Small grants program

Our small grants program provides not-for-profit community-based organisations and groups small grants of up to $1,000 to carry out projects and activities that contribute to the liveability, accessibility, health and safety of Glen Eira.

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This program provides an ongoing source of small 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.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • build capacity and establish good governance of local volunteer organisations
  • support small programs, activities and events
  • deliver projects and events that support:
    • cultural celebrations
    • sport and recreation
    • social inclusion and community connectedness
    • environmental sustainability
    • volunteering
    • neighbourhood projects
    • health and wellbeing
    • diversity.

Key dates

  • Applications open: 1 July 2019
  • Applications may be submitted at any time until May 2020
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their grant application within 6 weeks. 

Strategic focus

Applications must demonstrate consistency with the themes in the Glen Eira Council and Community Plan 2017–2021 and Council’s priorities for the 2019–2020 Community Grants Program.

Council and Community Plan themes

  • Liveable and well designed
  • Accessible and well connected
  • Safe, healthy and inclusive
  • Clean and sustainable
  • Informed and engaged

Council’s priorities for the 2019–2020 Program are:

  1. Supporting a strong and safe community that connects people and enhances health and wellbeing.
  2. Improving social, economic and environmental sustainability.
  3. Promoting diversity, harmony and inclusiveness.
  4. Encouraging gender equity and preventing family violence.
  5. Enhancing civic participation through engagement, cultural expression and celebration.
  6. Events and activities that contribute to diverse, vibrant and prosperous public spaces.

Who can apply?

Small Grants are open to community-based groups and organisations that service the Glen Eira community and are not-for-profit.

Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • Be incorporated.
  • Have an ABN.
  • Hold public liability insurance in a minimum sum of $20 million.

You may also be auspiced by an organisation that meets these criteria.

What do I need for my application?

  • Details of your project.
  • Budget for your project.
  • Details of your organisation including incorporation number, GST status and ABN.
  • Bank account details.
  • A copy of your most recent annual financial report.
  • A copy of your Certificate of Currency for your public liability insurance.

How to apply?

Grant applications are made online by completing an application form through SmartyGrants. To complete your application you will need access to a computer, the internet and an email address.

STEP 1: Go online to SmartyGrants

Open the online application form link at

STEP 2: Select the application form

Select Small Grants Application Form 2019–20.

STEP 3: Start an application

Choose ‘Start a submission’ then ‘Login’ to SmartyGrants using an existing account or ‘Register’ a new account. To set-up a new account use your organisation’s email address as a username and create a password. Please ensure you record your login details. Once registered, you can then ‘Login’ and start an application.

SmartyGrants allows you to save your progress and return to your application at a later date and to also upload supporting documents.

Who cannot apply?

  • For-profit organisations.
  • Individuals.
  • Organisations that have not met the terms and conditions of previous Council grants.
  • Organisations that are the funding responsibility of other levels of government.
  • Organisations whose sole or dominant purpose is of a political nature.
  • Organisations or groups who meet outside of Glen Eira, unless they demonstrate the delivery of a specialised service that benefits the Glen Eira community.

Low priorities

  • Activities that duplicate existing programs.
  • Operational costs that should be covered by member fees.
  • Employment of temporary staff.
  • Purchasing of food and drinks unless they are integral to the delivery of a program or service.

What will not be funded?

  • Applications that seek to make up a shortfall due to budget cuts by other levels of government.
  • Private exhibitions run by individual artist and/or exhibitions for the sale of artwork.
  • Religious services.
  • Prizes and awards.
  • Ongoing staff salaries.
  • Festivals and events that charge entry fees and/or restrict broad community participation.
  • Capital works projects.
  • Computers and smart personal devices.
  • A project or activity that has received funding under another Glen Eira Community Grants Program stream in the same year.

For further information, contact one of our community grants officers on 9524 3333 


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