Types of Community Grants



Applications for 2020 will open in May 2019

Hume City Council Community Grants program offers four streams of funding;

Community Activity (1 Year)

Funds available up to $2000

Community Activity Grants are one year grants that assist the formation of new groups and support the continuance of community organisations.  These grants are provided to meet the varied social, recreation and support needs of Hume city residents.  Funding provides financial assistance towards program and activity costs, operating expenses including incorporation and insurance fees, leadership and committee training, promotion, small equipment purchases and room hire fees. 


Innovation (1 Year)

Funds available up to $5000

Innovation Grants are designed to encourage new ideas, sustainable projects and collaborations that are of benefit to the Hume Community.

Innovation Grant proposals can include, but are not limited to:

  • Resources to develop an idea into a pilot proposal                          
  • Research to investigate an emerging need
  • Development of a plan to deliver a new service or program
  • Enhancement of access to programs and information
  • Development of a partnership proposal
  • A feasibility study to investigate a service, program or project proposal


Partnership Grant – Tier 1 and Tier 2

(Funding up to 3 Years) Funds available up to $20,000

Partnership Grants are designed to aid the initiation of programs that clearly identify a need and embrace the principles of social justice, healthy living, lifelong learning, environmental sustainability, community safety and inclusion.

Applications for Partnership Grants are sought from established organisations that have a proven track record in the provision of quality programs and services.  These organisations must be able to provide evidence of the need for the project and to substantiate the applicant’s capacity to resource and deliver programs which:

  • Are not a duplication of an existing service
  • Are new, innovative and strengthen community wellbeing
  • Encourage inclusion and accessibility to their service
  • Are of benefit and provide valuable support to the Hume Community


Community Activity Recurrent Funding

If you have received a Community Grant under the 2017 and 2018 program, you can elect to apply for Recurrent Funding.


  • Program or activities remain the same as previous year.
  • The requested amount of funding remains the same.
  • Must still be incorporated.
  • Have not outstanding debts with Hume City Council.
  • Have satisfactorily acquitted previous projects funded under Council's Community Grants Program.

Important information regarding eligibility to this category:

  • This category is open to all eligible not-for-profit community organisations/groups that are based in or provide services to Hume City.
  • Must be incorporated.
  • Demonstrate the organisation has minimal financial resources or limited ability to fundraise for the activity or project (Partnership Tier 1 only).
  • Have no outstanding debts with Hume City Council.
  • Have satisfactorily acquitted previous projects funded under the Hume City Council’s Community Grants Program.
  • Actively engage and work with Council to deliver the project
  • Have spoken to the Community Grants Administrator and referred to an appropriate Council Officer for discussion
  • Match each additional dollar in excess of the initial $10,000 of funding sought (Partnership Tier 2 only)
It is important to show that the project is sustainable and not dependent on continued Council financial support beyond the period of the grant.


Resources available: 

Council encourages applications that include the objectives consistent with Hume City Council's Vision and those that help Council achieve our plans and strategies including:
  • Hume Horizons 2040 
  • Hume Council Plan 2013-2017
  • Arts and Cultural Development Strategy 2009-2013
  • Community Safety Action Plan 2015 - 2019
  • Disability Action Plan 2012-2016
  • Economic Development Strategy 2030
  • Hume Early Years Framework 2014 – 2018
  • Learning Together (LT3) – Action Plan 2010-2030
  • Leisure Strategy 2013-2018
  • Multicultural Action Plan 2014-2018
  • Hume Health and Well Being Plan 2013 - 2017
  • Pathways to Sustainability Framework 2015 - 2019
  • Reconciliation Action Plan 2013-2017
  • Social Justice Charter 2014
  • Youth Strategy INSIGHT 2015 - 2019
  • Positive Ageing Strategy 2014 – 2024
These documents can be found on our Council Strategies webpage.


Learn about the 2018 grant recipients.


Updated : 10:35 AM, 8 August 2018

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