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.

Many Community Groups have used Council Community Grants to help their projects come to fruition.  Here are some of their stories:

The Community Grants Program provides money or discounts for community groups to support new ideas, access to venues and free tipping. The Community Grants for 2019-20 have recently closed.

Applications for Discount Support for Hall Hire and Discount Support for Free Tipping are still open and will be assessed monthly. To apply visit Smarty Grants.

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 $10 million Public Liability Insurance (this can be provided through an auspicing body) for Community grants and Discount Support for Hall Hire
  • 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.

Whitehorse now uses 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.

For more information on the SmartyGrants system, please call council on 9262 6333.


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.