Grants & funding

Council provides a range of grants and funding opportunities.

Hobsons Bay Recovery and Reconnection grants program supporting our community to ‘make things happen’ as we learn about, work through and adapt to the impacts experienced in our city through COVID-19.


Visit the Make It Happen - Hobsons Bay Recovery and Reconnection grants program webpage.

Hobsons Bay Business has Heart Business Grants are now closed. 

For more information click here

HB Community Fund logo

The Hobsons Bay Community Fund is a perpetual philanthropic fund established to benefit and strengthen the community of Hobsons Bay for now and future generations.

The fund provides grant opportunities, for more information visit




Westgate Neighbourhood Fund

The West Gate Neighbourhood Fund has been established by the Victorian Government to support communities in Melbourne’s inner west during the construction of the West Gate Tunnel Project.

The $10 million government fund is managed by the West Gate Tunnel Project, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, who are also responsible for managing the West Gate Tunnel Project on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Offered in two components – partnerships and grants, the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund will allow not-for-profit groups to access funding for projects that bring people together and build community capacity.

The program is designed to support these inner west communities, prioritising those who are most affected by the construction of the West Gate Tunnel Project, ensuring that the benefits of the project to the local community start now.

A range of activities will be eligible for funding through the program, including projects that:

  • celebrate heritage, history or diversity
  • contribute to safe and liveable environments
  • focus on arts and culture
  • emphasise learning and development, or
  • enable greater participation and access of community members

There will be one round of partnerships and one round of grants each financial year.

To keep up to date with the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund information please refer to the link in the Related Information section:

Find a business grant for your business needs.

Hobsons Bay Grant Finder portal

Online grants and funding courses available to local groups and clubs

Council is linking community groups with some handy online grant application courses to maximise chances of being successful when applying for grants. There is no charge for the first 40 Hobsons Bay community groups to complete the following courses (a saving of $55 per online course). So be quick!

The course should take about 45 minutes to complete. Once started the group/club has a 30 day window to finish it.

Course 1 - Where’s the funding?

This course will help you identify the many sources of income available to your organisation and help you build confidence to start drawing from each of them.

The result? Fewer burnt out volunteers, more successful events, a bigger donor database, and ultimately a stronger, healthier, more sustainable community group.

Course 2 - Win more grants

Around $80 billion is given out in grants across Australia each year. Is your organisation getting its share?

This course is designed for grassroots community groups that want to find out where to find grants and how to get them. With just a bit of know-how, and some newfound confidence, you’ll go from a grants novice to a grants go-getter!

Register here -

This link will take you to the Our Community website for registration and access to the courses.