Nillumbik Community Fund

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Applications now open!

The Nillumbik Community Fund offers grants of up to $5,000 from a grant pool of $115,000 to community groups, organisations, clubs and artists to deliver community initiatives that meet local needs and reflect and promote our Council Plan 2021-25 and Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-25 objectives.

Applicants who live, work, study, volunteer or play in Nillumbik can apply for funding to support community-focused projects, activities and events taking place between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024. Every application will be assessed on its own merits, but our goal is to fund the activities that will have the greatest positive impact in Nillumbik.

The Nillumbik Community Fund Grants aim to:

  • Respond to demonstrated community needs
  • Celebrate diversity and increase social inclusion
  • Enhance the social, cultural and environmental wellbeing of Nillumbik residents
  • Enhance and strengthen neighbourhoods and townships through arts and cultural initiatives
  • Provide opportunities for the community to participate in active and creative lifestyles
  • Create a climate-resilient community
  • Develop community capacity and empowerment
  • Foster and strengthen community involvement and participation in community-led initiatives
  • Create community pride and contribute to Nillumbik’s sense of place
  • Support low cost, innovative place activations that encourage improvement to local townships
  • Support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in cultural and social activities, promote community understanding of reconciliation and educate the broader community about Aboriginal heritage and culture
  • Engage children and young people to promote leadership opportunities, increase social connections, and develop confidence, knowledge and skills
  • Support events and activities which are fun, safe, sustainable, accessible and inclusive.

Funding can be used to support the delivery of community led initiatives including:

  • Community or youth programs
  • Indigenous cultural activities
  • Artist led community arts initiatives
  • Community events that target local community engagement
  • Placemaking and other creative initiatives that aim to activate a ‘place’ in Nillumbik
  • Community safety initiatives
  • Initiatives that enhance the environment and/or help to achieve Council's climate action aims
  • Initiatives that enhance and celebrate diversity, access and inclusion.

For more information refer to the Guidelines.

Support for applicants

We encourage you to attend either the Community Grant Information Day or the Virtual Information Session to receive helpful advice on how to apply, the selection criteria, the assessment process, and meet with members of the Nillumbik Community Fund team to discuss your project to provide the best chance at success.

To attend any of the below activities register via our Community Training Calendar.

Community Grant Information Day – Tuesday 28 February

You are invited to attend any of the free activities listed below, however due to limited spaces registration is essential for the grant writing training session.

10.00am Successful Grant Writing
Diamond Valley Library, Civic Drive, Greensborough
A grant writing training session designed to assist grant writers to increase their success rates.
Registration is essential - visit the Community Training Calendar.

12.45pm Nillumbik Community Fund Information Session
Diamond Valley Library, Civic Drive, Greensborough
Come along for useful advice about how to apply, the selection criteria and the assessment process.

1.15pm Lunch and chat with grant program staff
Diamond Valley Library, Civic Drive, Greensborough
An opportunity to discuss your project with our staff to give you the best chance at success.

Virtual Information Session – Thursday 2 March

7-8pm Nillumbik Community Fund Information Session
Online via Zoom
Join us online for useful advice about how to apply, the selection criteria and the assessment process.

Before starting an application, it is essential to read the Guidelines to learn about the key dates, assessment process, funding conditions, how to apply and confirm the initiative's eligibility.

For a range of helpful resources and other important information visit the Grants page.