Grants application now open

Grants of up to $100,000 are available for incorporated not-for-profit community groups in the Hobsons Bay or Maribyrnong council areas. Find out more.

The West Gate Neighbourhood Fund is a $10 million community grants program established to support communities in Melbourne's inner west.

Offered in two components - partnerships and grants, a range of activities will be eligible for funding, 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.

Partnerships recipients announced

We are thrilled to announce the successful recipients for  the inaugural round of the Partnership program.

Location of ProjectApplicant Project Title and Description West Gate Neighbourhood Fund contribution
Footscray Footscray Community Arts Centre Re-imagining Henderson House: A centre for creative community
Revitalising Footscray's historic Henderson House as home for creative residencies, local leadership gatherings, connecting West's diverse communities, & local art/performance presentations.
$105,000.00
Footscray Australian Multicultural Community Services Inc Millennium House Upgrade
Upgrading of existing Millennium House into a ‘Multicultural Community Hub’ in Footscray for the use of the multicultural community.
$500,000.00
Footscray Pigeons Projects Ltd trading as 100 Story Building 100 Story Building - redevelopment
Redevelop its community writing centre for children and young people in Footscray. Upgrades will include a professional recording studio and vital accessibility upgrades.
$441,000.00
Yarraville YMCA Community Programming Pty Ltd YMCA Victoria - Trading as Victorian Maribyrnong Skate Park Activation Project Creating three scalable social enterprises at skate parks across Yarraville, West Footscray and Highpoint. YMCA will look to recruit and train young people to deliver skateboarding workshops to students across the municipality. $100,868.00
Footscray  Cinespace Incorporated Cinespace Centre for Multicultural Screen Arts
Purchase of a new facility which will help provide access to filmmaking resources
$170,999.00
Footscray Outdoor Education Foundation Together We Grow
New program that will bring together 50 disadvantaged young people from the western suburbs to participate in an immersive outdoor camping experience.
$100,000.00
Yarraville Yarraville Glory Soccer Club Football Club and Community Improvement Program
Construction of additional clubrooms to cater for growth in female and junior soccer that will include female only changerooms , a new training and development room, and a flexible floor plan that will also allow the space to be used by the community such as for school engagement projects. Flood lights and an equipment shed will be also be installed at the club, to improve playing and training conditions for players.
$1,184,622.00
Yarraville Maribyrnong City Council New Multi-Purpose Cricket Nets - Hanmer Reserve
New Multi-Purpose Cricket Nets - Hanmer Reserve Replacing the old and no longer fit for purpose cricket nets with new multi-purpose cricket nets.
$400,000.00
Across Maribyrnong LGA Network West Inc. Maribyrnong Leads the Way
Engaging up to 75 community members in activities that foster community participation.
$192,250.00
Yarraville Maribyrnong City Council Road Safety Improvements for Schools on Somerville Road, Yarraville
Improving pedestrian safety near Yarraville schools, by installing illuminated speed and warning signs and line marking key crossings in yellow.
$120,000.00
Brooklyn Hobsons Bay City Council Greening Brooklyn
Revitalising Pipeline Reserve in Brooklyn, which aligns with the Federation Trail. The redevelopment of the reserve will include landscaping, tree planting and the construction of new footpaths.
$500,000.00
Altona North

Friends of Lower Kororoit Creek Inc.

Hosken Reserve Upgrade to Regional Park
Upgrade Hosken Reserve with a new children’s playground, better lighting, BBQ area and to upgrade the reserve to a regional park as per the Kororoit Creek Regional Strategy 2005-2030.
$346,000.00
Along Federation Trail (Brooklyn to Spotswood) Deakin University Treatment - A Public Art Journey Across Melbourne’s Inner West
Implement five major public art projects along Federation trail. Treatment will work with the community to research key sites and produce artworks by leading Australian artists.
$217,625.00
South Kingsville The South Kingsville Community Centre Making our Vision Real
Updating facilities at the South Kingsville Community Centre, including constructing a new external entry and revamping the hall, lobby, conference room and childcare facilities.

