2016 grant recipient Blues Boot Camp performing at the Potato Shed
2016 grant recipient Blues Boot Camp performing at the Potato Shed

125 local organisations benefit from $1.6 million in grants funding

Thursday, 7 December 2017

One hundred and twenty five organisations will receive funding for community-based initiatives and business projects as part of the City’s new Community Investment and Support Fund (CSIF).

The successful applications, received between 14 August and 25 September this year, will share in more than $1.6 million in funding.

The fund comprises a number of grant categories including the Community Facility Infrastructure Fund. This new initiative supports the planning and delivery of capital works projects for community and sporting facilities across Greater Geelong.

A total of $1 million was allocated to the Community Facility Infrastructure Fund for projects such as clubroom upgrades and new facilities, lighting and sports grounds upgrades and improved accessibility at community facilities.

As part of the Community Facility Infrastructure fund, clubs and organisations are also required to contribute funding towards their project, with the City providing $3 for every $1 committed by the club or organisation.

Small clubs and organisations demonstrating financial difficulty were able to access the fund without providing a co-contribution.

Another $600,000 was allocated to other CSIF grant categories: Healthy and Connected Communities, Creative Communities, Environment & Sustainability, the Business Presentation Incentive Program and the Major Heritage Fund.

The grants align with the City’s community-led aspirations to contribute to a clever and creative city-region through a diverse, healthy and socially connected community.

All submissions were reviewed by an assessment panel, chaired by an independent panel member, and decisions were based on the eligibility criteria and guidelines of each program.

The full list of allocations under the Community Investment and Support Fund is available here

City of Greater Geelong Mayor, Cr Bruce Harwood:


Congratulations to all these worthy recipients.  The contribution they make to the local community benefits a huge number of people. Importantly many of the organisations receiving funding are run by volunteers which adds great value in assisting the community.

The Community Investment and Support Fund means the City can deliver essential capital works projects for community organisations across the Greater Geelong municipality.