About Council Grants Funding

About Community Action Grants | About Business Assistance 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.

This year the Council is offering specifically targetted rounds. Round One is aimed at assisting community groups with payment of the ongoing overhead costs of running a not-for-profit organisation. Community groups can apply for assistance in two categories:

Utility Assistance

Council will contribute up to $500 per successful applicant to assist in paying for an organisation's expenses for utilities such as electricity, gas, and phone/internet. Council understands that these ongoing overheads can prove challenging to not-for-profit groups, particularly in the present climate. Council hopes that the funding will assist groups in maintaining their financial status until they are able to resume normal activities.

Rent/Lease Assistance

Council will contribute up to $500 per successful applicant to assist in paying for the ongoing expenses for renting or leasing properties related to the normal operation of the organisation. This can include, but is not limited to, the hiring of meeting places, storage facilities, clubhouses, or any premises used in the usual functioning of the organisation. Again, Council hopes that this funding will assist the Shire's valuable community groups to remain viable during these challenging times.

Community Action Application Deadlines

Category

Round 1 Closing Date

Round 2 Closing Date

Utility Assistance

Friday October 30, 2020

5.00pm

To Be Decided

Rent/Lease Assistance

Friday October 30, 2020

5.00pm

To Be Decided

Council Meeting Date November 2020 To Be Decided

 

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.

This year the Business Assistance Grants Program is categorised into two key areas:

Business Promotion

This stream supports business owners in promoting their businesses through traditional forms of advertising such as radio and print media. It also supports owners who want to build or increase their online presence through social media and other web-based promotion. Funds of up to $750 will be granted to eligible businesses for:

  • Advertising via radio, print media, and television.
  • Business website construction, updating, and / or maintenance.
  • Fees for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) services.
  • Online advertising fees.

COVID-19 Safety

The second stream aims to assist businesses with the associated costs of being COVID-19 safe. Funds of up to $500 will be granted to eligible businesses for:

  • Hand sanitising stations for customers / staff.
  • Purchase / installation of sneeze guards for customer service areas.
  • Barriers / floor indicators to encourage social distancing.

Business Assistance Application Deadlines

Category Round 1 Closing Date Round 2 Closing Date
COVID-19 Safety

Friday 30 October 2020
5:00pm

To Be Decided

Business Promotion
Council Meeting Date November 2020 To Be Decided

 

See 'How to Apply' for further information.


COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE

Following the further easing of restrictions, changes have been made to Council's Customer Service Centres and Libraries.

Our Nhill Customer Service centre is now open to members of the public from Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Our Dimboola, Jeparit and Rainbow Libraries and Customer Service centres have also opened, you can find out the opening hours by visit our Libraries page here.

The Nhill Cinema will re-open in the new year.

Updated 3/12/2020