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Community Development Fund

The program

Council recognizes that participation in sport, recreation, environment, cultural activities and community events promotes health and wellbeing of residents and contributes to the livability of the city.
The Community Development Fund provides funding to clubs, organisations and community groups for the provision of programs, projects, activities or events that deliver outcomes for the benefit of Warrnambool residents.

Funding criteria

Funding is available for community-based projects or activities that:

  • deliver new participation opportunities for local residents
  • increase the range and/ or access to participation opportunities available
  • addresses a community need which has been identified in an endorsed Council strategy or plan
  • deliver agreed environmental or sustainability benefits
  • promote visitation and tourism and/or increase economic and social opportunities

Projects which deliver outcomes which support the endorsed objectives of
the Warrnambool 2040 Community Plan (;
Warrnambool – A Healthy City (2017-2021);
Green Warrnambool (2018);
Warrnambool Event Strategy 2018-2022
will be strongly supported.
These plans can be viewed at

What projects will be funded?

Funds will be provided for projects and activities that fall into the following categories:

Sport & Recreation

Innovative or new projects that increase opportunities for participation in recreation and physical activity.
Projects which increase access to sport and recreation for women, people with disabilities, juniors or address inequity through free or low cost programs for those who do not have the capacity to pay are encouraged.

Culture & Arts:

Community arts projects that support the development of quality arts initiatives and/or increase involvement and access to arts and culture for the community.
Heritage focused projects that support participation, learning and recording of the cultural history of Warrnambool and its residents.

Environment & Sustainability

Environment & Sustainability projects which specifically deliver on the goals and objectives of the W2040 Plan: Environment Vision/Green Warrnambool 2018 are encouraged.
Revegetation on Council owned or managed land must meet Council’s Revegetation Policy and Guidelines.

Festivals & Events:

1. Seed Funding
Supports the development of new events that demonstrate a strong community focus.
2. Growth Funding
Supports existing events which demonstrate sustainability (financially & socially); have operated for over three years; provide significant benefits to the City (economic, social and cultural growth) and are able to provide a post-event report from previous events to illustrate achieved outcomes and continuous improvement.

2019/20 Round Dates

Funding Round 2019/20 opens 9:00am 15 May 2019
Funding Round 2019/20 closes 5:00pm 28 June 2019
All applicants assessed by grants panel by 5 August 2019
Civic Reception for all successful recipients 4 September 2019

Other Information

Community Development Fund 19/20 Guidelines

2018/19 Grant Recipients

2018/19 Grant Recipients

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