Community Grants

The Community Grants Program is a financial support program for organisations within the City of Cockburn. Not-for-profit groups are eligible to apply for up to $15,000. The City’s Community Grants program financially supports local groups to host projects, programs and activities for the benefit of the wider community. The City also provides in-kind support and advice to groups applying for grants.

Who can apply?

Community grants are available to not-for-profit groups in the City who:

  • Primarily serve the residents of Cockburn
  • Can demonstrate a high level of community support
  • Can demonstrate financial stability and sound project management.
Applications are invited from not-for-profit community-managed groups, welfare, education, arts/cultural, youth, seniors, children, ethnic and related groups.

What can a community grant be used for?

Community grants can be used for a range of purposes including:

  • Events
  • Minor capital works
  • Pilot programs
  • Activities
  • Equipment
  • Workshops
  • Brochures/ pamphlets
  • Art works
  • Incorporation
  • Promotion.

How much can I apply for?

Groups can apply for a maximum of $15,000, with smaller amounts encouraged. Applicants that can demonstrate financial and in-kind contributions will be considered favourably, as will those who source funding from other sources.

When can I apply?

The City has two funding rounds each year, in March and September. Funding is advertised widely.

How do I apply for a community grant?

Please read the above information, and contact the Grants & Research Officer on 08 9411 3444 or to discuss your application.

Applications can be made at the Cockburn Smarty Grants website.

Limitations and conditions

The successful request for funding in any year does not imply any ongoing commitment of the same or similar contribution in following years.

Applicants must be based in the City of Cockburn or be able to demonstrate that you primarily serve the Cockburn community or are looking to provide a service in Cockburn that will benefit the Cockburn community.

Schools and associated parent groups are only eligible for a co-contribution of 50 per cent (Please see Policy ACS7 in related documents below).

Funding will not be provided:

  • retrospectively for any events or projects that have already occurred, or due to occur within two months' of the application's lodgement
  • for any activity or event that will be divisive in communities by denigrating, excluding, or offending community groups
  • if your activity or event may present a hazard to the community or environment
  • if you have not acquitted any previous City of Cockburn funding
  • to applications from private enterprises or profitable ventures.
Some further limitations on funding amounts apply for:
  • Christmas carols (or similar annual events)
  • incorporation/establishment costs
  • equipment.

More information and contact

Contact the Grants & Research Officer on 08 9411 3444 or to discuss your application.

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