Celebrating Darebin seeks to support new and first time community events that celebrate the people and places of Darebin with a new grant scheme.

Individuals and community groups can apply for Community Events (up to $3000) or True North Events for events in Reservoir (up to $5000). Quick Response Community Events are also available all year round (up to $1500).

2018/2019 Round 1: Community Events & True North Events
Applications open: Tuesday 16 October, 10am
Applications close: Thursday 15 November 2018, 4pm
Applicants notified: December 2018

2018/2019 Round 2: Community Events & True North Events
Applications open: February 2019
Applications close: Wednesday 20 March 2019, 4pm
Applicants notified: April 2019

2018/2019 Quick Response
Applications open: Tuesday 16 October 2018, 10am
Applications close: N/A
Applicants notified: 1 month from application
See guidelines here

For more info contact
Emily Fuller, Festivals & Events Officer or ex 8470 8593

Through the Darebin Community Grants Program, Council supports more than 200 organisations and groups each year to carry out a wide range of projects and activities, enabling our community to participate in the social, cultural and economic life of the Municipality.

The 2018/2019 Community Grants Program is now closed.

The next annual funding round, 2019/2020, will open in February 2019.

The following funding programs are now opened for applications:

  • 2018/2019 Quick Response Facility Hire Subsidy Grants Program
  • 2018/2019 LGBTIQ Community Grants Program


1. 2018/2019 Quick Response Facility Hire Subsidy Program

Applications for the 2018/2019 quick response facility hire subsidy program are now open on and close on 30 June 2019 or when the pool money available for this program will run out.

This program is available to eligible groups/organisations who missed out applying to the 2018/2019 annual facility hire subsidy program. Applications can be submitted by eligible applicants for the hiring fees of Council nominated venues only (Please see the list of venue below).

The maximum which can be approved is $500.

If you need to use a Council venue before the end of the 2018/2019 financial year, please call the Community Grants Officer on 8470 8504. If you are eligible to apply, you will be sent a private link to access the online application form.

For more information please read the 2018/2019 Community Grants Program Information Booklet.

 Council venues available for the Quick Response Facility Hire Subsidy Grants:

 Venue  Phone
 Preston City Hall & Shire Hall  8470 8649 
 Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre*  8470 8901
 Preston & Northcote Libraries' Meeting Rooms  8470 8960
 Darebin Intercultural Centre*  8470 8440
 Darebin Arts Centre*  8470 8282
 Reservoir Community & Learning Centre  9496 1021
 Clyde Street Community Hall  8470 8110
 Darebin North East Community Hub  8470 8110
 Keon Park Children Hub  8470 8022
 Donald Street Community Hall  8470 8110
 Fairfield Community Room  8470 8110
 Ruthven Pavilion  8470 8110

* Venue hire grants for the Darebin Intercultural Centre, Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre and the Darebin Arts Centre are subject to separate grants processes and eligibility criteria. Please contact the venues for more information

Before applying for a facility hire subsidy grant you are required to call the relevant venue and discuss your proposed booking.

2. 2018/2019 LGBTIQ Community Grants Program

The LGBTIQ Community Grants Program aims to support community projects and activities that address the local priorities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse and queer people and communities and their families, which have a connection to the municipality of Darebin. 

Learn more...

2018/2019 Community Grants Program: successful and unsuccessful annual cash grant and facility hire subsidy applications:

2018/2019 Annual Cash Grants Program - List of successful applications

2018/2019 Annual Cash Grants Program - List of  unsuccessful applicants

2018/2019 Annual Facility Hire Subsidy Grants Program - All 62 grant submissions received have been approved.

Celebrating Darebin Seeding Grants for Community Events Guidelines

Further Information
Community Grants Officer
Ph: 8470 8504

Funding is available from multiple arts organisations.

Arts Victoria
Arts Victoria is responsible for the State Government's arts policy. It oversees the state-owned cultural agencies and provides funding for arts and cultural initiatives.

Visit the Arts Victoria Website for further details.

Australia Council for the Arts
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. It invests in artists and arts organisations working in all types of arts including dance, theatre, literature, music and much more.

Visit the Australia Council for the Arts Website for further details.

Community Grants
Financial assistance is provided each year through the Art and Culture category of the Community Grant Scheme to support community groups and organisations to undertake community cultural development activities.

See Community Support Program for further details.

National Association for the Visual Arts Grants
These grants provide assistance towards the costs of public presentation of visual arts, craft and design. This can include:

  • Media releases
  • Media photographs
  • Advertising
  • Space rental and opening costs
  • Installation costs
  • Promotional printing and mail out
Visit the National Association for the Visual Arts website for further information.

Youth Encouragement Scheme
This program provides financial assistance to young people who wish to be invloved in sports, arts, culture and education.

Contact Youth Services for more information on 9496 1020.

