About The Community Grants Program

Applications for Round 4 of Gippsland Critical Minerals Community Grant Fund are now open - apply here

Community Grants 2023

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Opening Date

Closing Date

Applicants notified of outcome


27 February 2023

31 March 2023

April 2023


24 April 2023

2 June 2023

June 2023


24 July 2023

1 September 2023

September 2023


23 October 2023

1 December 2023

December 2023

Community Grants Overview

The Community Grants Program aims to support community initiatives that enhance the quality of life, heritage, recreation and cultural opportunities and provide long lasting benefits to the wider community. Grant funding is available for projects within the Educational, Recreational, Environmental and Social aspects of the community in which we operate.

Five $2000 grants will be provided four times per year. Based on a set of criteria, these grants must have a direct positive outcome for the local community, adding to a project in a positive and sustainable manner.

Advertising will be in the form of the local newspapers within the East Gippsland and Wellington area and will run for 3 consecutive weeks. Once closed the applications will be assessed and relevant information conveyed to successful and unsuccessful applicants.

The assessment of the grant applications will be decided by a committee. These assessments will be used to determine the final grants to be provided. A report will be provided to the Board on the closing of each grant period.

A progress report will be required by each grant recipient within three months of receipt of funds, followed by a final or completion report within six months.

Grants Criteria

  • Be an organization that provides benefit to the broader community.
  • The Project must be completed within six months of receipt of funds. This may be extended upon written approval from the committee should extenuating circumstances arise.
  • Organizations must agree to expend grant monies only in accordance with the successful grant project application.
  • The project must be based within the East Gippsland and Wellington communities.
  • Applicants must detail how the project will be funded and delivered.
  • All planning and/or building permits and any authorizations including public liability insurances associated with the project must be obtained. These details must be noted in the application.

What type of projects will be funded?

Community Development

  • Mental Health
  • Aged care
  • Health

Education and/or Arts

  • Local School projects
  • Theatrical Groups
  • Art and Craft Groups


  • Nature Groups


  • Sporting Groups

Applying for Grants

Not for profit, sporting and recreational, and community organizations which are incorporated can submit an application for grant funding to Gippsland Critical Minerals using the Community Grants application form.

Organizations can submit only one application at a time and acknowledge that Gippsland Critical Minerals may not necessarily fund the whole of the requested grant, depending on evaluation of the application and the funds available.

Conditions of an application

  • A detailed budget and schedule of works must be submitted within the application.
  • The project must demonstrate forward planning, be well organized, and include ongoing support from the group
  • Any unspent grant must be returned to the program at the end of the grant period unless prior approval has been sought. Offer of grant by the program in no way implies any ongoing funding commitment or obligation
  • No information will be disclosed regarding progress of applications prior to grant announcements
  • The committee will be entitled to view a grant project at any time
  • Environment projects must consider the current regulations of relevant land managers and government authorities when preparing an application

Community Stakeholders Privacy Policy

Gippsland Critical Minerals Pty Ltd is committed to protecting the privacy of its community stakeholders. This policy outlines our ongoing obligations to you, our community stakeholders in respect to how we manage your personal information.

We have adopted the Australian Privacy Principles (APP’s) contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (The Privacy Act). The APP’s govern the way in which we collect, use, disclose, store, secure and dispose of your personal information.

A copy of the Australian Privacy Principles may be obtained from the website of The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at https://www.aoic.gov.au

Who will Gippsland Critical Minerals not fund?

  • Individuals
  • Political Organizations or campaigns.
  • Applications submitted after the closing date
  • Projects that are for commercial benefit
  • Organizations who have previously received grant funding but have not properly acquitted the previous funding agreement
  • Retrospective activities or events (activities or events that have already occurred)