Neighbour Day 2017 Grant Guidelines

Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community; bringing together the people next door or across the street for a BBQ, a picnic lunch or a game of cricket. Held on the last Sunday in March every year, it’s the perfect day for people to get to know their neighbours, welcome newcomers and encourage healthy, safe and well connected neighbourhoods.  

Neighbour Day is all about getting to know your neighbours and turning streets into neighbourhoods. That means encouraging and supporting people to go one step further on a special day each year.  Neighbour Day is not about large scale events, but rather smaller localised events.

We're supporting residents to celebrate Neighbour Day on Sunday 26 March 2017  by providing grants of up to $250 for Neighbour Day celebrations across the municipality (number of grants are limited). 

There are many ways of celebrating Neighbour Day and we encourage you to think creatively about how to connect with your neighbours. 

What Kind of Projects and Activities can be Funded?

The grant is designed to enable communities to have local activities that turn our streets into friendly neighbourhoods.  We encourage you to think creatively and innovatively about ideas, but here are some ideas of the sorts of projects that will be funded:

  • Have a neighbourhood meet and greet BBQ at your local park.
  • Formalise a neighbourhood group.
  • Organise a neighbourhood picnic and games afternoon at a nearby park or reserve. Egg and spoon, sack or relay races are popular with families with young children.
  • Organise a clean-up in a local reserve, gardening, working bee, or giant garage sale to fundraise for a neighbourhood initiative (subject to approval).
  • Start a neighbourhood library for things you are happy to lend or share with others in your street. For example: books, DVDs, soft toys, music, art and craft supplies etc.

Depending on what sort of activity you are planning you may need to apply for a Council permit and/or public liability insurance. 

Even if you're not applying for a Neighbour Day grant your activity may require a Council permit or public liability insurance if it involves:

  • A public gathering of more than 60 people on a Council reserve, footpath or road.
  • A private (by invitation) gathering of more than 100 people on a Council reserve, footpath or road.
  • Road closures or changed traffic and parking conditions.
  • Any event that will impact on the local community through significant noise levels.
  • Jumping castles and temporary infrastructure such as portable toilets, marquees and stages on Council property
  • Fireworks including firecrackers.
  • Any event/activity that clearly goes beyond intended use of a public space.

It’s important you call us to discuss your idea and if necessary we'll support your application for a reserve booking or event permit.

What will not be funded?

Activities that

  • involve alcohol;
  • are overtly religious or political in nature;
  • include salaries and people costs, e.g. coordinator, volunteer or project officer costs; or
  • do not comply with local laws.

To be Eligible

  • Applicants must be Brimbank residents and activities must be held in the Brimbank City Council municipality.
  • Applicants can apply for funds up to $250 per event/initiative.
  • Applications need to be received by Brimbank City Council no later than the
    28 February 2017.
  • Activities should ideally take place on Neighbour Day Sunday 26 March as this is the date that is celebrated nationally; however activities taking place a week before or a week after will be considered.

How Much are the Grants for?

Grants are available up to $250 per activity/initiative. Successful applicants are highly encouraged to consider shopping locally for food and materials to support their activity/initiative. 

Important Dates in 2017

  • 1 February - applications open
  • 28 February - applications close 
  • 10 March – applicants notified
  • 20 March – Grants disbursed
  • 26 March – Neighbour Day activities (A week before or after will be considered)
  • 21 April – Grant acquittals

How are Applications Assessed?

New applicants will be prioritised. All applications will be assessed for eligibility (see above) and then considered against the following selection criteria.

Selection Criteria

Activities should 

  • strengthen and build stronger relationships between neighbours
  • encourage safe, healthy and well-connected neighbourhoods
  • involve collaboration between neighbours in planning the activity
  • comply with local laws with regard to alcohol, noise, litter and whether an event permit may be required
  • comply with guidelines for use of Council reserves

How are Grants Paid?

Successful applicants will be required to fill in a ‘statement by supplier’ form (provided by Council) and to sign an agreement that the funds cannot be used for anything other than the specified purposes outlined in the agreement.

 The grant will be paid directly through a nominated bank account once the agreement and statement by supplier form is returned to Council. 

Further Information

Contact the Community Planning and Engagement Officer, Community Planning, Culture & Development via  or 9249 4899.