Connected Communities Impact Grants

What is the Connected Communities Impact Grants?

The Connected Communities Impact Grants is a program to help projects that support our diverse communities, increase community connection, social inclusion and access building on principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.



Connected Communities Impact Grants allow the City of Melbourne to:

  • value the strengths, needs and aspirations of our diverse communities
  • empower communities to identify and respond to issues
  • work in partnership with community to support shared outcomes
  • increase community participation, equity, diversity and inclusion
  • build community capacity.



Applications for Connected Communities Grants funding can be made for between $1551 and $20,000.


Eligible Projects

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, grant applications must mention how the proposed project will be delivered with changing restrictions in mind. Applications must include COVID-19 mitigation in project planning and delivery that addresses current Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply for funding through Connected Communities Impact Grants, applications must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be a not-for-profit constituted body or a school. Auspiced applications are permitted in this program except for capital works projects.
    • Body Corporates are eligible to apply for a Connected Communities Impact Grant only for the provision of a community garden.
  • Applicants must be located within, or be running the project within, the City of Melbourne municipality.
  • Applications must have a focus on City of Melbourne’s local communities and/or communities that are considered vulnerable.
  • Projects funded through Connected Communities Impact Grants are eligible for a maximum of two consecutive years funding.
  • Capital works projects:
    • Capital works projects will be considered for funding for local community organisations whose work aligns with Council priorities.
    • Auspiced applications will not be accepted for capital works projects.
    • Capital works applications will only be considered where the facility is located within the City of Melbourne boundary and owned by not-for-profit organisations. Funding cannot be used for capital works projects on Council owned land or property. Community garden applications will only be considered for property that is within the City of Melbourne boundary, and either owned by a not-for-profit body or privately owned. Funding will not be considered for gardens that are on Council owned land.

Funding will not be considered for:

  • core operational funding
  • projects with a religious or political focus
  • commercial activities and/or organisations
  • fundraising activities, competitions, prizes or award events
  • interstate and international travel costs including travel costs for facilitators/consultants
  • projects that duplicate existing services and programs
  • activities that have already commenced or occurred
  • projects that are being, or have already been, funded through other City of Melbourne grant or sponsorship programs
  • activities run by the City of Melbourne
  • organisations with outstanding acquittals or debts owing to the City of Melbourne
  • incomplete applications late submissions.



Applications close 20 July 2020.


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