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Community wellbeing support grants

  • Applications are now closed. 
  • The next grant round will open for applications in early-2021.

The Community Wellbeing and Support Grants Program helps to establish new organisations, projects and services.

It funds initiatives that:

  • improve residents' health and wellbeing
  • support opportunities for volunteering
  • build the capacity of community groups, projects and programs to be sustainable.

There are 3 categories of funding:

Seeding grants (up to $5,000)

These grants can be used to support establishment costs of a new organisation, group, club, project, program or service.

Examples include:

  • promotional material to advertise a new program or group
  • incorporation fees
  • insurance
  • design costs for a newsletter or website
  • purchase of small items of equipment.

Where insurance costs are requested in the set-up of an organisation, Council will commit to funding this cost for the first year only.

Other ongoing costs must be evidenced to be sustained without further Council support beyond the first year of its life.

Volunteering grants (up to $3,000)

These grants can be used to undertake a range of initiatives that will grow and develop volunteering within Cardinia Shire.

Examples include:

  • establishing volunteering programs
  • training and developing volunteers, where not mandated by regulation, nor within the scope of training that is provided by the organisation*
  • promotion of volunteering opportunities.

*Applications cannot include requests for support for training already subsidised by Council.

Small change grants (up to $1,000)

These grants can be used to assist with a range of ad hoc costs that cannot be met through other funding sources.

Examples include:

  • purchase of small items of equipment
  • uniforms
  • website redevelopment
  • short term projects
  • Christmas decorations.

Operating costs associated with the day-to-day running of an organisation/group will not be funded through small change grants. If the organisation/group cannot continue without the item/program/service then it is considered an operating cost.

To be eligible for this grants program, groups and organisations must be:

  • not-for-profit; and
  • locally based and/or servicing Cardinia Shire residents; and
  • a section 86 committee of Council; or
  • incorporated (or be auspiced by an incorporated organisation – please note, Section 86 committees cannot take on the function of an auspice).

If a licence, lease or funding agreement exists between Council and the community organisation, then the agreements need to be signed and current in order for applications to be considered.

Community groups with incomplete or outstanding projects are not eligible to apply for further projects and applications will not be considered.

  • Activities which are a primary or core service and/or responsibility of Council or State or Federal governments
  • Initiatives from an individual rather than a group
  • Private, profit-making organisations
  • Political organisations
  • Capital works projects (as defined in Council’s Community Capital Works Grants Policy)
  • Public space/township beautification projects
  • Replacement of existing equipment and/or furnishings at community and recreational facilities
  • Maintenance of community or recreational facilities
  • Events
  • Operating costs
  • Existing salaries

Before applying you must read the grant guidelines

To apply for this grant go to the Cardinia Smarty Grants website

All grant applications are reviewed by:

  • an assessment panel comprising a multidisciplinary team of relevant Council staff
  • General Manager Liveable Communities.

Once agreement is reached in these forums, grants are referred to Council for endorsement and formal approval.

All applicants will be advised of the decision in early July.

If you wish to query a grants assessment please send a written request for clarification by post or email: 


Community Development Team
Cardinia Shire Council
PO Box 7
Pakenham VIC 3810


All requests will receive due consideration and a written response will be sent. 

For more information or for help with the grant application process contact our Community Development Team on 1300 787 624 or


Project receiving funding


3MDR Volunteer Development

Arena JETZ Netball Club

Arena JETZ Netball Club Website Development

Beaconsfield Neighbourhood Centre

Cookery equipment for community programs


Establishment of "Tuning in to Kids" Parenting Program

Bunyip Connect

Establishment of Bunyip Connect Progress Association

Bunyip Football Club

Sporting equipment for Women's Football Team

Bunyip Strikers Soccer Club

Equipment for operations of organisation

Bunyip Tennis Club

Hats for junior players

Cardinia Deer Management Coalition

Information packs for local landoweners

Cardinia Gujarati Association

Equipment for operations of organisation

Cardinia Lakes Residents Group

Development of promotional material

Cardinia Men's Shed

Pyrography set and Oscillating Sander

Cockatoo Community House

Here For The Holidays - school holiday program

Cockatoo Country Market

UHF Radios

Cockatoo History and Heritage Group

Audio Visual and Recording Equipment

Eastern Dandenong Ranges Association (EDRA)

Equipment for operations of organisation 

Emerald U3A

Expansion of Music Sharing Group 

Emerald RSL

Club Furnishings

Fallingwater Residents Association

Establishment of Fallingwater Residents Association


Fernlea House equipment

Fit to Drive Foundation

Fit to Drive Program

Friends of Harbury Reserve Committee of Management

Botanical Course

Gippsland Storm Netball Club

Gippsland Storm Netball volunteer assistance and recruitment


IACC Kids Club Sports Clinics

Koo Wee Rup Regional Health Service

Koo Wee Rup Cook Book

Ladies Probus Club of Emerald

Audio Visual Equipment

Lakeside Residents Group

Gazebo Weights

Living Learning Pakenham

Financial Wellbeing to Empower Women Program

Living Learning Pakenham - Pakenham Community Garden

Educational signage for the World Food Gardens 


Rivendell House Strength Training Equipment

Multicultural Sports Group

Multicultural Sports Equipment

Outlook Community Centre

The Outlook Dementia Friendly Cafe

Pakenham Eels Women's NRL Club

Pakenham Eels Women's NRL League Touch Football Competition

Pakenham Rugby League Club and Touch Association

Junior Team Club Uniforms

Riding For The Disabled - Pakenham

Riding For The Disabled - Pakenham Volunteer Development

Riding For The Disabled - Pakenham

Riding For The Disabled - Pakenham Uniforms

Upper Beaconsfield Community Centre

Bingo Night

Upper Beaconsfield Wildlife Road Toll Survey Group

Upper Beaconsfield Wildlife Road Toll Survey Group Volunteer Development 

Very Special Kids

Keeping Strong Program

West Gippsland Progress Association

West Gippsland Progress Association - Communities in Partnership

Women's Association South East Melbourne Australia (WASEMA) 

Officer and Cockatoo Women's Frienship Cafe's website development