Grants

The Grants Policy provides a consistent, streamlined approach for community groups and organisations seeking funding for programs, events, products and services that bring a wide range of benefits to Ballarat.

Grant recipients

Business Events and Festivals program

What's it for? Events, festivals and awards which advance and encourage Ballarat-based businesses to contribute to a stronger local economy.
How much? Up to $10,000 
Who can apply? Applications will be taken from not-for-profit organisations or peak bodies. For-profit events and festivals are not eligible.
Need more info? Read the Business Events and Festivals Grants guidelines and submit an application online.

 

Business Grants program

What's it for? Encouraging and assisting businesses to establish or expand in the municipality through offsetting of costs incurred as a result of the new development or expansion. 
How much? Discussed upon application. The grant for this category is based on a stringent Economic Benefit Test.
Who can apply? New or established businesses in the City of Ballarat municipality. 
Need more info? Read the Business Grants guidelines and submit an application online.

 

Community Impact Grants program

What's it for? Encouraging organisations to address community needs by being innovative and creative.
How much? Up to $10,000 across four rounds.
Who can apply? Local, not-for-profit organisations who have their own bank account, ABN, are incorporated or have an auspicing organisation
Need more info? Read the CIGP Grant Guidelines and Budget Sheet.

Round 4 closes 5pm Tuesday 30 April. Submit an application online.

 

Social Enterprise Grants program

What's it for? Encouraging and assisting social enterprises to establish or expand by offsetting costs incurred as a result of the new development or expansion.
Who can apply? Social enterprises in the City of Ballarat municipality. 
How much? Discussed upon application. The grant for this category is based on a stringent Economic Benefit Test.
Need more info? View the Social Enterprise Grant guidelines and submit an application online.

 

Tourism Events Grants program

What's it for? Events that advance and encourage increased visitation, participation and yield and/or contribute to the presentation or marketing of Ballarat as a tourism destination of choice
Who can apply? Organisers of events that meet the guidelines. 
How much? Up to $25,000. 
Need more info? The Tourism Grant Guidelines outlines the considerations, assessment criteria, and conditions of applications. We recommend contacting our Community Events team on 5320 5500 or tegp@ballarat.vic.gov.au to discuss your proposal in more detail before applying.

Eligible proposals can access the online application form.

Note: The application process, from submission to final outcome, may take up to three months. At minimum applications must be received at least 3 months prior to the event being held to allow adequate time for the review and decision making processes, however earlier submissions are strongly encouraged.