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Community Development Fund (CDF)

Are you interested in assisting with the CDF grants assessment?

We are currently recruiting new community members for the Community Development Fund Evaluation Panel to assist in making recommendations to Council on annual grant allocations.

Nominations will close at 5pm Thursday 11 May 2017.

Find out more on applying for the CDF Panel.

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.

What grants are available?

There are 3 categories of grants available through the CDF grants. Grants are allocated annually for projects taking up to 12 months to complete:

  • 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

Why does Knox Council fund community groups?

Our CDF grants program aims to:

  • Category 1 - up to and including $2,000
  • Category 2 - $2,001 up to $20,000
  • Category 3 - up to $5,000 for established annual community events

How do the grants work?

  • These are one-off grants for a specific project and are not available for recurrent funding
  • 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 beginning in October

Submission period

The submission period for the 2017-2018 CDF grant round will open on Friday 26 May 2017 and close on Monday 10 July 2017. Applications will be assessed by the Community Development Fund Evaluation Panel during July and August, and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 30 September 2017.


Apply Online via our user-friendly SmartyGrants system.

To access the Smarty Grants Help Guide for applicants please click on the link below.

A hard-copy application form can be accessed if necessary by contacting the Community Strengthening team via email at or call 9298 8000.

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. The Community Strengthening team can advise who to talk to within Council and how staff can best be contacted.

Information Sessions about Grant Programs at Knox

Each year Council runs information sessions for the community groups to learn about the various funding opportunities. Grant programs include:

Community Development Fund (CDF) grants
Arts and Cultural grants
Biodiversity Buddies Native Vegetation Protection grants
Community Operational Funding
Individual Sporting grants
Leisure Minor Capital Works grants

This year's information sessions will be held on Friday 21 April and Wednesday 26 April.

Register online at or email Council's Community Development Officer at

If your group needs any assistance about applying for a CDF grant, please contact Community Strengthening team on 9298 8000 or email

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
  • Operational expenses
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