Community Grants

Community grants are available once a year for a short period of time, usually during July and August, for not-for-profit, community focused groups in Latrobe City for projects that will assist in the ongoing development or maintenance of recreational facilities; and meet the social and cultural needs of the citizens of Latrobe City. These grants are not intended to fully fund projects; groups should demonstrate their commitment to the project either financially or with in-kind support.

The opening and closing dates for  the Community Grants Program will be advertised in the Latrobe Valley Express, for several weeks, leading up to the opening of the grants round; they usually open early in the new financial year.

The Guidelines and Information booklet details the type of groups and projects that fit the criteria for the grants program.  It is recommended that you read the guidelines carefully, in particular ‘What will not be funded’ within the community grants program.

If you experience difficulty or problems using the online system refer to the SmartyGrants Help Guide(PDF, 1MB) or contact SmartyGrants on 03 9320 6888 or email

Successful applications

To complete the grant process, all successful groups are required to log into their Community Grant account and complete the required forms online.

Click here to view the 2013/14 successful applications(PDF, 236KB)

Note: Information about grant decisions will not be released over the telephone.

When to apply

The next round of Community Grants will open early in the 2014/15 financial year. Specific dates will be advertised in the Latrobe Valley Express prior to the opening of the grants program.

Venue Hire – maximum amount $500

For community-focused events/performances that are conducted in facilities/halls owned and operated by Latrobe City Council. Venue hire grants are open throughout the year, until the funds run out.  There is no closing date. Please note: Groups that receive an ‘Events Grant’ are not eligible to apply for a ‘Community Venue Hire Grant’.

Click here to apply for the 2013/2014 Venue Hire grant.

Minor Capital Works – up to $5000

For projects that will improve community facilities, eg renovations or repairs, or major items of equipment (with a value of $500 or more).

Community Development – up to $2000

For projects that support the community, eg newsletters or community publications, community support activities or programs, development or coaching programs or, minor items of equipment (with a value of $500 or less).

Events – up to $2000

For sporting events, carnivals, festivals or cultural events where an audience is involved and local or regional promotion is an intended outcome.


For assistance with the grants on-line system call 03 9320 6888 or email to

For information about the community grant program contact the Grants Administration Officer on 5128 5664.

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