2020 Quick response grants

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

Hobsons Bay 2020 Quick Response Grants open for applications on 10 February and close on 23 March 2020, or earlier if funds are exhausted. The grants program assists groups, clubs and organisations to apply for funding for projects that meet a local community need and address priorities in the Hobsons Bay 2030 Community Vision.

Grant applicants can apply under four 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 2 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.

Grant applicants must read the 2020 Quick Response Grants Guidelines to ensure they meet eligibility requirements and project priorities. Grant applicants must be a not for profit, incorporated group or organisation or obtain a project auspice. Click here for a copy of the 2020 Quick Response Grants Guidelines(PDF, 5MB).

Each application will be assessed individually and it is expected that the assessment and funding process will take approximately six weeks from the time the application is received. 

Applicants are required to submit using an online application process called SmartyGrants. Access to the internet and an email address to make an application is required. Staff at Hobsons Bay Libraries can assist with creating an email address and submitting applications. 

Community groups who have already received funding through the 2020 Community Grants Program cannot apply through the 2020 Quick Response Grants for funding under the same category. For further information, refer to the 2020 Quick Response Grants guidelines.

If the funding pool is exhausted prior to the end of the grant application period, a notification will be placed on Council’s website and the SmartyGrants page. 

Visit the SmartyGrants website from February 10 at hobsonsbay.smartygrants.com.au to make an application. 

For further information about the Quick Response Grants please contact Council’s Community Grants Officer on 9932 1235 or email commdev@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

Need to talk to someone?

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

Resources to assist groups with preparing an application

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).(DOCX, 290KB) All applications must be completed online through SmartyGrants.

View a budget example for the application form(DOCX, 51KB)

View other funding opportunities outside of council

View further resources to assist with grant seeking and writing(DOCX, 101KB)

Hobsons Bay libraries also have several publications relating to grants which may assist. 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.