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Minor Community Grants CATEGORY 1: Events/Programs

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The City of Bunbury Minor Community Grant is a small, one off grant that are provided to eligible individuals or community organisations. Funds are allocated in accordance with the City’s annual budget with grants open to applicants on an ongoing basis until all funds in this allocation have been expended.

Purpose of the Grants:

To provide an equitable and transparent process for Council to provide minor grant funding to individuals, community and sporting groups, and other legal entities.

Opening and Closing Information:

The 2020-21 Minor Community Grant round opens on Wednesday, 1st July 2020 at 9:00am (AWST) and closes on 30th June 2021 at 9:00 (AWST) (or until all funds have been expended)

General guidelines and eligibility:

  • Be an individual or not-for-profit community organisation.
  • All applications must be submitted and acquitted via the Smartygrants online grant application service. To apply visit and register an account.  Hard copy applications can no longer be accepted;
  • Have all appropriate insurance and licenses relevant to their work (if applicable for events).
  • Demonstrate that the City of Bunbury will be promoted in a positive manner.
  • One submission per applicant, per financial year.
  •  All applications will require supporting documentation to best outline your proposal (e.g. quotes, letters of support/acceptance, itineraries, budgets)
  • Applications where two or more members of a club or community group will be attending an event, will require an application to be made from the club;
  • All decisions will be made and authorised by the Chief Executive Officer and in line with budget availability;
  • The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the funding is spent as outlined in the proposal and acquitted to the Grants Officer upon completion;.
  • To be valid, all applications are to be received in accordance with outlined timeframes stated in each category;

The City of Bunbury will NOT fund:

  • Applications submitted in any other way apart from the online Smartygrants.
  • Applications submitted after the start date of the event/activity or travel dates as reimbursements cannot be issued.
  • Sponsorship of international communities/individuals (does not include individual travel internationally as in Category 2)
  • ‘Topping’ up funding for projects included in the City’s annual budget.
  • Applications that are political in nature or incorporate political activities.
  • Religious events (not including charities run by religious groups).
  • Private functions including but not limited to weddings, private parties or member-only events.
  • Day to day operational funding for the applicant including but not limited to ongoing classes, open days, sales or special occasions with the aim to profit the business.
  • Ongoing or in-house occurrences such as award ceremonies and other annual happenings that form part of the group or organisation.
  • Applicants who have not acquitted previous grants provided by the City of Bunbury.
  • Activities that have already received or are set to receive City of Bunbury funding in the relevant financial year.
  • Activities which conflict with City of Bunbury legislation and/or policies.
  • Activities which exclude or offend minority community groups.
  • Activities which could present a hazard to the community or promote anti-social behaviour, including but not limited to gambling, smoking or the consumption of other addictive substances.
  • Commercial enterprises or entities;

Grant Category: 

 Category 1:

Events / Programs:

  • Maximum value up to $500 (exc GST)  per application. 
  • Application must be received at least six weeks prior to the start date of the event / program.

Small, one off community programs that have not been included in the City’s annual budget or have not received funding through the City's Grant Funding Program (reference Council Policy Grant Funding Program)

Examples of items that are eligible for funding:

  • Equipment operations and hire costs.
  • Entertainment and talent fees.
  • Coordinator fees relating to the specific event or activity.
  • Advertising and promotional expenses.
  • Capital purchases/purchase of equipment or materials.
  • External facilitators or presenters.
  • Venue hire.

How to Apply:

We recommend that you discuss your application with the Grants Officer to ensure eligibility is met. Applications must be made online through Smartygrants at

To begin, click on Login or Register for an account.

Assessment Process:

Applications are assessed by the Chief Executive Officer. Through assessment the application may be recommended for partial funding. This decision is carefully considered with the view of maintaining the integrity of the application.

The City of Bunbury reserves the right to request further information in considering any application as well as the right to reject any application that does not satisfy the grant category.

The final decision on funding allocations lies with the City of Bunbury’s Chief Executive Officer through delegated authority from Council and applicants may not request an appeal.

Payment of funds will be in accordance with the Funding Agreement issued to the applicant.

Cancellation of funding:

If the event or program is cancelled, amended or an applicant’s situation changes for which the applicant has sought funding, then the City reserves the right to terminate the funding and funds will be withheld or repaid to the City of Bunbury. The City of Bunbury has the right to terminate the agreement ant any given time within good reason.

Frequently Asked Questions and Information:

For frequently asked questions relating to the Grant Funding Program or for more information please visit  


Grants Officer

Phone: 9792 7033 or Email:


Please complete all fields in the application form and attach relevant supporting materials. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.