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My Community Grants

About the Program

My Community Grants was launched in October 2020.  The program aims to empower our communities to be resilient into the future. The objectives of the program are to:

  • Support community driven initiatives
  • Contribute to the City's neighbourhood and economic hubs by supporting local champions to run projects that activate places
  • Encourage participation in community life
  • Support projects that foster inclusion of our diverse community

View the guidelines as an online flipping book or download a printable copy.

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Program Focus and Areas of Priority

The City of Melville welcomes applications for proposals i.e. activities, events, services that:

  • are based in the City of Melville
  • benefit a large and diverse number of people
  • respond to the criteria set out in the Guidelines
  • are aligned to the My Community Grants objectives
  • observe access and inclusion principles
  • create social and cultural or economic value for the community
  • have clear objectives and outcomes
  • have a realistic budget and are cost effective
  • demonstrate a high level of self-help and involvement of your organisation’s members

Streams of Funding

ACTIVATE - Building community connections through activating places and supporting creativity in community life

Applications for Activate are open all year round.

What you need to consider before applying:

  • Applications for events need to be submitted online at least three months before the project starting time. For other projects, application must be submitted two months before the project commences.
  • You will need to provide a minimum of two quotes for any expenditure items over $2,000 and one quote for any expenditure items over $500.
  • You will need to provide your Certificate of Incorporation (if incorporated), Public Liability certificate of currency where applicable and letters of support.
  • Projects should address the assessment criteria found in the Guidelines
  • Grant limits are also outlined in the My Community Grants Guidelines

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THRIVE - Building capacity and capability for organistational sustainability

Applications for Thrive are open year-round. The Thrive stream aims to support community groups to upskill or develop their capacity as a group. In 2020-2021 there are also opportunities for small businesses and arts professionals to apply for projects that respond to the changing circumstances brought about by COVID-19.

What you need to consider before applying:

  • Applications need to be submitted online at least two months before the project starting time unless you are holding an event on a City of Melville reserve, in which case your appliation must be received three months prior to the event.
  • You will need to provide a quote for any items over $500.
  • You will need to provide your Certificate of Incorporation (if incorporated), Public Liability certificate of currency where applicable.
  • Projects should be aligned to the City's assessment criteria for this level of funding. More information can be found in the My Community Grants Guidelines. 

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Non-monetary - in kind (up to $500)

Applications for Non-Monetary grants are open year-round. Non-monetary funding is in-kind contributions available for community and not-for-profit incorporated groups looking for a contribution towards hire fees of council owned facilities (meeting/recreation spaces) and use of equipment.

What you need to consider before applying:

  • Applications need to be submitted online at least six weeks before the project starting time.You will need to provide a quote from the City for the use of the facility or equipment.
  • You will need to provide your Certificate of Incorporation (if applicable), Public Liability certificate of currency, and letters of support for the project.
  • Projects should be aligned to the City's assessment criteria for this level of funding. More information can be found in the My Community Grants Guidelines. 

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Night Time Activation Grant

The Night Time Activation Grant supports businesses, creatives and not-for-profits to develop new projects that support our local night time economy and activate community hubs after dark. 

Funds can go towards:

  • Programming to encourage later trading hours. 
  • Revitalising hospitality venues with new activities at night (matched funding is required for capital equipment).
  • Coordinated activities between a group of businesses within a precinct.

Applications for this special round of funding open Thursday, 15 April and close Sunday, 16 May 2021.  

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Holding Events during Coronavirus outbreak

If you are planning an event please ensure you follow guidelines set out by the WA Department for Health COVID-19 coronavirus: Events


Chinese performers at the Harmony Week movie night in 2018


  • Not for profit organisations
  • Community groups
  • Small businesses able to match funding in cash or in-kind
  • Businesses and creative professionals wishing to make business adaptations due to COVID-19 impacts
  • Artists and creative professionals based in the City of Melville and proposing community based projects
  • Applicants with outstanding acquittals to the City of Melville are not eligible
  • Projects, not for profit organisations, community groups and small businesses must be based in the City of Melville
  • There can only be one applicant per project

To find out more, please refer to the My Community Grants Guidelines on this page. 

Photo courtsey FABric

What will not be considered?

  • Political parties
  • Religious activities considered divisive
  • General donations to charities, unless for specific projects run by the charity and that meet the eligibility criteria
  • Government agencies
  • Education institutions
  • Previous grant recipients who have not fulfilled the conditions of their grant
  • Employees or elected members of the City of Melville
  • Annual events, unless there is a plan for financial sustainability over a three year period
  • Recurrent operating costs
  • Proposals that directly contravene Council’s policies.

Celebrate in Harmony

Your party is on us! We’re providing My Community ‘Activate’ grants for established, local community groups to host a party that celebrates harmony, diversity and friendly neighbourhoods. Let’s celebrate the variety cultural backgrounds, experiences and interests in our communities!

Party hosts will be provided with ‘host packs’ that include Harmony Day branded invitations and posters to help promote an event. Hosts can also connect to the Harmony Week website which has even more ideas on how to celebrate diversity. 

Hosts will be required to submit feedback from their local event in the form of a head count of participants plus photos, stories, artwork  and /or learnings of their event that express the themes of diversity and ‘friendly neighbours’.  

Feedback can be submitted to or dropped off at the City of Melville Civic Centre, Community Centres or our Libraries by Sunday, 11 July 2021.

Grant applications close Sunday, 20 June 2021.

Harmony/Neighbour Day Drawing and Writing competition Terms and Conditions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still apply to the Community Partnership Fund?

No, My Community Grants has replaced the Community Partnership Fund.

My organisation runs an annual event. Can we still get funding?

Applicants wishing to run annual events will need to commit to reduced funding over three years.  For example if you receive $5,000 for the first year, in your second year application, you will need to demonstrate that you have sourced funding from other sources, and require less funding than you did in the previous year.  Likewise, in the third year you will be eligible for a reduced amount again compared to year two.  The purpose of this is so that the City of Melville can continue to fund new projects, new organisations and new ideas, while at the same time supporting organisations to build sustainability into their events and programs.

Do I need to include the GST in my budget?

If you are registered for GST, provide your expenses without GST.  We will add 10% to your total grant. 

If you are not registered for GST, we will not add GST to your total budget.  You need to use GST inclusive amounts in your budget, otherwise you will be out of pocket the GST component of the cost.

GST (Goods and Services Tax) is a 10% tax added to most goods and services consumed in Australia.


Can I get free venue hire from the City of Melville?

If your project includes the use of a City of Melville facility, you can apply for a non-monetary grant.  This grant enables in-kind support from the City of Melville in the form of venue hire, reserve hire, or the supply of extra rubbish bins. Non-monetary grants can be used in conjunction with other grants, or on their own. See above for more details and to apply.

What is the difference between an incorporated group and an unincorporated group?

Incorporation is a process whereby a not for profit organisation can apply to become its own legal entity.   An incorporated group has legal responsibilities and must follow its organisational rules, or constitution, in order to be accountable to its members.

More information can be found at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

Contact Us

It is highly recommended that you contact the program coordinator for support and advice prior to applying.


Phone: 9364 0666 or 1300 635 845

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