Photograph of barista standing outside the Birds and Beans Cafe in Reservoir, a social enterprise by the Reservoir Neighbourhood House

Pictured: Birds and Beans Community Cafe in Reservoir, a social enterprise which received funding from the Suburban Revitalisation program.

About the Community Grants

A part of the Our Suburbs: Local Living Fund, the Community Grants program recognises that community organisations are key to building social connection and that they have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local community organisations will be supported by the grant program to continue their important work and contribute to local economic and social revitalisation by:

  • Improving community facilities
  • Increasing wellbeing and social cohesion through supporting increased participation and connections
  • Building a stronger sense of place and connection to local centres.

Applications close Sunday 14 August at 11:59pm.

The $15 million Our Suburbs: Living Local Fund was established as part of the Victorian Budget 2022-2023 to support metropolitan Melbourne’s suburbs to recover and thrive.

The Fund has been designed to drive the economic and social recovery of the suburbs hardest hit by the pandemic. It will provide funding for local community-building projects that promote social connections, enhance liveability, and revitalise suburban shopping strips and activity centres.

The Government also recognises that the shift to more people working from home has created additional challenges and opportunities for Melbourne’s suburbs. Specifically, this shift creates a significant opportunity to support economic growth and enhanced community connections in our suburbs.

The fund will be delivered through two grant programs:

The purpose of the Living Local - Community Grants Program is to support:

  • Community organisations to facilitate and support improved social connections
  • Community organisations to connect with vulnerable community members and volunteers to re-engage and participate in community settings
  • Improved access to community venues for people of all abilities.

The objectives of the Community Grants are to:

  • Increase community connection, capacity, access and participation
  • Develop and enhance a stronger sense of community belonging and connection
  • Enhance local social outcomes.

The Community Grants are open to applications from organisations that are operating in Metropolitan Melbourne that are:

  • Incorporated not-for-profit organisations
  • Charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC)
  • Australian companies limited by guarantee whose governing rules demonstrate a not-for-profit purpose.

All applicants must operate out of a public venue open to the community.

If an applicant organisation operates as a not-for-profit organisation and does not hold a current ABN and/or fall within the above three descriptions it may apply through a legally constituted organisation with a current ABN to manage the funds as an auspice organisation. The auspice agency must submit the application.

Please note: Sporting clubs and primary and secondary schools are ineligible to apply for Community Grants.

Metropolitan Melbourne Local Government Areas eligible to apply include:

  • Banyule
  • Bayside
  • Boroondara
  • Brimbank
  • Cardinia
  • Casey
  • Darebin
  • Frankston
  • Glen Eira
  • Greater Dandenong
  • Hobsons Bay
  • Hume
  • Kingston
  • Knox
  • Manningham
  • Maribyrnong
  • Maroondah
  • Melbourne
  • Melton
  • Monash
  • Moonee Valley
  • Moreland
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Nillumbik
  • Port Phillip
  • Stonnington
  • Whitehorse
  • Whittlesea
  • Wyndham
  • Yarra
  • Yarra Ranges

Grants will be competitively awarded to community organisations to buy equipment and undertake minor building refurbishments to support them to continue their important work

Community organisations can seek from $2,000 (ex. GST) up to $20,000 (ex. GST) of grant funding for eligible equipment and minor refurbishments.

To be eligible, the proposed equipment and building works must directly contribute to improving social connections, access to and participation in the activities undertaken by the community group at its publicly accessible venue.

Eligible equipment that may be funded includes:

  • appliances such as fridges, ovens and other kitchen equipment
  • furnishings for general use such as tables and chairs
  • minor building refurbishments including carpets, other floor coverings, kitchen improvements and maintenance
  • technology such as laptops or audio-visual equipment
  • replacement of existing ageing or inadequate equipment
  • accessibility aids (e.g. standing tables, braille signages, hearing loops)
  • program equipment (e.g. cooking equipment, tools, art and craft supplies)
  • trailers.

Metropolitan Melbourne Local Government Areas eligible to apply include:

  • Banyule
  • Bayside
  • Boroondara
  • Brimbank
  • Cardinia
  • Casey
  • Darebin
  • Frankston
  • Glen Eira
  • Greater Dandenong
  • Hobsons Bay
  • Hume
  • Kingston
  • Knox
  • Manningham
  • Maribyrnong
  • Maroondah
  • Melbourne
  • Melton
  • Monash
  • Moonee Valley
  • Moreland
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Nillumbik
  • Port Phillip
  • Stonnington
  • Whitehorse
  • Whittlesea
  • Wyndham
  • Yarra
  • Yarra Ranges

Applicants must provide details about the items they propose to purchase and must attach a written quote.

Projects must be completed by 1 June 2023.

Further details can be found in the Community Grant Guidelines.

Click to download:

  • Program Guidelines - Our Suburbs: Living Local Community Grants (Word) (PDF)
  • Frequently Asked Questions - Our Suburbs: Living Local Community Grants (Word) (PDF)

To attend one of our upcoming information sessions, click here to register.

Monday 08 August 2:30pm-3:00pm.

Further information

We’re here to assist. Please get in touch with any questions.

We can assist you with advice and translation and accessibility support via phone on the Business Victoria Hotline 13 22 15 or via email livinglocalfund@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

The Living Local Fund also offers grants for projects in rural and regional Victoria. For further information, visit the Regional Development Victoria website.