Community Support Grants - Guidelines and Criteria

In order to be eligible for funding, your organisation must:

  • Be providing a service or program that is aligned with the outcomes of the City of Vincent’s Strategic Community Plan
  • Fall in to one or more of the following categories
    • An individual
    • A not-for-profit community organisation
    • A registered charity with the Australian Taxation Office
    • A deductible gift recipient
    • A social enterprise
  • Have the ability to demonstrate satisfactory risk management
  • Hold a Public Liability Insurance to the value of $10 million
  • Have the competency and capacity to implement, deliver and evaluate the project and demonstrate this to the City’s satisfaction

Considerations for funding:

  • Applications that demonstrate strong elements of collaboration will be highly regarded (e.g. partnering with at least one other organisation to create an outcome that neither organisation could achieve on its own)
  • Projects which give individuals, particularly those experience difficulty, opportunities to connect with their community and/or access services will be highly regarded
  • Projects that build connected and cohesive communities and/or provide education or capacity building for attendees/participants will be highly regarded
  • Projects should have a direct and immediate benefit to the City of Vincent community
  • The project should benefit either a large number of people or provide significant benefits to a smaller target group
  • Programs, services and events should be offered free of charge or at low cost where possible
  • Projects and services that engage with Aboriginal people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, youth, seniors, people with disability, sexually and gender diverse people will be regarded favourably
  • Projects which have received funding from the City in previous years may be considered, however priority will be given to new projects or those which have not previously received support
  • Projects which demonstrate how the initiative can become self-sustaining and/or help the organisation reduce reliance on further grant funding will be highly regarded

The following will not be considered for funding:

  • Groups and organisations that operate with the aim of making a profit
  • Groups and organisations who have outstanding acquittal or evaluation requirements from previous City grants or program funding 
  • Programs which replicate services already available within the City of Vincent
  • Programs, services or events which take place outside City of Vincent boundaries except in extraordinary circumstances to be decided at the City’s sole discretion
  • Debt reduction or operational deficits
  • Operational salaries (however salaries tied to a program or project will be considered)
  • Religious organisations where the grant is intended for the principal benefit of the organisation’s own members or adherents, or where the grant is intended for inherently religious activities
  • Legal expenses
  • General construction, capital campaign, purchases or renovation unrelated to a specific proposed project or program
  • Capital item purchases above $1,000, except at the City’s sole discretion
  • Travel outside Australia
  • Retrospective funding

Assessment Criteria

Grants will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated level of collaboration
  • Program or event will provide one or more of the following:
    • education or capacity building tools or opportunities
    • community connection or a more cohesive community
    • delivery of outreach or support services
    • opportunities for individual empowerment or improved quality of life

for either a large proportion of the community, or provide a significant level of benefit for a target group.

  • Event/program attendance or participation costs
  • Demonstrated direct benefit to the City of Vincent community, particularly those experiencing difficulty
  • Support for the event from community and/or stakeholders demonstrating viability of the event
  • Value for money
  • Capacity of organisation to deliver the event or program
  • Demonstrated measurable outcomes and evaluation strategy

Key Dates

You can submit your application for Community Support Grants all year round however, please note that applications for the 2020-2021 financial year will be assessed in 3 funding rounds as follows:

Round 1 - Closing Friday 9 October 2020

Round 2 - Closing Friday 29 January 2021

Round 3 - Closing Friday 23 April 2021

Applications should be submitted in the appropriate round to allow at least 6 weeks between application closing date and your anticipated project commencement date. Late submissions may be accepted at the City’s sole discretion.


Grant funds are to be expended by the end of the project period. Financial acquittal and evaluation report will be due within 8 weeks of the project completion. 

Please be aware that your organisation will not be eligible for any further funding from the City of Vincent unless an acquittal has been received.

Alternative Formats

The application form can be made available in alternative formats for people with specific requirements. If you would like the application in any of these formats, please call the City’s Community Partnership Team on 9273 6000 or