Community wellbeing support grants
Grant application dates
Applications for the 2021/2022 program have closed. The next grant round will open in early 2022.
About the Community Wellbeing and Support Grants Program
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.
- promotional material to advertise a new program or group
- incorporation fees
- 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.
- 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.
- purchase of small items of equipment
- 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.
What won't be funded
- 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
- Operating costs
- Existing salaries
Is my group eligible?
To be eligible for this grants program, groups and organisations must be:
- not-for-profit; and
- locally based and/or servicing Cardinia Shire residents;
- a Community Asset Committee of Council; or
- incorporated (or be auspiced by an incorporated organisation – please note, Community Asset 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.
Projects funded in 2021 to 2022
|Recipient||Project receiving funding|
|Anglicare Victoria||1. ParentZone Hub – 'Volunteers Making a Difference Program’ 2. ParentZone Hub - Community Engagement Project|
|Art Show - Pakenham Inc||Digitally Created Art|
|Beaconsfield Junior Football Club||Emergency response coordinator course|
|Beaconsfield Neighbourhood Centre||Table Tennis Tables|
|Berwick Pakenham Historical Society||Pakenham then and now project|
|Bestchance Child Family Care||Connecting new migrant women to their local community project|
|Bunyip Football Club Inc||Purchase marquee for social distancing|
|Bunyip Renewables Action Group Inc (BRAG Inc)||Bunyip Renewables Action Project 2021|
|Cannibal Creek Catchment Landcare Group Inc||Cannibal Creek Landcare Group historical project|
|Cardinia Deer Management Coalition Inc||Cardinia Creek catchment deer survey - volunteer skilling|
|Cardinia Men’s Shed inc||Equipment improvements|
|Cockatoo Community House||Cockatoo Garden and Grow Playgroup|
|Cora Lynn Show Jumping Club||Purchase of a new generator|
|Eastern Dandenong Ranges Association||Township christmas decorations|
|ECG College Pakenham||ECG College Pakenham Job Camp|
|Emerald Lakers Basketball Club Inc||Emerald Lakers - Little Laker t-shirt initiative|
|Emerald Tennis Club Inc||Maintenance equipment supply|
|Emerald Village Association Inc||Emerald Community "Come sit by me" project|
|Follow Bless Collective||1. Equipment purchase - fridge for food relief storage 2. Volunteer training project|
|Garfield North Outdoor Education Centre||Purchase of a public defibrillator|
|Gembrook Community Group||Building Gembook Community Group IT capacity|
|Hills Arts Alliance||Establishment of the Hills Arts Alliance|
|Indian Australian Community Cooperative Inc. (IACC)||Park Run Officer|
|Irabina Autism Services||Autism Specific Early Intervention Groups in Cardinia|
|Konnext RightNow Incorporated||eCulture Music and Dance Project|
|Kooweerup Township Committee||Township christmas decorations|
|Ladies of the Swamp Quilting Group||Equipment purchase|
|Ladies Probus Club Emerald||Purchase of IT equipment|
|Lakeside Residents Group||1. Volunteer training project 2. Event management materials|
|Lang Lang Cricket Club||Purchase of equipment for more efficient scoring tasks|
|Lang Lang Football Club||Website development|
|Lang Lang Pastoral Agricultural & Horticultural Ass. Inc||Purchase of cleaning equipment|
|Living & Learning Pakenham Inc.||1. Connecting Diverse Communities Through Podcasting project 2. Living Learning Pakenham - Communal Seating|
|Melbourne Youth Chorale||Curriculum re-development project|
|Mountain District Radio Inc 3MDR||Volunteer development|
|Mountain Men Inc.||Bringing Men Together project|
|Nar Nar Goon Pony Club||Purchase of portable round yard|
|Officer Kangaroos Junior Football Club||Strength& Conditioning Program|
|Officer Tennis Club||Officer Tennis Club community wellbeing project|
|Outlook Community Centre||Healthy mind - Healthy Body project|
|Pakenham Community Garden||Aboriginal Heritage Food and Medicine Trail in P.B Ronald Reserve|
|Pakenham Little Athletics||New uniform purchase|
|Pakenham Womens Friendship Cafe||1. Living Learning Belonging - A Journey of Recovery project 2. Purchase of IT equipment|
|Saturday School||Saturday School project|
|Social inclusion coffee group - Cockatoo Community House||A nice cappuccino and a chat project|
|Sustain: The Australian Food Network||The People of Cardinia's Food Movement - volunteer promotion project|
|TaskForce Community Agency||Reboot - mental health and martial art fitness for marginalised youth|
|The Scout Association of Australia - Lang Lang Scout group||Purchase of marquee's|
|Turningpoint Church Koo Wee Rup||1. Mother's Group volunteer development 2. Volunteer recruitment and retention|