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.

2018-19 Round 1

Opens: 03 September 2018
Closes: 15 October 2018

2018-19 Round 2

Opens: 7 January 2019
Closes: 18 February 2019

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Applicants

  • Community-based 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
  • Applicants not based in West Wimmera Shire

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
  • One-off and new elements for 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.
  • Incomplete applications and those without the required supporting documents

Funding Categories

Community Projects

Funding is for a maximum of $5,000 on a $2 for $1 basis
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

Funding is for a maximum of $5,000 on a $2 for $1 basis
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.

Need Help with your application?

If you need any assistance with your application please contact Sarah Ellis or Amanda Munn. We can discuss your application over the phone or organise a suitable meeting time.


Sarah Ellis
Manager Business & Economic Development
Phone: 03 5392 7700 Email:

Amanda Munn
Community Support Officer
Phone: 03 5392 7700 Email:

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