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Community Grants Programs

Community Grants Program

The City of Greater Dandenong provides financial assistance in the form of grants and donations to community groups and individuals for activities that will benefit local residents.

For an overview of Council’s community funding programs please see the table below.

If you require further assistance please contact Council's Community Funding Team on 8571 1432 or email

Important Notice

Greater Dandenong City Council has entered into Caretaker period from 12pm on Tuesday 22 September until 6pm on Saturday 24 October. During this period assessment of grant applications are suspended until 25 October 2020. For further information about the Council elections, click here

Applications may be submitted during the Caretaker period however no assessment will be conducted.

The Community Funding Team is available to support applicants develop and submit an application.

Community Grants Information Sessions

All sessions have been cancelled until further notice. Stay tuned for more information in the near future.

Applications that have been started

Have you already started an application? To login to view your completed application or approved documentation, click this link. 

New applications

To start a new application, please see the below table and click on the 'Open' link to apply.


(click the link on the program name to access guidelines)


Funding Available

(Must refer to criteria in guidelines)


To Apply

Community Response Grants Program


Grants for Individual Organisations

Only one category available for individual applicant:

  • Category 1: Individual Achievement Grants

Individual Achievement Grants provide opportunity for residents of the City of Greater Dandenong to apply for grants to support them participate in elite opportunities that develop their talents and abilities to achieve their goals and ambitions

 Up to $500

All year round



5 June 2020 - 30 June 2021

Grants for Community Organisations

The three categories available include:

  • Community Group Activities Grants
  • Entry Level Grants
  • Responsive Projects Grants

Small grants are available for community groups to help them to achieve their goals and ambitions.

Up to $2000 for Category 2.

Up to $1000 for Categories 3 and 4.

All year round



5 June 2020 - 30 June 2021

Community Support Grants Program 



Community Development

Projects that support community education, life-long learning, community inclusion and social cohesion.

Up to $10,000




Arts, Festivals and Events

Open and accessible festivals, events and art projects that activate public spaces, build community connection and cross-cultural exchange.

Up to $10,000




Individual Applications - Arts, Festival and Events

Arts projects that have high artistic merit and attract new audiences.

Up to $5,000



Community Partnerships and Sponsorships Grant (organisations only)



Building-Capacity Grants

One-off funding of up to three years to support organisations grow and/or become sustainable.

(Small – up to $20,000p.a.)

(Medium – up to $50,000p.a.)

Annual application round (pending budget)





Strategic Project Grants

Up to two years funding to support projects that directly contribute to achievement of Council plans, frameworks, strategies and action plans.


(Medium – $10,000 to $30,000p.a.)

(Large – $30,001 - $80,000p.a.)

 Annual application round (pending budget)




Funding to support organisations and activities that create social and/or environmental benefit, and significantly contribute to the image of the city and/or create economic benefit.


(Medium – up to $15,000p.a.)

(Large – $15,001 - $40,000p.a.) 

Annual application round (pending budget)






Further information

Contact: Community Funding Team

Phone: 8571 1432


For program policies please refer to the Policies and Codes of Practice webpage.

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