Community Strengthening Grants Program

The Community Strengthening Grants program is designed to promote and increase participation of local residents in community initiatives, to build and strengthen local networks and partnerships and to support community leadership, learning and skill development.

Council will provide financial assistance to community groups and organisations to support the provision of programs, activities and services which respond to identified community needs, contribute to the building of a stronger community, develop innovative approaches and local social issues and are in accordance with Council's strategic objectives.

2017-18 Round 1

Opens: July 2017
Closes: August 2017

2016-17 Round 2 | OPEN NOW

Opens: 16 January 2017
Closes: 24 February 2017

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Applicants

  • Community-based and not-for-profit organisations
  • Incorporated groups or organisations
  • An unincorporated organisation sponsored by an incorporated organisation (other than West Wimmera Shire Council)

Ineligible Applicants

  • Individuals
  • Applicants who have not satisfactorily acquitted previous council grants
  • Applicants who have received a council grant within the previous twelve months

Eligible Applications

  • Demonstrate that the purpose of the grant meets a recognised community need in accordance with the relevant funding categories.
  • Community infrastructure, including upgrades to facilities and purchase of equipment
  • Organisational development, including skill development and strategic business development
  • Community development projects and activities
  • Community events and festivals held within West Wimmera Shire

Ineligible Applications

  • Core business and operational responsibilities of the organisation
  • Staff wages and salaries and ongoing operational, maintenance or administrative costs
  • Retrospective funding for projects commenced prior to receipt of grant funding
  • Ongoing projects or a duplication of existing services
  • Support for individual pursuit without community benefit
  • Projects that do not involve the West Wimmera Shire Council community
  • Services or activities which are considered to be primarily the responsibility of the State or Federal Governments.

Funding Categories

Community Projects

These are projects that are designed to provide benefits to the community in a wide range of areas, for example:

  • Community and cultural development
  • Sport and recreation
  • Community health and safety
  • Environmental improvement

Community Events

These are events that contribute to the community in the following ways:

  • Strengthening a sense of community, belonging and civic pride
  • Encourage residents to participate in social, cultural, sporting and recreational activities
  • Foster social and cultural diversity
  • Promote local business and trading groups
  • Enhance the West Wimmera Shire Council as a desirable destination

Facilities Upgrades and Equipment Purchases

This category covers the funding of works or equipment related to community capacity building projects which support an ongoing community activity, program or project that can demonstrate one or more of the following objectives:

  • Increases community participation in projects and activities
  • Assists community groups to operate more effectively
  • Encourages and supports the involvement of volunteers
  • Improves occupational health and safety
  • Contributes to environmental sustainability

Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate a high level of community need, or where the service or program is in danger of being discontinued without the required facility upgrade or equipment purchase.

Community Information Sessions

Information sessions are being held to provide community organisations with details on the program. Applicants who attend these information sessions prior to the closing date will be highly regarded when assessing the applications.

Information sessions will be held as follows:

Kaniva | 7.00 pm Thursday 2 February 2017 | RSVP by Tuesday 31 January 2017
Edenhope | 7.00 pm Monday 6 February 2017 | RSVP by Friday 3 February 2017
Apsley | 6.30 pm Wednesday 8 February 2017 | RSVP by Monday 6 February 2017
Harrow | 6.30 pm Thursday 9 February 2017 | RSVP by Tuesday 7 February 2017
Goroke | 7.00 pm Monday 13 February 2017 | RSVP by Friday 10 February 2017

RSVP to Heidi Gajic on 03 5585 9900 or

NOTE: If no RSVP's received the information session will be cancelled


Heidi Gajic
Tourism & Communications Officer
Phone: 03 5585 9900
Mobile: 0416 297 494

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