Colac Otway Shire Grants Program 2018-2019

Review of previous grants programs

In 2017-18, Colac Otway Shire completed a review of its grants programs.  The review included the Small Town Improvement Program (STIP), Festival and Events Support Scheme (FESS), Community Funding Program and awards to ensure efficiencies and improvements could be realised across all programs.

A number of options were considered for key elements of the grant programs and awards to ensure that a comprehensive review was completed. The findings of the review recommend a new grant program structure and process that will provide greater benefit to the community and create a more efficient process for Council and the community. 

NEW Colac Otway Shire Grants Program 2018-19

The program aims to provide an opportunity for a wide range of groups to obtain a share of the grant funds for a varied range of projects and events within the Colac Otway Shire.

A total pool of over $310,000 is available for the Colac Otway Shire Grants Program. 

All categories require a matching contribution via cash or in-kind from the applicant on a $1 for $1 basis.

Colac Otway Shire Grants Program has four funding categories:

  • Category 1:          Community Grants Program

  • Category 2:          Community Events & Support Program

  • Category 3:          Small Grants Program

  • Category 4:          Building Façade Improvement Program

 The program Guidelines provide details of the funding categories, eligibility, types of activities which may be funded, how to apply, assessment criteria and conditions.


Funding round

Applications open

Applications close


3 April 2018



2 May 2018



Two information sessions are available for applicants to attend to obtain further information on the Grants Program and have the opportunity to discuss your proposals.

Colac               10 April 2018 at 6pm at COPACC, Corner of Rae and Gellibrand Streets.

Apollo Bay       12 April 2018 at   6pm at Marrar Woorn, 6 Pengilley Avenue .      

Please review the guidelines and you are encouraged to obtain further information by attending one of the information sessions to discuss a proposal which may be eligible for the grant funding or by contacting Council’s Grants Officer on (03) 5232 9400.


Guidelines-Colac-Otway-Shire-Grants-Program-2018-2019.pdf(PDF, 169KB)


Application-Form-Colac-Otway-Shire-Grants-Program-2018-2019.docx(DOCX, 259KB)  

The assessment process may take up to three (3) months from the closing date.  Applicants will receive written notification whether the application has been successful or unsuccessful following the decision by Council at an Ordinary Council meeting.


The Colac Otway Shire Grants Program is a competitive funding program.  Applicants should note that the submission of an application does not guarantee funding of the proposal.