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Do you own a business, or have a community project that you need funding for?

There are many funding opportunities available, across a broad range of areas, and we know that the search for grants can be daunting.

The Victorian and Australian Government, and occasionally corporations, provide grant opportunities that align with their vision for society and associated policies.

Strathbogie, Shepparton and Moira Councils have joined forces with Australia’s most powerful grant search engine, Grant Guru, to deliver a free one-stop-shop website for business and community grants.

You can simply use the search engine to find available grants and filter grants by specifying location, industry and type of project.

The website also assists with advice and top tips for finding and applying for grants to maximise your chances of receiving the funding you need.

Visit Goulburn Valley Funding Finder to find available grants for your project and register to receive alerts!


Some grants that recently became available, are as follows:


Agriculture Energy Investment Plan grants

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorian farmers to invest in new equipment and technology to improve sustainability and reduce energy costs with the rollout of Agriculture Energy Investment Plan grants.

Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes recently visited a recipient in Serpentine, one of 36 farm businesses around the state who are benefitting from over $1 million in the latest round of grants.

The grants will support farm businesses complete projects to improve their energy efficiency, reduce on-farm costs and maintain their competitiveness. Grants have been awarded to farms across the agricultural sector – including dairy, sheep, horticulture and viticulture producers.

The grants awarded so far will be used for projects including solar energy systems, sustainable solar-powered dairy systems and irrigation and electricity upgrades. Some farms are expected to save over 40 per cent on their annual energy costs.

Farms from across the state, including those in the Wangaratta, Moira, Wellington, Alpine, Gannawarra, South Gippsland, and Campaspe shires have been successful.

For more information on grants through Agriculture Victoria, go to

For an application form, click on the link below:



ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund

The ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund provides support to the veteran community through the provision of funding for a range of welfare related activities. Funding is provided to assist organisations whose principal objective is to provide welfare to the ex-service community.

To be eligible for funding an organisation must:

-Demonstrate that its principal objective is to provide welfare to the ex-service community

-Be an incorporated bodypossess an Australian Business Number (ABN) or can provide written advice from the Australian Taxation Office that no withholding tax is required from the grant payment

-Be financially solvent

-Be based in Australia provided the project is located in Victoria

-Have submitted a Final Report or Progress Report for any previously provided or current Victorian Government Veterans Grant

-Unincorporated organisations may arrange for an incorporated organisation to act as an auspice on their behalf.


Grants from this program can be used for:

-Direct welfare services, programs or assistance that is targeted to the ex-service community, for example, assistance with the payment of living expenses

-Welfare for those in the ex-service community who are socially or geographically isolated, for example, the cost of providing access to activities

-Health and wellbeing programs and activities for veterans and/or their families

-Education and school expenses for veterans dependants for example school uniforms, books and excursions

-Operating costs for the provision of welfare, for example, the costs of providing transport for shopping, social activities and welfare needs

Guidelines can be found at

There is one funding round per year. This funding round closes 2 September 2019.

For further information on the Victorian Veteran Grant programs please phone: 1300 366 356 or go to



Communities Environment Program

For funding between $2,500- $20,000 per project. Up to 100% of project costs. The project must ber completed by no later than 31 December 2020. 

The project must:

  • Be a small scale, community-led environmental project
  • Give communities the resources, skills and knowledge to care for the environment
  • Deliver positive environmental and social outcomes
  • Include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • Direct the majority of grant funding to onground eligible activities
  • Undertake the majority of the project in the Nicholls electorate.

The entity must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • An incorporated not for profit organisation including incorporated community associations (including Parents and Friends groups), indigenous not for profit corporations, non-distributing co-operatives, and companies limited by a guarantee.
  • A State government agency or body that is a registered school that is a legal entity, a legal entity applying on behalf of a registered school, or a Regional Land Partnerships service provider acting as a project sponsor for a community group.
  • A local governing body (as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995).
  • An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community asset or property.

Project examples:

  • Monitoring local flora, fauna, water quality or marine debris (including on land, in freshwater or in estuarine/marine areas)
  • Supporting recovery of threatened species (including terrestrial, aquatic and marine species) and ecological communities,
  • Seed collection, propagation and planting of trees and understorey to rehabilitate degraded habitats / riverbanks / wetlands; control erosion; or to increase suitable habitat, vegetation linkages and available food sources for native animals
  • Reducing the impact of invasive weeds, pest animals, and diseases on the environment
  • Fencing or installing infrastructure, such as boardwalks, to manage access to sensitive natural habitats or sites
  • Litter clean-up events, marine debris collection or litter management infrastructure
  • Workshops to increase community skills in monitoring, conserving, and/or protecting threatened species, ecological communities or other important environmental assets

Expressions of interest close on Friday 27 September 2019. 

