Colac Otway Shire Grants Program - Recipients


Congratulations to all recipients

Colac Otway Shire Council has allocated $311,500 to the Grants Program in 2024/25. 

These grants provide Colac Otway Shire with wonderful opportunities for strong partnerships with community groups, progress associations, arts and cultural groups, environmental groups, committees of management, sporting clubs, schools and businesses.

Western District Axemen's Association Promotion of Women in Timber Sports (woodchopping, sawing etc)  $4,995 
Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club  BBQ and Oars
Apollo bay & District Historical Society Inc Museum quality cabinets $4,631
2nd Colac Sea Scouts Replace Stairs and Improve Storage $10,000
West Warrion Cricket Club New Outfield Mower $6,000
Gellibrand Community House Inc Film Society in Gellibrand $884
Gellibrand CFA Brigade Gellibrand CFA Water Storage Tank installation at the Hall $9,975
Birregurra Golf Club  New Mower $10,000
Colac Pony Club Jumping wings and fillers $6,200
Kennett River Association  Kennett River Tennis Reserve Upgrade fence


Colac Otway Rovers AFC Coaching & Referee Training Assistance $500
Birregurra Mechanics Hall auspice by Birregurra Community Group Inc Outdoor Stage for Events $5,000 
Birregurra Recreation Reserve Committee of Management  New Mower for Playing Surface $9,445
Colac Golf Club  Driving Range Net  $9,876
Yeodene Public Hall and Recreation Reserve CoM Inc  Lighting in the Hall Upgrade $2,453
Beeac Community Centre Inc Instant Hot Water unit $3,566
Colac Rifle Club Inc Replacement Refrigerator $599
Irrewarra Beeac Football Netball Club Inc Electronic Scoreboard for Netball Courts & Ipads $5,000
Ridge to Cape Landcare Group auspice by Southern Otway Landcare Network Seed Saving Equipment $729
The Colac Players Incorporated  Split Heating/Cooling System and Minor Tools Equipment $2,177
Shrub Club Community Nursery auspice by Southern Otway Landcare Network  Construct Storage Pergola, Pot Washing Station & Potting Mix Bay $5,615
Colac Woodcrafters Guild Inc  Router Table $575
Warrion Public Hall Committee Incorporated  Replace Rear Fence $3,150
Irrewillipe Sports & Entertainment Complex Goal Post Replacement $7,117
Warrowie Recreation Reserve General Maintenance of Comfort Areas in the Hall $3,775
Forrest Cricket Club Cricket Pitch Upgrade $10,000
Cororooke Tennis Club  Sponsors Board $600
Cake Decorators Association of Vic - Colac Branch Specialist Teaching  $900
Colac Otway Residents Action Group Inc First Aid & CPR Training $750
Elliminyt Tennis Club Inc Tennis Nets $597
Beech Forest & District Progress Association  Sign & Picnic Table at the Hall and Renew the old Jail Lock Up $4,513
Apollo Bay Arts Inc Kiln for Apollo Bay Pottery Club $5,929
Colac Otway Archers Inc  Catering Equipment $1,269
Fillipino-Australian Bayanihan Colac Inc  Cultural Equipment for FABCI $1,988
Apollo Bay Mechanics Hall Committee of Management Audio Visual Equipment for Hall $10,000
Forrest Horse Riding Club Clubroom Floor Repair $3,243
Colac & District Historical Society Inc  Space Saving Steel Cabinets $2,905
Otway Harvest Trail Event & Market Marquee $1,200
Otway Enduro Club  Safety Radio Equipment $1,300
 Tomahawk Creek Cricket Club Marquee for Juniors Cricket $925
   TOTAL $173,525



