About the community grants program

The Shire has developed the community grants program to provide funds to local community groups for activities that not only benefit the members of the group, but the broader community. 

Grants must meet identified community need, promote active participation of local residents and build community strength.

The grants program is organised on a financial year basis and is a competitive process.

Community grants available and dates

A range of grants are available throughout the year.

​​Community Event Grant

​​The Community Event Grant awards up to $5000 for groups wishing to run fetes, festivals, markets, sporting/recreational carnivals, exhibitions, small performances and training related to the event. Funding can be used for running the events, training and insurance costs.

Groups applying for $501-$5000, must be able to match Shire funding dollar for dollar.​

The grant is offered twice per financial year (subject to availability of funds).

Key dates

  • Grant applications open: 20 May 2022
  • Grant applications close: 20 June 2022
  • Notification date: from 3 August 2022

Matching ​Grant

​​The Matching Grant awards up to $2000 for projects meeting the needs of the local community including equipment, minor capital upgrades, promotional material and training. 

Groups applying for $501-$2000, must be able to match Shire funding dollar for dollar.​

The grant is offered twice per financial year (subject to availability of funds).

Key dates

  • Grant applications open: 20 May 2022
  • Grant applications close: 20 June 2022
  • Notification date: from 3 August 2022

InspireArts Community Creativity & Cultural Fund

The InspireArts Community Creativity & Cultural Fund supports arts, culture and heritage initiatives delivered in the shire. Funded initiatives will encourage new partnerships, improve access to arts and culture activity within the Shire, achieve long term artistic and cultural benefits and engage local residents.

Applicants can apply for up to $1000 (individuals) or $2000 (community groups/organisations). Individuals wishing to apply for more than $1000 (up to a maximum of $2000) must find an auspice.

Key dates

  • Grant applications open: 18 July 2022
  • Grant applications close: 1 April 2023
  • Notification date: within 12 weeks of submission

​Milestone Event Grant

​The Milestone Events Grant awards ​$2500 to assist a group to celebrate a significant milestone achievement. 

The grant is offered annually. 

Key dates

  • Grant applications open: 11 February 2022
  • Grant applications close: 14 March 2022
  • Notification date: from 27 April 2022

​General Purpose Quick Grants

General Purpose Quick Grants awards up to $500 to community groups for the purchase of small equipment, training, promotional material and any other small projects that benefit the community.​

The grant is offered twice per financial year​.

Key dates

  • Grant applications open: 16 September 2022
  • Grant applications close: 17 October 2022
  • Notification date: from 14 November 2022

​Volunteer Recognition Event Grant

The Volunteer Recognition Event Grant awards $300 to volunteer-based organisations to undertake activities and celebrations for the benefit of their members, with the purpose of recognising their contribution to the group.​

​The grant is available all year.

Key dates

  • Applications can be made at any time
  • Notification of grants awards: 2 weeks from submission

​Youth Grant

The Youth Grant assists young people aged 8-18 who have been selected to represent their club or institution at events or activities in a range of fields including sport and recreation, technology, arts, community service, culture and environment.

The Youth Grant is available to individual applicants only.

The grant is available all year. Applications must be made at least one month prior to the event.

Youth Grants are for $100 to attend an intrastate event (outside the Perth Metropolitan area), $200 to attend an interstate or national event and $300 for an international event.

Key dates

  • Applications can be made at any time
  • Notification of grants awards: 2 weeks from submission


Youth Engagement Partnership Fund

In addition to the Community Grants Program, the Shire also administers a Youth Engagement Partnership Fund.