Quick Response Grants

Applications now open

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, supplies, uniforms, utility bills, etc.)
  • Projects that are curriculum based or entirely student, club 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


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 (or 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.

Funding conditions

Successful applicants must agree to:

  • Keep Council informed of any changes to the proposed funded activity
  • Liaise with Council regarding their promotional material and use of the appropriate Nillumbik Shire Council logo
  • Obtain all relevant project and event related permits, approvals, and licenses from the relevant authorities prior to commencement
  • Adhere to all current Victorian Coronavirus restrictions during the delivery of the project
  • Return the full or remaining amount of the grant to Council if the funded activity is cancelled or is less than budgeted
  • Submit an acquittal and evaluation to Council within two months of the funded activity’s completion or by 30 June 2024.

Acquittal and evaluation

This information enables Council to evaluate the achievements of funded activities, monitor the effectiveness of the grant program and ensure that we are meeting the needs of grant recipients and the community.

Recipients who have an outstanding acquittal for a grant, without an approved grant variation in place, may be ineligible for funding in future grant rounds until the outstanding acquittal is completed.