Council is excited to announce the Three Year Partnership Grants recipients for the 2019 – 2022 round, with 17 applications funded $424,000 across four categories

Darebin Council’s Three Year Partnership Grants is a new grants program, are available to not-for-profit organisations with proven track record in delivering quality programs and services that align with the Council’s priorities.

Council received an enormous number of high-quality applications for this year’s program, with almost $2 million requested by 57 organisations.

Council is excited to announce the Three Year Partnership Grants recipients for the 2019 – 2022 round, with 17 applications funded $424,000 across four categories

•            Environment and Sustainability

•            Equity, Inclusion and Wellbeing

•            Youth Partnerships

•            Key Cultural Organisations

One of the projects funded is the Koori Youth Circus, which will be run by Circus Oz in partnership with MAYSAR (Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sport & Recreation), and will receive $44,700 from Council for three years.

Council will also fund the Islamic Museum of Australia’s Muslim Youth Network $25,000 for three years to give young Muslims a voice and sense of empowerment to create their own identity as Australian Muslims.

Successful Three Year Partnership Grant applicants receive approved funding, each year during the three year grant period (2019 – 2022).

For more information on the projects and organisations funded can be found below:

List of successful Three Year Partnership Grant Applications

Through the 2019/20 Darebin Community Grants Program, Council supports more than 200 organisations and groups each year to carry out a wide range of projects and activities, enabling our community to participate in the social, cultural and economic life of the Municipality.

Council Small grants provide groups up to $3,000 for programs and activities which support Council equity and inclusion, wellbeing, environmental and creative goals.

71 applications were received with 64 applications funded a total of $128,210. Council also received 57 venue hire applications and supporting 53 organisations and groups with close to $100,000 in in-kind venue hire.

This year Council introduced medium grants, providing groups and organisations with up to $15,000 for projects across the following categories:

  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Equity, Inclusion and Wellbeing
  • Creative Projects - Artist Led Initiatives

Council received a very strong response to this new program with 55 applications requesting over $550,000. 20 applications have been awarded $175,000 

A full list of successful small and medium grants and venue support grants is available below:

Council is excited to announce that applications for Biodiversity Grants will be open Monday 26 August - Monday 23 September 2019.

Council has received funds from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) as part of the Caring for Our Local Environments (COLE) Initiative to support local community groups to deliver projects which encourage people to take action for the environment.

Projects must meet objectives outlined within either Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2017 or Victorians Volunteering for Nature – Environmental Volunteering Plan, and objectives outlined within Council’s Breathing Space: The Darebin Open Space Strategy. The funding is designed to support biodiversity and natural heritage projects in urban settings and may include (but is not limited to) projects such as revegetation and increasing vegetation projects; designing and implementing innovative citizen science projects; and innovative biodiversity and natural heritage education programs for children, young people or adults. Projects may also include actions to create social inclusion or support under-represented communities.

Applicants may seek funding for between $3000-$10,000 per project.

Applications to be made online by SmartyGrants.

Important dates:

  • Applications will open on Monday 26 August 2019 and close Monday 23 September 2019 at midnight.
  • Funding will be awarded in early October 2019.
  • Projects are to be completed between October 2019 and May 2020.
  • Project reports including financial acquittal documents are to be submitted by Tuesday 9 June 2020.

Eligibility criteria
Eligibility for funding is consistent with the criteria applied in Council’s Community Grants Program. For more information refer to the Darebin Community Grants Program Information Booklet 2019-2020. Applicants should specifically note the following requirements:

  • Projects must take place within the City of Darebin or be able to show direct benefit to the Darebin community and biodiversity/natural heritage in Darebin
  • Applicants must be formally recognised as a not-for-profit organisation or group, or show proof of auspice arrangements with a recognised not-for-profit organisation or group
  • Applicants must meet Council’s Electronic Gaming Machine requirements (see page 3 of Darebin Community Grants Program Information Booklet 2019-2020.
  • Applicants must provide a current Public Liability Insurance certificate.
  • Applicants must meet the acquittal conditions for all Council grants previously awarded (except those awarded recently as part of Council’s 2019-2020 Community Grants Program.

