West Gate Neighbourhood Fund - Partnerships provides funding for projects such as community infrastructure, capital equipment and programs that build community leadership and participation.

The West Gate Neighbourhood Fund is administered by the West Gate Tunnel Project of the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (WGTP MTIA). Eligible parties include councils and incorporated not-for-profit groups.

Co-funding will be considered favourably in the assessment process and could be in the form of financial or in-kind contributions.

Projects should encourage community connectedness by bringing people together and involving them in their community. Projects should provide a significant and lasting outcome.

Councils and incorporated groups that are based in, or conduct activities, that benefit residents in the Maribyrnong or Hobsons Bay city council areas are eligible to apply for a West Gate Neighbourhood Fund Community Partnership.

West Gate Neighbourhood Fund Partnerships will provide funding upwards of $100,000 per successful project.

The West Gate Neighbourhood Fund will provide a total of $10 million through partnerships and grants initiatives over the 2019-20 and 2020-21 financial years.

The first partnerships round has opened and will close on 15 January 2020 and the first grants round is planned to open in early 2020.

Applications can be made via links available on this website at: westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/neighbourhoodfund

Applicants must select to apply for projects that benefit either residents in Hobsons Bay City Council or Maribyrnong City Council.

All projects will be assessed on merit against the following criteria:

  • Improve community connectedness: The project will increase the number and connections that an individual has with others in their community.
  • Improve community cohesion: The project will improve the sense of togetherness and bonding that exists between members of the community.
  • Meet community need: The project addresses a community priority listed below.
  • Organisation’s capacity: The organisation has the demonstrated capacity to deliver the project on time and within budget.

West Gate Neighbourhood Fund Partnerships provide funding for projects such as community infrastructure, capital equipment and programs that build community leadership and participation.

We have identified the following priority areas and proposed partnerships are required to address one or more of the following:

  • Connectivity - creating opportunities, activities and environments which bring communities together.
  • Health and Wellbeing - supporting programs and opportunities which promote healthy living and wellbeing.
  • Innovation - supporting projects and events which help the community to solve future challenges.
  • Environment and Sustainability - enhancing and conserving green spaces and the environment.
  • Mobility - making it easier for communities to travel and explore their local area.
  • Leadership - supporting and training future leaders to advocate for their community
  • Learning - providing information, skills and new opportunities to members of the community
  • Diversity - supporting social inclusion for diverse populations
  • Beautification – supporting opportunities to improve the aesthetics and facilities of the community.
  • Arts and Culture - celebrate culture and build positive community perceptions
  • Heritage - celebrating history and creating links between the past and present within the community.

The Authority will assess applications against the eligibility criteria and create a shortlist for review by selected Authority and community representatives.

To maximise the project’s reach and long-term benefit to the community, co-contributions will be considered favourably in the assessment process and could be in the form of financial or in-kind contributions.

Organisations that are not able to provide a co-contribution are still eligible to apply.

Both provide funding that will contribute towards community projects and initiatives, both big and small, that bring people together and involve them in their community.

West Gate Neighbourhood Fund Grants (opening in early 2020) are for community led projects that are categorised into one of the following:

  • Up to $10,000 in funding to organisations for a one-off project or activity that aims to improve community connectedness and participation.
  • Up to $20,000 in funding for festivals, events, and installations that that bring local people together.
  • Up to $100,000 in funding for improvements to local community, sporting and recreation facilities, and local environments.

West Gate Neighbourhood Fund Partnerships are for bigger scale projects that will deliver a lasting benefit for the community. West Gate Neighbourhood Fund Partnerships will provide funding from $100,000 and above towards successful projects.

Yes, but each project must have a separate application.

Yes. Separate applications will need to be submitted.

Yes. Organisations can apply in subsequent rounds.

Councils and incorporated not-for-profits groups are the only organisations eligible to apply.

The partnerships fund will only support activities and initiatives conducted within Maribyrnong City Council and Hobsons Bay City Council. Where an organisation conducts activities across a greater geographical area, funding will only be granted to support activities and initiatives that benefit the above council areas.

In this case, determine which council area will most benefit from your project and apply for funding in that council area. Only one application is required for each project.

Projects or events that have already commenced or have been scheduled will not be considered for funding.

A project evaluation and finance report (acquittal report) must be provided at the conclusion of activities.

Funding must be used within the terms mentioned within the funding agreement. This will be agreed between the West Gate Tunnel Project and the partnership recipient, and will depend on the complexity of the project, however all projects must be completed by 30 June 2022.