For more information, go to: 



 First Peoples Investment Program

The program is for emerging through to established creative practitioners and people working in the arts and creative industries, as well as individuals who do not formally identify as creative practitioners. First Peoples organisations in Victoria are also encouraged to apply for creative and cultural support activities.

First-time applicants are able to be supported through the whole project process from the application through to the final reporting on how the funds were spent (acquittal report). This support may be through a community-based or sector-based mentor (paid for by Creative Victoria) and can be organised with Creative Victoria staff.

The First Peoples Investment Program (Pilot) Guidelines can be downloaded here.

Funding available

Funding is available in three different streams:

  • Stream 1: Connect to Country

  • Stream 2: Develop your skills

  • Stream 3: Create something new

Please note, in 2019 individuals and groups will only be able to receive one grant per stream.  Organisations may apply on behalf of multiple applicants.

Key dates

Round opens:   Now open, via the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
Round closes:  5pm, 31 December 2019 or until funding has been exhausted

The program is currently open on an ongoing basis, with no closing dates, and applicants can apply anytime up to 31 December 2019 or until the funding pool is exhausted. The program will run as a pilot in 2019 laying the foundation for future Creative Victoria programs to support First Peoples projects and activities.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application within 6 weeks of applying.

Who to talk to

For more information contact Eliza Mango, a Taungurung woman and the Senior Officer for the First Peoples programs at Creative Victoria. Eliza can be reached on 03 8683 3128 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Inspiring Australia Science Engagement Programme Grants

The Morrison Government is offering grants of up to $20,000 for schools and organisations to give our kids science opportunities in Australia and abroad.

The Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions program

is now open for applications.

This programme seeks to support Australian students under the age of 18 to attend or participate in STEM related events, activities and competitions in Australia and overseas.

Grants between $1,000 and $20,000 per application are available. The maximum grant amount per student is:
- $1,500 for STEM events or activities occurring within Australia
- $5,000 for international STEM events or activities.

Eligible applicants include sponsor organisations who must apply on behalf of a student or group of students and:
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Be one of the following entities:
a) Primary or secondary school, registered with a State or Territory authority
b) Incorporated not-for-profit organisation
c) Entity incorporated in Australia

Eligible project must:
- Involve the participation of a student or a group of students at an eligible event.
- Have a minimum of $1,000 in eligible expenditure.
- Be related to the pursuit of a field of STEM and one that promotes student engagement in STEM-related disciplines, or participation in STEM-based competitions both in Australia and overseas.Examples of events are:
- INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair
- Google Science Fair
- World Science Festival
- International and domestic Makers Fairs
- Australian National Space Camp
- International Youth Science Forums
- STEM-based camps

For more information inclduing application guidelines and forms click here.

For the Australian Government media release click here

This grant programme is open on an ongoing basis until all funds are allocated for the financial year.



Local Schools Community Fund 2019-2020

Eligible organisations include all schools in receipt of Commonwealth recurrent funding in 2019.

$1,000-$20,000 per campus and applicationgs close 30 September 2019. 

Project examples:

  • Master-planning
  • Small scale extensions / refurbishments
  • Installation of computer or ICT facilities / equipment / software
  • Playground and sporting equipment
  • Shade structures
  • Landscaping
  • Procurement of musical facilities, furniture, computer equipment (e.g. digital whiteboards), library resources
  • Air-conditioning
  • Measures to target student wellbeing
  • Counselling or youth mental health support
  • Excursions for students from remote areas
  • Additional English as a second language support for refugee students
  • Specific facilities for students with a disability in a school.

For more information, go to:



Multicultural Festivals and Events Grants

A new round of Multicultural Festivals and Events Grants is now open to support organisers of community events that celebrate Victoria’s rich diversity.

The Victorian Government has announced more than $1.3 million in funding under the 2019-2020 Multicultural Festivals and Events Program Round 2 for events to be held between January and June 2020.

Not-for-profit organisations holding cultural and religious events between January and June 2020 in Victoria are invited to apply for a Multicultural Festivals and Events Grant. Grants up to $75,000 will be available.

