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2017-18 Annual Community Strengthening Grants

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at midnight 5 June 2017 (AEST).

IMPORTANT: Please read information below to assist you in completing your application online.


Welcome to the City of Boroondara's online grant application service, powered by SmartyGrants.

You may begin anywhere in this application form. Please ensure you save as you go.

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact us on 9278 4753 during business hours or email Liz Landray and quote your application number.

Click here to view the Grant Guidelines.

If you need more help using this application form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)


In 2017-18, funding will be distributed through the following five streams:  

  • Active Community - Sport and Recreaction

These grants are available for accessible recreation, sport and physical activity opportunities catering for the diverse and changing needs of the community, along with education, training and capacity building for groups and clubs.

 Active Community stream objectives:

  • provide new and innovative opportunities for local sport and physical activity participation
  • enhance participation in both structured (e.g. team sports) and non-structured (e.g. walking and cycling) sport and recreation opportunities for a diversity of residents
  • encourage clubs to be self-sustainable (e.g. specialist coaching clinics, sustainable sport club ideas, club governance or admin skills).


  • Creative Community - Arts and Culture

These grants are available for diverse arts and cultural programs, festivals, events and activities that articulate and enhance arts, culture and heritage practice across the municipality.

 Creative Community stream objectives:

  • increase community participation in arts and cultural activities
  • encourage local cultural expression and development of artistic practice
  • facilitate the engagement of the Boroondara community with arts and cultural organisations
  • encourage projects that target space activation (in both community facilities and open spaces) and/or focus on new and emerging art forms.
  • Sustainable Community - Environmental Sustainability

These grants are available for projects and programs that encourage and enable sustainable living, less carbon emissions, less waste to landfill, biodiversity protection, waterway health, urban agriculture, walking and cycling.

 Sustainable Community stream objectives:

  • increase community awareness and understanding of priority environmental issues and solutions
  • encourage the adoption of sustainable living behaviours and practices within the local community
  • achieve specific environmental benefits, including:
    • sustainable resource use (e.g. conserving drinking water, energy, materials etc.)
    • less waste to landfill
    • biodiversity protection
    • healthy waterways
    • walking and cycling
    • local and sustainable food production and distribution.
  • Healthy Community - Health, Safety and Wellbeing

These grants are available for projects and activities that promote safety, good health and wellbeing of individuals, families and community groups, across all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds.   

 Healthy Community stream objectives:

  • promote health and wellbeing activities
  • build connected and inclusive communities
  • support programs and activities that enhance community safety.
  • Actively Ageing Community - Older Persons' Grants

These grants are to support opportunities for older people (aged 55+) of all abilities, interests and cultural backgrounds to participate in group activities, enhance wellbeing and foster connections in the local community. They enable clubs to encourage their members to be socially active and lead healthy lifestyles.

 Actively Ageing Community stream objectives:

  • enhance older peoples' health and wellbeing and participation in the community
  • improve older peoples' access and mobility around the community
  • enhance social cohesion, promote strong community networks of mutual support and reduce social isolation.


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You can also click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the application.


If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press 'save' and log out. When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and start where you left off.

You can also download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the 'Download' button located at the bottom of the last page of the application form.


You will find a Review and Submit button at the bottom of the Navigation Panel. You need to review your application before you can submit it.

Once you have reviewed your application you can submit it by clicking on 'Submit' at the top of the screen or on the navigation panel. You will not be able to submit your application until all the compulsory questions are completed.

Once you have submitted your application, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible.

When you submit your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email with a copy of your submitted application attached. This will be sent to the email you used to register.

If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then you should presume that your submission has NOT been submitted.


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