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.