Update on the fund due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the announcement of the state of emergency as a result of the current global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are revising the timing of our 2020 funding streams to ensure not-for-profits have the time and opportunity to participate fully.


We are thrilled that the inaugural round of the partnership program received many applications, which we are currently assessing.

We look forward to announcing partnership recipients in late 2020.


We continue to plan for the grants funding stream, that will now open later in 2020, and are currently planning for information sessions and grant writing workshops that will help not-for-profits apply once the grants are open.

If you would like to receive updates on the timing of the grants stream, please send an email expressing your interest to info@wgta.vic.gov.au

The West Gate Neighbourhood Fund has been established by the Victorian Government to support communities in Melbourne’s inner west during the construction of the West Gate Tunnel Project.

The $10 million government fund is managed by the West Gate Tunnel Project, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, who are also responsible for managing the West Gate Tunnel Project on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Offered in two components – partnerships and grants, the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund will allow not-for-profit groups to access funding for projects that bring people together and build community capacity.

The program is designed to support these inner west communities, prioritising those who are most affected by the construction of the West Gate Tunnel Project, ensuring that the benefits of the project to the local community start now.

A range of activities will be eligible for funding through the program, including projects that:

  • celebrate heritage, history or diversity,
  • contribute to safe and liveable environments,
  • focus on arts and culture,
  • emphasise learning and development, or
  • enable greater participation and access of community members.

There will be one round of partnerships and one round of grants each financial year.

Key information

Partnerships - Applications for 2019-20 are now closed. Applications are currently being assessed with funding recipients to be announced later in 2020.

West Gate Neighbourhood Fund – Partnerships:

  • provide funding for larger projects seeking over $100,000 that deliver a lasting benefit for the community
  • assist organisations to implement projects such as community infrastructure, capital equipment and programs that improve community connectedness and meet a community need
  • consider both financial and in-kind contributions during application process

Eligible parties include councils and incorporated not-for-profit groups that are based, or operate within, the local government areas of Maribyrnong City Council and Hobsons Bay City Council.

The second round of Partnership funding will be held in the 2020-21 financial year.

The grants stream will support community led projects that improve community access and participation.

Not-for-profit community organisations can apply for funding in three categories:

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

Applications for the grants program will open in 2020.

Contact us

To find out more about the program contact info@wgta.vic.gov.au or 1800 105 105.