Project objectives:
Projects must meet one or more of the objectives outlined within either Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2017 or Victorians Volunteering for Nature – Environmental Volunteering Plan. These include the objectives listed below:  

  • Connecting people with nature/helping people understand the value of nature to personal wellbeing, and/or
  • Increasing the health of Victoria’s natural environment (plant and animal populations, improved habitats, resilient ecosystems), and/or
  • Sustain, expand and value environmental volunteers

As well, projects must meet one or more objectives outlined within Council’s Breathing Space: The Darebin Open Space Strategy. These include the objectives listed below:

  • Increasing community support, awareness and commitment to biodiversity protection, and/or
  • Protecting and maintaining existing biodiversity areas, and/or
  • Engaging the community as partners in biodiversity protection.

Project reporting and acquittal
A project reporting and acquittal template will be provided to all applicants.

Applicants with questions may email

Funding is available from multiple arts organisations.

Arts Victoria
Arts Victoria is responsible for the State Government's arts policy. It oversees the state-owned cultural agencies and provides funding for arts and cultural initiatives.

Visit the Arts Victoria Website for further details.

Australia Council for the Arts
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. It invests in artists and arts organisations working in all types of arts including dance, theatre, literature, music and much more.

Visit the Australia Council for the Arts Website for further details.

Darebin Triennial Event Partnerships

This program aims to refresh and diversify creative and cultural offerings at Darebin City Council's two key arts centres - Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre and Darebin Arts Centre.  Expressions of interest are open to organisations and established groups seeking an event partner.

Applications for the 2019 Triennial Event Partnership Program close on Wednesday 24 July 2019. For more information and to view the guidelines visit the Darebin Arts website or call 8470 8598.


Community Grants
Financial assistance is provided each year through the Art and Culture category of the Community Grant Scheme to support community groups and organisations to undertake community cultural development activities.

See Community Support Program for further details.

National Association for the Visual Arts Grants
These grants provide assistance towards the costs of public presentation of visual arts, craft and design. This can include:

  • Media releases
  • Media photographs
  • Advertising
  • Space rental and opening costs
  • Installation costs
  • Promotional printing and mail out
Visit the National Association for the Visual Arts website for further information.

Youth Encouragement Scheme
This program provides financial assistance to young people who wish to be invloved in sports, arts, culture and education.

Contact Youth Services for more information on 9496 1020.

Victorian Multicultural Commission
The Victorian Multicultural Commission has funding programs to assist ethnic and community based organisations with programs and activities that aim to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Visit the Multicultural Victorian Commission for more information.

VicHealth is a health promotion agency that creates environments to improve the health of the community. It contributes to the public by supporting health promotion activities in arts settings.

Visit the VicHealth Website for further information.

The GrantsLINK directory has information about federal, state and local government funding programs. GrantsLINK makes it easier to find suitable and relevant grants for your community projects from the many Australian government grants that are available.

Visit the GrantsLINK website for more information.

Further Information
Arts and Cultural Development Officer Ph: 8470 8458

Help in the form of Funding and Support is available for your business.

Sector Growth Program

$20 million Jobs Boost and Blueprint for Growth

This program builds on the Future Industries plans from the Victorian government and makes available grants of up to $1m per project. 

Two types of grants are available. 

1. Scoping, planning and feasibility studies:

Projects that will be considered for funding under Stream 1 of the program will focus on scoping, planning and feasibility studies directed at identifying opportunities aligned with the Future Industries Sector Strategies. Funding of up to $10,000 is available. Eligible activities can include:

  • Road mapping
  • Supply chain analysis
  • Sector capability audits
  • Economic impact analyses
  • Feasibility studies
  • Sector opportunity analysis
  • Pathway to market strategy

2. Project implementation:

Projects that will be considered will focus on the implementation of projects aligned with the Future Industries Sector Strategies that enhance the applicants’ and the sectors’ growth, productivity and competitiveness. Funding of up to $1 million will be available for projects in Stream 2. All funding must be matched by a minimum cash co-contribution of $1 for every $1 funded. Projects are to be completed within two (2) years of the negotiation of a suitable grant agreement. Relevant activities include but are not limited to:

  • Shared infrastructure solutions
  • Piloting new technologies, such as demonstration plant/equipment
  • Establishing consolidated industry capability.

To be eligible for either stream, applications must be submitted on behalf of a consortium with a lead applicant which can be either private sector businesses; not for profit organisations, such as educational or health institutions, Victorian local government authorities; Victorian public sector agencies.

