Young sportspeople at the Welcome Wave event for the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, which was a past events grant recipient.

Applications open for council grants

September 12, 2019 BY

THE Surf Coast Shire Council has recently announced it is offering grants for people organising events and activities.

Council’s Small Grants and Event Grants programs look to foster a tighter community by helping people grow and develop certain events and activities.

Shire mayor Rose Hodge said she had been encouraged by what the grants had previously helped residents achieve.

“Earlier this year we handed out grants for a range of programs and activities – from swing dancing, to arts supplies at local community houses. It’s heartening to see the great work the recipients are doing in our community.”

The Small Grants Program offers up to $5,000 for programs and activities that help strengthen the community. The categories for this grant are recreation and leisure, community initiatives, culture and arts, and environment.

The Event Grants program provides up to $5,000 for community events and $10,000 for major events that will be held between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Ms Hodge said the events the grants supported helped build a more inclusive community.

“The community groups which are successful in the Small Grants play a key role in fostering a community where everyone can participate and contribute.

“Events – whether big or small – give our vibrant economy a huge boost year-round. They’ve helped cement the Surf Coast Shire as an events destination.”

Applications for both grants are open throughout September. All applicants must speak with a Council officer on 5261 0600 before submitting an

For more information, including application guidelines, visit and search for ‘small grants’ or ‘event grants’.