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Funding and Grants Criteria

This page contains the general criteria and eligibility rules for our grants and funding.
Updated: 13/07/2018 2:18 p.m.

​These are the general eligibility rules which apply to all our funding. Each fund has additional criteria that relates to their specific purpose. These criteria can be found in the Funding Guide document and in the application guidelines for each round.

Eligible applicants

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • Not for profit and have legal status  (e.g. incorporated society, registered charity, or be working under an ‘umbrella’ group/organization which meets these criteria; note this is not required for the Creative Communities Scheme); and

  • Financially sound (e.g. display appropriate financial management and procedures, including having a good credit record) and

  • If previously funded by Council, have a positive track record with this funding (e.g. have provided any previously required reporting, and had this reporting accepted by Council).

What’s not eligible

Not eligible are applicants who are:

  • Government agencies, schools, for-profit businesses, or individuals (individuals can apply to the Creative Communities Scheme though),
  • Sufficiently self-funded or resourced,
  • Already a Council grant recipient for the current financial year.

Not eligible activities include those:

  • Where the primary purpose is to promote religious, political or commercial activity,
  • Considered to be the core business of another organization or agency,
  • That started prior to the closing date of the fund applied to.

Not eligible costs include:

  • Social functions
  • Fundraising
  • Catering
  • Travel and accommodation (outside the District)
  • Conference fees
  • Entry fees, judges fees, prize money, trophies or awards
  • Royalties
  • Retrospective expenses
  • Debt servicing, fines or disputes.

See the Funding Guide and relevant Application Guidelines for full details on what you can and can’t apply for under each fund.

Funding Guide [436kb]

For advice, contact the Community Funding Officer.



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