Grants quick guide

About Merri-bek Community Grants Program

The Merri-bek Community Grants Program gives financial support to community led initiatives and collaborative projects that demonstrates multiple benefits and focuses directly on the Merri-bek community.

This grants program is targeted at not-for-profit incorporated community groups or groups auspiced by another incorporated organisation.

Free training to volunteers of a Merri-bek Community Group - register and get started here.

For further information about the grants program or ask a question email the Grants Officer or speak with the relevent contact officer oultined in the Community Grants Program Guidelines (PDF 396Kb).

View and apply for all current funding opportunities at Council through the online grants website.

Minor grants

All minor grants are currently available for application. Funding duration is for a 12 month period or as per agreement.

Type of grant Summary

Individual Development grant

Up to $500

Individuals selected to participate in an event

Assistance with a sport and recreation club membership

Membership Activity grant

Up to $2000

Assistance with ongoing costs for members activities.

Funding levels dependant on the number of Merri-bek members in group.

Applications can be made every 12 months.

Quick Response grant

Up to $1,000

Community led small project or event

Community groups that need to purchase minor equipment

Establishment of a new group

*Minor Grant Application Form

Female Participation grant

Up to $3,000

Provide new opportunities for women and girls in sports, physical activity and leadership programs.

*Minor Grant Application Form

Youth Initiative Grant

Up to $3,000

Supports youth led one-off projects or pilot programs

*Minor Grant Application Form


Annual grants

Type of grant Application dates Summary

Organisational Support Grant


Up to $10,000 per year


  • Next round opens in August 2022

Funding period: 2 financial years

Organisations with limited access to funding sources

Focuses directly and benefits the Merri-bek community

Based within Merri-bek

Capital Works Partnership grant


Up to $40,000


  • Next around opens August 2021. 

Funding period: 12 months - Project start date 1 January 2022.

Capital improvements to community facilities

Greater community access, increases participation, interaction of all age groups

Provides a multi-use facility in Merri-bek

Typically requires planning and building permits to proceed.

Applicant must contribute 25% of total value of project

Recreational Facility Design Grant

Up to $10,000

  • Next application period to be confirmed soon.

Enables sporting clubs to produce schematic designs for the redevelopment of, or creation of new sporting facilities 

Project grant

Up to $5000

  • Next around open August 2021. 

Funding period: 12 months. Project start date 1 January 2022. 

Communtiy led project

Focuses and benefits the Merri-bek community.

Collaborates and partners with other groups.

Increases access and participation opportunities.

Operational grant

Up to $10,000 per year

  • Next round Opens February 2023

Funding period: 3 financial years

For newly established community organisations

Based within Merri-bek

View the Community Grant Guidelines (DOC 534Kb) or join the grants mailing list for updates.

Other Funding Opportunities

For information on other funding opportunities from Council - Arts Investment Grants or Arts Activation Grants programs. 

If you are a business, visit Business Merri-bek website or email Economic Development for advice about small business funding opportunities.

How to apply

View and apply for all Council funding opportunities online through the grants website.

Previously funded Merri-bek Community Grants

Watch our community grant videos

Watch our case study videos to learn more about the variety of organisations and purposes that are eligible for Council grants, as well as showcasing the great projects that we support.

Pascoe Vale Football Club community grant video

The Pascoe Vale Football Club was the recipient of a $40,000 Capital Works Partnership Grant in 2013-14 for new field lighting.

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Multicultural Women's Sewing Group grant video

The Multicultural Women’s Sewing Group was a recipient of a $30,000 Operational Grant in 2014-15 for a new staff member.

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