The West Gate Neighbourhood Fund is a $10 million government fund established to support communities in Melbourne’s inner west during the construction of the West Gate Tunnel Project (WGTP).

The fund allows not-for-profit groups to access support for projects that bring people together and build community capacity.

Launched in November 2019, the first round of the West Gate Neighbourhood Fund - Partnerships stream has closed. The first round of the grants stream is now open for applications.

Grants applications are 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.

We are looking for projects that celebrate:

  • heritage,
  • history or diversity,
  • focus on arts and culture,
  • emphasise learning and development, or
  • enable greater participation of community members.

Hobsons Bay City Council and Maribyrnong City Council are assisting with this program under the direction of WGTP, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (MTIA) by making available their grants application system, and by entering into further agreements with successful applicants.

Grants are available across three streams, and you can apply for a grant under your council.

To assist your grant application, please read the Grants guidelines (PDF,2.4MB) and Frequently Asked Questions.

Application process

Step 1: Submit your application by midnight Friday, 18 June 2021
Step 2: Application reviewed
Step 3: Successful applications announced
Step 4: Project delivered within 12 months of the receipt of funding.

Recipients for the first round of Partnerships have been announced. The second round is planned to open later in 2021

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 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 allows 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 are 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 is one round of partnerships and one round of grants each financial year.

    Contact us

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

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