Small Grants Program


The September Small Grants program is now closed.

Next round is March 2022.

The Small Grants program supports community group projects and initiatives by encouraging development of project ideas and improvement of services in Surf Coast Shire.

Funds can be provided for projects and activities in these categories:

  • Community initiatives
  • Environment
  • Culture and arts
  • Recreation and leisure

(If you need support for an event instead, see our Events Grants Program)

Small Grants flowchart for website

The Small Grants program has two rounds of funding a year – March and September

Other information  

Small Grants Guidelines(PDF, 188KB)

These guidelines outline the program objectives, including the assessment criteria aligned to health and wellbeing priorities and community benefit. The guidelines detail applicant and project proposal eligibility, as well as funding and reporting requirements.

Smarty Grants Application Help Guide(PDF, 1MB)

This guide explains the essential steps to complete and submit the application form. 

Small Grants Example Budget(PDF, 94KB)

This provides an example budget demonstrating income, expenses and in-kind contribution

Successful applicants must complete an online Small Grants Project Acquittal Report within one year of funding. Community groups will not be considered eligible for future funding if the report has not been completed within this time frame.


If you have questions, contact the Small Grants officer on 5261 0666 or