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Applications now open for 2020-21 grant programs

Published: 4 February 2020

Applications are now open for a range of Cardinia Shire Council’s 2020-21 community grant programs.

Residents and community groups can now apply for grants including Community Capital Works Grants, Major Equipment Grants, Community Wellbeing Support Grants and Festival and Events Grants.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 2 March 2020.

Cardinia Shire Mayor Councillor Jeff Springfield encouraged residents to review the available grants and submit community projects which will improve liveability in Cardinia Shire. 

“Council is proud to offer a range of grant programs to assist the community to undertake projects that improve local facilities, services and events, and those which contribute to making our shire such an incredible community in which to live,” Cr Springfield said.

Community Capital Works Grants

Under Council’s Community Capital Works Grants Program, matched funding of up to $35,000 is available to help community groups that manage community and recreation facilities to upgrade these facilities.

Projects that may be eligible for a grant include:

  • building extensions and improvements
  • capital improvements at recreation reserves and sporting facilities
  • built-in or fixed equipment installations.

Major Equipment Grants

Major equipment grants of up to $20,000 are available to help recreation reserve committees of management purchase equipment to maintain playing surfaces, without the need to engage contractors.

Only Recreation Reserve Committees of Management are eligible to apply for the Major Equipment Grant. Recreation Reserve Committees of Management will need to provide details of the equipment they are seeking and demonstrate how it will be used to maintain playing surfaces and surrounds at the reserve.

Community Wellbeing Support Grants

The Community Wellbeing and Support Grants Program helps to establish new organisations, projects and services. There are three categories of funding, including seeding grants (up to $5,000), volunteering grants (up to $3,000) and small change grants (up to $1,000).

This grant program funds initiatives that:

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

Festival and Events Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to support a comprehensive and diverse mix of festivals and events which align with one of the following categories:

  • Christmas celebration 
  • Australia Day event
  • Community festival/event 
  • Agricultural shows
  • Arts festival/event
  • Community focused sporting events

For more information about Council’s grant programs, including eligibility guidelines, visit Council’s website at www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/grants or call on 1300 787 624.