Festive Fund Grants

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Applications now closed

The Nillumbik Festive Fund is designed to support and encourage our community to celebrate the festive season. Applicants are encouraged to apply for funding up to $2,000 to deliver a project, event or activity over the festive season that can be showcased within the Nillumbik Festive Calendar.

Projects, events or activities must align to at least one of the following themes:

  • Community goodwill
  • Increasing opportunities for community connection
  • Supporting activation of a public place
  • Supporting shop local and/or locally made

What can be funded

Types of activities that will be funded include:

  • Light displays, craft or art to make outdoor areas more attractive to visit
  • Musicians or performers in a public space
  • Simple low cost activities for the whole community to get involved
  • Activities that inspire local connection and collaboration
  • Children’s projects in public spaces such as creative displays or temporary installations
  • Gathering in a public space for carolling, cooking demonstrations, festive DIY workshops
  • Local walks, picnic trails, scavenger hunts showcasing the festive spirit
  • Place activation activities
  • Hire of technical equipment such as sound systems or video equipment
  • Purchase and installation of outdoor Christmas decorations, Christmas trees, signage, banners, and/or decorations that provide sensory experiences.

The options are endless and we encourage you to get creative, give hope and spread kindness to others in your community.

What won’t be funded

This grant cannot be used to fund:

  • Projects, events or activities that are held outside the Nillumbik municipal boundary
  • Projects, events or activities that will not substantially benefit the Nillumbik community
  • Ongoing operational expenses or core business costs (e.g. salaries, administrative costs, maintenance costs, uniforms, organisational promotional materials, utility bills, etc.)
  • Projects, events or activities solely for fundraising purposes without broad community benefit
  • Prize money and awards
  • Vouchers or donations
  • Competitions with no community component
  • Single membership-based or private events that are not open to the public
  • Projects that are curriculum based or entirely student or congregation focused
  • Events that are fully ticketed with no free or heavily subsidised component
  • Projects or events with a political purpose
  • Alcohol or gambling related activities
  • Projects that could be funded via other Council grant programs
  • Projects that have received full funding from another source
  • Retrospective funding for projects which are due to commence prior to the notification of the application outcome
  • Applicants that are in debt to or have any outstanding commitments with the Shire


Applicants must:

  • Be an incorporated not-for profit organisation or community group that lives, works, studies, volunteers or plays in Nillumbik. Or if unincorporated, be auspiced by an incorporated body. Local businesses or artists can partner with a community group as long as the project, event or activity demonstrates broad community benefit.
  • Hold a minimum of $10 million public liability insurance
  • Have acquitted and be compliant with all Nillumbik grants previously awarded by Council
  • Deliver the project, event or activities between 25 November to 8 January 2024
  • Spend all funds before 31 January 2024 


Applications will be assessed by a panel of relevant Council officers on individual merit and how well they align to the fund themes in addressing the following criteria:

  • Enhances community spirit, increases social inclusion and community connection 30%
  • Creates opportunities for people to connect to place 25%
  • Is accessible and inclusive 20%
  • Priority is given to local suppliers and the use of sustainable materials 15%
  • Demonstrates the project, event or activity is well planned and financially viable 10%

Applicants will be notified of the assessment outcome by mid September 2023.