Community Initiative Grants: Quick Response

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Applications are NOW OPEN!

Grants of up to $2,000 are available in this program.  Applicants must contribute a minimum of 30% (cash or in-kind) towards the total project cost.  

Applications are assessed and funding is awarded on a monthly basis until the allocated budget is exhausted (per financial year).

Note: Council also offers Community Initiative Grants in March and September for projects seeking up to $5,000 funding.  Find out more here: Community Initiative Grants


About this grant

Council values the knowledge, skills and motivation people have to take action on ideas that contribute to a thriving Surf Coast Shire community and environment.

The Community Initiatives Grants: Quick Response contribute funds towards community-led projects that respond to current opportunities and/or needs.

This may include, for example, projects that increase social connection, inclusion, health, wellbeing, safety, community arts, cultural or environmental outcomes, and/or upskill local volunteers.

Council Plan 2021-2025 provides some information and food for thought on these topics (and others).

Applications are assessed against the grant criteria outlined in the guidelines by a panel of Council Officers.

Assessment scores of:

  • above 85 will be fully funded
  • between 75-85 partially funded (75% of request if project can still be delivered)
  • between 50-75 partially funded (50% of request if project can still be delivered)
  • less than 50, not funded

It is a requirement that all successful grant applications align with the Surf Coast Shire Council Health and Wellbeing Plan.

Other information  

Before applying:

1.  Read these Guidelines(PDF, 369KB)  and check your eligibility.

2.  Call our Grants Team on 5261 0666 to discuss your idea and ask any questions.