The Grants Policy provides a consistent, streamlined approach for community groups and organisations seeking funding for programs, events, products and services that bring a wide range of social, environmental and economic benefits to Ballarat.


Tourism Events Grants Program

Up to $25,000 for projects, festivals, events or activities that advance and encourage increased visitation, participation and yield and/or contribute to the presentation or marketing of Ballarat as a tourism destination of choice.

The Tourism Grant Guidelines outlines the considerations, assessment criteria, and conditions of applications.

Applicants are urged to ensure proposal’s meet the eligibility criteria before commencing an application. We recommend contacting the Community Events Unit to discuss your proposal in more detail. To speak with a member of the team please contact City of Ballarat’s Customer Service Unit on 5320 5500 or email

Eligible proposals can access the online application form.

Note: Applications must be received at least 3 months prior to the event being held to allow adequate time for the review and decision making processes.


Community Impact Grants Program

The Community Impact Grants Program encourages organisations to be innovative, creative and address needs in the community.

Up to $10,000 for projects that develop partnerships with the community and provide sustainable opportunities for participants or projects where the grant money assists in either the implementation of projects, events, activities, or in funding non-fixed capital items and equipment.

The program is open in four rounds and will be placed on hold when funds are fully allocated. Submissions are currently closed. Please see the Grant Guidelines and Budget Information Sheet. Recipients will be listed on the CIGP Recipients page.