Whitehorse City Council

Community Grants Program

Do you have an idea to connect with your neighbours, run an activity or event for local residents, start a new group, revegetate a local park or beautify a local place, celebrate one of the many Whitehorse cultures or generations?

Council can help you with a Community Grant.

The Community Grants for 2019-20 open on 4 March and applications close on 12 April.

How to Apply

Cash Grants

Visit SmartyGrants  to find all the forms
✔ You will need to create a SmartyGrants account. You can then log in and see all your applications
✔ Applications can be started, saved and you can log in later to complete and submit by April 12, 2019.
✔ Use the appropriate form for the amount of money you are applying for.


Discount Support for Hall Hire and Free Tipping

Visit SmartyGrants to find all the forms

✔ Discount Support applications are open all year, and will be assessed monthly.

Who can apply

  • Incorporated, not for profit organisations (or those in the process of becoming incorporated)
  • Organisations that are based in or hold regular meetings in Whitehorse and have a majority of Whitehorse residents as members

Other conditions:

  • You must be covered by a minimum of $20 million Public Liability Insurance (this can be provided through an auspicing body)
  • Your organisation must have a genuine need for financial support
  • The funded activity must take place in the City of Whitehorse
  • You must demonstrate you have the ability to implement the project, activity and manage the finances associated with the project
  • Your activity is not religious, spiritual or political
  • Your activity is not the responsibility of another level of Government
  • We will only fund a portion of the grant towards wages (no salaried positions)
  • We do not fund rental, lease or accommodation costs
  • We will not fund capital expenditure over $1500 
  • For more information read the pdf icon Community Grants Program - Information Booklet (185.95kB)

Neighbourhood Houses can act as an auspice organisation if you are not incorporated.

To become an incorporated association, speak with Consumer Affairs Victoria.

Your project idea will need to contribute to meeting with one or more of these four objectives:

  1. To support Community Organisations to provide projects or activities which meet the social, cultural, economic, recreational and developmental needs of residents.
  2. To foster a sense of community identity across the City of Whitehorse and improve community connections.
  3. To maximise access to programs and activities by people who have limited participation opportunities.
  4. To encourage co-operation between organisations leading to enhanced program or activity delivery and more efficient use of resources.

Tools and research that can help you with your application

Find out more information about the Whitehorse Community

Project Planning Tools

Council has developed a number of tools to assist you with planning your project.

Community Grants 2019/2020 will be using the Smarty Grants Platform.

Smarty Grants is an electronic grants submission system used by many local governments and other funding bodies.  It provides an efficient way for you to submit your application online, and replaces our previous paper based system.

To help Community members to understand and use the new system, Council will be holding Information Sessions on Wednesday 6 March 2019 in the Willis Room at Nunawading Civic Centre. The information sessions will also provide opportunities to discuss your project with Council staff and receive advice to maximise your chances of success.

For more information on the SmartyGrants system, please call council on 9262 633.


For more information about Council’s Community Grants Program, telephone Council's Community Participation and Grants Officer on 9262 6116 or email Jo Connor

To ensure we have resources to assist you, please request assistance as early as possible during the application period.

Regular updates will be available through our e-newsletter. To receive the e-newsletter, send an email with the subject line subscribe me to Grants@whitehorse.vic.gov.au.