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Community wellbeing support grants

Applications are now closed.  The next grant round will open for applications 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 Strengthening Unit
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

Beaconsfield Junior Football Club

Ipads for Volunteer Operations within BJFC

Cannibal Creek Catchment Landcare Group

Cannibal Creek Catchment Landcare Group Equipment Trailer update

Cardinia Deer Management Coalition

Establishment of Cardinia Deer Management Coalition

Cardinia Lakes Residents Group

Community insurance

Cardinia Men's Shed

Big Top Shade Project

Cardinia U3A

Supporting Stitches Project

Casey North Information and Support Service

Keeping It Together

Cockatoo Emergency Support Team

Cockatoo Emergency Support Team – Psychological First Aid Training

Cockatoo Emergency Support Team

Cockatoo Emergency Support Team – CERT Vest Procurement

Cora Lynn Football and Netball Club

Volunteer Education to Train and Retain Volunteers

East College Gippsland

ECG Community Mural Project

Emerald RSL

Emerald RSL Club Room TV Upgrade

Emerald Tennis Club

Purchase of Equipment for Emerald Tennis Club

Emerald Village Association

Emerald Village Newsletter and Media program

Fernlea Community Care

Fernlea House of Opportunities Handling Equipment

Friends of Emerald Lake Park

Friends of Emerald Lake Park Equipment Purchase

Gembrook Community Group

Gembrook Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Project

Gembrook Community Market

Gembrook Community Market Growth, Improvements and Maintenance

Gembrook Fire Brigade

Gembrook Fire Brigade Lighting Project

Gembrook Singers

Improving Quality: Gembrook Singers

Heritage Springs Residents Group

HSRG Public Liability Insurance

Johns Hill Landcare Group

Transport Costs for Elderly Volunteers

Koo Wee Rup Community Centre

Kooweerup Community Centre - Commercial Fridge

Koo Wee Rup Community Centre

Kooweerup Community Centre - Defibrillator

Koo Wee Rup Cricket Club

Supporting our Volunteers with Avoiding Burdensome Scoring Tasks

Koo Wee Rup Regional Health Service

Get Active Koowee

Lakeside Residents Group

Lakeside Residents Group Insurance cover

Lakeside Residents Group

Lakeside Square Christmas Light-up

Lakeside Sailing Club

Purchase an Extra Corsair Sailing Dinghy

Living Learning Pakenham

Living and Learning Events Stage

Living Learning Pakenham

Sudanese Family Connect and Homework Support Program

Millhaven Lodge

Sensory Room

Nar Nar Goon Football Club

Equipment to Help our Volunteers

Officer City Soccer Club

Establish and Sustainably Grow our New Club

Outlook Community Centre

Lifestyle Modification for Health

Pakenham Lions Netball Club

Pakenham Lions Netball Club Volunteer Support

Pakenham United Football Club

Soccer Coaching Courses for our Volunteers

Puffing Billy Toy Library

Toy Library Essential Items

Rotary Club of Bunyip Garfield


TaskForce Community Agency

Establishment of Training Room

TaskForce Community Agency

Cockatoo Community House Introduction to Art Program

TaskForce Community Agency

Cockatoo Community House Volunteer Network

The Ark of Veterans

The Ark of Veterans

The Community Grocer

The Community Grocer Pakenham Re-launch

Timbertop Residents Group

Timbertop Residents Group Committee Operational and Equipment Costs Project

Tribes Basketball Club

Pakenham Tribes Basketball Club Uniforms

TRY Australia

TRY Australia Volunteer Mentor Recruitment

Upper Beaconsfield Community Centre

Upper Beaconsfield Community Centre Public Use Technology

Upper Beaconsfield Community Centre

Upper Beaconsfield Community Complex Commercial Fridge Replacement

Western Port Catchment Landcare Network

Governance Training for Westernport Landcare Volunteers