Leader Local Grants

Up to $33,000 is available to help bring small and important community projects to life.

Leader Local Grants


Leader Local Grants is a community program that provides financial grants to small, not-for-profit projects which are intended to improve local communities where Leader Community Newspapers are distributed (Leader Community Newspapers Distribution Area Suburbs List is included at the end of these Terms and Conditions).

Financial grants will be awarded through a process of Application, Finalist Selection via a Judging Panel and an online voting process.



Leader Local Grants is an initiative by Leader Community Newspapers and looking for ideas that are:

  • Beneficial to your community
  • Achievable
  • Constructive
  • Ready to go

All applications must comply with the Terms and Conditions.



If you have an idea that will cost a maximum of $5,000 to fund, you can apply for a $1,000 grant. All grants are inclusive of GST.

In each grant cycle, up to $33,000 worth of grants can be awarded. This is broken down into 33 grants of up to $1,000 (one for each of Leader’s 33 newspapers).


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to participate in Leader Local Grants:

  • You must be over 18 years of age and be a resident of Victoria
  • Be an eligible community group or organisation
  • Ideas can only be submitted through the website leaderlocalgrants.com.au
  • Your total project cost must be $5,000 or less
  • Your idea must specifically benefit a local community in a Leader newspaper area


Eligible Projects

The Leader Local Grants Program is available for small projects that are not-for-profit in nature and cost a maximum of $5,000 including GST in total (including the Grant amount). Projects can be connected to a business if the business is offering its services in relation to their project at no charge to the user.

Projects must offer a service to a specific local community and must be submitted for the Leader community newspaper where the Entrant (or Community Group if relevant) is based. The Promoter reserves the right to transfer projects to the most relevant Leader newspaper. Projects that require local council approval to proceed must have received local council approval prior to submission.



Applications open 22 June 2016


Leader Local Grants Recipients 2016

Bayside Leader — Garden to Table @ Olympic Avenue Kinder — a cooking program to help kids make the connection between healthy eating, gardening and self-care

Berwick Leader — Berwick Springs parkrun — the grant will go towards buying a defibrillator for the weekly 5km run/walk at Berwick Springs Lake

Brimbank Leader — Pop-Up Garlic Farmers Need Tools — a program teaching young farmers about planting, looking after the soil, managing weeds and pests, and harvesting crops

Caulfield Glen Eira/Port Phillip Leader — St Kilda Cycling Club — first aid training for ride leaders

Cranbourne Leader — Click 2 Snip — Cat desexing vouchers for not-for-profit animal rescue group 2nd Chance Cat Rescue

Diamond Valley Leader — GKPS Wildlife Warriors — Glen Katherine Primary School students to build, install, monitor and report on nesting boxes for local wildlife species

Frankston Leader — FRANK Cre8 Inc — a creative hub offering affordable gallery and studio hire for emerging local artisans and entrepreneurs

Free Press Leader — Community eggs and education — Tecoma preschool program to raise chickens

Greater Dandenong Leader — Mindfulness Matters @ Dandenong West Primary School — children supported to achieve personal goals, learn self-management skills through mindfulness and yoga

Heidelberg Leader — Love & Light Lung Cancer Support Group — information packs for people newly diagnosed with lung cancer

Hobsons Bay Leader — St Mary’s Altona Gardening for Social Justice — school veggie garden which raises money for St Vincent de Paul

Hume Leader — Second Chance Animal Rescue — to purchase various-sized heavy duty animal crates to transport animals safely from the pound to the vet and foster carers

Knox Leader — Knox Athletics Club — upgrade of exercise bikes

Lilydale & Yarra Valley Leader — Firefighters in the dark — for Warburton Fire Brigade to purchase rugged, rechargeable battery operated LED Remote Area Lighting units with safety rating approval for use in hazardous environments such as car accidents or house fires

Manningham Leader — Burch Memorial Pre-School — to upgrade the outdoor space at the preschool to incorporate a multi-sensory garden

Maribyrnong Leader — St Margaret’s Primary School — to contribute to materials required to set up a new prep playground

Maroondah Leader — Mama’s Maternity Packs — the Babes Project supports pregnant women facing parenthood alone, or with limited support, in Croydon

Melbourne Leader — Behind the Label — a creative media project that shares stories of disadvantage across online and community platforms

Melton Leader — Melton Period Project — provides sanitary items to people experiencing homelessness in and around Melbourne

Monash Leader — Wheelers Hill Primary School — to establish a Lego Club for kids, including those with special needs, to foster creativity and social skills

Moonee Valley Leader — Essendon North Primary School — to create an enchanted garden

Moorabbin Leader — Evesham Road Kindergarten — a new shed to replace the old leaky one, which houses outdoor toys and play equipment

Mordialloc Chelsea Leader — Pets of the Homeless — outreach program to help homeless people look after their pets

Moreland Leader — Brunswick Kindergarten — to go towards new computers to replace the seven-year-old desktop computers currently used by staff

Mornington Peninsula Leader — 2 Pairs Each — a project started by a nine-year-old boy to collect two pairs of socks for each of the 23,000 homeless people in Victoria

Northcote Leader — Alphington Primary School — to create a new veggie patch to reinforce the effort required to produce food, and reducing the likelihood of food waste

Preston Leader — Playing Board Games to Learn about Money — Customised board games to help young people learn about making sound financial decisions

Progress Leader — Canterbury Primary School — an oven for the Sustainable Chefs Program

Stonnington Leader — Sunnyside Kindergarten — kitchen equipment for the Sunnyside Mini Chefs Program

Sunbury/Macedon Ranges Leader — Solar Our School — to go towards installing solar panels at Macedon Primary School’s Eco Shed roof

Whitehorse Leader — Blackburn Primary School — to install bike racks at the school and encourage kids to be active and ride their bicycles

Whittlesea Leader — Findon Fare Grow Project — to create a ‘food forest’ at Findon Primary School and gift all produce to food rescue charity FareShare

Wyndham Leader — Victorian Bangla Mobile Library — to enable the first generation of Australian Bangladeshi students to maintain their mother tongue, and bridge cultural and communication gaps


More information

  • Leader Local Grants Terms and Conditions
  • Leader Local Grants FAQ
  • Leader Local Grants How it Works Booklet
  • Leader Local Grants Sample Application

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