total budget: $120,000

Maximum grant amount: $10,000

Aims to support arts projects in the City of Greater Geelong and is available to those working in all art forms, including but not limited to, music, dance, visual arts, fashion, writing/literature, performing arts, design, film/video and digital media.

Clean Economy

Applications open: 1 June to 19 August

Total budget: $50,000

Maximum grant amount: $25,000

Provides support for organisations to establish proof of concept for clean technologies and circular economy solutions that will benefit the Geelong community.

Climate Change Partnerships

Applications open: 1 June to 22 July

Total budget: $180,000 (up from $130,000 last year)

Maximum grant amount: $50,000

To support projects and activities that will help reduce the impacts of climate change.

Community Events

Applications open: 1 June to 22 July

Total budget: $200,000 (up from $180,000 last year)

Maximum grant amount: $10,000

To help with operating expenses for safe, moderate sized public events that provide economic and community benefit.

Creative Commissions Program

Applications open: 1 June to 22 July

Total budget: $60,000 (new grant)

Maximum grant amount: $20,000

Support for established, professional artists and creatives to deliver large-scale projects within the City of Greater of Geelong. Available to those working in all art forms.

Environmental Sustainability

Applications open: 1 June to 22 July

Total budget: $70,000 (last year $90,000)

Maximum grant amount: $10,000 for projects and small scale capital works, $2,000 for equipment.

To assist with the cost of small capital works projects that will benefit the environment (such as water tanks and solar panels), environmental sustainability projects, programs and community activities, or equipment to help community groups deliver environment-focused services and programs.

First Nations Cultural Heritage

Applications open: To be advised

Total budget: $100,000 (up from $90,000 last year)

Maximum grant amount: $100,000

For projects that recognize, restore, protect and preserve Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Healthy and Connected Communities

Applications open: 1 June to 22 July

Total budget: $263,000 (up from $245,000 last year)

Maximum grant amount: $10,000 for projects, $2000 for equipment

For projects, programs, activities, events and equipment that will help improve community health and wellbeing, build community capacity and generally benefit the community.

Clever and Creative Seed

Applications open: 1 June to 29 July

Total budget: $25,000

Maximum grant amount: $2500

Small grants to help artists and creatives initiate, explore or activate new ideas or new approaches to their work.

Neighbourhood Houses (invitation only)

Applications open: 1 June to 29 July.

Total budget: $182,500 (up from $167,500 last year)

Maximum grant amount: $12,500

For neighbourhood houses to help with operating costs and delivering community development projects.

For full grant guidelines and to apply, please click here.

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