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Annual community grants

We invite local not-for-profit groups that contribute to making Bayside a better place to live to apply for a community grant.

Our annual community grants program supports organisations to strengthen and enrich community life through programs and activities in a range of areas including leisure, cultural awareness, environment, health, education, sporting and welfare.

The annual community grants program aims to:

  • Assists not-for-profit and community organisations to establish, extend and improve programs and services that address local needs, and for which funding is not provided through federal or state government channels.
  • Encourages voluntary activity, community participation and the contribution of local groups and organisations to community life.
  • Promotes sustainable community development and builds social capital.
  • Encourages innovative approaches to emerging issues and needs.

Bayside annual community grants 2021/22

Applications for Bayside annual community grants are now closed for 2021/22.

Grants of up to $7,500 each are considered for initiatives by eligible community groups that meet the objectives of our Grants Policy and the Annual Community Grants Guidelines.

Applications are evaluated against the criteria contained in the guidelines and assessed on:

  • Organisations’ level of connection to Bayside;
  • Equitable opportunity and organisational sustainability – i.e. number of previous grants received;
  • Evidence of community need;
  • Overall expected benefits for the community;
  • Alignment with Council’s strategic documents – particularly the Wellbeing for All Ages and Abilities Strategy 2017-2021;
  • Ability to strengthen local community and build capacity;
  • Ability to increase participation and inclusion opportunities; and 
  • Environmental benefits and sustainability.

Council will determine the grant allocations at the August Council Meeting.  All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application and successful applicants will be invited to an event to celebrate their success with Council and other grant recipients.

Successful grant recipients 2021/22

See a list of successful applications:

Should you have any further enquiries please contact our Community and Social Planner on (03) 9599 4787, or grants@bayside.vic.gov.au