Small grants


Funding of up to $1,000 is available to support seeding, and small-scale, local, grass roots initiatives. It is expected that applicants will make a significant contribution to their projects. We support various types of projects that improve the wellbeing of the community.

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Applications can be made at any time. Applications must be received twelve weeks prior to the commencement of the project or activity.

Who can apply?

These grants are available to not-for-profit and community organisations and groups. Unincorporated organisations must be supported by an auspicing organisation*.

What we look for 

How your project relates to your organisation’s purpose.

  • How the idea of the project came about, its community importance and expected benefits
  • Community and stakeholder support for the project
  • Strong project planning, management and expertise
  • Good governance, evaluation and learning strategies
  • Consideration of what will happen after completion – sustainability of the project


To be eligible for funding the applicant must:

  • Undertake the project within the City of Swan’s local government boundaries
  • Have completed and acquitted any project for which any City of Swan funding was previously received, with no outstanding debts to the City of Swan
  • Submit your application in accordance with the requirements outlined


Swan Community Grants do not provide funding for:

  • Projects or activities which received funding during the previous financial year
  • Commercial activities or organisations
  • Fundraising activities
  • Core organisational operating costs, for example a permanent position for ongoing work
  • Projects that duplicate existing services and programmes
  • Activities that are already covered by existing service agreements with the City of Swan
  • Projects with a political or religious purpose only
  • Projects or organisations that will rely on recurrent funding. Applicants will not be funded for two financial years in a row
  • Retrospective costs
  • Costs or activities already funded by another grant, or
  • Capital items including equipment

Completing the Application

Applications are completed and submitted via the online application form.

If you are interested in applying and would like to discuss the suitability of your project, or require assistance with your application, please contact the City’s Community Grants team on 9207 8693.

Documents we need

  • A completed application form
  • The latest audited Annual Report
  • Copy of the current Certificate of Incorporation
  • Most recent audited financial statement
  • Copies of insurance certificates of currency
  • Quotes

What happens after you submit your application

Allow twelve weeks for the assessment of your application from your submission date. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.

An agreement will be provided to successful applicants that will describe the terms and conditions of the funding, including project evaluation and financial reporting requirements.

Download the details 

Review the Swan Small Grants information sheet(PDF, 299KB) to find more details.


* Auspicing is when an incorporated organisation agrees to apply for a grant on behalf of an unincorporated, not-for-profit association or community organisation. The auspicing organisation will receive, hold and administer the funding for the applicant. Funding will be provided directly to the bank account of the auspicing organisation. Auspice organisations will also take responsibility for undertaking reporting and accountability requirements of the project. It is the responsibility of the auspicing organisation and the applicant to indpendently negotiate and agree upon the terms and conditions of the auspicing agreement between them.