EVENTS GRANT stream    
Climate Action Team Climate Cafes across 5 townships $2,000 
Colac West Primary School  School Concert 2024 $2,295
Rapid Ascent  Otway Odyssey & Great Otway Gravel Grind $5,000
Let's Talk Colac  Walk the Walk Let's Talk 2024 $5,000
Apollo Bay WordFest auspice by Apollo Bay Arts Inc Apollo Bay WordFest 'Crisis & Hope' 2024 $4,999
Rotary Club of Colac Inc AKD Otway Trail Run 2025 $5,000
Colac Orchid Club Colac Orchid Show & Sales 2024 $1,500
Colac & District Adult Riding Club Navigation Ride $1,213
Colac City Band Inc Carols by Candlelight 2024 $5,000
Homestead Australia Pty Ltd Back-to-Back Wool Challenge 2025 $2,000
Southern Exposure Run Forrest Trail Run 2025 $5,000
Birregurra Community Group Inc Birregurra Community Day 2024 $5,000
Western Eagles Football & Netball Club  Hoot' n' Nanny $2,500
Beeac Progress Association Beeac Community markets $5,000
Warrion Flower Show Committee auspice by Warrion Public Hall Inc 112th Warrion Flower Show $5,000
Colac Kana Festival Inc Colac Kana Festival 2025 $5,000
Colac Otway Volunteers Leaders Network auspice by Community Hub Inc Colac Otway Volunteer Expo $2,000
Colac Area Health Foundation  Otways Winter Festival 2024 $3,368
Conservation Ecology Centre Otways Ecological Research Forum 2024 $2,139
Swim Apollo Bay Inc Swim Apollo Bay 2025 $3,000
Wye to Wongarra Landcare Group Inc Aquatic Insects of an Otways River Presentation & Guided Walk   $264
Ace Radio Colac Colac Jobs & Career Expo $5,000
WinterWild 2025 auspice by Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce WinterWild 2025 - Dogwatch & WildFeast $5,000
International Management Group of Americal Pty Ltd  Great Ocean Road Running Festival 2025 $5,000
Apollo Bay Seafood Festival 2025 auspice by Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce  Apollo Bay Seafood Festival 2025 $10,000
Ska Nation Music Festival Ska Nation Music Festival 2024 $5,000
Apollo Bay & Otway District Agricultural Society Inc Apollo Bay & Otway District Agricultural Show 2025 $4,547
   TOTAL $106,825

BUSINESS GRANTS stream      
Building Facade Improvement Grant The Brown Dog Furniture Company  Box Gallery Facade Improvements $3,000
Building Facade Improvement Grant  Murray Square Owners Corporation Painting of Facade $3,000
Building Facade Improvement Grant Colac Treasure Hunters Signage  $2,270
Building Facade Improvement Grant Apollo Bay Childcare Service Signage $1,350
Building Facade Improvement Grant  Otways Distillery Revitalise the Facade $2,857
Building Facade Improvement Grant Rod Bright & Associates P/L Paint the exterior of the Colac Station Master's House in Rae Street Colac $3,000
Building Facade Improvement Grant Lake View Cafe Colac  Entry way signage $145
Business Environmental Sustainability B & K Bridges Solar Water Pump Conversion $5,000
Business Environmental Sustainability Big4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park Transition Gas Fireplaces to Electric Fireplaces $5,000
Business Environmental Sustainability Colac Otway Caravan & Cabin Park Conversion of Public Hot Water System to Electric $2,730
Business Environmental Sustainability Dar Teta Convert Gas Oven to Electric Oven $2,798
     TOTAL $31,150


Previous Grant Recipients 2023/24

Community Grants

Applicant Project Name Grant Amount
Elliminyt Tennis Club  Tennis Ball Machine $ 1,683
Cake Decorators Association Engage Expert Teachers $    725 
The Otway Light  New design pages for The Otway Light $ 3,000
Warrion Public Hall Committee Incorporated Storage shed security $ 3,572
Otway Districts Historical Society Dehumidifiers for storage room $    429
Colac Maker's Space Inc Heaters for community Screen Print Maker's Space at Colac Showgrounds $    988
Apollo Bay Mechanics Hall Committee of Management Replace western Weatherboard and paint $ 9,378
Colac Football Netball Club Painting of Social Rooms $ 4,840
Cororooke Hall  Solar panels for Hall $ 8,866
Otway Enduro Club Communications safety equipment $ 4,875
Otway Mushroom & Fungi Group auspice by Southern Otway Landcare Network Otways Fungi Education Workshops $ 3,616
Conservation Ecology Centre Monitoring equipment to manage feral pig population in the Otways $ 2,921
Southern Otway Landcare Network Evaluating Landcare's past revegetation projects to inform future biodiverse projects $ 7,022
3rd/4th Colac Scout Group Paint Exterior of Building $ 6,072
Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club Patrol Room Roller Door $ 2,465
Colac Woodcrafters Guild Inc Purchase Heavy Duty Bandsaw $ 2,240
Climate Action Team Inc Let's Talk Town Greening - Open Gardens & Public Forum with an Urban Forester $ 4,500
Warrion Recreation Reserve Auspice by West Warrion Cricket Club Re-clad Equipment Storage Shed $ 3,355
Apollo Bay Football Netball Club Solar Panels and Battery Installation $10,000
Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery  Purchase Outdoor Chairs for Community Events $  2,760
Skills Connection 4 vignette films "Embrace Difference to Build an Inclusive Community $10,000
Colac Summer Netball Association Eastern Reserve Change/Social Rooms - Painting - Stage 2 $  3,892
Beech Forest & District Progress Association Maintaining Community Outdoor Sculptures $  1,046
U3A Colac Otway Inc Computer for Tutors $     850
Forrest Public Reserves Committee Inc Chairs, Fridge & repainting of the Hall Kitchen $  2,936
Colac Pony Club Replace Yards $10,000
City United Cricket Club Travelling Irrigator at Eastern Reserve $  5,473
Coragulac & District Kindergarten Replace small area of Kinder Roof $  3,723
Colac Basketball Association Inc Spectator Seating $10,000
Irrewarra Cricket Club Electronic Cricket Scoreboard $  9,838
Let's Talk Colac  Walk the Walk Event Tops for Awareness Raising $  5,000
Old Beechy Rail Trail Friends Inc Upgrade of Old Beechy Railway Building - Stage 1 $  5,000
Alvie Football Netball Club Inc Netball Court Resurfacing  $10,000
Warrowie Recreation Reserve General Maintenance in Comfort Area of Hall - Painting, Carpet, Lining walls, Locks $  4,938
Central Otway Landcare Network Friends of Barongarook Creek - Education & Conservation activities along Barongarook Creek Colac $  9,750
Community Hub Inc Purchase New Computers for Community Use & Education $  4,500
   Total  $180,253


