Neighbourhood Connection Grants

Three young girls walking arm in arm, other people of different ages all walking across a green lawn.

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Grants of up to $500 were available for individuals and community groups to run one-off events that connect neighbours and build relationships within their neighbourhood.

What can be funded? 

Funding can support small events that:

  • Encourage neighbours to come together and connect
  • Strengthen relationships within local neighbourhoods

Your event might be something like:

  • A neighbourhood morning tea or BBQ
  • A working bee at a community garden
  • A local trivia night
  • A meeting with your neighbours to develop a street-level Emergency Plan (How can we help each other in case of an emergency?)
  • A street goods exchange (eg books, appliances, clothes) 

You can use the grant funds to pay for snacks or meals, buy supplies, or pay for services that will make your event possible.

Neighbourhood connection in action

In 2023, Rachael ran a Frocks and Mocks (mocktails) event in St Andrews: 

"We used our grant to host a Frocks & Mocks afternoon tea. Our aim was to get to know some new women in the community where our usual social circles wouldn't normally overlap. It was a bit of fun to dress up, make mocktails and enjoy a yummy grazing platter in glorious sunshine at St Andrews Community Centre. We made some wonderful new connections and everyone that came expressed their keen interest to do more social catch-ups."

A collage of three photos. Top photo is a table with three platters of antipasto, bottom left photos has three women in dresses and bottom right photos has four women in their dresses.


In 2022, John organised a get-together with everyone on his street to reduce social isolation and improve community connectedness in his neighbourhood. This way, they could better support and look out for each other. You can do the same, with the help of our Neighbourhood Connection Grants.


Take a look at other Neighbourhood Connection Grant projects on our Grants awarded page.


Individuals can apply for this funding without having an auspice (auspice organisations to hold and manage the funding).

Applicants must:

  • be based in Nillumbik or support Nillumbik residents
  • supply an active ABN or complete a Statement by Supplier form
  • have satisfactorily acquitted all outstanding grants previously awarded by Nillumbik Shire Council
  • deliver and acquit the event before 30 June 2024.

Acquitting means reporting on how the funds were used. This includes a quick phone call to discuss the successes and learnings of your event and providing photos and receipts (proof of payment).

Things to consider when planning your event

  • How will you get in touch with your neighbours?
  • Is there something for all ages at your event?
  • Are there people in your neighbourhood who have access requirements (eg wheelchair users, hard of hearing)? How can you ensure they are involved?
  • Are there people in your neighbourhood for whom English is a second language? What’s the best way to communicate with and include them?
  • Is your event at a place and time that will suit your neighbours (think about carer responsibilities, shift workers, people who don’t want to drive at night)?

Assessment process

  • Expressions of Interest (EOI) will be reviewed by Communities First project officers.
  • You will be contacted by a Communities First Project Officer within a month of submitting your EOI to discuss your project. 
  • If successful, we will work with you to develop the project further and complete a grant agreement.

How to apply