$485,000.00

Spotswood Spotswood Kingsville RSL Sub-Branch Inc Transforming the SKRSL into a sustainable and vibrant community hub
Refurbishing the centre with upgrades comprising decking, fencing, internal community space creation, accessibility improvements, solar power and water tank installation, and landscaping.
This beautification and environmentally friendly development will establish a sustainable and inclusive hub that connects not only defence force personnel but members of the local community.
$745,350.00
Williamstown Williamstown and Newport Anglers Club and Fish Protection Society Incorporated Refurbishment of Williamstown Beach Jetty Facilities
Refurbishing the jetty facilities including the replacement of cross beams, bearers, decking and handrails. A fish cleaning station will also be developed.
$500,000.00
Newport YMCA Victoria - Trading as Victorian YMCA Community Programming Pty Ltd Hobsons Bay Skate Park Activation Project
Creating three scalable social enterprises at skate parks across Newport, Laverton and Altona Meadows. YMCA will look to recruit and train young people to deliver skateboarding workshops to students across the municipality.
$100,868.00
Across Hobsons Bay LGA Westgate Health Co-Operative Ltd Community Engagement & Wellbeing Program
Implementing a variety of wellbeing initiatives for almost 10,000 members, addressing their social, emotional, physical and spiritual health.
$100,000.00
Across Hobsons Bay LGA Network West Inc. Hobsons Bay Leads the Way
Engaging up to 75 community members in activities that foster community participation.
$177,250.00

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.

How can I apply?

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
  • From $20,001 to $100,000 for improvements to local community facilities.

Applications are now open for the grants funding stream, with information sessions and grant writing workshops that will help not-for-profits apply once the grants are open.

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 2021-2020 financial year.

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

The West Gate Neighbourhood Fund is designed to support 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.

$10 million in funding is available to inner west community organisations through West Gate Neighbourhood Fund partnerships and grants. There will be one funding round per financial year for each component of the Fund. Applications will open for partnerships and grants in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 financial years.

It is intended that funding will be evenly split over the two council areas over the life of the fund, subject to the applications received.

The value of each round will be based on the quality and quantity of applications.

As part of the grants program, not-for-profit community organisations can apply for funding in three categories:

  • 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 - From $20,001 to $100,000 for improvements to local community, sporting and recreation facilities, and local environments. Co-funding will be considered favourably in the assessment process and could be in the form of financial or in-kind contributions.

West Gate Neighbourhood Fund – Grants applications will open Friday 7 May and close midnight Friday 18 June.

Applications are invited from incorporated not-for-profit community organisations with ideas that benefit people in the Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong City Council areas. Projects that support the following five priority areas will be considered favourably; Altona North, Brooklyn, Spotswood, South Kingsville and Yarraville.

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 needs: The project supports activities and services needed by local communities.
  • Organisation’s capacity: The organisation has the demonstrated capacity to deliver the project on time and within budget.\

West Gate Neighbourhood Fund – Grant applications will be assessed by an independent senior panel convened by the West Gate Tunnel Project, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority. The panel may consult the following parties through the assessment process, as required:

  • representatives of Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong councils
  • the West Gate Tunnel Project Community Liaison Groups
  • relevant Victorian Government departments and agencies.

An Independent Probity Advisor will oversee the assessment process. The Victorian Government will approve the successful applicants.

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 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 - From $20,001 to $100,000 for improvements to local community, sporting and recreation facilities, and local environments. Co-funding will be considered favourably in the assessment process and could be in the form of financial or in-kind contributions.

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 Local Government Areas. 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 relevant council and the grant recipient, and will depend on the complexity of the project, however all projects must be completed within 12 months of the receipt of funding.

If projects are impacted further by COVID-19 restrictions, there may be extensions and variations available.

You cannot apply for a grant without an ABN, Incorporation and public liability insurance. An auspice organisation may be able to assist you.

An auspice organisation is an organisation that manages the grant funding on your behalf.

The auspice organisation is obligated to ensure that the funding is expanded within the requirements of the application and funding agreement.

Evidence of the agreement between the two parties to undertake this auspice arrangement must be included with the application, as must all the necessary paperwork to prove insurance, incorporation and ABN status. The auspice organisation receives all the grant payments.

You will need to negotiate your own agreement with an auspice organisation.

Yes, you will need to have an auspice organisation identified prior to submitting a grant application.

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

Contact us

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