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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 for the 2019-20 Community Event Funding Program are closed. 

Applicants have been notified of their outcomes.

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

2019-20 Community Event Grant recipients

The following groups were awarded funds under the Festival and Events category:

  • Whittlesea Cruise Nights
  • Whittlesea Reconciliation Group
  • Mission Smile Inc
  • African Australian Welfare Bureau
  • Plenty Valley Arts

Groups who received funding in the Neighbourhood Events category were:

  • Plentylife Anglican Church
  • Whittlesea Community Gardens
  • Laurimar Cricket Clubs
  • Dads of Whittlesea
  • Doreen Community Carols
  • Whittlesea Community House
  • Lalor Bocce and Social Club

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 – October 2019

Events must take place – October 2019 – 30 June 2020

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