Matching grants

Matching grants

Now closed

The next round opens in 2018.

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The matching grant program aims to deliver local, community-based projects and:

  • engage the community
  • develop skills
  • build capacity
  • share funding arrangements.

The program mainly works with community groups that partner with the City to support events, services and projects in their local neighbourhoods.

The matching grant program is also open to for profits who can demonstrate that the project will activate their local precinct (laneways and previously unused spaces) and partner with one or more local business or community groups to deliver the project.

Applicants are required to demonstrate how they will address the needs of a specific community project, which may include:

  • cultural projects
  • community building ideas
  • cycling-related projects
  • community gardens
  • public art projects
  • multicultural programs
  • neighbourhood events and activities.  
The program supports projects that involve genuine community participation. By 'matching' what the community contributes, the City is building a sense of community and strengthening partnerships as people work together on the project.

Please see the grants and sponsorship guidelines for expected program outcomes, assessment criteria and eligibility. 

Funding available

The matching grant program recognises any community contribution towards a project and can offer up to $10,000 support to match this contribution.

Contributions from the community or the City can be made in cash or value-in-kind. Recognised in-kind community contributions include:

  • in-kind contributions such as donated supplies, materials, venues or services
  • volunteer time such as labour, meeting times and project management. The rate of volunteer time is calculated as $20 per hour. For professional or contracted services the rate is $75 per hour.

Contacts

For more information about this program or how to apply, please contact: 

Grants team02 9265 9333

Key dates

Grant round Applications open Applications close Project timeframe
Round 1 8 February 2017 13 March 2017 1 August 2017-31 July 2018
Round 2   19 June 2017  24 July 2017   1 December 2017-30 November 2018
Round 3  23 October 2017  20 November 2017  1 May 2018-30 April 2019

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Last updated: Monday, 20 November 2017