Strathbogie Shire Council

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Do you own a business, or have a community project that you need funding for?

There are many funding opportunities available, across a broad range of areas, and we know that the search for grants can be daunting.

The Victorian and Australian Government, and occasionally corporations, provide grant opportunities that align with their vision for society and associated policies.

Strathbogie, Shepparton and Moira Councils have joined forces with Australia’s most powerful grant search engine, Grant Guru, to deliver a free one-stop-shop website for business and community grants.

You can simply use the search engine to find available grants and filter grants by specifying location, industry and type of project.

The website also assists with advice and top tips for finding and applying for grants to maximise your chances of receiving the funding you need.

Visit Goulburn Valley Funding Finder to find available grants for your project and register to receive alerts!



Agriculture Energy Investment Plan grants

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Victorian farmers to invest in new equipment and technology to improve sustainability and reduce energy costs with the rollout of Agriculture Energy Investment Plan grants.

Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes recently visited a recipient in Serpentine, one of 36 farm businesses around the state who are benefitting from over $1 million in the latest round of grants.

The grants will support farm businesses complete projects to improve their energy efficiency, reduce on-farm costs and maintain their competitiveness. Grants have been awarded to farms across the agricultural sector – including dairy, sheep, horticulture and viticulture producers.

The grants awarded so far will be used for projects including solar energy systems, sustainable solar-powered dairy systems and irrigation and electricity upgrades. Some farms are expected to save over 40 per cent on their annual energy costs.

Farms from across the state, including those in the Wangaratta, Moira, Wellington, Alpine, Gannawarra, South Gippsland, and Campaspe shires have been successful.

For more information on grants through Agriculture Victoria, go to

For an application form, click on the link below:



Energy generation and storage projects

Community organisations in Indi can apply for a grant of up to $12,500 for energy generation and storage projects.

The Community Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants 2020 is now open for applications on a first-come-first served basis.
Community Energy and Solar Grants, could for example, be used to fund the installation of solar panels on a community facility or other energy efficient equipment, energy generation and storage systems, and energy audits that will save money on electricity bills.

Eligible applicants include incorporated, not-for-profit community groups, such as, community owned kindergartens, welfare centres, community centres, women’s associations, men’s sheds, community owned childcare centres, community sporting clubs, Scout and Guide groups, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups, and surf lifesaving clubs. Country Fire Authorities and Rural Fire Services (or equivalent in each state or territory) will also be eligible.

Full details of the eligibility requirements and how to apply are set out for community organisations in the guidelines. These are available from  It is important to carefully read the guidelines. There will be a maximum of 2 projects funded per electorate, with the first 2 eligible projects funded.

Further information is available online and by telephone on 13 28 46 between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday.



Drought Assistance


Click here to access Strathbogie Shire Council's Drought Assistance webpage.




Inspiring Australia Science Engagement Programme Grants

The Morrison Government is offering grants of up to $20,000 for schools and organisations to give our kids science opportunities in Australia and abroad.

The Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions program

is now open for applications.

This programme seeks to support Australian students under the age of 18 to attend or participate in STEM related events, activities and competitions in Australia and overseas.

Grants between $1,000 and $20,000 per application are available. The maximum grant amount per student is:
- $1,500 for STEM events or activities occurring within Australia
- $5,000 for international STEM events or activities.

Eligible applicants include sponsor organisations who must apply on behalf of a student or group of students and:
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Be one of the following entities:
a) Primary or secondary school, registered with a State or Territory authority
b) Incorporated not-for-profit organisation
c) Entity incorporated in Australia

Eligible project must:
- Involve the participation of a student or a group of students at an eligible event.
- Have a minimum of $1,000 in eligible expenditure.
- Be related to the pursuit of a field of STEM and one that promotes student engagement in STEM-related disciplines, or participation in STEM-based competitions both in Australia and overseas.Examples of events are:
- INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair
- Google Science Fair
- World Science Festival
- International and domestic Makers Fairs
- Australian National Space Camp
- International Youth Science Forums
- STEM-based camps

For more information inclduing application guidelines and forms click here.

For the Australian Government media release click here

This grant programme is open on an ongoing basis until all funds are allocated for the financial year. 



Sports and Recreation Victoria- Significant Sporting Events Program

There are three funding streams available:
1. Event Assistance
- For event organisers seeking funding support to assist with the general operational costs associated with hosting events.
- Grants of up to $20,000 are available.

2. Event Development Grants
- For developing or expanding events, or for events seeking funding to assist with high operational costs (typically more than $200,000).
- Grants of up to $150,000 are available.

3. Strategic Event Planning Grants
- Aims to develop strategic event plans that seek to identify future events that could be hosted in Victoria and the requirements for doing so.
- Grants of up to $20,000 are available.

Higher grant amounts may be available and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Sport development benefits
- Strategic alignment/government priorities
- Participation, visitation and economic benefit

For more information on guidelines, click here or go to the Goulburn Valley Finder: Grant Guru page here.



 Stronger Communities Programme (SCP)

Round 5 of this funding program opened on Monday 5 August, 2019. This programme aims to support the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia by funding small capital projects in each of the 151 Federal electorates. The intended outcomes of the program are to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities

Funding between $2,500 and $20,000, or up to 50% of eligible project costs, is available. Each Federal electorate has total funding of up to $150,000 that can be allocated to successful applications. A maximum of 20 projects will be funded in each electorate. A total funding pool of $22.65 million is available for Round 5, 2019-20.

Eligible applicants must:
- Be invited to apply by their Member of Parliament.
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Be one of the following incorporated entities:
a) An incorporated not-for-profit organisation.
b) A local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995.
c) An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust with responsibility for a community asset or property.

Examples of projects:

  • Modifications, upgrade, fit out, construction, refurbishment, or alterations to premises (including leased premises providing permission has been given by the owner) such as air-conditioning, kitchen, canteen, change room or toilet installation or upgrade, TVs, furniture, fixtures and fittings, painting, inclusive access, drinking fountains, drainage, water systems, and lighting.

  • Purchase of equipment that would remain the property of the organisation including ICT hardware, BBQs, shade, specialist equipment (including medical and emergency services), musical instruments, uniforms, seating, and sporting equipment including gymnasiums, scoreboards, and goals.

  • Vehicles and trailers and/or modifications to vehicles and trailers for community transport/services or medical transport.

  • Development or upgrade of public areas or amenities such as bike paths, streetscapes, skate parks or community gardens.

For more information, go to:

For the Nicholls Electorate details, go to:

For Indi Electorate details, call (02) 6024 6284 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






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