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Community Event Funding Program

The Community Event Funding Program (CEFP) is a new program that will provide funding to groups and organisations who wish to deliver outdoor community run festivals and events that showcase our diverse community.

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 will open on Monday 1 July 2019 and must be submitted by 3.00pm Wednesday 31 July.

Applicants will be notified of their outcomes in September.

As this is a new program, the guidelines and timelines are for this year only and may be subject to change in future years.

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 1 July 2019

Applications close – Wednesday 31 July 2019

Successful applicants announced – September 2019

Events must take place – October 2019 – 30 June 2020

Community information sessions

We will be hosting community information sessions where community members can learn about our new Community Events Funding Program.

Council staff will be on hand to detail the new program and offer advice on how to complete the online application form, budget advice, concept development, etc.

Thursday 27 June 2019

2.00pm – 3.00pm

Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre


Thursday 27 June 2019

7.00pm – 8.00pm

Civic Centre, Fountain View room

Apply online

You can apply through the link below from Monday 1 July. 

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