Other grants

Many grants are available from the state and federal governments, benevolent organisations, trusts and corporations. 

To get information about grant opportunities, make sure your group is registered and keeps their contact details up to date in Pyrenees Council’s Community Directory to get direct emails on funding opportunities. Update or add your group to the directory on our website.


Pacific Blue (Crowlands and Challicum Hills) Sustainable Community Fund

This program operates without a funding cap and will open from 2 October. Applications are sought from eligible community groups and not for profit organisations. Eligible organisations must be based in Crowlands, Landsborough, Glenlofty, Shays Flat, Dunneworthy, Eversley, Elmhurst Amphitheatre, Barkly, Moonambel, Raglan, Redback, Natte Yallok Lexton and Ararat.

Applications close on 11 November 2023.

More information can be found at Crowlands and Ararat sustainable communities fund | Pacific Blue or by contacting their Pacific Blue Community Engagement Team at communityfund@pacificblue.com.au

2023–24 Volunteer Grants

Federal Government Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 will be available to assist eligible not-for-profit community organisations support the efforts of their volunteers. Examples of projects include small portable equipment purchases, contributions towards the cost of training volunteers, reimbursement of fuel costs for volunteers and undertaking background screening checks for volunteers.

More information can be found at 2023–24 Volunteer Grants | Community Grants Hub

Application is by Expression of Interest to either :

Sporting Club Grants Program

Sport and Recreation Victoria provide funding for local clubs and organisation to support participation and active communities. Applications can include safety equipment, uniforms, programs that support good governance and inclusiveness.

Applications close 4pm, Thursday 12 October 2023

More information can be found 2023-24-Sporting-Club-Grants-Program-Guidelines.pdf

Bush Kinder Grants Program

This grants program will support more kindergartens to set up nature programs, giving children more opportunity to get outdoors.

More information can be found at Bush-Kinder-Grants-Program-Guidelines-2023.pdf (content.vic.gov.au).

Applications close 29 September 2023. 

Women's health and wellbeing support 

The Department of Health are providing grant to deliver women’s support groups. Grants of approximately $40,000 (plus GST) per annum are available for a four-year period to assist with administration costs, communications and activities that contribute to and strengthen the delivery of the group and program.

More information can be found at women’s-health-and-wellbeing-support-groups-and-programs-guidelines.docx (live.com). With applications closing 30-Sep-2023 

2023 Community Bank Beaufort - Community Investment Program

The Community Grants Program is designed to:

  • Make better, targeted use of funds that are responsive to community needs.
  • Support projects that make a positive contribution to Beaufort and surrounding districts.

For assistance with applications please phone 1300 304 541.

Applications be made through the Community Enterprise Foundation grant portal: https://cia.communityenterprisefoundation.com.au/Account/Login

Dysons Community Grants

This program has been established to provide grants in support of the many sporting, welfare and community groups around Victoria.

Eligible organisations include pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, sporting clubs, not-for-profit groups, charities, welfare agencies, local societies and emergency services.

This next round of grants opens on 1 September and closes 30 September 2023. Maximum grant $1000.

All details, including terms and conditions, guidelines and an online application form, can be found at http://dysongroup.com.au/about/community-grants

Worksafe Club Safety Fund

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to provide financial assistance to football and netball clubs to make improvements to the safety of their grounds or provide added safety for players, volunteers, and spectators.

Applications close 6 August. More information can be found at WorkSafe Club Safety Fund | AFL Victoria

Community Bank Avoca, Maryborough and St Arnaud – Community Grant Program

Community and not-for-profit organisations can apply for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for the community and align with their 5 Key Impact Pillars:

1. Leadership - Investing in people, leadership and resilience

2. Opportunity & Innovation - Encouraging innovation and creation

3. Wellbeing - Nurturing our community’s wellbeing and resilience

4. Collaborate & Connect - Working to establish, maintain and support partnerships and collaboration, for collective benefit and to build our community capacity

5. Liveability - Improving and sustaining our region

To apply, applicants must complete and submit an online application using their application portal by midnight, 15 September, 2023. More info and the application portal can be accessed at the following link: https://communitybankavocamaryborough.smartygrants.com.au

FARMwell Small Community Grants (Round 2) 

The FARMwell program has Small Community Grants worth $2000 available. Applicants must be focused on improving health outcomes and strengthening social engagement in communities throughout Pyrenees Shire.

For more information or to apply, visit bhs.to/farmwellscg 

Cemetery Trust Grant

The cemetery grants program supports and enhances the delivery of cemetery services across Victoria.

Funding can support projects including but not limited to maintenance equipment, health and safety training and establishment of new burial areas or niche walls, fences, gates, roads, driveways, pathways.

More information can  be found at Cemetery grants (health.vic.gov.au), with applications closing 30 November 2023. 

Sporting and recreational grants

Sport Central grants

Arts funding

Creative Victoria grants

Community health and wellbeing

Health promotion and sports funding in Victoria with VicHealth

Local history

Local History Grants Program with the Public Records Office

Federal government grants


State government grants

Victorian Government grants program

Support for Business grants

Business Victoria grant search

National grants register: 'Our Community' Funding Centre

The 'Our Community' Funding Centre offers a range of information about grants and fundraising opportunities in Australia. It’s a subscription-based service that offers subscribers a monthly newsletter with a comprehensive list of all government, philanthropic and corporate grants available in Australia.

Get Active Kids Voucher Program

The Get Active Kids Voucher Program supports children to get involved in organised sport and active recreation activities by providing up to $200 vouchers towards the cost of memberships and registration. You can register now as an activity provider to accept vouchers.

Local grants 

Stockyard Hill Wind Farm

Stockyard Hill Wind Farm invests in programs and initiatives that benefit the local community, or local community groups who run activities that build sustainable communities. Applications are reviewed biannually, in April and October.

Bendigo Bank

Bendigo Community Bank branches give up to 80% of profits back to community through grants. They support programs that empower local individuals and groups. Avoca Community Bank and Beaufort Community Bank award grants in the Pyrenees Shire. 

Other grants 

Check back for more information on other grants available in the area as we get the information.