Wellbeing Support Grants Program

Applications for the 2023-2024 grant round have now closed.  The next grant round will open for applications early 2024.

View successful grant recipients for 2023-24

The 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.

  • 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

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.

The following organisations and projects have been funded for 2023-24

Seeding Grants

Turningpoint Support Centre

Older Adults Community Project

Garfield Playgroup

Garfield Playgroup supporting happy, healthy and safe play for our community.

Have Hope; Inc.

Have Hope; Inc. establishment project

Hillview Bunyip Aged Care Inc

Women Who Make Things – Women’s Shed

CPAC Musical Theatre

Kick Start the Arts

Pakenham & District Toy Library Inc.

Toy “Click and Collect” digital infrastructure

Outlook Community Centre

Daily Life Skills Development for People with a Disability (Diagnosed or Undiagnosed)

Living Learning Pakenham Inc

Women on the Tools

Sikh Australian Support for Family Violence

Men's Space Project

SEHCP Incorporated (trading as enliven Victoria)

Grow Food - Food from Home

Cardinia Art Society Incorporated

‘So You Want to be an Artist’

Volunteer Support Grants

Kooweerup Regional Health Service

Recruitment drive for volunteering

Pakenham State Emergency Service

Pakenham SES training Dummy

Palliative Care South East Ltd

Strengthening Volunteer Support in Cardinia

The Community Grocer

Building a volunteer network at The Community Grocer Pakenham

Follow Bless Collective

2023 FBC Volunteer Support Program

Cardinia Environment Coalition

Wild Grasses of Victoria training


Small Change Grants

Lang Lang United Soccer Club

LLUSC 2023 Kit Top Uniform

Ladies Probus Club of Emerald

Club History Project

Cannibal Creek Landcare Group

Lovers Lane Garfield Re-vegetation Project Signage


Defibrillator for Cockatoo Community House

Homeschool Musical Society

Homeschool Musical Society Permanent Stage Set

Garfield Community Garden

Keeping It Neat for A Picnic Treat!

MFC Hotshots Inc.

MFC Hotshots Inc. Koo Wee Rup website development and photography project

Hopeworks Community Solutions Ltd

Hopeworks Baking Program

Bunyip Football Club

Essential game day and training footballs

Beaconsfield Progress Association Inc.

Beaconsfield Community Noticeboard

Ladies of the Swamp Charity Quilting Group

Ladies of the Swamp Charity Quilting Group KooWeeRup

Cardinia Mens Shed

Bicycle care program and dust collection upgrade

Probus Pakenham East

Probus Pakenham East Membership Drive

Gembrook Community Group INC.

Gembrook Community Group communications

Financial Engineering Australia for Women

Financial Literacy for Women's Financial Wellbeing

Officer Tennis Club Incorporated

Officer Tennis Club Tennis Nets Project

1st Upper Beaconsfield Scout Group

1st Upper Beaconsfield Scout Group New Equipment

Cockatoo History & Heritage Group

Cockatoo History Centre signage and fridge

Lang Lang District Business & Community Group

Lang Lang Community Christmas Decorations

Turningpoint Church

Koo Wee Rup BRAVE Youth Community Project

Beaconsfield Cricket Club

Beaconsfield Cricket Club Web Site Development

Officer City Soccer Club

Girls New Colour Uniform

Upper Beaconsfield Association

Upper Beaconsfield Village Festival update

Beaconsfield Recreation Reserve

Beaconsfield Recreation Reserve equipment

Lilypond House Community Centre, Committee Of Management

Lilypond House Community Centre Defib Machine

Koo Wee Rup Bowls Club

Koo Wee Rup Bowls Club sets of Practise Bowls

Lakeside Residents Group

Chrismas Light replacements

Pakenham Patchworkers & Quilters Group Inc

P.I.N. Quilt Project (People in Need)

Cardinia Gujarati Association Inc.

Additional equipment to support our existing Speaker system

Johns Hill Landcare Group INC

Your Country Needs You - Johns Hill Landcare Group INC Participant Recruitment

The Community Grocer

The Community Grocer Pakenham equipment

Officer Kangaroos Junior Football Club

Officer Kangaroos Junior Football Club Directional and Code of Behaviour Signage

Follow Bless Collective

FBC Lifeskills equipment project

Gembrook Craft Group Inc

Christmas Decorations 2023

Eastern Dandenong Ranges Association

Epson Projector

Beaconsfield Neighbourhood Centre

Community Support

Cockatoo and District Senior Citizen Association

Grill for providing lunch options to club members

Pakenham Purls

Pakenham Purls: Supporting the Community through Knitting and Crochet

Living Learning Pakenham Inc

Carpet Cleaner

Blackbridge Cricket Club

Cricket sweater project

Garfield Community Association Inc.

Garfield volunteer event project

Cockatoo Country Market Inc

Uniforms: Wet Weather Gear

RDA Pakenham


West Gippsland Progress Association Inc.

West Gippsland Progress Association - Support Screen Project



For more information contact our Community Development Team on 1300 787 624 or mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au

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