Victorian Multicultural Commission
The Victorian Multicultural Commission has funding programs to assist ethnic and community based organisations with programs and activities that aim to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Visit the Multicultural Victorian Commission for more information.

VicHealth is a health promotion agency that creates environments to improve the health of the community. It contributes to the public by supporting health promotion activities in arts settings.

Visit the VicHealth Website for further information.

The GrantsLINK directory has information about federal, state and local government funding programs. GrantsLINK makes it easier to find suitable and relevant grants for your community projects from the many Australian government grants that are available.

Visit the GrantsLINK website for more information.

Further Information
Arts and Cultural Development Officer Ph: 8470 8458

Help in the form of Funding and Support is available for your business.

Sector Growth Program

$20 million Jobs Boost and Blueprint for Growth

This program builds on the Future Industries plans from the Victorian government and makes available grants of up to $1m per project. 

Two types of grants are available. 

1. Scoping, planning and feasibility studies:

Projects that will be considered for funding under Stream 1 of the program will focus on scoping, planning and feasibility studies directed at identifying opportunities aligned with the Future Industries Sector Strategies. Funding of up to $10,000 is available. Eligible activities can include:

  • Road mapping
  • Supply chain analysis
  • Sector capability audits
  • Economic impact analyses
  • Feasibility studies
  • Sector opportunity analysis
  • Pathway to market strategy

2. Project implementation:

Projects that will be considered will focus on the implementation of projects aligned with the Future Industries Sector Strategies that enhance the applicants’ and the sectors’ growth, productivity and competitiveness. Funding of up to $1 million will be available for projects in Stream 2. All funding must be matched by a minimum cash co-contribution of $1 for every $1 funded. Projects are to be completed within two (2) years of the negotiation of a suitable grant agreement. Relevant activities include but are not limited to:

  • Shared infrastructure solutions
  • Piloting new technologies, such as demonstration plant/equipment
  • Establishing consolidated industry capability.

To be eligible for either stream, applications must be submitted on behalf of a consortium with a lead applicant which can be either private sector businesses; not for profit organisations, such as educational or health institutions, Victorian local government authorities; Victorian public sector agencies.

For full details of the program and eligibility criteria see the information at Business Victoria

Local Industry Fund for Transition, Melbourne's North (LIFT)

The State Government has implemented this program, offering grants of up to $2 million to businesses based in the North. The fund replaces the established Melbourne's North Innovation and Investment Fund (MNIIF) and supports projects that create sustainable jobs and economic activity. Eligible project expenditure may include: purchase of equipment or machinery to assist business establishment or expansion, direct labour costs, construction or fit-out of a new building or extension to existing premises. There is a cash co-contribution of $3 for every $1 granted. Preference will be given to projects that create jobs for local workers facing retrenchment due to the closure of automotive manufacturing operations.

Read more about the programme on the Fact Sheet or submit an expression of interest.

Future Industries Manufacturing Program

The Victorian Government has established the $200m Future Industries Fund to support six high-growth sectors that have potential for extraordinary economic growth - to create jobs and attract investment in Victoria. Arising from this program is the Future Industries Manufacturing Program (FIMP) which offers generous grants for the manufacturing sector.


  • Grants of up to $500k per business called for. Grants of less than $100k will not be accepted.

Business should:

Have the ability to meet the co-contribution requirement ($3 for every $1 granted)

The program provides grants of up to 25 per cent of eligible project expenditure, with a maximum grant of $500,000. Applicants will need to demonstrate how the project outcomes justify the grant investment.

Eligible project expenditure includes the following activities relating to the proposed project:

  • Capital expenditure and other project-related non-capitalised expenditure (but does not include vehicles, internal costs or salaries)
  • Manufacturing product and process improvements (including significant improvements in technical specifications; components and materials; software in the project; user friendliness or other functional characteristics; and/or new or significantly improved production or delivery methods)
  • Prototyping, evaluation and testing of new products and manufacturing processes
  • Supply chain capability development
  • Tooling
  • Training specific to the technology (external costs only)
  • Labour and contractors (but does not include internal salaries)
  • Manufacturing machinery and equipment, (for example, repurposing state-of-the-art automotive manufacturing equipment), or
  • Minor building alterations and fit-out costs

Assessment Criteria

  1. Impact of the Project on Employment and Skills
  2. The Level of Economic Benefit the Proposed Project will bring to Victoria
  3. The Demonstrated Skills, Experience and Resources Available to the Business to Successfully Undertake the Project
  4. Value for Money
  5. Need for Government Support.

Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan

Towards Future Industries: Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan

The Victorian Government has announced its $46.5m Towards Future Industries: Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan to help businesses, workers and communities affected by the closure of automotive manufacturing operations to meet the challenges ahead and capitalise on emerging opportunities.

