Applications can be made via: 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.

The West Gate Tunnel Project, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (WGTP MTIA) will assess applications against the eligibility criteria and create a shortlist for review by selected WGTP MTIA and council and community representatives.

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:

  • Connecting neighbourhoods grants - Up to $10,000 for a one-off project or activity that aims to improve community connectedness and participation
  • Celebrating neighbourhoods grants - Up to $20,000 for festivals, events, and installations that bring local people together
  • Transforming neighbourhoods grants - Up to $100,000 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, you can submit multiple applications, however, each project must be submitted on a separate application.

Yes. Separate applications will need to be submitted.

Yes. Organisations can apply in subsequent rounds.

As a for-profit organisation, you are not eligible to apply directly to the fund. However, if your organisation is looking to support a community event or program, you may be able to partner with a not-for-profit group that would apply to the fund for support.

The grants 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 grant recipient, and will depend on the complexity of the project, however all projects must be completed by 30 June 2022.