The $10 million North East Community Fund seeks to support local initiatives and projects in suburbs most impacted by construction.

Grants are available to local not-for-profit organisations and community groups to support a range of community initiatives, with more than $2 million already awarded.

To be eligible for consideration, your project must benefit suburbs highly affected by construction of North East Link, the M80 Ring Road completion and Eastern Freeway Upgrades.

These are Balwyn North, Box Hill North, Bulleen, Bundoora, Doncaster, Greensborough, Heidelberg, Kew East, Macleod, Mont Albert North, Rosanna, Templestowe Lower, Viewbank, Watsonia North, Watsonia and Yallambie.

In 2024, funding will be offered in 2 rounds.

Greener North East round:

Greener North East planting and environment grants

  • Up to $5000 for projects that bring the community together to plant trees, shrubs and plants or support local biodiversity and habitat

Greener North East equipment grants

  • Up to $5000 for equipment, training or education activities that build capacity or support the ongoing work of local landcare and environment groups

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North East Community Fund (open later in 2024)

Applications for larger value community grants and partnerships will be available later in 2024 in a separate North East Community Fund round. Projects will need to fit into one of the following categories.

  • Connecting communities and neighbourhood grants: up to $10,000 will be available to organisations that have identified a small, one-off initiative that aims to improve community connectedness and cohesion.
  • Celebrating communities and neighbourhood grants: up to $20,000 will be available for temporary activations of spaces or events that bring local people together.
  • Transforming communities and neighbourhood grants: $20,000-$75,000 will be available for improvements to local community, sport and recreation facilities.  This may include funding for improvements of local waterways through planting and other activities.

Before you apply

Read the Application Guidelines to confirm your eligibility.

Applications now closed

For a Greener North East grant by 3pm, Tuesday 7 May 2024.

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