Community Grants

About Community Grants 

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Our Community Grants program aims to enhance services, events and social activities that enrich our diverse community.

The program provides support to eligible not-for-profit/charitable organisations delivering Stonnington based programs, through funding and subsidised use of Council facilities. 

We offer three types of Community Grants:

Annual Grants (financial)

These grants provide financial assistance to organisations to deliver programs that benefit Stonnington residents and align with Council strategic plan

Examples include:  

  • social and cultural programs
  • minor equipment purchases (less than $2,000)
  • environmental initiatives and programs
  • public health and wellbeing activities
  • activities that increase opportunities for organised and passive physical exercise.

This grant only applies to programs to be implemented between July 2020 and June 2021. There is no limit to the amount of funding that may be sought. 

Partnership Grants (3 year service agreements)

This grant provides funding through a service agreement for community groups that provide continuous and significant services to the community that align with Council priorities.

Examples include: 

  • neighbourhood Houses
  • Citizen Advice Bureau
  • emergency relief and material aid providers
  • large service providers.

Conditions, reporting and accountability requirements apply. 

In Kind Grants (community facilities)

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

Council Venues available for hire:

To place a booking visit our Venue hire page. This must be done prior to your grant application submission as your booking confirmation letter is a required attachment.

Community Transport

Services available for use:

  • Mini Bus hire
  • Day trip
  • Regular weekly service

Visit our Community Transport page for more information and application forms.

 Community Transport roster is allocated on a calendar year (January – December)

For more information including budget and funding conditions, read our Community Grants Policy(PDF, 962KB) .

Program priorities

Our Community Grants program aims to support local initiatives that align with the objectives and priorities outlined 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.

 Other strategic documents which are relevant to these objectives can be found on our policies, plans and strategies page.

Important dates

  • Applications open: Friday 28 February 2020
  • Applications close: Friday 24 April 2020
  • Assessment period: May to June 2020
  • Notification of results: Mid July 2020

How to apply for Community Grant 

Applications for 2020-21 Community Grants Program are now closed. Successful applicants will be announced in mid-July 2020.

1. Read the eligibility criteria.


To be eligible for an Community Grant you must:

  • provide a program that takes place in Stonnington and directly benefits Stonnington residents 
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) 
  • be not-for-profit, charity or incorporated association (if under auspice, funds will be paid to the auspice organisation to administer)
  • have no outstanding debts to Council from previous grants
  • propose an program that will start and end in the financial year of the grant
  • have Public Liability insurance of no less than $20,000,000
  • have an high quality program that considers accessibility and inclusiveness.


The following are not eligible for Community Grants:
  • individuals or commercial enterprises
  • projects or activities that have already started, been completed, happen in the next financial year or are repeat applications
  • programs that duplicate existing services or programs provided by Council
  • building projects, refurbishment or maintenance
  • projects that have a detrimental impact on the environment
  • religious projects or activities run by (or involved with) religious groups seeking to promote their spiritual beliefs (open to public activities such as community celebrations or cultural festivals are allowed)
  • groups with revenue from electronic gaming machines
  • programs for the exclusive use or benefit of the organisation membership
  • proposals from current Council employees or contractors
  • covering ongoing expenses of organisations including staff salary and operational costs such as utilities and rent.

2. Attend the information session.

Information session details

These sessions provide community groups and organisations with useful information about how to apply, the selection criteria, the assessment process and are an opportunity to ask questions. You must attend even if you have been a previous grant applicant.

The information session for this year is over, but you can still watch a video recording of the session.

3. Contact Micare if you are a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) group that requires assistance.

MiCare contact details

4. If your program involves use of Council venues (In Kind Grant).

You must book your venue dates before submitting your application and attach your confirmation letter to your online application (step 6).

5. Gather the following documents for the application.

Required documents

  • 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 providing full details.  
  • Copy of Annual General Meeting minutes.  
  • Your Council venue booking confirmation letter if you are applying for In-kind Grant (community facilities)
  • Letter of approval from the auspice organisation of auspice applicants.
  • Copies of quotations for minor equipment or capital works.  
  • Any additional supporting material.

6. Complete your online application through Smarty Grants

Apply online through Smarty Grants

Submit by Friday 24 April 2020. No late applications will be considered and the system will automatically close at midnight.

7. What happens after submitting my application?

Your application will be assessed by the following system:

Assessment scoring system

1. Project outline – 40%

  • clearly defined objectives and outcomes
  • measures of success
  • project implementation plan
  • target audience
  • benefits to the City of Stonnington.

2. Community engagement – 30%

  • engagement with stakeholders (e.g. project partners, beneficiaries and broader Stonnington community etc.)
  • capacity to enlist new participants or engage with hard to reach groups
  • capacity or efforts to improve access or participation of residents with a disability, their families and carers, older residents, residents with language barriers.

3. Capacity, governance and financial – 20%

  • capacity to deliver the project
  • sound management system.

4. Strategic alignment – 10%

Applicants are advised of the result of their application in writing and online.

Contact us

Me’ad Assan
Community Development Officer
Phone: 8290 1333