The Community Development Grant is a category of the Community Grant Program and enables not-for-profit groups and organisations to achieve short to medium term community development outcomes. 


Community Development Grants aim to:

  • Respond to a demonstrated community need with a focus on vulnerable individuals and groups
  • Provide for the inclusion and participation of all members of the community, including targeted responses that enable vulnerable individuals and groups to participate in local activities and opportunities
  • Foster an inclusive and harmonious community, drawing strength from difference and diversity
  • Enhance the health and wellbeing of the Manningham community
  • Support a safer and more resilient community
  • Encourage collaboration between Council, groups and organisations for the benefit of the community
  • Enhance community outcomes through organisational change or development such as capacity building and research. 


There is one Community Development Grant funding round per year - available annually in February.

Funding Allocation

Funding between $3,001 and $20,000 is available. Allocations are for one financial year and are not recurrent. The total notional allocation is $120,000 per annum. 

How to Apply

For applicants wishing to apply for the Community Development Grant category, please refer to the assessment criteria on page 9 of the Icon for application/pdf Community Grant Program Guidelines 2018 (392.48 KB)

Prior to submitting an application for the Community Development Grants, applicants must contact a Council Officer on (03) 9840 9305 to discuss your proposal.

For more information on how to apply, visit applying for community grants.