How to apply

You can apply for an Our Neighbourhood Community Grant or Small Business Grant online or submit a paper-based application.

Our Neighbourhood Community Grant

To view the details you need to submit, download:

Small Business Grant

To view the details you need to submit, download:

Online applications Click to expand Click to collapse

The online application process will be managed by the Smarty Grants system management tool.

You can save your application and return to it at any time prior to submitting.

Our Neighbourhood Community Grant applications:

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Small Business Grant applications:

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Closing date: Completed applications must be submitted online by 5pm (AWST) on Thursday, 2 April 2015

Paper-based applications Click to expand Click to collapse

To obtain an application form:

  • Our Neighbourhood Community Grants application form - pick one up from a Post Office between 23 February and 2 April 2015
  • Our Neighbourhood Small Business Grant application form - pick up an application kit from any Business Hub
  • email 
  • call 1300 765 772 to have a kit sent to your address

Once completed, sign and post your application form to:

      Program Manager: Our Neighbourhood Community Grants
      Australia Post
      Reply Paid 24393
      Melbourne VIC 8060

A postage stamp is not required.

Closing date: Completed paper-based applications must be postmarked by Thursday, 2 April 2015.

Submission requirements

All applications must be submitted by 5pm (AWST), Thursday 2 April 2015.

All information provided must be contained within the application form for both online and paper-based applications. We reserve the right to request further information, if required.

We will not review:

  • attachments
  • faxed or emailed applications

Please note: We will not accept more than one application per project, per grant round. An organisation is welcome to submit more than one application, providing the projects are different.

Special assistance

National Relay Service and TTY users

If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, please email or call the Our Neighbourhood Community Grants Hotline on 1300 765 772.

Translation Service

If you need documents to be translated into another language, please email or call the Our Neighbourhood Community Grants Hotline on 1300 765 772.

10 tips for a strong application Click to expand Click to collapse

  1. Give yourself enough time to gather the required information in order to submit your application by the deadline provided
  2. Make sure you read the application kit carefully - including eligibility criteria and guidelines - as this will assist you in the quality of your application and ensure your project meets our assessment criteria
  3. Follow all application instructions, adhere to word limits, and make sure you answer all the questions
  4. Ensure you complete all contact details as this enables the assessors to contact you if they have questions about your application
  5. Clearly identify how receiving a grant will meet a need in your community that will help foster inclusion
  6. Provide evidence/compelling reason for your organisation to receive the funding requested
  7. Ensure you have included your ABN and noted if you have DGR1 status (check at
  8. Keep your application short, sharp and succinct so it's easy to read, and remember to check spelling before submitting your application
  9. Ask someone unfamiliar with the project to read the application to check your information
  10. Ensure you've engaged the necessary stakeholders within your organisation before applying for this grant

Download the application kit

A printable version of Our Neighbourhood Community Grants information and guidelines is available to download

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Applying for a Small Business Grant?

Download a printable version of Our Neighbourhood Small Business Grant information and guidelines.

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Meet our 2014 winners

Learn about our grant winners and the types of projects we fund.

Meet winners