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Community Support Grants Program

The Community Support Grants Program allows community groups and organisations to apply for one-off grants of up to $20,000 to carry out projects, programs and events that will benefit the Greater Dandenong community.

Please read through the following documents before applying:

Read Community Support Grants Program Guidelines and Eligibility

Read the Information Sheet for on Round 1 - 2019 Community Support Grants Program

To apply, click here.

If you require the online application form in an alternative format due to access requirements please contact Council on 8571 1432.


Community Support Grants Program Round 1, 2019

Important Dates

Applications must be submitted by the closing date. Late applications will not be accepted.  

Opening Date:       Friday 1 February 2019
Closing Date: Midnight Sunday 3 March 2019
Notification of Outcome:       June 2019
Project Period Starts: 1 July 2019
Project Period Ends: 30 June 2020
Acquittal Report Due: 1 month after project completion

Annual Council Priorities for 2019

The following annual priorities for 2019 are for projects that have a specific focus on achieving one or more of these goals:

  • Applications under $7,500.
  • Applications from New and Emerging Groups (in existence for up to three years).
  • Projects that focus on strengthening young people’s sense of community belonging.
  • Projects that focus on promoting gender equity, and support the right of women to engage and participate equally in all aspects of community life.
  • Projects that focus on encouraging respect and reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.
  • Projects that focus on building lifelong community learning and skills development.
  • Projects that support LGBTI recognition, inclusion and community understanding.

Meet with Council Support Staff

Evening Appointments

Appointments to discuss grants applications are available during regular office hours and after-hours at the following times and venues. Drop-ins are welcome however we advise groups to book in with Council to ensure a space by contacting 8571 1432.

Location: Dandenong Library, Levels 2 and 3, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong

  • Tuesday 5 February 2019, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 19 February 2019, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Location: Springvale Library, 411 Springvale Road, Springvale

  • Thursday 7 February 2019, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Thursday 21 February 2019, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Grants Information Sessions 

Grants Information Sessions run for one hour and aim to cover:

  • Council Grants programs available to the wider community
  • The Grants Cycle and Timeframes
  • Completing the online form
  • Resources

Four Council Information Sessions will be held on:

Tuesday 12 February, 1pm-2.30pm
Formal Meeting Room, Dandenong Civic Centre
225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong

Wednesday 13 February 1pm-2.30pm
Function Room 2, Paddy O’Donoghue Centre
18-32 Buckley Street, Noble Park

Thursday 14 February, 6pm-7.30pm
Meeting Rooms 2-NW and 2-NE
Dandenong Civic Centre
225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong

Monday 18 February, 6pm-7.30pm
Meeting Room 2
39 Clow Street, Dandenong

Hosting a Workshop

If your organisation is interested in hosting a Grants Information Session or Grants Writing Workshop for a number of organisations, please get in contact with our Community Funding Team on 8571 1432 or email


Start Planning you Project

In preparing for the next grants round, it is ideal to start planning your project well before grant rounds are open. We have made a number of support templates and documents available to the community on the 'Grant Resources' webpage to help organisations effectively plan for projects, programs and events.

Council encourages community organisations to discuss projects, eligibility and the online application form with the Community Funding Support Officers throughout February before the closing date. Contact the Community Funding Support Officer on 8571 1432 or email to discuss.


Online Application Process

As of July 2017, Council moved to an online grants application process which includes updated application form questions. This has been designed to ease access for the community.

For those who require assistance in navigating the online portal or require the online application form in an alternative format due to access requirements, please contact the Community Funding Team for discussion. For more information see