Community Grants - Categories and Streams

Community Grants 2017/2018 - Categories

We have identified the following three (3) categories as important to our community. Applications for grants that focus on these categories will be strong contenders.

An Inclusive Community: Healthy, Equitable and Connected Communities

Projects that:

  1. Create and promote opportunities for community members to actively participate in community life
  2. Provide support services for the community, especially the vulnerable and disadvantaged
  3. Support community members in feeling safe, healthy, proud, and to enhance their sense of belonging
  • Human Rights programs, prevention of violence against women initiatives, International Women’s Day celebrations, and programs and activities that celebrate cultural diversity 
  1. Increase participation in community life, including safe public and open spaces
  2. Promote pride in Brimbank’s history and identity

Expected (immediate) Outcomes

% or number of community members who:

  • Changed behaviours e.g. reduced harmful behaviours, increased positive behaviours
  • Have increased capacity to participate and contribute to the community.
  • Increased participation of community members in groups or community activities.

A Liveable Community: Our Community Living Sustainably

Projects that:

  1. Promote environmentally sustainable living
  2. Promote improvement to our natural environment
  3. Increase community participation in engagement activities
  • To address waste and litter, climate change, renewable energy or water use
  • Demonstrates local action for sustainable living or the natural environment

Expected (immediate) outcomes

  • Improvements to the natural environment
  • Reduced resource use amongst the community
  • % of the community are more aware that sustainability involves everyone
  • % of the community have participated in a range of sustainable living initiatives

A Prosperous Community: Lifelong Learning; Destination Brimbank – a leading destination for business, working, learning, recreation and living     

Projects that:

  1. Deliver a range of lifelong learning opportunities, employment and educational programs for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests
  • Literacy Programs
  • Intergenerational initiatives
  1. Provide learning opportunities that support work and career aspirations
  2. Placemaking festivals and events
  3. Promote Brimbank for its location and significant qualities including historical, cultural and recreational features

Expected (immediate) Outcomes

  • Number of community members who are able to use learning tools and skills to achieve their needs
  • Increased participation in community learning, employment and job creation programs
  • Increased opportunities to promote innovation and investment in Brimbank
  • Increased awareness of the significant qualities Brimbank has to offer 


Community Grants 2017/18 – Streams

We offer grants in five streams. An application must focus on one category. However, the main project approach and strategy will determine the stream into which it will fall.

Community Strengthening Grants (up to $10,000)

For projects and activities that strengthen community capacity, promote leadership, encourage partnerships and involvement in community life and develop a stronger sense of belonging in the community.

This includes health and wellbeing projects that involve participants in developing activities that improve and encourage healthy and active lifestyles.

  • Examples: Information days, community forums and exhibitions focussing on community issues and priorities, community safety projects,  health and wellbeing activities, skills training for members and/or volunteers.

Establishment Grants (up to $2,000)

With the exception of Seniors Groups who are eligible to apply for Seniors Grants in the Community Care Department.

For new community groups that are permanently based in Brimbank in their first two years of operation. Applicants can be unincorporated at the time of application but must provide evidence of incorporation and public liability insurance in their final grants acquittal report.

  •  Examples: Incorporation and insurance costs; stationery, materials and equipment to support set-up, promotion and recruitment of new members; costs for regular meeting venues. 

Festival and Event Support Grants (up to $15,000)

For community groups to deliver significant festivals and events, demonstrating significant economic and tourist benefits.

  • Examples: Australia Day, Children’s Book Week, NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Week, Cultural Diversity Week, Youth Week, Refugee Week and International Women's Day.

Sport and Recreation Grants (up to $5,000)

For the promotion and development of inclusion activities including sport, recreation and healthy lifestyles. Projects that demonstrate sustainability through the development of partnerships between sport/recreation clubs, community groups and organisations will be highly considered.

  • Examples: Activities that encourage participation by newly arrived communities, developing junior members in sporting and recreation activities, coaching and mentoring of junior leaders.

Youth Grants (up to $5,000)

Projects or activities that encourages young people to actively participate in their community. Projects specifically addressing youth unemployment, education and career pathways for young people from new and emerging communities will be highly prioritised.

  • Examples: Youth mentoring, leadership based skills training for youth, youth led and initiated activities, e.g. forums, performances, expos.

Further Information

Please call the Grants Hotline on 9249 4030 or email

Post: PO Box 70, Sunshine VIC 3020

Brimbank Language Link Phone: 03 9209 0140