Community Grants Program

The Community Grants Program funds projects and programs that strengthen capacity, support social connection, address health and well-being inequities, increase access and inclusion for diverse communities, and support sustainability initiatives.


The community grants aims to support eligible community groups and organisations to apply for funding to produce projects and programs that:

  • identify and meet existing and emerging community needs
  • strengthen capacity of local community groups, organisations, and networks
  • promote and encourage social connection, and participation in community life
  • address health and well-being inequities
  • create initiatives that enable access and inclusion for diverse communities
  • support sustainability initiatives and facilitate innovation.

Applications open Tuesday 27 February and close midnight Thursday 4 April 2024.

Grant Categories

Category 1. Program Support

Maximum funding per project: $1,000

Purpose: Supports small groups to initiate and run their activities

Category 2. Diversity and Ageing Support

Maximum funding per project: $1,000

Purpose: Supports culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) seniors' groups to initiate and run activities

Category 3. Toyota Community Foundation / City of Port Phillip Equipment Fund (‘Toyota Equipment Fund’)

Maximum funding per application: $1,500 (one application per organisation)

Purpose: Funding for the purchase of equipment that is essential to project or service success

Category 4. Social Inclusion Partnerships

Maximum funding per project: $5,000

Purpose: Supports projects and activities that involve two or more organisations working in partnership to increase social inclusion

Category 5. Community Strengthening

Maximum funding per project: $10,000

Purpose: Supports projects and activities that strengthen community and organisational capacity

Key dates


Applications Open

Tuesday 27 February 2024

Applications close

Thursday 4 April 2024 at midnight

Applicants emailed application outcome

Late August 2024

Funds issued to successful 2023/24 applicants

From September 2024

Project/program delivery

October 2024 – November 2025 

View the full Community Grants 2024/25 Timeframes

Community Grants Information Sessions and Grant Writing Workshops 

All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a Community Grants Information Session and/or Grant Writing Workshop before applying for a Community Grant.

To attend a Community Grants Information session, book into a session below:

WhenWhereBooking Link

Monday 4 March 2024

10 to 11 am

Community Training Room, St Kilda Town Hall

99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda VIC3182

(Enter via Carlisle Street and wait in the foyer to be collected)

Tuesday 12 March 2024

6 to 7 pm


(a link to the session will be emailed 24 hours prior to the event)

To attend a Grant Writing Workshop, visit Grant Writing Workshops

Interpreters for Auslan and languages other than English are available upon request. If you have any access or support requirements to enable equitable participation in these sessions, please contact the Grants and Funding Officer, on phone: 03 9209 6777 or 

How To Apply

Read the guidelines before applying.
The City of Port Phillip uses the Smartygrants online application system.
Click on the apply button when you are ready to begin.


All applicants are encouraged to read the Community Grants Guidelines before submitting an application.

Community Grants Guidelines.docx
Community Grants Guidelines.pdf