Community Grants

About Community Grants

Applications for 2020-21 Community Grants Program are now closed.

The 2021/2022 Community Grant Program is expected to open for submission closer to the end of this financial year. All previous community grant applicants will be notified when the program is released for submissions. If you are a new applicant and wish to be notified on the opening of the 2021/2022 Community Grant Program please send your details to

Our Community Grants program builds our diverse community through:

  • services
  • events, and
  • social activities.

We support to eligible not-for-profit and charitable organisations delivering Stonnington-based programs through:

  • funding, and
  • subsidised Council facilities. 

We have three types of Community Grants:

Annual Grants (financial)

These grants give financial assistance to organisations that:

These include:  

  • social and cultural programs
  • minor equipment purchases (less than $2,000)
  • environmental initiatives and programs
  • public health and wellbeing activities
  • activities to promote organised and passive exercise.

This grant applies to programs carried out from July 2020 to June 2021.

There is no limit to how much funding you can apply for. 

Partnership Grants (3 year service agreements)

This grant uses a service agreement to fund community groups that:

For example: 

  • Neighbourhood Houses
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • emergency relief and material aid providers, and
  • large service providers.

You must meet conditions, reporting and accountability requirements. 

In Kind Grants (community facilities)

This grant provides subsidised use of Council venues and community transport services.

Council venues for hire:

Book with our Venue hire page.

Do this before sending your grant application.

You need to attach this booking confirmation letter.

Community transport

Services available:

  • Minibus hire
  • Day trip
  • Regular weekly service

Find more Community Transport information and application forms.

Our Community Transport roster is based on a calendar year (January to December).

Program priorities

Our Community Grants program supports local projects.

These projects must meet the objectives and priorities in the Council Plan:

  • Improve community health, well-being and safety.
  • Enhance social connections.
  • Promote accessibility and inclusiveness.
  • Advance social cohesion and reconciliation.
  • Actively promote environmental sustainability.

 Find out more on our policies, plans and strategies page.

How to apply for Community Grants 

1. Read the eligibility criteria.


To qualify for Community Grants, you must:

  • provide the program in Stonnington and directly help its residents
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) 
  • be a not-for-profit, charity or incorporated association (if you're auspiced, we pay the funds to the auspice organisation to manage)
  • have no outstanding debts to Council from previous grants
  • propose a program that starts and ends in the financial year of the grant
  • have Public Liability insurance of no less than $20,000,000, and
  • have a high quality program that considers accessibility and inclusiveness.


You can't get a Community Grant:
  • if you're an individual or commercial enterprise
  • if the projects or activities have already started, finished, happen next financial year or are repeat applications
  • for programs that duplicate Council services or programs
  • for building projects, refurbishment or maintenance
  • for projects that harm the environment
  • religious projects or activities run by (or involved with) religious groups to promote their spiritual beliefs (public activities like community celebrations or cultural festivals are allowed)
  • if you get revenue from electronic gaming machines
  • for programs only used by, or helping, the organisation members
  • for proposals from current Council employees or contractors, or
  • to pay an organisation's ongoing expenses (including staff salary, utilities and rent).

2. Go to the information session.

Information session

These sessions tell community groups and organisations:

  • how to apply
  • the selection criteria, and
  • the assessment process.

You can ask questions.

You must go to the session, even if you've applied before.

The information session for 2020 has already happened.

You can watch a video recording of the session.

Check back for information on this year's grants.


3. Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups can contact MiCare for help.

MiCare contact details

Grattan Gardens Community Centre
40 Grattan Street
Prahran VIC 3181

Call 9510 5877 or email

4. If your program uses Council venues (In Kind Grant).

You must book your venue dates before sending your application.

Attach your confirmation letter to your online application (Step 6).

5. Get the following documents for your application.

Documents you need

  • Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Certificate of Incorporation or evidence of legislative provisions for charitable purposes
  • Current Certificate of Currency – Public Liability Insurance
  • Annual operating budget with full details
  • Copy of Annual General Meeting minutes
  • Council venue booking confirmation letter (if you're applying for In-kind Grants)
  • Auspice organisation's letter of approval (for auspice applicants)
  • Copies of quotes for minor equipment or capital works
  • Any extra support documents

6. Apply online through Smarty Grants

Apply online through Smarty Grants

Applications for 2020 have closed. The system automatically closes at midnight. It doesn't accept late applications.

7. What happens after submitting my application?

Your application is assessed by the following system:

Assessment scoring system

1. Project outline (40 percent)

  • Clearly defined objectives and outcomes
  • Measures of success
  • Project implementation plan
  • Target audience
  • Benefits to the City of Stonnington

2. Community engagement (30 percent)

  • Engagement with stakeholders (e.g. project partners, recipients, Stonnington community)
  • Ability to get new people to join or involve hard-to-reach groups
  • Ability or efforts to include people with disabilities, their families and carers, older residents, residents with language barriers

3. Capacity, governance and financial (20 percent)

  • Ability to deliver the project
  • Strong management system

4. Strategic alignment (10 percent)

 We will contact you in writing and online to let you know the result of your application.

Contact us

Me’ad Assan
Community Development Officer
Call 8290 1333 or email