16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence grants

16 Days of Activism

Applications currently closed 

Nillumbik Shire Council leads the wider community in supporting the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign each year.

This global initiative aims to galvanise individuals, communities and organisations to address gender inequalities and eradicate violence against women and girls around the world. The campaign begins each year on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), and concludes on 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

Small grants up to $500 are available to support awareness raising community led projects in the Nillumbik community that will be undertaken during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

2023 Nillumbik 16 Days of Activism Campaign – Successful Grant Recipients 

2023 Nillumbik 16 Days of Activism Campaign – Successful Grant Recipients
Organisation  Project  
Sacred Heart School, Diamond Creek

“Respect is 365....Sacred Heart School Family Calendar”


Sacred Heart School will create a calendar using student artworks responding to the theme ‘Respect is…’ – demonstrating that respectful relationships are year-round and not just for 16 days.

Eltham South Preschool

“Safeguarding Children: Promoting Self-Empowerment for Abuse Prevention”

Eltham South Preschool will purchase resources, including books, role-playing aids and learning activities, which explore themes of gender equality, respect and consent” 


Strathewen Primary School

“A Celebration of Special Women”

Strathewen Primary School will recognise and celebrate notable female figures in their community through a school-wide ‘garden party’ style event.

Christmas Hills Primary School


“Christmas Hills Primary School Library Resources”

Christmas Hills Primary School will purchase a range of books that explore gender equity and challenge rigid gender stereotypes to support the Respectful Relationships education program.

Kangaroo Ground Preschool

"Closing the gender gap: Encouraging more girls into STEAM”

Kangaroo Ground Preschool will purchase resources to support the children in our 4 year old group, girls in particular, with an interest in STEAM and skills in robotics/coding. Girls' participation in STEAM education also expands their access to jobs in high-growth industries, advancing economic opportunities for women.

Our Lady Help of Christians Eltham

"Respect is 365.... Our Lady Help of Christians calendar”

Our Lady Help of Christians will create a calendar using student artworks responding to the theme ‘Respect is…’ – demonstrating that respectful relationships are year-round and not just for 16 days. 

 Aligned Leisure 

"16 Days of Nillumbik”

Nillumbik Leisure Facilities will start conversations with their thousands of members and users by ‘painting their centres orange’ to raise awareness throughout the 16 Days of Activism campaign.  

 Hoynes Road Playhouse 

"Dreaming Beyond Boundaries: Nurturing Gender Equality from a Young Age”


The Hohnes Road Playhouse will host a fortnight of inspiring playgroup sessions to instil a sense of aspiration and gender equality from an early age, recognizing the profound influence that early childhood experiences can have on shaping children's attitudes and beliefs. 

 Firestorm Martial Arts 

“Senior Empowerment and Self-Protection”

This information session and self-protection workshop is specially designed to empower older adults, in particular women, fostering resilience, confidence, and improved physical and mental well-being. The workshop will be tailored to suit all fitness levels and abilities, and focus on situational awareness, de-escalation strategies, and communication skills.

 Different Journeys 

"Calling Out Conversations for the Autistic Community”

Different Journeys will produce a range of 16 Days materials to be made available at our social events for the Autistic community throughout the 16 Days of Activism campaign to raise awareness and prompt discussion to further our community's efforts to eliminate gender-based violence. 


What can be funded?

  • Artist, consultant or provider fees
  • Arts and cultural activities
  • Community programs
  • Consultant, provider or artist fees
  • Environmental initiatives
  • Events
  • Indigenous cultural activities
  • Initiatives to activate public spaces to create unique, dynamic and inclusive local places
  • Virtual events

Projects must reflect the principles of Council’s Gender Equity Policy Statement(PDF, 229KB)

Successful projects will be promoted on Nillumbik Shire Council’s social media platforms.

What won't be funded?

  • A project, event or activity that is not being held in the Nillumbik municipal boundary, or does not directly benefit Nillumbik residents
  • Ongoing payment of salaries, administrative, maintenance or organisational operating costs
  • Duplication of existing projects, programs, initiatives or products currently funded by Council
  • Retrospective funding or projects which are not being run during the 16 Days campaign
  • Projects that are solely for fundraising purposes, without broader community benefit
  • Competitions with no community component
  • Prize money and awards
  • Projects or events with a political or religious purpose
  • Any project that purely promotes a business
  • Events that are fully ticketed with no free or heavily subsidized component
  • Single membership-based events that are not open to the public
  • Alcohol or gambling related activities
  • Projects that have received full funding from another source
  • Applicants that are in debt to or have any outstanding commitments with the Shire.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be an incorporated not-for profit organisation or community group that lives, works, studies, volunteers or plays in Nillumbik
  • Be auspiced by an incorporated body for unincorporated groups
  • Hold a minimum of $10 million public liability insurance
  • Have acquitted and is compliant with all Nillumbik grants previously awarded by Council
  • Project must be delivered and funds spent by 10 December 2023 
  • Activities and events must be compliant with child safe standards