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Community Event Funding Program

Our current and forthcoming grants programs are now on hold while we assess the best way to provide value to the whole community which is also adjusting to the effects of COVID-19. The community will be invited to provide input and feedback into our new Community Grants programs soon. The new programs will look at how we can best support our local community through these challenging times. Please follow Council on Facebook and watch this space for updates on the launch of the new grants programs.

For more information

Contact our Event Approvals Officer on 9217 2122 or

The Community Event Funding 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.

Grants are available in two categories:

Neighbourhood Events – up to $2,000 (excluding GST)

Festivals and Events – up to $20,000 (excluding GST)

Applications for the 2020-2021 Community Event Funding Program will open on Monday 2 March 2020.

Grant guidelines 2020-2021

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

The grant guidelines have been updated for the 2020-2021 program. Even if your group has previously read and adhered to these guidelines, they need to be re-read so your group is aware of any changes or updates to the guidelines

Key dates

Applications open – Monday 2 March 2020

Applications close – Tuesday 14 April 2020

Successful applicants announced – May 2020

Events must take place 1 July 2020 – 31 March 2021

Acquittal of all grants

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

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

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

Preparing your grant project budget

All Community Event Funding Program grant applicants are required to submit a detailed budget to support their application.

This details what you will use the grant funds for, the details of other funding and in-kind support that will contribute to your project and the cost of all items required for the project.

Download our Budget Help Sheet below to help you plan out your budget.

For more information, contact the Event Approvals Officer on 9217 2122 or email