How to apply for a grant

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All information on the application process is outlined in our Application Guidelines. Hardcopies of the guidelines are available on request.

Please note: Due to concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, Hume City Council advises all events, programs and workshops will be cancelled/ postponed until further notice. While this was a very difficult decision to make, the health and safety of our community is our number one priority. We will be offering support sessions over the to help you complete your application online. Please contact us via phone on 9205 2200 or email 

For more information, you can also see our Frequently Asked Questions Guide.

Application forms

Applications for all Hume City Council Community Grants are made via SmartyGrants, an online portal. If you are a new user, you will need to set up a login before you begin. If you have previously used SmartyGrants for ANY application (not just Hume City Council) you can use the same email address.

You can also refer to the SmartyGrants Applicant Guide for help.

Who can apply?

Except for the Individual Development Grant, all applicants must:

  • Be a Not-for-Profit community group or organisation
  • Individuals may only apply under Individual Development Grant category
  • Be incorporated or apply through an auspice arrangement (see FAQ for more on auspicing)
  • Run the activity or project from a location within Hume and/or show that it will substantially benefit residents of Hume City
  • Have no outstanding debts with Hume City Council
  • Be able to demonstrate that the applicant has minimal financial resources or a limited ability to fundraise for a proposed activity or project identified in the application (except Project and Partnership applications)
  • Satisfactorily acquitted previous projects funded under the Hume City Council’s Community Grants Program

What documentation do I need?

In your application, you will need to provide documents that prove the status of your organisation, and support for you project. The list of required documents includes:

  • Certificate of Incorporation or evidence of other legal status (see FAQ for more)
  • ABN details or completed Statement by Supplier form (see FAQ for more)
  • Current Public Liability Insurance Certificate of Currency to adequately cover the organisation/group’s activities
  • Quotes to support your budget i.e. For equipment hire or purchase, bus hire, advertising & promotion, flyers, posters etc
  • Incorporated groups and organisations must provide a copy of Profit and Loss statement. Australian Public Companies with ABN should provide most recently audited financial statements (see FAQ for more)
  • Bank details
  • For Project and Partnership applications a referee report or letters of support to be included with application

Updated : 6:41 PM, 25 May 2020

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