Quick Response Grants

Applications open 1 July 2023

Our Quick Response grant aims to fill a gap in funding for community groups requiring assistance outside the annual grant timelines.

These grants can provide funding to support community groups and not-for-profit organisations with emerging or unexpected needs, or help deliver one-off activities to support community initiatives that will benefit and engage the Nillumbik community

What can be funded? 

Funding is available to assist with costs such as:

  • Expenses associated with establishing a new community group (e.g. incorporation, insurance and promotion costs)
  • Communications, media and marketing
  • Seed funding to support a new idea with potential for strong community benefit
  • Equipment, tools or training that supports a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Capacity building opportunities including skills development and training
  • Facilitating community participation in local activities and enhancing access for those identified as having additional needs
  • Volunteer recruitment and support costs (e.g. training and recruitment expenses)
  • Purchase or hire of materials and equipment
  • Consultant, speaker, or contractor fees
  • Venue or meeting room hire

What won't be funded?

  • 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, utility bills, etc.)
  • Projects that are curriculum based or entirely student or congregation focused
  • Projects solely for fundraising purposes without broad community benefit
  • Competition games, uniforms, equipment or other infrastructure necessary to support the primary activities of sporting clubs
  • Competitions with no community component
  • Prize money and awards
  • Projects or events with a political or religious purpose
  • Events that are fully ticketed with no free or heavily subsidised component
  • Alcohol or gambling related activities
  • Projects that could be funded via other Council grant programs
  • Projects that have received full funding from another source
  • Funding requests that are the responsibility of other levels of government
  • 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.

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
  • If unincorporated, be auspiced by an incorporated body
  • Hold a minimum of $10 million public liability insurance
  • Have acquitted and is compliant with all Nillumbik grants previously awarded by Council
  • Spend the funds before 30 June 2024

During the financial year applicants can apply for a total of $1,000 in Quick Response funding for multiple projects.