What is the program?

The Community Resilience Unit at the Department of Premier and Cabinet is pleased to announce the opening of a new round of Community Resilience Grants for regional and rural Victoria.

Community organisations in rural and regional Victoria can now apply for funding to develop projects that help to prevent violent extremism and tackle factors that cause community division.

Projects should respond to one of the following aims:

1. Develop innovative projects and partnerships which address the conditions that underlie violent extremism

2. Respond to tensions caused by right wing, ISIS-inspired and other violent extremist narratives

3. Enable critical and constructive dialogue about factors that undermine social cohesion and may lead to violent extremism.

Community organisations can partner with peak bodies, local councils and universities.

Projects should be community or youth-led.                                                              


What funding is available?

The total amount of funding available is $500,000.

Funding available: between $30,000 and $120,000 per application.

Projects will be funded for a maximum of twelve months from the time of executing the Funding Agreement. All projects should be completed by 31 May 2019.

Who is eligible to apply?

Community, not-for-profit and community peak body organisations based in regional and rural Victoria are eligible to apply for these grants. Please see Annex 1 of the Guidelines for a list of eligible Local Government Areas.

Metropolitan-based community, not-for-profit and community peak body organisations with regional and rural offices may also apply. In these cases, projects must be implemented in regional and rural Victoria and be led by regional and rural communities and young people.

Eligible applicants must also:

a) be a legal entity, such as an incorporated body or association, and be able to enter into legal agreements with the Victorian Government;

b) have an Australian Business Number (ABN); and

c) have at least $10 million Public Liability Insurance to cover all aspects of the project.

How do I apply?

STEP 1 – Read the Guidelines to ensure that your organisation and project are eligible.

STEP 2 – Consider the assessment criteria in Section 12 of the Guidelines in terms of your project.

STEP 3 – If you would like to discuss your application please call 1300 366 356.

STEP 4 – Complete and submit your application online.


Applications close 5.00pm Friday 6 April 2018 
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Further information

For more information contact communityresilience@dpc.vic.gov.au or call 1300 366 356.