Council grants

Loddon Shire Council assists community groups, organisations and other not for profit agencies through annual grant programs that support the development of projects, activities and services that contribute to the wellbeing and quality of life of our residents.

Community Grants Program

Community grants are available for projects that:

  • fulfil a demonstrated community need
  • develop or improve upon existing facilities
  • fund programs or purchase equipment that will maintain and/or increase opportunities for participation
  • funding can also be used as a co-contribution as part of an organisation's financial contribution for an external funding application

Applications are now open all year round.

Please read the Community Grants Program Guidelines(PDF, 348KB) before submitting your application.

To view an example of a completed community grant budget click here(PDF, 113KB).

Community Grant applications can be made via Council's SmartyGrants program. To complete an application for a community grant, please use the button below. 

Loddon Shire Council SmartyGrants

Community Grants funded prior to 1 November 2022

The guidelines for organisations who received funding prior to 1 November 2022, can be viewed by clicking here(PDF, 353KB).

Event Promotion Scheme

Council's event promotion scheme assists community groups organising events by providing sponsorship for promoting events held within the municipality.

Applications from community groups can be made under one of the two following categories:

Major Event Category: $1,000 for events of regional or state significance i.e. state sporting events and/or major festivals, and that attract a significant number of visitors from outside the region.

Minor Event Category: $400 for events of local and sub-regional significance i.e. annual sporting tournaments or local community festivals.

Applications must be received at least 30 days prior to the event to be considered for funding.

Applications can be made via Council's SmartyGrants program. To complete an application for event promotion, please use the button below. 

Loddon Shire Council SmartyGrants

For further information on what you need to know before submitting an application click here(PDF, 453KB)

To view a sample budget please click here(PDF, 108KB).

Specific permits may be required for particular activities and/or infrastructure.  These may include approvals for temporary structures, food safety, planning and traffic management amongst others.  Council's Event Management - A Guide for Organisers of Events is a practical guide to assist event organisers to understand event requirements and the applicable approvals required for different elements of events.  A copy of the guide can be downloaded from Council’s website.


Council logo and acknowledgement

If Council grants you funding of $400 or more, acknowledgement of Council's contribution in the promotion of your project, event or organisation is required by use of Council's logo and acknowledgement of Council in official written and verbal communication.

Get our logo

Contact Council and we will email or post our logo to you.

The logo can be supplied in .jpg. and .eps format.

Logo use in publications

Use Council's logo in the following publications:

  • media releases
  • annual reports
  • promotional videos
  • television and newspaper advertisements
  • newsletters
  • promotional materials such as brochures, posters, conference programs, performance programs and invitations
  • signage at promotional events, and
  • websites.

Colour specifications

Our logo is multi coloured.

We can provide a chart to match colours from our logo.

Conditions of use

  • always show the logo in its corporate logo colour or black
  • do not re-create or alter the logo
  • use the correct minimum sizes.

Minimum sizes

Horizontal: 20 mm

Word acknowledgement in publications, written and verbal communication

Acknowledge Council with the text, "This project is financially assisted by Loddon Shire Council (name of program and name of fund if known)":

  • in a publication, state the acknowledgement in the body text
  • in a speech or radio advertisement, state the acknowledgement
  • in a media release, include the acknowledgement.

In-kind Council support

If Council provides in-kind support, acknowledgement must be made in publications using the wording "This project is supported by the Loddon Shire Council."

In-kind support is when Council provides services or access to venues at no or a reduced cost. For example, using a hall owned by Council.

Other grant sources

The State and Federal Governments also provide excellent grants to communities. Please click on the links below to see current grants on other Australian Government websites.

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development offer a range of grants, funding and sponsorship. Please click on the link below to review their wide range of grants they currently have on offer.

GrantConnect - Australian Government Grants

Looking for a grant from the Australian Government?

GrantConnect will help you find it.

For more information about the Australian Government Grants Link, please click on the link below.

Our Community

Our Community is a world-leading social enterprise that provides advice and tools for Australia's 600,000 not-for-profit community groups and state, private and independent schools, as well as practical linkages between the community sector and the general public, business and government.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

FRRR was established in 2000 to support the renewal of rural and regional communities in Australia through partnerships with the private sector, philanthropy and governments.

In its first ten years, FRRR managed the distribution of over $25 million in grants and provided substantial capacity building support to community organisations across the nation.