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Community Development Fund

The Community Development Fund provides grants of up to $3,000 to assist local clubs and organisations in the provision of programs, projects, activities or events within the City of Warrnambool.

Funding Categories

The Community Development Fund is based on delivering improvements in the following preferred four areas:

Sport and Recreation

  1. Development & provision of new sporting or recreational programs, projects or activities 
  2. Purchase of new or replacement of essential sporting equipment
  3. Provide sporting or recreational opportunities to specific population groups

Cultural Activities 

  1. Cultural programs, projects or activities 
  2. Provide opportunities to specific population groups
  3. Purchase of new or replacement of essential equipment


  1. Development and conduct of local, community based sporting, recreational or cultural events within the City

Environmental Sustainability

  1. Development of projects that result in protection or enhancement of remnant vegetation
  2. Improvements to water quality
  3. Reduction in energy use, water use, or waste
  4. Education of the community about isues


For residents of Warrnambool, the Community Development Fund has been created to provide five key outcomes which create the funding criteria:

  • Better Opportunities
  • Increased Participation
  • Improved Community Benefit
  • Environmental Benefit (Environment Sustainability grants only)

Applicants will need to achieve at least TWO of the above funding criteria in order to meet the fund guidelines.


This program provides funds for sporting, recreational, cultural or environmental sustainability programs, projects, activities or events subject to the criteria and guidelines of the policy and to the availability of funds within the Council budget.

To be eligible for funding applicants must;

  • be based within the Warrnambool City municipal boundaries
  • be non-profit making
  • be able to demonstrate direct benefits to the residents of Warrnambool
  • not already receiving substantial financial support from Council
  • be an Incorporated body, cooperative or association or be auspiced by an incorporated body, cooperative or association if seeking grants for over $1,000
  • possess an Australian Business Number (ABN) or can provide written advice from the Australian Tax Office that no withholding tax is required from the grant payment
  • be able to submit an audited financial statement or financial report prepared for AGM, from the last financial year with their application. (Auditing requirements vary based on the gross revenue for the last financial year, please click here to check requirements for your club/organisation)

Please note:  Applications will NOT be considered if they are;

  • from an individual
  • for capital or major maintenance work on a building or facility
  • for a program or activity considered the major responsibility of the State or Federal Government
  • for a program or activity already commenced
  • to subsidise the normal operation of the club or organization
  • for projects or activities previously funded by Council under this or another program
  • have not acquitted any prior applications funded by this program
  • from organisations that have access to substantive levels of recurrent funding not generally available to local clubs or organisations
  • From community based agencies

Funding Allocation

Up to $3,000

Council will allocate funds to successful applicants on a two for one basis. Ie Council will provide two dollars for each dollar contributed by the successful applicant.


Opening date Closing Date Successful Notifications
Friday 11 May 2018
Friday 29 June 2018
Tuesday 4 September 2018

Fund Guidelines

Before applying, Council recommends applicants read the Community Development Fund 2018/2019 Guidelines along with the Terms and Conditions 2018/2019.

Mandatory Attachments

All applicants must provide the following documents as attachments;

  • financial statement from the last financial year (audited statement and/or financial report prepared for AGM).

Application Process

All grant information, applications, reporting and financial acquittals will be managed through Smartygrants, an online web based system.

Applicants will be required to register before application submissions can be commenced. 

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Download the blank 2018/2019 Application Form here to use as a guide for completing the online version.

For further assistance with applying, please call Council on 5559 4800 between 9.00am-5.00pm weekdays.

Applications for the 2018/2019 Community Development Fund have now closed


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