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 Guidelines and Information booklet(PDF, 404KB) 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.

View the 2013/14 successful applications(PDF, 236KB)

When to apply

The next round of Community Grants will open at 8.30am on Monday, 7 July 2014 and close at midnight on Friday, 22 August 2014. 
The online system will shut down after midnight on Friday, 22 August 2014; groups will not be able to submit applications after this time.

Start your application

SmartyGrants – Applicant Login
If you experience difficulty or problems using the online system contact Carol Bolding, Executive Assistance Recreation & Community Infrastructure on 5128 5664,  mobile: 0417 771 412 or email to

To view your saved or submitted application/s

Make sure you save your applications regularly as you proceed through the application form.  At any time you can log out and log back in later to view all of the applications your group has started or submitted.  Login at the SmartyGrants website and go to ‘My Submissions’.

Remember to hit the Submit button when you have completed the application.

Successful applications

Successful applicants will be notified in writing following the decision by Council at the Ordinary Council Meeting scheduled for 22 September 2014.
If your grant application is successful login to your Community Grant Account to complete the required forms online.
Note: Information about grant decisions will not be released over the telephone.

Grants available (see below for Biodiversity on Rural Land Grant)

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’ and the Conditions of Venue HIre(PDF, 56KB) will apply at all times
Click here to apply for a 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).

Click here to apply for a Minor Captial Works grant

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).

Click here to apply for a Community Development grant

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.

Click here to apply for a Events grant

Biodiversity on Rural Land Grants up to $1,500

  • These grants are available for applicants who wish to protect native vegetation and biodiversity through:
  • Protection or enhancement of existing remnants, e.g. through stock fencing, weed control, provision of nest boxes or re-introductions
  • Re-vegetation to extend or connect remnants
  • Biodiversity survey, assessment, planning and capacity-building, e.g. through courses and handbooks
  • Wetland creation and maintenance
  • Other conservation actions

Apply for a Biodiversity on Rural Land grant

The Biodiversity on Rural Land grants will remain open until the funds are depleted. 
Further information regarding these grants is available on the Biodiversity on Rural Land Grants page. Contact the Environmental & Sustainability Team on 5128 6100 regarding these grants.


For assistance with the community grant program contact Carol Bolding, Executive Assistance Recreation & Community Infrastructure on 5128 5664,  mobile: 0417 771 412 or email to

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