For full details of the program and eligibility criteria see the information at Business Victoria

Local Industry Fund for Transition, Melbourne's North (LIFT)

The State Government has implemented this program, offering grants of up to $2 million to businesses based in the North. The fund replaces the established Melbourne's North Innovation and Investment Fund (MNIIF) and supports projects that create sustainable jobs and economic activity. Eligible project expenditure may include: purchase of equipment or machinery to assist business establishment or expansion, direct labour costs, construction or fit-out of a new building or extension to existing premises. There is a cash co-contribution of $3 for every $1 granted. Preference will be given to projects that create jobs for local workers facing retrenchment due to the closure of automotive manufacturing operations.

Read more about the programme on the Fact Sheet or submit an expression of interest.

Future Industries Manufacturing Program

The Victorian Government has established the $200m Future Industries Fund to support six high-growth sectors that have potential for extraordinary economic growth - to create jobs and attract investment in Victoria. Arising from this program is the Future Industries Manufacturing Program (FIMP) which offers generous grants for the manufacturing sector.


  • Grants of up to $500k per business called for. Grants of less than $100k will not be accepted.

Business should:

Have the ability to meet the co-contribution requirement ($3 for every $1 granted)

The program provides grants of up to 25 per cent of eligible project expenditure, with a maximum grant of $500,000. Applicants will need to demonstrate how the project outcomes justify the grant investment.

Eligible project expenditure includes the following activities relating to the proposed project:

  • Capital expenditure and other project-related non-capitalised expenditure (but does not include vehicles, internal costs or salaries)
  • Manufacturing product and process improvements (including significant improvements in technical specifications; components and materials; software in the project; user friendliness or other functional characteristics; and/or new or significantly improved production or delivery methods)
  • Prototyping, evaluation and testing of new products and manufacturing processes
  • Supply chain capability development
  • Tooling
  • Training specific to the technology (external costs only)
  • Labour and contractors (but does not include internal salaries)
  • Manufacturing machinery and equipment, (for example, repurposing state-of-the-art automotive manufacturing equipment), or
  • Minor building alterations and fit-out costs

Assessment Criteria

  1. Impact of the Project on Employment and Skills
  2. The Level of Economic Benefit the Proposed Project will bring to Victoria
  3. The Demonstrated Skills, Experience and Resources Available to the Business to Successfully Undertake the Project
  4. Value for Money
  5. Need for Government Support.

Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan

Towards Future Industries: Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan

The Victorian Government has announced its $46.5m Towards Future Industries: Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan to help businesses, workers and communities affected by the closure of automotive manufacturing operations to meet the challenges ahead and capitalise on emerging opportunities.

Assistance for businesses:

The Government has established the new $5m Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program to support Victorian automotive supply chain companies affected by the closure of passenger vehicle manufacturing in Victoria.

Assistance of up to $65,000 will be provided to eligible supply chain companies to help guide them through this period.

The funding will help companies develop a transition plan to identify new opportunities and target sectors and markets, and provide assistance to pursue those opportunities.

Find out more or apply for Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program.

Incubator Support Initiative

An initiative of the Federal Government, stemming out of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, this will support existing incubators and encourage the development of new ones.

The Incubator Support initiative provides funding through two components to deliver Incubator Support projects, both of which require matched funding from applicants.

The first is support for New and Existing Incubators:

  1. to help develop new incubators in regions or sectors with high potential for success in international trade, and
  2. to boost the effectiveness of high performing incubators, including funding support to expand their services and/or develop the innovation ecosystem.

The second is support for Expert-in-Residence:

  1. to provide access to top quality research, managerial and technical talent through secondments of national or international expert advisers who will improve their chance of commercial success in international markets.

Grant funding of up to 50 per cent of total Incubator Support Project Values will be available as follows:

  1. a minimum grant amount of $10,000 and a maximum grant amount of $500,000 for New and Existing Incubators per project with a maximum grant period of 24 months.
  2. a minimum grant amount of $1,000 and a maximum grant amount of $25,000 for Expert-In-Residence per project with a maximum grant period of 12 months

 More information, including application forms can be found on the National Science and Innovation Website.

New fund for small to medium business - Coles Nurture Fund

Coles is allocating $10m per year in grants and interest free loans to encourage small business to develop market leading products, technologies, systems and processes. Available to businesses that employ no more than 50 FTE with a turnover of less than $25m, this fund could be the difference in getting great ideas up and running.

 For all the details on this, visit the Coles Nurture Fund Guidelines.

