Neighbourhood Grants facilitate local grassroots responses to emerging issues. These small scale projects or events will build positive connections between neighbours; celebrate communities of place or interest; and/or creatively enhance local environments through direct community action and activity.

It is anticipated that Neighbourhood Grants will allow community members to realise their ideas for creating more liveable neighbourhoods.

Arts projects should demonstrate creative or art form specific outcomes – this could involve building a skill, hire of equipment for a public performance or project, purchase of materials to use to make an artwork or funds to start an arts group. 

  • Maximum project duration: 12 months
  • Maximum grant amount: $500 for individuals and unincorporated groups or $1,000 for non-profit entities
  • Minimum applicant contribution: Not required
  • Round frequency: Monthly
  • Eligible applicants: Individuals or non-profits

Typical Projects

Projects that help to activate local neighbourhoods and communities of interest including:

  • Presentations from a local group of visual or performing artists
  • Street parties or other neighbourhood events
  • Neighbourhood Watch campaigns
  • Active living or healthy eating programs establishment of new community associations
  • Neighbourhood beautification or litter mitigation projects

Case Study

A Tarneit resident contacts Wyndham City to discuss an idea to connect the residents in her local area. Wyndham City officers meet with the resident and identify a local park that is central to 15 homes across several streets. A project develops to invite the local community to a Sunday afternoon barbeque so that neighbours can meet each other. A small group of neighbours have already expressed a willingness to be involved in this idea and they form a planning group.

The group applies to Wyndham City for a Neighbourhood Grant to cover the cost of a sausage sizzle, hire a face painter and purchase a soccer ball and nets. Members of the planning group commit to decorating, cooking the barbeque and designing and delivering invitations. Wyndham City officers support the process of applying for the permit to use Wyndham City land, covering liability and issuing an invitation to Wyndham City to attend.

The successful day sparks conversations about how the neighbours might be able to support a herb garden and a resident who lives several streets away is inspired by the gathering to hold a similar event with his neighbours.

Expected Outcomes

Projects are expected to deliver one or more of the following outcomes:

  • The project achieves an aspiration of local community members.
  • The project improves a shared use space.
  • People feel that they have a sense of belonging.
  • People have increased networks and feel supported by family, friends and neighbours.

Assessment Criteria and Weighting Percentage

  • Extent to which the project activities are likely to contribute toward one or more expected outcome(s) 50%
  • Demonstrated applicant intent, capacity and readiness to deliver the project 30%
  • An effective and appropriate approach to attracting participants and project partners 20%

Apply

Step 1: Download and read the Community Grants Guidelines.

Step 2: Prepare any documentation to support your application and if you need assistance contact Wyndham City’s Grants Team.

Step 3: Apply

If you get stuck completing your application, please contact Wyndham City’s Grants Team for assistance on 9742 0926 or email funding@wyndham.vic.gov.au

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