Assistance for businesses:

The Government has established the new $5m Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program to support Victorian automotive supply chain companies affected by the closure of passenger vehicle manufacturing in Victoria.

Assistance of up to $65,000 will be provided to eligible supply chain companies to help guide them through this period.

The funding will help companies develop a transition plan to identify new opportunities and target sectors and markets, and provide assistance to pursue those opportunities.

Find out more or apply for Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program.

Incubator Support Initiative

An initiative of the Federal Government, stemming out of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, this will support existing incubators and encourage the development of new ones.

The Incubator Support initiative provides funding through two components to deliver Incubator Support projects, both of which require matched funding from applicants.

The first is support for New and Existing Incubators:

  1. to help develop new incubators in regions or sectors with high potential for success in international trade, and
  2. to boost the effectiveness of high performing incubators, including funding support to expand their services and/or develop the innovation ecosystem.

The second is support for Expert-in-Residence:

  1. to provide access to top quality research, managerial and technical talent through secondments of national or international expert advisers who will improve their chance of commercial success in international markets.

Grant funding of up to 50 per cent of total Incubator Support Project Values will be available as follows:

  1. a minimum grant amount of $10,000 and a maximum grant amount of $500,000 for New and Existing Incubators per project with a maximum grant period of 24 months.
  2. a minimum grant amount of $1,000 and a maximum grant amount of $25,000 for Expert-In-Residence per project with a maximum grant period of 12 months

 More information, including application forms can be found on the National Science and Innovation Website.

New fund for small to medium business - Coles Nurture Fund

Coles is allocating $10m per year in grants and interest free loans to encourage small business to develop market leading products, technologies, systems and processes. Available to businesses that employ no more than 50 FTE with a turnover of less than $25m, this fund could be the difference in getting great ideas up and running.

 For all the details on this, visit the Coles Nurture Fund Guidelines.

Community Grants

Start up Finance Package for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs

An initiative of Indigenous Business Australia, this package makes it easier to get your business idea off the ground. You can access up to 30% of a new business loan as a grant to purchase assets for your business which you will not have to repay. Additional support is also provided. For more details or to apply call 1800 107 107 or see the details on the Indigenous Business Australia site.

Sustainability Grants

Waste to Energy Infrastructure Fund

A $2m grant and investment facilitation program designed to support the installation of new or upgrades to existing waste to energy facilities or technology. With a particular emphasis on food waste from commercial and industrial businesses this grant is suitable for those that are able to have a project commissioned by 31 December 2019.

 For full details visit Sustainability Victoria.

Energy Assessment Grants

Boost productivity by reducing energy costs. These grants can provide either basic or detailed energy assessments from experts and are available to small to medium businesses - those employing less than 200 fte who spend over $20k on energy bills. Applications close 28 September 2018 unless funds are fully allocated before this date.

 For full details visit Sustainability Victoria .

Social Impact Investment for Sustainability Program

The Victorian Government is supporting investment-ready social enterprises to create new jobs and training opportunities, respond to climate change, avoid and recover waste and improve resource efficiency in the Victorian community.

The program provides a combination of grant and low interest loan. Investment-ready social enterprises can apply for up to $200,000 as a combination grant and low interest (2.5%) loan to scale up (expand) their operations.

Visit Sustainability Victoria for all details including application process, 

Energy Efficient Grants

Sustainability Victoria is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) from industry associations, business networks and registered training organisations (RTOs) wanting to apply for a grant to fund a project that builds the energy efficiency capability of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) or service providers. Projects need to deliver outcomes of big impact and long lasting change.

Visit Sustainability Victoria for all details including the application process.

Other Grant Opportunities

Find a grant for your business on the Business Victoria portal or with the Federal Government's grant finder there are hundreds of grants available for businesses to take advantage of.

Further Information:
Business Development
Ph: 8470 8344

Applications for the 2018 Darebin LGBTIQ Community Grants Program will open on Tuesday 23 October at 5pm and close on Sunday 18 November 2018 at 12 midnight.

This program supports projects or activities that address the local priorities of community members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer or questioning (LGBTIQ+) and their families. Projects must positively impact on the human rights, inclusion and/or wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ communities.

Smaller community groups or organisations are strongly encouraged to apply. Grants of up to $4000 total are available; up to $2000 can be awarded without the need for an auspice organisation or legal incorporation.

Projects which require a Council-owned venue may also be able to access a Quick Response Facility Hire Subsidy. This provides up to $500 subsidy for hiring fees of nominated Council venues. 

The information booklet provides more information on eligibility, grant criteria, key dates and how to apply. The online application will be available to access from 12 midday on Tuesday 23 October. Applications close at 12 midnight Sunday 18 November.

Download the information booklet

For help to develop your idea or project, or if you need an alternative to the online application form please contact Council’s Human Rights Officer on phone 8470 8446 or email