The West Gate Neighbourhood Fund is a $10 million government fund established to support communities in Melbourne’s inner west during the construction of the West Gate Tunnel Project (WGTP).

The fund allows not-for-profit groups to access support for projects that bring people together and build community capacity.

The second round of the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund Grants program is now open for applications.

Grants of up to $100,000 are available for incorporated not-for-profit community groups in the Hobsons Bay or Maribyrnong council areas.

We are looking for projects that celebrate:

  • heritage,
  • history or diversity,
  • focus on arts and culture,
  • emphasise learning and development, or
  • enable greater participation of community members.

Hobsons Bay City Council and Maribyrnong City Council are assisting with this program under the direction of WGTP, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (MTIA) by making available their grants application system, and by entering into further agreements with successful applicants.

Grants are available across 3 categories, and you can apply for a grant under your council.

Connecting neighbourhoods: Up to $10,000 for a one-off project or activity

Celebrating neighbourhoods: Up to $20,000 for festivals, events, and installations

Transforming neighbourhoods: From $20,001 to $100,000 for improvements to local community facilities.

Application steps

  1. Read the Grants guidelines to see if you are eligible, and if so, which stream you could apply for.
  2. Fill out an online application – ensure you apply by 3pm, 19 August 2022.

The grant writing workshops are now finished but if you have a question call 1800 105 105 or email

Applications are now open - apply by 3 pm, 19 August

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