Events Grants

Applicant Event Name Grant Amount
Colac West Primary School School Concert 2023 $2,517
Colac Orchid Club Colac Orchid Show 2023 $1,500
Southern Exposure Run Forrest Trail Run 2024 $5,000
Swim Apollo Bay Swim Apollo Bay 2024 $4,000
Elliminyt Primary School School Production 2023 $1,669
Rapid Ascent Pty Ltd Otway Odyssey & Great Otway Gravel Grind 2024 $5,000
Warrion Flower Show Auspice by Warrion Public Hall Committee Inc                     Warrion Annual Flower Show 2023 $3,600
Birregurra Community Group Inc Birregurra Community Day 2023 $5,000
Apollo Bay P-12 College School Production 2023 $1,000
Two Daughters Events A Ruby Red Christmas Market in July 2023 $   927
Rotary Club of Colac Otway Trail Run 2024 $4,450
Wye to Wongarra Landcare Group Auspice by Landcare Vic Snake Sense - Myths & Hisses. Community Education Workshop                                                         $   765
The Red Violets The Power of Music All-Abilities Choir $2,000
Colac City Band Inc Carols By Candlelight 2023 $5,000
Apollo Bay WORDfest Auspice by Apollo Bay Arts Inc Apollo Bay WORDfest 2023 - Pearls & Monsters $5,000
KSJ Event Management Pty Ltd Lochard Energy Women's Warrnambool Cycling Classic 2024 $5,000
Colac Area Health Foundation Christmas by the Lake 2023 $10,000
Elephant View Pty Ltd Ska Nation Music Festival $2,755
Birregurra Recreation Reserve Committee of Management A Night with Gill, Ross & Friends $2,000
Colac Kana Festival Inc Colac Kana Festival 2024 $5,000
WinterWild Auspice by Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce WinterWild 2023 $10,000
Apollo Bay Seafood Festival Auspice by Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce Apollo Bay Seafood Festival 2024 $10,000
International Management Group of America Pty Ltd Great Ocean Road Running Festival 2024 $5,000
   Total $97,183


Business Grants

Applicant Project Title Type  Grant Amount
Baronga Motor Inn Improving Facade of Building - Cleaning & Painting Building Facade Improvement      $3,000
DJRM Trading Apollo Bay YHA Facade Improvement for the Apollo Bay YHA Building Facade Improvement $3,000
Richardson Real Estate Colac External Painting Under Verandah Building Facade Improvement $1,500
Selwyn Jewellery Repaint Fascia & above, Re-sign Write Fascia Building Facade Improvement $2,018
Colac West Newsagency & Post Office Replacement of Signage to Fascia Building Facade Improvement $1,304
Shalimar Nursery Update Signage Building Facade Improvement $2,266
Colac Central Motel Paint Facade & Update signs Building Facade Improvement $2,775
Creative Minds Kindergarten & Early Learning Centre                                 Energy Efficient Window Furnishings Environmental Sustainability $1,140
Cardinal's Milk Supplies Solar Panel Upgrade Environmental Sustainability $5,000
Vitality Health Hub Replace West facing Window with Double Glazing & Install Blinds               Environmental Sustainability $5,000
The Project Space Change Old Gas Heating to Electrical Split System Environmental Sustainability $2,445
Gellibrand River Gallery Replace Gallery Lighting with LED Environmental Sustainability $   390
Assassin Weed & Vermin Control Install Water Tank to Harvest Rainwater Environmental Sustainability $4,226
 Total $34,064