Annual Community Grants

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The Brimbank Community Grants Program provides one-off financial assistance to not-for-profit organisations and community groups seeking to deliver projects that support and improve the Brimbank community’s health and wellbeing, support life-long learning, encourage sustainable living, promote Brimbank as a destination and build capacity through partnerships and networks.

Categories can vary from year to year.  As explained in our community grants policy, Council reviews and sets these for the year ahead to ensure they are consistent with the latest Council Plan.

Looking for funding for a community program or project?

Each year, the Brimbank Community Grants Program is open for applications around June and July. 

Join the Community Grants email list to be notified when the next round of funding is open. 

Get prepared to make your application:

  • Visit the Getting help with your application to get you started.
  • Speak with a Council Contact Officer before applying for a grant
  • Discuss your application with your group's representatives/ board and get an agreement before applying for a grant
  • Check out the Making an application pages to understand all the steps and not miss any required information.
  • Leave plenty of time to prepare your application
  • When the program opens and you are ready to apply, go to the appropriate category description listed below, where there will be a link for applying for that grant category.
  • Ensure you add supporting documentation where applicable

Community Grants Program categories

Community Strengthening Grants (up to $10,000)

Support for projects and activities that strengthen the community, promote resilience and leadership, lifelong learning, encourage partnerships and involvement in community life and develop a strong sense of belonging and identity. This also includes projects that involve participants in developing activities that improve and encourage healthy and active lifestyles.

For example, projects and activities focussing on community issues and priorities such as community forums, exhibitions, sports day, youth-led activities, and activities that boost community volunteerism and promote social inclusion, access and participation.

People with disability and their carers are encouraged to apply in this category to improve inclusion and participation and to achieve positive changes in attitudes, structures and practices in Brimbank.


Climate Emergency Grants (up to $10,000)

Support the community to implement projects that fall under the five themes of the Climate Emergency Plan: People Power, 100% Renewable, Green and Cool, Resilient Rebuild and Circular Economy.

For example, a tree planting day to create shade at a community gathering place, an upcycling project where something new is created using recycled or scrap materials, establishing a community composting or a circular economy initiative to encourage material or food waste reduction, a native species planting project to educate and support habitat gardening in backyards.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Grants (up to $10,000)

Support projects or activities that improve community mental health and wellbeing, build community capacity to support mental wellbeing and strengthen community connections.

For example, programs and activities that reduce loneliness and social isolation, promote good mental health and wellbeing in the community, raise awareness of mental health and reduce stigma, such as mental health first aid training, forums or information sessions, and encourage people who are experiencing or are at risk of mental health to seek help.

Establishment Grants (up to $1,500)

This category supports setting up new community groups, including new Seniors Groups permanently based in Brimbank. Applicants can be unincorporated at the time of application but must be able to provide evidence of incorporation and public liability insurance in their final grant's acquittal report.

For example, costs that can be covered include incorporation and insurance costs, stationery, materials and equipment to support setup, promotion and recruitment of new members, or venue hire for your regular meetings.

Young People's Ideas Grants (up to $10,000)

This category is for a young person or group of young people (aged 12-25 years) who are supported by an auspice organisation or are part of an incorporated group, to deliver a project, event or program that positively impacts other young people in the Brimbank community.

For example, projects and activities co-designed or led and initiated by young people, such as forums, sporting activities, art exhibitions, performances, mentoring and hangouts.

Community Festival and Events Grants (up to $10,000)

Support Brimbank’s smaller groups and organisations to build a more connected and engaged community, through the delivery of small-scale festivals and events, primarily attracting local audiences.

Examples include art, music, sporting or cultural celebrations, Reconciliation and NAIDOC week activities.

Major Festival and Event Grants (up to $25,000)

Support festivals and events that showcase Brimbank’s diversity, places, talents, cultures or unique offerings. These larger-scale festivals and events enhance Brimbank’s reputation as a great place to live, work, visit and play, and attract more than 5,000 people. A single event or a  series of events will be considered.

Seniors Operational Grants (up to $1,000)

Support for senior groups in Brimbank towards their day-to-day operating costs.

More useful information on Community Grants

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Sign up to get information about funding opportunities and notified when the next round of community grants is open and Council is accepting applications.

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Dates and timelines

Applications for Community Grants are usually accepted in June/ July each year.

Activity Month
Community Grants round opens Early June
Information and Grant Writing sessions May - June 
Community Grants round closes July
Eligibility Checks July 
Grants Assessments August - September
Application Notifications, Feedback and Signing of Funding Agreements October
Payments October onwards

Assessment Criteria and Weighting

Community Strengthening; Climate Emergency; Mental Health and Wellbeing; Establishment and Young People's Ideas

For these grant categories, applications are scored on how well they outline and explain the following:   

  • Community Benefit = 30%
  • Community Need = 30%
  • Capacity to Deliver = 25%
  • Access and Inclusion = 10%
  • Sustainability = 5%

Community and Major Festivals and Events

For these grant categories, applications are scored on how well they outline and explain the following:                     

  • Community Benefit = 35%
  • Community Need = 35%
  • Capacity to Deliver = 30%
  • Access and Inclusion = 10%

Previous grants

In the past, we have supported:

  • Community-led arts and culture projects
  • Digital training and upskilling initiatives
  • Youth and family support programs
  • Community festivals and local neighbourhood events
  • Sporting activities such as fun runs and family days
  • LGBTQIA+ inclusion and ally-ship workshops

To see more, please view Brimbank Community Grants 2023-2024 Successful Grants (PDF 797kb) 

Grant guidelines

As categories can vary from year to year, guidelines are also updated annually.  Find the latest guidelines below:

For more information, contact our Community Grants Development Officer on 03 9249 4036 or email

Postal address for letters: PO Box 70, Sunshine VIC 3020.

Last updated: 22 January 2024 - 12:53pm