Council Community Grants & Sponsorships

Community Grants

Our Community Support Grants fund projects and activities that build communities, maintain community infrastructure and encourage community groups to work together to benefit from shared resources.

We encourage organisations to be innovative, creative and address needs within your community. (Please note, online applications are temporarily unavailable).

To apply there are 4 easy steps:

  1. Get a fact sheet to find out about the requirements for a grant application.
  2. Download an application form (see below).
  3. Contact our Community Development Team to discuss your proposal.
  4. Submit a hard copy to:

Community Grants Program
Ararat Rural City Council
PO Box 246
Ararat Vic 3377

Fact sheets and application forms are also available by contacting Council’s Community Development and Client Services Co-ordinator on 5355 0257 or 0427 051 562.

When can I apply for funds?

Applications are invited any time during the year, however applications are assessed and funding allocated each July, November and March. To make sure your application is in on time for one of these rounds you must have it submitted by 5pm:

  • 15 February, 2018 (March assessment)
  • 15 June, 2018 (July assessment)
  • 26 October, 2018 (November assessment)

Late applications will not be accepted.

Community Support Grants Information Kit

Overall Fact Sheet

Lifestyle Grant Info

Infrastructure (Environment) Info

Economic Info

Application Forms

Application Form (Community, Lifestyle, Economy)

Application Form (Infrastructure, Environment)



Council’s Sponsorship Program is available to assist community groups with one off support for a community event or activity. 

From time to time community groups seek in kind support from Council through waving fees for using Council facilities or having a service delivered by Council at no cost.

Sponsorships are also available for council to support a fundraising or community activity.

The Sponsorship Program provides a fair and transparent way for these transactions to occur.

Sponsorships can be applied for all year round by writing to Council.

Up to $600 of cash and/or in kind assistance can be requested.

Each request will be considered by Council at their next ordinary meeting and applicants will then be notified in writing of the outcome.

Contact our Community team if you would like to discuss your sponsorship request.

Send letter of request with the detail of what you would like Council to assist with, when and why to:

Chief Executive Officer
PO Box 246
Ararat   Vic   3377