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.

The Colac Otway Shire Grants Program Round 2 applications (closed on 27 July 2018) will be considered at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 26 September 2018.


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

The next round of Grants will be advertised in the local Colac and Apollo Bay newspapers, and posted on Council's facebook and website. If you would like to be notified when the next round is open, please contact the Grants Officer on 5232 9400.