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Local government can provide grants directly to community organisations.

If the council has allocated money for councillor discretionary funds, the councillors can also use their discretionary funds to allocate grants to community organisations.

Community grants

The provision of grants to community organisations is an important way for local governments to support their local communities.

Your local government must have a community grants policy and make the policy available to the public.

Councillor discretionary funds

Local governments are able to allocate funds out of the budget for the discretional use by councillors. These funds are called councillor discretionary funds. Community groups can approach councillors and request discretionary funding for a community purpose.

Notifying the community

Your local government must publish a notice on its website and in a visible place in its public office within 20 days after adopting the budget which advises:

  • the amount of discretionary funds allocated to each councillor for the year
  • that community organisations may apply for allocation of the funds
  • how community organisations can apply for funds.

Visit your local government's website for information about the assistance available to community organisations.