Apply for a 16 Days of Activism grant

Published on 26 July 2021


Nillumbik Shire Council is proud to again support the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign. 

The community is invited to join in the initiative, with applications now open for small grants of up to $500 for community-led projects during the campaign. 

16 Days of Activism starts each year on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends of 10 December, International Human Rights Day. 

The campaign aims to galvanise individuals, communities and organisations to address gender inequalities and eradicate violence against women and girls around the world.  

Nillumbik Mayor Peter Perkins said Council had supported the important campaign for many years. 

“We are committed to preventing violence against women and promoting gender equity in our Shire,” Cr Perkins said. 

“No form of violence is ever acceptable and we hope the community gets behind our efforts to highlight an issue that is often hidden behind closed doors.” 

Local community groups can apply for funding for activities and projects that challenge gender stereotypes and promote gender equity. They can include: 

  • Arts and cultural activities
  • Community programs
  • Environmental initiatives
  • Events including virtual events
  • Indigenous cultural activities
  • Initiatives to activate public spaces. 

Last year, grants were awarded to five preschools and early years services to purchase resources, books and toys that challenged gender stereotypes. 

Funding was also given to Sacred Heart Primary School for students to make Respectful Relationship cards, Eltham and Diamond Valley libraries for light displays and Nillumbik Leisure Facilities staff to go orange in support of the campaign. 

For more information and to apply for a grant go to


Applications close Sunday 19 September.