Flexi Grants

Flexi grants 2017/2018 are now open

Flexi grants is a grant program that provides the opportunity for community groups who may need a small helping hand to get new projects off the ground, purchase small equipment items, train volunteers or host a small community activity.

The Shire does not fund retrospectively so programs/projects will need to commence once funding has been approved and awarded.  Priority will be given to small organisations and those groups who have limited capacity to self-fund and/or organisation who had not received a Shire grant previously.

Flexi Grants are open all year with assessments and allocations of funds occurring quarterly to streamline the process.  Please note that flexigrants close in May each year to allow the processing of grants for the end of financial year.  Grants reopen in the new financial year.

Program funding: $30,000 (open all year with funds distributed pending demand)

Maximum funding available: $1,000

View the Flexi Grant Guidelines(DOCX, 325KB)

Please note: organisations who will apply under an auspice arrangement fill in this Auspicing Agreement Form(DOC, 50KB)   and submit the completed form with your application.

For any enquiries regarding Flexi Grants please contact Customer Focus on 5950 1099 who will transfer you to the appropriate Shire Officer as required.

Applying for a grant

The Shire uses an online grants application process called Smartygrants. This is the preferred method of application however if there are compelling reasons this process cannot be used, please call 5950 1099 for assistance. A help guide is provided below to assist applicants to make an online application.

For all grants, priority will be given to projects which focus on strengthening local involvement and reflect the objectives of our  Council Plan

Follow this link to apply for Flexi Grants Flexi Grant 2017/2018

You can also download the SmartyGrants Help Guide for Applicants

General conditions

Non-profit organisations

Our grants programs are only available to non-profit organisations (i.e. we will not fund individuals or for-profit organisations). If the applicant is a non-profit organisation and has yet to establish its legal status, an agency/group that does have legal status (non-profit) can be asked to auspice the project and hold any grant monies on behalf of the applicant. If the organisation is a community group which is not an incorporated association, that group can seek out an ‘auspicing organisation’ that does have incorporation or other appropriate legal status. At all times, we will work with community groups to ensure that this condition is not a barrier to eligibility.   

Funding constraints

Please think about and carefully plan your funding request and budget.

Each year we receive significantly more eligible submissions for funding than the amount that is available.

Applicants may not be granted the level of funding requested as it is our intention to ensure that the funds available assist as many eligible groups as possible. It is expected that the demand for the larger grants will be high and therefore applicants are strongly encouraged to consider application for grants of smaller amounts where this will adequately meet the project needs.