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Applying for a Grant

Council now provides an online grant application service powered by SmartyGrants where you can prepare and submit your application. SmartyGrants allows users to work on their application progressively and securely.

Before starting your application please read the criteria for the specific funding program. Funding and eligibility criteria apply to all grants.

If you experience any technical issues when completing your application please contact SmartyGrants on 03 9320 6888.

Community Grants

Council is committed to encouraging community groups in the council area to deliver projects that are of benefit to the community. The Community Grant scheme is a way of empowering communities to apply for funding to progress and improve their local area through planned assistance and equitable distribution of limited funding from council.

The Community Grants Program is offered twice a year around February and September.

Council invites individuals and community groups in the district to apply for Community Grants. Further information can be found in the Community Grants Program Criteria document below:

Community Grants Criteria

Information regarding the Community Grants Assessment Committee including the Terms of Reference can be found on the Community Grants Assessment Committee page.

Mount Barker District Councils Strategic Plan 2035

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Environmental Grants

The Environmental Grant Program is a new initiative and will be run once a year usually around February.

The purpose of this program is to offer financial assistance to not for profit community, environmental, service groups and associations that provide benefit to the local and regional environment. The intention of these grants is to consistently manager the large number of requests for funding that Council receives. Funds are not provided on a recurrent basis and funding success does not guarantee Council contributions in future years.

Further information can be found in the Environmental Grants Criteria document below:

Environmental Grants Criteria

If you have any questions about the Environmental Grants and the criteria please contact:

Emma Montgomery, Environmental Project Officer on 8391 7217 or

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Event Support Program

The Event Support Program occurs annually, usually around May.

Council has and continues to be supportive of local events that provide our communities with either economic or social benefit. Each year, individuals and/or community groups who are considering running an event during the following financial year, are invited to participate in the Event Support Program through an expression of interest process. Even if you do not have all the details yet, this process will at least provide Council with an indication of possible events and reservation of sponsorship dollars or in-kind support.

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