Events that can be funded include but not limited to a celebration of a significant cultural or religious day or festival, a multicultural performance or exhibition, or a conference that fosters community unity and intercultural relationships. Festivals and events can include one or more cultural or religious groups and could be run as part of next year’s Harmony Day and Victoria’s Cultural Diversity Week celebrations.

Apply now for a Multicultural Festivals and Events Grant and receive funding of $2,000 - $75,000 to hold cultural or religious festivals and events between January and June 2020. Applications close 6 Sept 2019.

Apply now: 



Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour

Up to $30,000 (excluding GST) for community groups to restore war memorials, honour rolls and avenues of honour to their original condition, or changed to better reflect veteran service in the community. Only 1 application can be made per project.

This program support local war memorials in Victoria that commemorate Victorians who served in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

You cannot apply for this grant if the project has started.

Who can apply?

-Ex-service organisations

-Local government authorities

-Not-for-profit organisations

-Educational institutions


How applications are assessed

Applications will be assessed within 2-3 months.

Your application will be assessed against other applications, the amount of funding available, and how the project will:

-Preserve the historic fabric and significance of the community war memorial, honour roll or avenue of honour

-Improve the experience for people attending commemorative services 

-Increase community knowledge about the local history and purpose of the memorial,or avenue of honour partner and consult with ex-service organisations, local councils, local business, schools and other bodies.


Types of activities that might be funded

-Repointing the brickwork or stone of a memorial

-Repairs to broken statues or plinths that form part of a memorial

-Repairs to barriers and fences that surround and protect a memorial

-Rectification of sinking foundations or lifting paving

-Re-lettering and re-gilding

-Treatment of rusted original memorial gates or fences

-Installation of additional plaques at the site of the existing memorial or additional names on the memorial or honour board (see below "missing names" and "new plaques")

-Installation of explanatory walls or interpretation panels

-Restoration of commemorative plaques that form an integral part of an avenue of honour

-Replanting or maintenance of trees that formed part of an original avenue of honour

-Provision of seating, paving or lighting to allow better access to a commemorative site

-Relocation of a memorial to its original position or to a new position if the current location poses safety or heritage risks


For more information regarding this grant, please go to the Victorian Government website

Now open, this grant closes 2 September 2019. 



Roving Curator Program

The 2020 Roving Curator Program aims to enhance Victorian Cultural life by supporting museums and galleries to develop inspiring, enjoyable and informative exhibitions and displays.

The Roving Curator Program provides an exhibitions curator to work with small museums on an exhibition project, including assistance on-site, and follow up support from the office after the visit. The AMaGA Victoria Exhibitions Advisory Committee selects up to four applications for each annual round. The program is administered with funds received from Creative Victoria.

This program opens next week and has a deadline of Thursday 17 October, 2019.

Click here for more information. 



Saluting Their Service – Community Commemorative Grants

This is an Australian Government Grant. Receive up to $4,000 for local community based projects and activities; and Major Commemorative Grants for state/nationally significant projects and activities.

The Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants program is designed to preserve Australia's wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia's servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

Two categories of grants are available under the STS program:

  1. Community Commemorative Grants (CCG) — Grants up to a maximum of $4,000 are available for community-based commemorative projects and activities. This includes, for example, the building of community memorials and the preservation of wartime memorabilia that is significant locally but is not necessarily nationally significant.  
  2. Major Commemorative Grants (MCG) — Grants are available for projects and activities that are significant, from a national, state or territory perspective and that contribute to Australia’s understanding of its wartime heritage and honour the service and sacrifice of its servicemen and women.

You can access the Grant Opportunity Guidelines for STS Commemorative Grants by visiting Community Grants Hub.

You must submit your grant application using the application form, which is available at Community Grants Hub and GrantConnect when the round is open.

This grant is now open, and closes 6 November 2019.

For more information on this grant, click here.



 Science Awards Grant Opportunity Guidelines

Grant applications are now open for the 2020 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and I have also attached a copy of the guidelines to this email.

If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.

The Science Awards encourage young scientists, researchers, innovators and others active in agriculture with original projects that will contribute to the ongoing success and sustainability of Australia’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries.  The Science Awards have already helped 250 young Australians make their ideas a reality and showcase their talent to the world.

There are eleven industry Science Award categories open for applications: biosecurity and digital innovation; cotton; eggs and poultry (layers); fisheries and aquaculture; forest and wood products; grains; meat and livestock; pork; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology; and wool.

Each category includes a $22,000 grant, and is generously supported by the research and development corporations and industry organisations as our Science Award partners.

