2020 Community grants program

Can a Council grant assist your group, club or organisation to meet a local need?

Hobsons Bay 2020 Community Grants Program assists groups, clubs and organisations to apply for funding for projects that meet a local community need, promote health and wellbeing and address priorities in the Hobsons Bay 2030 Community Vision.

Applications can be submitted between 3 June and 31 July 2019 by 12pm.

Notification of the outcome is anticipated in November 2019 via a letter with funds distributed to successful applicants in December 2019 to commence projects in 2020.

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.

Guidelines and grant categories

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, 1MB)

Grant applicants can apply under 4 categories:

  • Small expenses (up to $500) - funding is available to assist groups whose main activities are meeting regularly for social interaction. Newly formed or emerging groups are encouraged to apply in this category.

  • Equipment and resources (up to $1000) – funding is available to assist with the purchase of equipment and/or resources which are essential to the success of a project or organisation/group to improve wellbeing in the community.

  • Vibrant community project (up to $5000) – funding is available to support the implementation of community based projects and activities that enhance the health and wellbeing of our communities.

  • Invested together project (up to $10,000 over two years) – funding is available for two years to develop a partnership or support an existing partnership that delivers a project or activities which will have a significant impact on the local community.

Making an application

Grant applications need to be completed online.

Applications open 3 June and close 31 July at 12pm. You will be able to apply once the grant round is open, using the following link: hobsonsbay.smartygrants.com.au. This will direct you to the SmartyGrants website. You will be required to provide personal information such as a personal or group 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.

Grant applicants are encouraged to attend community information and grant writing workshops (bookings essential)

Date:               Thursday 6 June 2019
Time:               6pm to 8.30pm
Where:            Hobsons Bay Civic Centre, 115 Civic Parade, Altona
                         Meeting room 3

Date:               Wednesday 12 June 2019
Time:               10am to 12.30pm
Where:            Hobsons Bay Civic Centre, 115 Civic Parade, Altona
                         Meeting room 3

To book:          Call 9932 1000 or email: commdev@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

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 1000 for assistance or email commdev@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

Resources to assist groups with preparing an application

To view questions related to a project or an equipment/resource purchase in the application form (covers equipment and/or resources, vibrant community project or invested together category questions), click here.(DOCX, 136KB)

To view a budget example for the application form, click here.(DOCX, 51KB)

To view other funding opportunities outside of Council and further resources to assist with grant seeking and writing, click here(DOCX, 103KB).

Hobsons Bay Libraries also have several publications relating to grants which may assist. View the Hobsons Bay Libraries catalogue to borrow these resources.