Connected Neighbourhoods Small Grants

The City of Melbourne is committed to creating connected and inclusive communities especially at a neighbourhood level. They provide small grants for community organisations and individuals to support community connection, social inclusion, access and participation.

Connected Neighbourhoods Small Grants allow the City of Melbourne to progress community development outcomes in the neighbourhoods that make up their municipality. Grants of up to $2000 are available to support the program objectives:

• increase community participation, connection, equity, diversity and inclusion
• empower community members to identify and respond to local issues and priorities.


Applications are open all year until the budget has been fully allocated.

Applications will be assessed once per month. See the program guidelines for details of monthly submission cut off dates.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for a Connected Neighbourhoods Small grant applicants must meet the following criteria:

• Applicants must be one of the following
– a not-for-profit constituted body;
– a school;
– a community leader; or
– an individual community member supported by their community.
• Applications may be auspiced (meaning an organisation agrees to take legal and financial responsibility for administering the grant on your behalf if you’re not eligible or unable to apply for funding).
• Applicants must be located within the City of Melbourne municipality with benefits for local people. You can view or download the City of Melbourne boundary map.
• Funded activities must create opportunities for community members to experience greater connection to their community through opportunities that improve access and participation.
• Applicants must have fully acquitted previous completed grants and have no outstanding debts to the City of Melbourne.
• A single project, event, activity or program will only be considered for one City of Melbourne grant program at a time.

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