How grants and funding work

Our grants and funding programs have a range of objectives, from supporting not-for-profit organisations, to helping you fund events and hire facilities. Here are some guidelines around our processes and rules, as well as the benefits of grants and funding.

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What is a grant?

A grant is money paid to an individual or organisation to help them do something great.

How does Glen Eira give out grants?

We receive funding for our Community Grants Program in our annual budget. This program offers grants to support not-for-profit groups and community-based organisations in various projects and activities.

The program aims to:

  • strengthen community connections and collaborations
  • develop an accessible and inclusive community
  • encourage community initiatives that promote self-sufficiency, innovation and respond to community needs
  • help strengthen community capacity to plan and implement services
  • support celebration and participation in community life
  • fund projects that deliver meaningful social impact.

Are there different grants?

Yes, there is a Community Grants Program that offers two funding streams, Community Strengthening Grants — up to $3,000 and Partnership and Events Grants — up to $10,000, and is open for applications at a specific time each year. 

Community Strengthening Grants are suited to small local community groups run by volunteers to:

  • build capacity of organisations and provide training and development initiatives
  • enhance current localised services
  • provide community-based projects
  • increase community participation in local activities
  • support and delivery of small events (under 250 attendees*) that are accessible to the broader Glen Eira community
  • provide educational activities.

Partnership and Events Grants are suited to not-for-profit organisations who have a broad community focus to:

  • support new and existing partnerships to deliver collaborative projects
  • support planning and delivery of festivals or events that are accessible to the broader Glen Eira community
  • support for services that benefit the Glen Eira community
  • new and innovative pilot projects that respond to local and community needs.

There is also the Facility Hire grants program, up to $7,500 and the Senior Citizens Centre allocation grants.

Facility hire grants program provides in-kind grants where Council covers the cost of facility hire of Council facilities.

Small Grants provides an ongoing source of grants that can respond quickly to the needs of groups, including urgent and unexpected events, matching funding from other sources and trying new ideas and activities.

Senior Citizens Centre allocations grants are available to groups that utilise Councils senior citizens centres to contribute towards operational and governance costs to assist Clubs to deliver core activities. Application for these grants is by invitation.

What can I use grants for?

Some of our most common reasons for applying for grants include:

  • implementing a project or activity
  • developing a new service
  • hiring one of our facilities
  • organising a festival or event

How do I apply for a grants?

Grants are available online via our SmartyGrants page.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Visit SmartyGrants
  2. Select the relevant form (there are several to choose from, depending on the type of grant you're applying for).
  3. Preview the application form (optional)
  4. Choose Start a submission by selecting ‘Login’ for your existing account or ‘Register’ for a new account. Use your organisation’s email address and create a password when you register.

Once registered, you can login and start an application. SmartyGrants allows you to save your progress and return to your application later, and also to upload supporting documents.


How are grants assessed?
Applications are asked by the Community Grants Advisory Committee which consists of Councillors who make recommendations to Council.

How do I know if we are successful?
All applicants will receive a letter (via email) notifying them of the outcome of their application. Each program has different assessment periods. We encourage you to contact the Community Grants Officer to find out the status of your application.

Do I need to acquit my grants?
Yes, each program has its own conditions on acquitting a grant. Recipients of a grant will be provided with an acquittal form and due date.