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Council’s annual Community Development Grants program will be open for application from 27 January 2017 to 28 February 2017.  

The Community Development Grants program helps groups in the Horsham and district community to improve community facilities and work together for more engaged and healthy communities.

Each year, the Community Development Grants program allocates funding to local not-for-profit organisations, groups and associations.  In 2016-2017, community grants and donations totalled $325,000.  The maximum allocation per organisation is $10,000, although the majority of successful applications range between $500 and $5,000.  To be eligible for funding, projects must be undertaken between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018.

The Community Development Grants program guidelines and application form are available by downloading the links below:

Potential applicants are encouraged to attend one of the following 30 minute information sessions to be held in the Reception Room at the Civic Centre Municipal Office:

  • Tuesday, 14 February 2017 - 7.00pm to 7.30pm
  • Wednesday, 15 February 2017 - 12.00noon to 12.30pm
  • Wednesday, 15 February 2017 - 1.00pm to 1.30pm

Applicants can also contact Susan Surridge, Grants Officer on 5382 9776 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for further information about the Horsham Rural City Council Community Development Grants program.

Submitting an Application

Email applications (preferred) to:

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Or by mail to:

Community Development Grants Program

Horsham Rural City Council

PO Box 511

Horsham  Vic  3402


When Council Auspices a Grant

Before deciding to auspice a community grant application Council will consider the project's benefit to the community, financial risk and alignment to the Council plan and other plans such as community plans. Council is under no obligation to auspice a grant.  If council decides to auspice a grant on your organisations behalf, Council will have ultimate responsibility for grant management and a number of key steps need to occur. Read more here...

Grant Finder

The Grants & Assistance Finder on the below national website helps you locate the grants and assistance programs most relevant to your business for free. Grants and other funding programs are available from the Australian, state and territory governments, and in some cases from local councils. You can search for grants in many categories, including innovation, employment and environment. http://www.business.gov.au/GrantFinder/GrantFinder.aspx

When writing a Grant, the following demographic information may help support your grant proposal: