Whitehorse City Council

Community Grants

Important notice of Community Grants Review Underway

The City of Whitehorse is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of the Community Grants Program. The last review was undertaken over 10 years ago. To ensure that funding under the Grants Program meets Council’s and the community’s needs and expectations into the future the review will consider the overall purpose and focus of the Community Grants Program and will cover all aspects including objectives, eligibility and grant categories. Recommendations will be made to Council in 2017 with a view to implementation of the new Grants Program for the 2018/2019 financial year.

2017/2018 Annual Community Grants

Cash Grants 2017/2018 – Open Monday 27 February 2017

Submissions for the following Annual Community Grants Program are now open. Application forms for the following Cash Grants can be downloaded below.

Community Grants Information Booklet

Submissions will close at 5.30 pm on Friday 7 April 2017.

Applications will also be available in hard copy from the following Council Customer Service Centres from Monday 27 February 2017.

  • Civic Centre, 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
  • Forest Hill Customer Service Centre, Shop 275 Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre, 270 Mahoneys Road, Forest Hill
  • Box Hill Town Hall Customer Service Centre, Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
  • Whitehorse Centre, rear of the Civic Centre 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading 
  • Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 570 Station Street, Box Hill.

Note - Discount Support Grants

Applications for Discounted Support Hall Hire and Free Tipping can be accepted all year round although it is requested that if possible community groups submit Discount Support forms also by Friday 7 April 2017. 

The timeline for cash grant funding for the 2017/2018 financial year is shown below.

Monday 27 February 2017 Submissions open (Application forms are available from Council's Customer Service Centres and Council's website.
Friday 7 April 2017 Closing date for submission of Grant Applications to Council
April/May 2017 Assessment process &
June 2017 Councillor Panel consideration of grant applications
July 2017 Final adoption of recommendations by Council and notification of community groups of success or otherwise in writing.
August 2017 Payment of community grants to successful applicants upon receipt of completed Funding & Service Agreements.

Who Can Apply?

Community groups wishing to apply for a Cash Grant need to be not-for-profited, incorporated or auspiced by an Incorporated Body, based or operate in Whitehorse and/or have a majority of Whitehorse members. The full criteria for each grant category is listed in each grant application pack.

Community Grants Policy

The Community Grants Program does not

The Grants Program does not fund activities which Council regards as clearly the responsibility of other levels of government.  For example activities or programs in the school system or hospital system.

The Grants Program does not fund salary or wages in their entirety but a portion of a grant may be directed towards salary or wages cost to implement a project or service.

The Grants Program does not fund political, religious or spiritual activities.

The Grants Program does not fund rental, lease or accommodation costs.

The Grants Program does not fund individuals, sole traders OR profit making organisations.

The Grants Program does not fund capital expenditure over $1,500 (see explanation below).

The Grants Program does not fund Capital Expenditure OVER $500

The Community Grants Program does not fund land purchase, buildings, building extensions, room extensions, building materials, vehicles, major equipment or installations of any type, storage, construction works, refurbishment, renovations, playgrounds, playground installations, retaining walls, shade cloths, landscaping, earthworks, toy purchases, computers, garden redevelopment or installations, water tanks, solar panels, computer software, uniforms, musical instruments etc. Requests for funding of items of this nature must total no more than $1500 and must be made on the Minor Grant Application form. Any requests of this nature, totalling over $1,500 will be deemed capital expenditure and not eligible for funding.


For more information, telephone Council's Social Planning Officer, Julie Lyons on 9262 6434 or email Julie.lyons@whitehorse.vic.gov.au.

Other Community Grants Opportunities - State and Federal Grants & Philanthropic Programs