Grants

The City of Ballarat has several grant programs to support community groups, organisations and businesses seeking funding for programs, events, products and services that bring a range of benefits to Ballarat.

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Community Impact Grant Program

The Community Impact Grant Program has opportunities of funding up to $20,000.

This supports community groups and organisations to run projects, programs, events and other activities, or to buy needed equipment to promote community outcomes in:

  1. environmental sustainability
  2. healthy, connected and inclusive communities
  3. promoting community-focused economic outcomes, innovation and resilience 

Who can apply?

Local, not-for-profit incorporated organisations, groups or associations can apply for Community Impact Grants.

Non-incorporated groups may also apply if they have an auspice relationship with an incorporated group.

When can I apply?

Grant rounds open at the start of August, October, February and April. Please note: There may be fewer rounds if the overall budget is allocated in earlier rounds.

The August 2021 round closes at 5pm on 5 September 2021.

We recommend submitting your application during business hours in case you need any help or support.

How do I apply?

  1. Read the Community Impact Guidelines, budget tip sheet and making your project more inclusive documents. 
  2. Gather all the documents you need in one place.
  3. Apply online:

I need more information

For more information read our Community Impact Grant frequently asked questions and the Community Impact Grant guidelines.

 

Tourism Event Grant Program

The Tourism Events Grant Program (TEGP) addresses key priorities of the Ballarat Events Strategy 2018–2028 to support and attract events which:

  • increase tourism visitation; 
  • support Ballarat’s liveability and build community pride; 
  • contribute to building the city’s perception, improving Ballarat’s competitive strengths and unique qualities.  

The TEGP aims to support a balanced calendar of events which provide exciting reasons to visit Ballarat and increase the vibrancy of the city and region for visitors and residents. 

Who can apply?

For profit organisations and businesses with a commitment to work collaboratively where possible with other groups and businesses. 

Applicants may apply for funding amounts between $500 and $20,000 (GST exclusive). Up to a maximum $20,000 can be allocated across the annual funding program per event. 

For requests under $5,000, applicants can complete the Small Grant Application Form which has fewer details. 

When can I apply?

The Tourism Events Grant Program will be open year round and assessed monthly. The program will remain open until all funds are distributed.

How do I apply?

  1. Read the Tourism Event Grant guidelines.
  2. Contact our Events team on 5320 5500 or events@ballarat.vic.gov.au to discuss your proposal and eligibility for grant funding.
  3. Gather all the documents you need in one place.
  4. Apply online:

I need more information

For more information, read our Tourism Event Grant frequently asked questions and the Tourism Event Grant guidelines

 

Strategic Partnership Grants

The Strategic Partnership Grant Program provides funding to organisations or businesses to run projects that meet strategic objectives in the Council Plan, Health and Wellbeing Plan and other plans and strategies endorsed by Council.

Strategic Partnerships are considered for requests exceeding $20,000. Applications are accepted in August and February, subject to available budget. Requests can be for multi-year funding up to a maximum of four years.

Who can apply?

These partnerships will be awarded to well-established organisations that have a proven record of delivering relevant programs, projects or activities.

When can I apply?

Applications for Strategic Partnerships will be open in August 2021 and February 2022. Please note: There may be fewer rounds if the overall budget is allocated in earlier rounds.

The August 2021 round closes at 5pm on 5 September 2021.

We recommend submitting your application during business hours in case you need any help or support.

How do I apply?

  1. Read the Strategic Partnership Grant Program Guidelines.
  2. Contact the relevant team on 5320 5500 to discuss your eligibility and proposal.
  3. Gather all the documents you need in one place.
  4. Apply for a Strategic Partnership online.

I need more information

For more information, read the Strategic Partnerships Guidelines.

 

Search for and discover grants

The City of Ballarat’s Grant Finder, powered by GrantGuru, is a free search directory with a wide-ranging list of grant and funding opportunities for local businesses, community groups, not-for-profits, and individuals. 

The database has been tailored for the Ballarat area with a focus on funding for regional areas and Commonwealth/Federal programs – that’s about 1,400 programs with $50 billion of grants available. 

You can use the search engine to find grants and to filter grants by location, industry and type of project. The directory also has advice and tips for finding and applying for grants to maximise your chances of receiving the funding you need.

If you need some help, you can watch the how to videos for guidance on searching with Grant Finder. You can also register on Grant Finder to stay up to date with the latest opportunities

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City of Ballarat's Grants Policy

Our Grants Policy provides a consistent, streamlined approach for community groups and organisations seeking funding for programs, events, products and services that bring a wide range of benefits to Ballarat.