ABOUT COUNCIL GRANTS FUNDING

About Community Action Grants | About Business Assistance Grants | About Hindmarsh Youth FReeZA Grants

The Hindmarsh Shire Council provides community groups and small businesses the opportunity to work collaboratively with Council to make our shire a better place to live and work.

For general enquiries or if you would like to discuss a particular project or for further information please contact our Community Development Officer by phoning 03 5391 4444 or via email grants@hindmarsh.vic.gov.au.


Community Action Grants

Council offers project funding to not-for-profit community groups through our Community Action Grants program. Traditionally, these grants have helped to support the delivery of projects by the community for the community.

Community Assistance

Council’s financial contributions to small scale projects allow community groups and organisations to focus and utilise their own funds for larger, strategic projects such as refurbishment of facilities, volunteer training, retention and development.
Through the Community Assistance Program, grants of up to $1,000 are available to not-for-profit community groups and organisations to assist with worthwhile projects that do not fit under the Event Sponsorship or Small Equipment categories of the Community Action Grants program.

Events Sponsorship

The Events Sponsorship category of the Community Action Grants is designed to assist community organisations to promote:
1. Social connectedness amongst community members within Hindmarsh Shire and
2. The Hindmarsh region as an “Event Destination” for visitors.
Event sponsorship grants offer grants of up to $500 to assist with events within Hindmarsh Shire which demonstrate social and economic benefit to the Hindmarsh community.
For larger events with a regional impact, Council may allocate an increased sponsorship amount. To be eligible applications must provide evidence of the events social and economic impact to the Hindmarsh community.

Small Equipment

Small Equipment Grants of up to $1,000 are available to non-for-profit organisations to assist in the cost of purchasing small equipment items. In the past grants have been utilised in the purchase of items such as, but not limited to:
 Garden equipment and tools;
 Appliances and whitegoods;
 Computers and electronic items;
 Sports equipment.

Community Action Application Deadlines

Category

Round 1

Closing Date

Round 2 

Closing Date

Community Assistance

5.00pm Wednesday

13 October 2021

5.00pm Friday

18 February 2022

Event Sponsorship

5.00pm Wednesday

13 October 2021

5.00pm Friday

18 February 2022

Small Equipment

5.00pm Wednesday

13 October 2021

5.00pm Friday

18 February 2022

Council Meeting Date 24 November 2021 March 2022


See 'How to Apply' for further information.


Business Assistance Grants

The Hindmarsh Shire Council Business Assistance Grants Program was established in 2016 to generate new employment opportunities, support existing businesses to grow and attract new business to Hindmarsh Shire.

Round One opens Thursday 26th August and is categorised into two tiers of funding:

Tier One

Tier One grants aim to assist existing businesses to undertake small projects / initiatives (with a value up to $1,000 without a co-contribution). Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Projects that assist the growth of existing small businesses,
  • Up-skilling existing employees,
  • Small business mentoring,
  • Creation / update of business planning documents (business plan, marketing plan and succession plan etc.)
  • Development of a website / social media.

Business owners and operators are encouraged to identify the individual needs of their business and to prepare an appropriate application in accordance to the eligibility criteria. Refer to the following eligibility / ineligible criteria.

Tier Two

Tier Two grants aim to assist existing businesses to undertake larger projects (from above $1,001 up to $3,000 with a 1:3 cash ratio).

For every $1 cash contribution from businesses, Council will contribute $3 up to a maximum of $3,000.) Examples of initiatives include, but are not limited to:

  • Expansion from a home business base to commercial premises,
  • Relocation of businesses from other Municipalities into Hindmarsh Shire,
  • Upgrades to premises, eg new or improved signage, painting, minor repairs, all-ability access, security / in-store lighting, air conditioning, veranda / awning repairs, upgrades etc.

Business owners and operators are encouraged to identify the individual needs of their business and to prepare an appropriate application in accordance to the eligibility criteria. Refer to the following eligibility / ineligible criteria.

 

Business Assistance Application Deadlines

Category

Round 1

Closing Date

Round 2

Closing Date

Tier One

17 September 2021

11 February 2022

Tier Two

17 September 2021

11 February 2022

Council Meeting Date October 2021 March 2022


See 'How to Apply' for further information.

Hindmarsh Youth FReeZA Grants - CLOSED

These grants are now closed. 

Hindmarsh Shire Council is offering grants to support young people in developing events, purchasing equipment and accessing resources that assist with music, performance and creativity. The total funding pool is $10 000, with individual grants available up to the amount of $500.

The Hindmarsh Shire Youth FreeZA Grants are funded by FReeZA, a Victorian State Government initiative that supports young Victorians to get involved in their community by planning and running drug, alcohol and smoke-free events for other young people.

All applications and projects must comply with FReeZA guidelines and must appropriately give recognition to FReeZA, the Victorian State Government and Hindmarsh Shire Council. If your grant application is approved, you will receive further information on delivery guidelines. 

There are four categories of funding

  • Event – putting on a music or creative event for young people in Hindmarsh Shire (costs could include venue hire, catering, security etc)
  • Training – receiving training in music or performance-related skills (this could be music or singing lessons, creative writing classes, DJ lessons, how to use recording software, how to market your brand etc.)
  • Equipment – purchasing music or creative equipment like instruments, microphones, soundboards or art supplies.
  • Support – paying or sourcing support for marketing, artistry and design, paying to boost Facebook posts for your brand, paying for advertising etc.

See 'How to Apply' for further information.


COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE

ACCESSING COUNCIL FACILITIES - VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS

In line with Victorian Government requirements, as of 6pm Friday 29 October 2021, community members will need to show proof of double vaccination to access Councils community facilities including swimming pools, Nhill Memorial Community Centre, community halls and Hindmarsh Shire Libraries in Dimboola, Jeparit, Nhill and Rainbow. You can do this via the Services Victoria app or with a printed Vaccination Certificate and photo ID.
 
Children under 16, or those with an approved medical exemption, will still be able to access services.
To assist our community who are unable to access library services, in person, click and collect services are available along with e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines. Telephone your local Hindmarsh Shire Libraries branch to organise click and collect.
 
At this stage, Council’s Customer Service Centre in Nhill does not require customers to be double vaccinated. Community members needing access to customer services in person, can attend the Nhill Customer Service Centre at 92 Nelson Street, Nhill. Online services are available on our website or telephone 03 5391 4444 for assistance over the telephone.

Updated 3/11/2021