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Community Development Fund (CDF)

What are the Community Development Fund grants?

Council provides annual funding for once-off project and annual event grants to not-for-profit community groups in Knox. The aim of the CDF grants is to develop, enhance and support the involvement of community groups in activities and projects which respond to identified needs in the Knox community

Do you need help getting a project off the ground? Council's Community Development Fund may be able to help with a grant to assist with costs, if your project and group are eligible.

You can hear from some of the groups that have been assisted with a CDF grant in the last few years:
View our CDF Stories.

Summary of previous approved projects

A brief summary of recently funded projects can be viewed below.

The approved Community Development Fund Grants and Contact List for 2017-18 is now available.

What grants are available?

Annual grants from $3,000 up to $20,000 may be awarded to eligible projects that benefit the Knox community.

The grants program aims to:

  • Support projects which encourage Knox residents to become involved and engaged in their local community
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of Knox residents through projects that promote healthy, active lifestyles and community safety
  • Build community pride, strength and resilience
  • Promote harmony and respect through projects promoting inclusion and social interaction
  • Improve skills of Knox residents across a range of areas

How do the grants work?

  • These are one-off grants for a specific project and are not available for recurrent funding
  • Established annual community events can apply annually for up to $5,000
  • Organisations may submit up to 3 applications for separate and distinct projects or events. A separate application form is required for each application
  • Funded projects run for 12 months after notification in November each year
  • Assessment will be undertaken by the Community Development Fund Evaluation Panel which is an advisory committee to Council, and consists of both Councillors and community representatives
  • Successful applicants will be required to enter into a formal funding agreement and provide a report and financial acquittal of funds on completion of project
  • Grant monies are paid by electronic funds transfer (EFT) with GST if applicable
  • Successful projects are acknowledged at a celebration event at the Knox Civic Centre in November

Who CAN apply for Community Development Fund grants?

  • Not-for-profit community groups, with a committee of management, or similar, and its own legal identity
  • If a group is not incorporated, it can be auspiced (or managed) by an incorporated organisation.

Projects and events that could be funded

To be eligible for funding projects and annual community events must meet the following requirements:

  • Must have a definitive start and finish date
  • Align with Council objectives
  • Aim to meet a demonstrated need within the Knox community
  • Benefit Knox residents

Here are some examples that indicate the range of projects that can be considered:

  • Developing recreation, leisure and/or social support activities to keep people connected
  • Cultural events and activities that celebrate and promote diversity
  • Arts and craft projects that encourage community participation
  • Social connections through food
  • Supporting and celebrating the contribution of volunteers
  • Encouraging participation in lifelong learning and skills development in Knox
  • Developing collaboration & partnership between community groups
  • Equipment purchases for community groups
  • Once of capacity building projects for community groups

Who CANNOT apply for Community Development Fund grants

  • Individuals or profit-making businesses
  • Organisations that owe money to Council that has not been paid by the due date
  • Organisations that have outstanding acquittal documentation, i.e. the report for a previous grant has not been handed in by the agreed due date.

Projects and events that CANNOT be funded

  • Fundraising
  • Capital or facility maintenance works
  • State or Federal government responsibilities
  • Retrospective funding
  • Projects that have been funded by the CDF for 3 consecutive years
  • Ongoing operational expenses

Submission period

The submission period for the 2018-2019 CDF grant round opens Friday 18 May 2018 and closes 5pm Monday 2 July 2018.

Apply Now

Late applications will not be accepted.

Help and Advice

Pre-application discussion

Whether community organisations have previously received a CDF grant, or the organisation is submitting for the first-time, community organisations are strongly advised to discuss their proposed application with Council’s Community Strengthening team.

Community organisations should also consider consulting other relevant Council staff and stakeholders about their project. They may be able to advise on service delivery and/or alternative approaches, or provide appropriate information.

Each year Council runs information sessions for community groups to learn about the various funding opportunities. The Community Strengthening Team are available to assist with the application process and have scheduled appointment times to meet with you. To book a time below contact the team on 9298 8000.

Appointment Times

  • Wednesday 30 May - 9am to 3pm
  • Monday 4 June - 5pm to 7pm
  • Wednesday 13 June - 5pm to 7pm
  • Monday 18 June - 5pm to 7pm
  • Wednesday 20 June - 9am to 12pm
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