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Community Event Funding Program

The Community Event Funding Program (CEFP) is back for 2022, providing funding to groups and organisations who wish to deliver outdoor community run events that showcase our diverse communities.

The program is available to a broad range of community groups including cultural, environmental, special interest and community agencies provided they are not-for-profit and that the event directly benefits the City of Whittlesea community.

Applications for the Community Event Funding Program will open on Monday 18 July 2022 and applications must be submitted by 5.00pm Friday 12 August.

Applicants will be notified of their outcome in September.

The guidelines and timelines are for this year only and may be subject to change in future years.

Grants are available in two categories:
Neighbourhood Events – up to $3,000
Festivals and Events – up to $25,000

The amount of funding available in each category has increased from previous years. Council wants to support community event organisers to deliver events post COVID by increasing the money available that event organisers can use to offset additional costs incurred in the running of events.


Grant guidelines

Please refer to the Community Event Funding Program guidelines for detailed information, including assessment criteria, conditions of grant and acquittal requirements.

Key dates

Applications open – Monday 18 July 2022
Applications close – Friday 12 August 2022
Successful applicants announced – September 2022
Events commence – October 2022 – 30 June 2023

Community information session

Council is looking to set up some informal information sessions during the application opening period. Please visit Council’s website and socials for further information.


Apply online

To apply online visit:

Acquittal of all grants

Acquitting is a mandatory part of the Community Events Funding Program, and details how grant money was spent and outcomes of the project.

To be eligible for future funding from Council, groups need to ensure to acquit all previous grants.

Complete an acquittal form online via SmartyGrants (select 'My Submissions' to view any outstanding acquittals).


For more information

Contact the Event Approvals Officer on 9217 2122 or email