Hobsons Bay 2021 Community grants program

Hobsons Bay Community Grants program


The Hobsons Bay Community Grants Program is designed to support our community.

As we respond to the COVID-19 environment, there has never been more need for a strong and vibrant community sector. 

The Hobsons Bay Community Grants Program supports local not for profit groups and clubs, networks and community organisations. It aims to assist our community to deliver diverse programs and projects. Grants are intended to assist to: build capacity, help with expenses, provide equipment, support services, grow initiatives, and enable new ideas.

In the current context community connection is vital and community groups are a key part of that connection. The Community Grants Program is here to support groups with normal and new needs. The process is designed to be simpler and faster, to get funds to a broad range of community groups and needs quickly.

Applications are encouraged from local clubs, community groups and organisations, particularly those who need assistance to continue, adapt, build resilience and engage through the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Guidelines and grant categories

Please 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, 268KB)

Grant applications can be made across four categories:

  • Small expenses (up to $500 for existing groups and up to $1,000 for new emerging groups) - funding to support the needs of small community based groups and organisations that meet regularly and which facilitate and promote social interaction. Only groups or organisations with an income under $20,000 are eligible for this category.

  • Toyota Equipment and/or Resources (up to $1,000) – funding to purchase equipment and/or resources to help build the capacity of a group or organisation, or to support a project. This can include new digital assets. This category is supported by Toyota Australia.

  • Vibrant community (up to $5,000) – Funding to enable initiatives, projects, services and activities that respond to COVID-19 situation, promote neighbourhood and community vitality, enhance health and wellbeing, build social connection and/or strengthen social support. 

  • Invested together (up to $10,000 over two years) – Funding to help deliver partnership projects that meet an identified community need; designed to be implemented over an extended period.

Funding for initiatives to support groups through the COVID-19 pandemic can be applied for across the four grants categories. The focus will be on meeting needs that can’t be met by other grants programs (eg state government programs), and that are most appropriately supported by council. As these are unprecedented times the scope is open, but could include requests for needs such as:

  • digital tools, including online conferencing subscriptions, online learning, webinars, web design and redevelopment and training.

  • creative online program projects.

  • bridging isolation and building connections projects.

  • assistance to develop different ways of operating to meet emerging needs.

  • online connection programs

  • training in online platforms

  • guest speakers on topics relevant to the club or group eg mental health, coping with COVID-19 restrictions

  • resources to assist group hygiene and sanitizing

  • club/group gatherings when restrictions allow to foster reconnection

  • other emerging needs from the COVID-19 pandemic that meet the Community Grants guidelines 


Eligible applicants include community groups/clubs and not for profit organisations (as well as cooperatives and schools) based in Hobsons Bay or providing programs based in Hobsons Bay that are incorporated or supported by an auspice.

Contact the Community Grants Officer to discuss auspicing options or talk through other ways to activate the project.

Project activities must be undertaken within the City of Hobsons Bay, with the majority of participants coming from Hobsons Bay. 

Equipment must be for the group/club (not any individual) and to be stored / located within Hobsons Bay.


Timeframes have been adjusted to better support community and funding recipients

  • applications are open until 30 June
  • applications are assessed in July 2020
  • funds are released from August 2020

Projects are due to be completed by December 2021.  If projects are impacted by further COVID-19 restrictions, this will be flexible, with extensions available. 

Making an application

Grant applications need to be completed online.

Visit the SmartyGrants online website now to make an application. Apply here.

Download a guide for applicants here..

Community information/grant writing workshops

To learn about this year’s grants program and how to write a grant application, join us for a free workshop facilitated by grant expert Debby Maziarz and Hobsons Bay Community Grants Officer Cathy Miles.

Grant applicants are encouraged to join a community information and grant writing workshops prior to making an application (bookings essential). Four online zoom workshops are currently scheduled:

  • Wednesday 3 June 2020, 10am to 12.30pm

  • Wednesday 10 June 2020, 6pm to 8.30pm

  • Thursday 18 June 2020, 10am to 12.30pm

  • Tuesday 23 June 2020, 6pm to 8.30pm

Check this webpage or call 9932 1235 for further workshop dates. 

To book: Call 9932 1235 or email: commdev@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au to register for the online workshop. Instructions will follow and support can be provided to use the online zoom platform.

Further information

To find a list of successful applicants, grants guidelines and a copy of the application form and acquittal report from previous years, please refer to related content at the end of this page.

Online grants and funding courses

Online grants and funding courses are available to local groups and clubs – click here for more information.

Need to talk to someone?

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

Grant seeking resources

  • Hobsons Bay Libraries – several publications are available that may assist with grant seeking and writing, e.g. Winning Grants Funding in Australia: http://libraries.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au