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Community Funding

Applications for the next round of Community Funding open 1 October 2023

York Golf Club
*pictured  2021 Community Funding recipient - York Golf Club fairway and infrastructure upgrades 

The Community Funding Grants & Sponsorship Program provides grant financial assistance to organisations that deliver services or activities that align with the Shire's Strategic Community Plan and its social, environmental and /or economic benefits to the Shire of York community.

Funding Types

The October 2023 round of the Community Funding Program is offering two (2) funding streams with a focus on community supported and facilitated programs, services and projects that contribute to the social, environmental and cultural development of the Shire of York. The funding streams include:

1. Minor: under $2,000 including in kind waiver requests. Assistance to incorporated groups and organisations that provide programs, services or activities to the following sectors of the community; Aged, Youth, Disadvantaged, Early Childhood & Families, Volunteers, Sport, Recreation and Environment. 100% of the total project costs can be considered with applications up to $2,000 available.

As part of the Minor funding stream, up to $250 for individuals attending an event/ activity, representing at a state level and $500 for individuals attending an event/ activity, representing at a National level is available. Applicants applying for funding to attend a sporting or cultural event must provide proof of their selection through a formal qualifying process. 100% of the total project costs can be considered up to a maximum of $500 for individuals attending an event/activity, representing at a National level.

2. Major: $2,001 - $10,000. Assistance to incorporated groups and organisations within the Shire of York for infrastructure development, upgrades, and open space revitalization. A maximum allocation of 60% of total project cost with a maximum application amount up to $10,000 available. Applications must directly benefit one of the following sectors of the community; Aged, Youth,  Disadvantaged, Early Childhood & Families, Volunteers, Sport, Recreation & Environment.

Where value in kind and waiver of fees is requested, a scope of works application and dollar value will be placed on the assistance and costed to the project amount total.

Tourism: $10,001+: Applications for this funding stream are open year round, providing assistance to fund and attract year-round events to the region that result in significant visitor numbers, tourism spend and destination attraction. Applications of this nature will be referred to Council’s  C4 Sponsorship of Tourism Events Policy & require application via the Sponsorship of Tourism Events Application Form .


Grant rounds are offered twice yearly, usually in April and October for a minimum application period of four weeks. Rounds are advertised via the Shire's social media platforms, website, local newsprint and media release. Applications cannot be considered outside the submission period.

Potential applicants are encouraged to read the guidelines applicable to the funding stream they wish to apply for.


The Community Funding Program is available to not-for-profit incorporated groups and organisations that are located within the Shire’s boundaries. In special circumstances organisations based outside the Shire of York with a project, program or activity proposed to take place within the Shire may be considered given there is evidence of significant local and regional benefit to residents.

Applicants are to demonstrate how the program/service/activity meets an identified community need, how the impact on the community will be measured, how it’s proposed to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the program, capacity to fund ongoing maintenance and if assistance has been sought from other avenues/partnerships.

What's Next?

All applications received are assessed for;

Eligible applications are presented to Council for consideration at the next available Ordinary Council Meeting. Following Council's meeting, you will be notified of the outcome of your application and;

  • provided with a reason why your application was not approved or;
  • offered a grant acceptance agreement to sign and return to enable the sponsorship funds to be released.
  • As part of your funding approval you will need to submit a  Community Funding Acquittal Form no later than 90 days following the conclusion of your approved project

    Applicants seeking further information should contact Marcus Whelan, Community & Place Coordinator at the Shire by email or by phoning 9641 0520.

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