Applications for the Gellibrand Stronger Communities Grants 2016 open Monday 29 February 2016 and close Friday 8 April 2016

If you would like to submit an Expression of Interest before officially submitting your application, please email Ben in my office on

What could your community group do with $20,000?

The Stronger Communities Programme asks Members of Parliament to engage with their communities to recommend capital investment projects that strengthen their communities.

Up to $150,000 of funding will be available in Gellibrand for small capital projects which improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of local communities.


I’ve got an idea! What do I need to do?

The Gellibrand Stronger Communities Grants runs over two years. The 2015 round has closed, but it’s not too late to apply for the 2016 round.

Grants of between $5000 and $20,000 are available for capital projects, but to be eligible, the projects require matched contributions, in cash or in kind on at least a dollar for dollar basis.

I understand that many community groups won’t have the cash on hand to be able to contribute – so I’m structuring the application process to allow people time to get active and creative in fundraising for their project. You might want to set up a crowdfunding campaign where people can pledge to donate to your project, but are only required to pay if you reach your project’s fundraising goal. Check out Kickstarter, PozibleGoFundMe or Indiegogo to see if this could work for you.


How do I apply?

Applying for a Gellibrand Stronger Communities Grant is a two step process.

1. Fill out and return the Application Form which will open on Monday 29 February 2016

2. Pitch your idea to the community via the Oursay forum



Applications for the Gellibrand Stronger Communities Grants 2016, and the OurSay voting forum, open on Monday 29 February 2016.

The official closing date for applications and online voting is Friday 8 April 2016 at 5pm.

For eligibility criteria, click here

For information on the types of projects that can be funded, click here

For information about last year's Community Advisory Committee, click here


If you have any questions about the Gellibrand Stronger Communities Grants please contact my office on 03 9687 7661 or email me at


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