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Overview

Right across outer metropolitan Melbourne, our tiny towns are great places to live and visit.

The new Tiny Towns Fund will support local communities to deliver quality tourism and community facility projects, such as splash parks and bike trails, playgrounds, community hall and library upgrades, public art and more.

Towns with a population of up to 5,000 people in the 48 local government areas of regional Victoria are eligible to apply, as well as Alpine Resorts and Melbourne’s 10 interface outer metropolitan local government areas.

Those local government areas include Casey City Council, Cardinia Shire Council, Hume City Council, Melton City Council, Mitchell Shire Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, Whittlesea City Council, Wyndham City Council and the Yarra Ranges Shire Council.

  • Grants between $5,000 and $50,000 will be available for each project.
  • Applicants will be required to make a co-contribution towards the proposed project budget in line with the requirements outlined in the Program Guidelines.
  • Applicants will be asked in their application to describe a proposed project that shows a direct benefit to the town and its community through alignment with the Tiny Town Fund objectives.

Application Process

  • The fund is open to applications from incorporated not-for-profit community organisations and Local Government that operate in Victoria. Refer to Regional Development Victoria Tiny Towns Fund for the Program Guidelines and detailed information including eligible applications and the application process.

Applications close 25 February 2024.

Step 1

  • Familiarise yourself with the Program Guidelines and check that you can demonstrate the project’s ability to address each of the assessment criteria.
  • Compile necessary supporting documents as detailed in the Program Guidelines.
  • From Monday 27 November, complete the online application form  and submit your application by the closing date. Applications that are still in 'draft’ and have not been submitted by the closing date will not be assessed.

Step 2

  • Compile necessary supporting documents as detailed in the Program Guidelines.

Step 3

  • Complete the online application form and submit your application by the closing date. Applications that are still in 'draft’ and have not been submitted by the closing date will not be assessed.

Further information

Further information, including the Program Guidelines and online application form are located at Regional Development Victoria.

For advice and support with your application, applicants are encouraged to contact the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions on 1800 878 969. Our service centre hours are 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.