City of Yarra Annual Grants

Up to $90,000 is available through the City of Yarra Annual Grants to address a wide variety of local needs and promote connectedness and wellbeing across Yarra.


City of Yarra Annual Grants

The City of Yarra Annual Grants provide funding for small to medium sized projects and initiatives that respond to the social, cultural, recreational, economic and sustainability needs of Yarra residents.



The Community Grants Program is one of the major ways in which Council supports the strategies presented in the Council Plan. The Council Plan provides guidance on how Council will respond to the opportunities and challenges the municipality faces. The Council Plan can be found at:



The City of Yarra Annual Grants aim to:

  • develop partnerships between Council and community groups to achieve Council’s strategic directions;
  • direct resources to both the emerging and specific needs of disadvantaged groups;
  • develop a positive approach to the resolution of local social issues;
  • support local groups, activities and community connectedness; and
  • support community organisations to develop skills and increase community participation.



In 2020 this program will invest over $900,000 in programs which support and enrich the Yarra community. The funded programs will address a wide variety of local needs and promote connectedness and well-being across Yarra.

The Annual Grants are split into a number of different streams. Some of these streams also have sub-categories. These are:

  • Community Development  – up to $10,000
  • Community Housing – up to $50,000
  • Sports and Recreation – up to $5,000
  • Sustainability – up to $4,000
  • Family, Youth and Children – up to $10,000
  • Youth-Led Grants, and – up to $3,000
  • Arts and Culture. – up to $90,000

Each stream has its own specific priorities and these are listed in the relevant Fact Sheets at the end of the Guidelines.


Eligible Projects

  • Applicants must be locally based and/or applying for a program, service or activity that is of benefit to the Yarra community;
  • All projects in the Arts and Culture stream must have a public outcome in the City of Yarra;
  • Applicants can submit multiple applications for different projects; however only one application per project will be considered;
    • Please do not submit applications for the same project to different categories/streams. If you believe your application crosses multiple streams, please contact the grants team for advice;
    • Please do not submit applications for the same project from multiple organisations.
  • Groups can apply to the Sport and Recreation Stream for the purchase of certain equipment. See the Sport and Recreation Fact Sheet for further details. In other categories and streams, equipment may only be purchased as part of a broader project.
  • Groups can apply to cover the cost of training volunteers in club relevant skills. See the Sport and Recreation Fact Sheet for further details.
  • Applications to the Sustainability Stream may include funding for the installation of permanent fixtures (e.g. water tanks, wall gardens), only when the fixture directly contributes to a broader program involving community engagement/education around targeted issues.
  • Applications to the Community Strengthening Category addressing priorities of the Access and Inclusion Strategy may include funding for specialised equipment or materials that facilitate new and innovative accessibility programs. Renovation works or the upgrading of permanent fixtures remain ineligible.
  • Projects must meet any other specific requirements outlined in the individual stream fact sheets.
  • All questions marked ‘response required’ must be completed for the application to be eligible.
  • Projects must be completed by 31 December 2019.


Eligible Applicants

  • Applicants must have an active ABN
    • not-for-profit community groups that meet all other eligibility criteria but do not have an ABN can have their applications auspiced by an eligible incorporated organisation or Neighbourhood House
  • Applicants must be a not-for-profit, incorporated community group (that is a group with a voluntary membership who come together to pursue a common goal) OR meet one of the following specific exceptions:
    • be a registered charity, public benevolent institution or have DGR status;
    • be a state government entity seeking funding for activities beyond those considered the responsibility of State or Federal Government; unincorporated not-for-profit community groups can have their applications auspiced by an eligible incorporated organisation or Neighbourhood House;
    • auspiced individual youths or auspiced youth-led organisations can apply to the Youth-Led stream;
    • individual artists or Arts-related businesses operating under an active sole-trader ABN* can apply as individuals under the Arts Development, Community Arts or Richmond Theatrette categories in the Arts and Culture Stream;
    • Arts-related businesses with active ABNs registered as other than sole-trader entities can apply under the Arts Development or Community Arts categories in the Arts and Culture Stream. These applications are contingent on successfully demonstrating that the project being funded will run on a not-for-profit basis. This will require detailed financial reporting;
    • social enterprise businesses can apply to the Social Enterprise category in the Community Development Stream.
  • Applicants must have acquitted previous Council grants and have no outstanding debts to Yarra City Council.
  • All applicants must have public liability insurance with a suitable level of coverage, working with children checks, WorkCover and superannuation coverage.
  • Applicants must meet any other specific requirements outlined in the individual stream fact sheets.

The applicant name must match the ABN Entity Name or a Trading Name formally registered against the ABN provided and the name on the bank account provided for payment. The ABN Entity name can be checked when entering your ABN into the application form.



Applications open 22 July 2019.


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