Community Grants

Start up Finance Package for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs

An initiative of Indigenous Business Australia, this package makes it easier to get your business idea off the ground. You can access up to 30% of a new business loan as a grant to purchase assets for your business which you will not have to repay. Additional support is also provided. For more details or to apply call 1800 107 107 or see the details on the Indigenous Business Australia site.

Sustainability Grants

Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund

A $2m grant and investment facilitation program designed to support the installation of new or upgrades to existing waste to energy facilities or technology. With a particular emphasis on food waste from commercial and industrial businesses this grant is suitable for those that are able to have a project commissioned by 31 December 2019.

 For full details visit Sustainability Victoria.

Energy Assessment Grants

Boost productivity by reducing energy costs. These grants can provide either basic or detailed energy assessments from experts and are available to small to medium businesses - those employing less than 200 fte who spend over $20k on energy bills. Applications close 28 September 2018 unless funds are fully allocated before this date.

 For full details visit Sustainability Victoria .

Social Impact Investment for Sustainability Program

The Victorian Government is supporting investment-ready social enterprises to create new jobs and training opportunities, respond to climate change, avoid and recover waste and improve resource efficiency in the Victorian community.

The program provides a combination of grant and low interest loan. Investment-ready social enterprises can apply for up to $200,000 as a combination grant and low interest (2.5%) loan to scale up (expand) their operations.

Visit Sustainability Victoria for all details including application process, 

Energy Efficient Grants

Sustainability Victoria is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) from industry associations, business networks and registered training organisations (RTOs) wanting to apply for a grant to fund a project that builds the energy efficiency capability of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) or service providers. Projects need to deliver outcomes of big impact and long lasting change.

Visit Sustainability Victoria for all details including the application process.

Other Grant Opportunities

Find a grant for your business on the Business Victoria portal or with the Federal Government's grant finder there are hundreds of grants available for businesses to take advantage of.

Further Information:
Business Development
Ph: 8470 8344

The 2019/20 Quick Response Program will be open between September 2019 and June 2020.

Council makes a significant investment in the community through the Darebin Community Grants Program. The Program aims to support community projects and activities that address local priorities, strengthen community relationships of mutual respect, build social inclusion and environmental sustainability and enhance the well-being of City of Darebin residents. 

These aims are achieved through provision of cash grants to local not-for-profit groups and organisations. In keeping with the above aims, the Program will support projects and activities that fit with the 2017 – 2021 Council Plan’s following three priorities:  

  1. Create a sustainable city through local innovation projects that address climate change.
  2. Improve the wellbeing of people in our community by providing opportunities for them to live their lives well.
  3. Lead on equity and recognise our diverse community as our greatest asset for solving future challenges.

The 2019/2020 Quick Response Program will be open in September 2019 until they are exhausted. The program is made up of two streams:

  • Cash Grants: Applications for cash grants up to $1000 can be submitted for not-for-profit groups/organisations that missed out applying to the 2019/2020 main funding round
  • Venue Hire Support: Applications for venue hire support up to $1000 can be submitted for not-for-profit groups/organisations that missed out applying to the 2019/2020 main funding round. Details of venues available are listed below.

Groups who applied for the 2019/20 small grants are not eligible. Full eligibility is available in the 2019/20 Grants Information Booklet.

If you intend to apply for the Quick Response Cash Grants and Venue Hire Support Program, please call the Community Grants Officer on 8470 8504. If you are eligible to apply, a private link will be sent to you to access the online application form.

Venues available for the Quick Response Venue Hire Support Program

 Venue Phone 
 Preston City & Shire Halls  8470 8649
 Northcote Town Hall * (see note below)  8470 8901
 Preston and Northcote Libraries’ Meeting rooms  8470 8960
 Darebin Intercultural Centre ** (see note below)  8470 8440
 Donald Street Community Hall  8470 8110
 Fairfield Community Room  8470 8110
 Clyde street community Hall  8470 8110
 Darebin Arts Centre ** (see note below)  8470 8270
 Reservoir Community & Learning Centre  9496 1021
 Keon Park Children’s Hub  8470 8022
 Darebin North East Community Hub  8470 8110
 Ruthven Pavilion  8470 8110

Note: Venue hire grants for the Darebin Intercultural Centre, Northcote Town hall and the Darebin Arts Centre are subject to separate grants processes and eligibility criteria. Please contact the venues for more information.

Further information:
Community Grants Officer
T: 8470 8504 or