2019 Community Grants Program

Community Grants Program

Hobsons Bay City Council provides financial assistance through its annual Community Grants program to local community organisations and groups for activities and projects that meet a community need and address grant priorities. Projects are to be undertaken in the 2019 calendar year. Toyota Motor Corporation Australia also provides financial support to groups through this grants program.

Project applications for 2019 can be submitted between 4 June and 1 August 2018 by 4pm.

Notification of the outcome is anticipated in November 2018 via a letter with funds distributed to successful applicants in December 2018.

Council values the contribution community groups make to the wellbeing of the City of Hobsons Bay and looks forward to continuing to support community groups and organisations through its grants program.


Applicants are required to read the guidelines prior to applying.

The guidelines provide valuable information that will assist organisations in understanding Council’s grants program. Download guidelines here(PDF, 865KB).

Making an application

Grant applications need to be completed online.

Applications open 4 June, you will be able to apply using the following link: https://hobsonsbay.smartygrants.com.au. This will direct you to the SmartyGrants website. You will be required to provide personal information such as a personal email address to submit your application online.

If you do not have an email address, you can use a friend or family member’s address otherwise, staff at Hobsons Bay Libraries can help you create one. Ask at any of the libraries or call 1300 462 542 to make an appointment. Library staff can also assist you to complete the application online. However you must have details of the project with you.

Download a help guide for applicants here.

Community information/grant writing workshops

To learn about this year’s grants program and how to write a grant application, come along to a free workshop.

Applicants are advised to attend one of the below sessions prior to making an application (bookings essential):

Date:           Wednesday 6 June 2018                   Date:      Wednesday 13 June 2018
Time:           6pm to 8.30pm                                  Time:      10am to 12.30pm
Where:        Hobsons Bay Civic Centre                Where:    Hobsons Bay Civic Centre
                    115 Civic Parade Altona                                   115 Civic Parade Altona

To make a booking, call the Community Grants Officer on 9932 1235 or email commdev@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

There are also SmartyGrants assistance sessions to help community members complete the online application form. Download flyer here.(PDF, 390KB)

Further information

To find a list of successful applicants from previous years refer to related content at the end of this page.

Still need to talk to someone?

Call Council’s Community Grants Officer on 9932 1235 for assistance or email commdev@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

Library resources

Hobsons Bay libraries have several publications relating to grants which may assist. They are:

  • The Complete Community Fundraising Handbook
  • Winning Grants Funding in Australia
  • How to Manage your Grant After Winning it!
  • How to: Find Money Fast
  • Effective Letters: 50 of the Best
  • Small Sparks Neighbourhood Grants Case Studies

View the Hobsons Bay libraries catalogue to borrow these resources.

Our Community website at www.ourcommunity.com.au also has lots of information for not-for-profit groups on how to apply for grants.


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