Annual Grants Program

The Annual Grants Program supports projects and activities to assist in building healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities across Benalla Rural City. 

Our current funding streams are:

  • Community Infrastructure Grants
  • Community Sponsorship Grants
  • Community Grants
  • Youth Participation Grants
  • Major Event Funding Program

We have transitioned our grant management process to SmartyGrants, an online platform that is easy to use. To submit an application for one of our grant funding streams click the ‘Apply’ button to navigate to the application page. 

For first time users, we recommend setting up a generic email address for members of your organisation when registering for SmartyGrants. This will allow future users to log into your organisation's account and access information used on previous applications and save a great deal of time.


2022 Community Infrastructure Grants - CLOSED

The Australian Government, through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) Program, has provided funding to Benalla Rural City Council to deliver a wide range of projects within the municipality.

Of this funding, $300,000 is being allocated as a community fund, meaning eligible community groups can apply to Council for up $50,000 to deliver community infrastructure projects. 

This funding opportunity is targeted at rural communities based outside of the Benalla township. 

Council will present its recommendations to the Australian Government for approval. We anticipate announcing successful projects on Thursday 30 June 2022.

Download the 2022 Community Infrastructure Grant Guidelines(PDF, 423KB)



Community Sponsorship Grants - OPEN

The Community Sponsorship Program encourages not-for-profit, community-based organisations to seek funding for projects and activities that develop healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities across Benalla Rural City. 

The Community Sponsorship Program provides grants of up to $500 to support eligible projects, activities and events. Applications can be submitted at any time and are presented to the Council on a monthly basis. Please allow enough time for us to process your application. We recommend that you apply more than six weeks before you require the funds. 

Download the Community Sponsorship Grant Guidelines(PDF, 528KB)


Would you like more information or assistance in completing your application? You can contact us at the Customer Service Centre.


Community Grants 2022 - CLOSED

The Community Grants Program provides an opportunity for community groups and not-for-profit organisations. Funding of up to $2,500 is provided annually to assist in the development of facilities, programs, activities and projects designed to build healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities across the municipality.

Applications for Community Grants are open each year between February and March.

Download the Community Grant Guidelines(PDF, 847KB)



Youth Participation Grants 2022 - CLOSED

Youth Participation Grants provide funds of up to $1,000 for eligible projects, activities and events, which may include leadership programs, fundraising projects, healthy living initiatives and other youth-led ideas.

Applications for Youth Participation Grants open each year in February.

Download the Youth Participation Grants Guidelines(PDF, 534KB)



Major Event Funding 2022 - CLOSED 

The Major Event Funding Program commits approximately $12,000 annually to encourage groups to stage events. The events must deliver measurable economic benefit and contribute to the profile and liveability of Benalla Rural City. 

Applications for Major Event Funding are open each year between February and March.

Download the Major Event Funding Guidelines(PDF, 601KB)



Previous Grant Recipients

Congratulations to all those who successfully applied to receive grant funding. Benalla Rural City Council is proud of the achievements of the community groups and individuals who have used these funds to achieve exceptional goals. 

View a list of 2020/21 grant recipients(PDF, 53KB)

View a list of 2019/20 grant recipients(DOCX, 64KB)