Community Development Fund

The program

Supporting our sporting, recreational, environmental, cultural activities and community events to deliver health and wellbeing outcomes for our residents, contributing to the liveability of the city.

The Community Development Fund supports not-for-profit organisations based in Warrnambool to fund projects, activities and events which meet the grant program eligibility and criteria and contribute to the liveability of the City.

Submitting an application

The Community Development Fund Guidelines 2021-2022 explain how to apply.

Grant applications are only accepted using the SmartyGrants on-line system. You can download a copy of the application form for draft purposes.

For returning applicants, log into log into SmartyGrants and go to “Current Rounds”

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Funding categories

The funding pool for 2021-2022 is $251,000.
Applications that are eligible will fall under one of the following categories;

SPORT & RECREATION Support for; innovative projects that increase participation; increase access to sport; raise awareness of club; building club capacity; & purchase of assets. Up to $5,000
CULTURE & ARTS Support for; encouraging participation in creative outcomes; increase access to creative activities; raise awareness of club; building club capacity; & purchase of assets.  Up to $5,000
ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY Support for; projects that align with goals and actions outlined in Green Warrnambool; raise awareness of club; building club capacity; & purchase of assets. Up to $5,000
FESTIVALS & EVENTS Support for; new festivals or events that demonstrate a strong community focus; existing festivals or events that provide significant benefits to the City (economic, social & cultural growth)  Up to $5,000

Funding and limitations

Funding may cover the entire cost of the project or part thereof. If the funding does not cover the cost of the whole project you will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover the entire project.

Decisions are final and cannot be disputed. Feedback, post assessment may be sought however applicants must understand that this is a competitive process and the dollars applied for often exceed the funding available.

Grant Round Dates

Applications are accepted from Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Funding Round Open July 1, 2021
Funding Round Close August 6, 2021
Report submitted for endorsement to Council September 6. 2021 
Applicants notified of funding outcome September 7, 2021
Civic Reception for all successful recipients September 16, 2021
Project completed and acquitted for all programs except events and vegetation programs April 30, 2021
Project acquitted for events and vegetation programs June 30, 2021

Who is eligible to apply?

An applicant must;

  • Be based in Warrnambool City.
  • Be registered as a not-for-profit legal entity, eg: incorporated association.
  • Be a not-for-profit unincorporated group that is auspiced by a group that is registered not-for-profit legal entity.
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or submit a Australian Taxation Office Statement by Supplier form.
  • Submit an audited financial statement or financial report prepared for an annual general meeting from the last financial year with your application (if applicable)

Have provided acquittal reports for all previous Council funding (upon completion of the project). 

Please note: Council will accept applications from groups who have not completed an acquittal from the 2020-2021 round only, and only after groups have sought an extension due to COVID-19.

Auspiced groups

Grant funds are only paid to a legally incorporated group. Groups and Organisations based in Warrnambool that are not legally incorporated, may apply for a grant if their project is for the benefit of the Warrnambool City community and they are auspiced by a legally incorporated, not-for-profit group or organisation.

You can speak to Council about auspicing or seek general auspicing information at Justice Connect

What will not be funded?

  • Capital or maintenance work on a building or facility
  • General administration, wages or contracts, insurance premiums or debt payments
  • Projects that have already commenced or events and activities that have already occurred
  • Recurrent funding for ongoing projects or projects that have already been funded (excluding Events)
  • Tradeshows, conferences, teaching programs/lectures, university open days, commercial theatre, recurring markets
  • Events or activities that have a political or religious purpose, or that denigrate, exclude or offend parts of the community
  • Fundraising activities, prize money, trophy/medal production, awards, travel, accommodation, catering

Assessment and notification

Submitted grant applications are assessed by a panel of four.  (1) Council Officer (with expertise in the category), one (1) Council Manager (with expertise in the category), one (1) Independent Community Member and one (1) Grant Probity Officer.

Recommendations will be provided for Council endorsement, after which applicants will be advised in writing via the contact email provided of the outcome of their application.

Assessment criteria can be reviewed in the Community Development Fund Guidelines 2021-2022.

Past Grant Recipients

2020-2021 Grant Recipients

2019-2020 Grant Recipients

2018-2019 Grant Recipients