Matching grants

Matching grants

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Opens: 20 November 2015

Closes: 4 January 2016 at 5pm

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Matching grants

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.

Drop-in sessions

Register for one 15 minute information session where you can speak to representatives from the City about your project:            

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.


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 27 January 2015 2 March 2015 July 2015–June 2016
Round 2 1 May 2015 1 June 2015 September 2015–August 2016
Round 3 3 August 2015 7 September 2015 December 2015-November 2016
Round 4 20 November 2015 4 January 2016 April 2016–March 2017

Last updated: Friday, 20 November 2015