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City of Whittlesea Neighbour Day Grants Program (NDGP)

The City of Whittlesea’s Community Neighbour Day Grants Program (NDGP) is a new grant of up to $250 available to individuals wishing to connect with their neighbours or community to celebrate Neighbour Day during the week Sunday 26 March 2023 to Sunday 2 April 2023.


The grant is to help communities to deliver a local activity to connect and form relationships within their community, where they live, work, worship, or where they play.

Resources – The Neighbours Every Day campaign provides simple, practical tools to create belonging, each and every day of the year. Whether you’re looking to celebrate your community on the day-of-action, or create belonging on any day of the year, you can fine the latest resources here Resources | Neighbours Every Day

As outlined in the Emergency Management Victoria Resilience Framework, a connected, inclusive, and empowered community is more likely to have less severe psychological impacts during an emergency and during their recovery period.” Community Resilience Framework for Emergency Management | Emergency Management Victoria (

At the heart of the Framework are seven resilience characteristics that aim to strengthen and encourage in communities. 

These characteristics are: 

  1. Connected, inclusive and empowered;
  2. Sustainable built and natural environment;
  3. Reflective and aware;
  4. Culturally rich and vibrant;
  5. Safe and well;
  6. Dynamic and diverse local economy; and
  7. Democratic and engaged.

These characteristics are not immediately “emergency” related but reflect instead the qualities that enable all sorts of communities to avoid or manage emergencies and to enable them to rebuild and re-establish when necessary.

Read the Resilient Communities Framework.


Grant Guidelines

Please refer to the Neighbourhood Day Grant 22-23 outline for detailed information, including assessment criteria, conditions of grant and how to apply.


Key dates

Applications open: Tuesday 3rd January 2023

Applications close: Wednesday 1st February 2023

Applicants notified of outcome: Friday 24th February 2023

Grant payment made: Friday 3rd March 2023



To receive this grant, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The proposed event must take place in the City of Whittlesea. (Proof of event address will be required, if the event is not in the City of Whittlesea, you are not eligible.)
  • Hold a Neighbour Day Event on the weekend of Sunday 26th March 2023 to Sunday 2nd April 2023.
  • Your event meets Council approval guidelines. For further information please click here
  • Agree to register your event at Create Belonging | Neighbours Every Day
  • Agree to provide Council creative reporting on your event
    (this may include a video, photos, images, sample or testimonials – be creative!)


How to apply

 All applications for the Neighbour Day Grant Program are to be submitted online via the below link

Please note: to apply through SmartyGrants you will need an email address