Neighbourhood Matching Grants

The Neighbourhood Matching Grants scheme provides funding to neighbourhood groups for local activities that are inclusive and connect neighbours.

What type of projects will Council fund?

The Neighbourhood Matching Grants Program provides funding that brings small community projects to life.

This new grass roots grant program encourages groups of neighbours in Monash to come together with a good idea for a community project that brings people together.

Council will support strong community ideas that are planned, delivered and managed by and for the neighbourhood.

If you and your neighbours have a project in mind this is your opportunity to get the financial support to make it happen.

For helpful tips on how to make your community project a reality view Neighbourhood Matching Grant tips (PDF, 126KB).

Council will fund ideas that will have a positive impact on local people and high level of participation. The more people involved – the stronger the application.

We’re looking for ideas that will:

  • Improve the appearance or use of shared/neighbourhood spaces
  • Share resources and ideas in the community
  • Help neighbourhoods undertake environmental projects
  • Create opportunities for neighbours to share their different cultures

Guidelines

The Monash Neighbourhood Matching Grants considers 'neighbourhood' as 'the area that surrounds someone's home'. So if you are an applicant, your neighbourhood is your block or street and the immediately surrounding area.

Please note that the grants are not for established organisations and community groups because they can get support via other Council or government funding.

This grant program is for one-off community projects. Recurrent projects will not be funded.

Please read: Neighbourhood Matching Grants Guidelines (PDF, 813KB)

Not sure if you are eligible? Contact Council’s Grants team on 9518 3531 or monashgrants@monash.vic.gov.au.

Online submission - round for 2017/18

Once you're ready to apply, click on the online application form and good luck!

How much funding is available?

There is no close-off date for applications. However, the funding must be allocated in the 2017/18 year and once the $20,000 is allocated, the applications will close.

In 2016/2017, $6,000 in funding was allocated to three neighbourhood projects with each project receiving $2,000.

Neighbourhood activities that received funding in 2016/2017 included:

  • Bringing isolated seniors together through learning
  • Neighbourhood cook-ups that connected neighbours
  • Gentle exercise classes for the community
  • Bringing residents of the same area together to celebrate and experience a different religion
  • A community veggie garden that united neighbours by planting and growing vegetables.
  • A neighbourhood volunteers matching service that matched volunteers with people needing assistance.

Further information

For further information on the Neighbourhood Matching Grants, please contact Siobhan Wood:

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Last updated: 11 July 2017