Winners of the industry category Science Awards are then invited to apply for the Minister for Agriculture’s Award, which provides additional funding for an extended research project.

Applications close on Friday 4 October, 2019. For more information, click here



Sports and Recreation Victoria- Significant Sporting Events Program

There are three funding streams available:
1. Event Assistance
- For event organisers seeking funding support to assist with the general operational costs associated with hosting events.
- Grants of up to $20,000 are available.

2. Event Development Grants
- For developing or expanding events, or for events seeking funding to assist with high operational costs (typically more than $200,000).
- Grants of up to $150,000 are available.

3. Strategic Event Planning Grants
- Aims to develop strategic event plans that seek to identify future events that could be hosted in Victoria and the requirements for doing so.
- Grants of up to $20,000 are available.

Higher grant amounts may be available and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Sport development benefits
- Strategic alignment/government priorities
- Participation, visitation and economic benefit

For more information on guidelines, click here or go to the Goulburn Valley Finder: Grant Guru page here.



 Stronger Communities Programme (SCP)

Round 5 of this funding program opened on Monday 5 August, 2019. This programme aims to support the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia by funding small capital projects in each of the 151 Federal electorates. The intended outcomes of the program are to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities

Funding between $2,500 and $20,000, or up to 50% of eligible project costs, is available. Each Federal electorate has total funding of up to $150,000 that can be allocated to successful applications. A maximum of 20 projects will be funded in each electorate. A total funding pool of $22.65 million is available for Round 5, 2019-20.

Eligible applicants must:
- Be invited to apply by their Member of Parliament.
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Be one of the following incorporated entities:
a) An incorporated not-for-profit organisation.
b) A local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995.
c) An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community asset or property.

Examples of projects:

  • Modifications, upgrade, fit out, construction, refurbishment, or alterations to premises (including leased premises providing permission has been given by the owner) such as air-conditioning, kitchen, canteen, change room or toilet installation or upgrade, TVs, furniture, fixtures and fittings, painting, inclusive access, drinking fountains, drainage, water systems, and lighting.

  • Purchase of equipment that would remain the property of the organisation including ICT hardware, BBQs, shade, specialist equipment (including medical and emergency services), musical instruments, uniforms, seating, and sporting equipment including gymnasiums, scoreboards, and goals.

  • Vehicles and trailers and/or modifications to vehicles and trailers for community transport/services or medical transport.

  • Development or upgrade of public areas or amenities such as bike paths, streetscapes, skate parks or community gardens.

For more information, go to:

For the Nicholls Electorate details, go to:

For Indi Electorate details, call (02) 6024 6284 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Veteran and Community Grants

This is an Australian Government grant. Veteran and Community Grants are for activities and services which improve the health and wellbeing of members of the veteran community.

Who can apply? Ex-service organisations, veterans' groups, community organisations and private companies are all eligible to apply for Veteran and Community Grants.

For example, the grant can provide seed funding for projects which promote a healthy lifestyle or help veterans to remain living independently in their own homes. They can also fund programs to reduce social isolation, support carers and improve access to community services.

All the details about:

  • What can be funded through Veteran and Community Grants
  • Who is eligible to apply
  • What you need to include in your application is in the Veteran and Community Grants Opportunity Guidelines (the guidelines).

Read the guidelines carefully before you start your application. You can find these guidelines and additional information about how to apply, on the Community Grants Hub.

Now open for applications. Closing 27 February 2020.

For more information, go to 



Victoria Remembers Minor Grants Program

This grant provides up to $30,000 (excluding GST) for projects which honour or commemorate veterans’ service, or educate Victorians about veterans contributions.

Now open. Closes 2 September 2019. 

Who can apply?

  • Ex-service organisations
  • Local government authorities
  • Not-for-profit organisations
  • Educational institutions 

How we assess applications

We'll look at how the project benefits the ex-service and wider Victorian community, including:

  • How it provides an opportunity to honour and commemorate the service and sacrifice of veterans
  • How it educates Victorians about the contribution made by veterans in their service to the nation and state
  • How the project will be delivered, the budget and who will be involved
  • Who will benefit from the project

Your application will be assessed competitively against other applications. Applicants should have no expectations of ongoing annual funding.

Projects we might fund

  • New war memorials
  • Commemorative events
  • Public Education Projects
  • Preserve wartime heritage

For more information, go to the Victoria Remembers Minor Grant Information page via the Victorian Government website. 


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