Bass Coast,

Double chance at community grants

Not-for-profit community groups in Bass Coast have the opportunity to apply for two separate community grant programs this October.

Bass Coast Shire Council and AusNet Services both provide services within the Shire and have applications for community grant programs opening at the same time.

Applications for Round 3 of Council’s Community Grant Program will be open from 1 October to 15 October 2015. Eligible groups can apply for equipment purchases up to $1,000 and funding for other projects up to $2,500.

AusNet Services will also be accepting applications for Community Development Grants from community groups from 1 October to 30 October. The ‘Energising Your Community’ program will award grants of up to $3,000 for eligible projects run by not-for-profit organisations in the Bass Coast.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said Council are pleased that AusNet Services has chosen to partner with Council to offer $20,000 in funds through its community grants program this October.

“This is great news for our community, with an even larger funding pool available to help groups fund projects they have planned for the coming months,” Cr Brown said.

AusNet Services’ Customer and Support Team Manager, John Wills, said that AusNet Services is proud to support community-minded groups that provide sustainable projects.

“Each year, we commit $100,000 in sponsorships and donations to supporting the communities we service across Victoria, Mr Wills said.

“The Bass Coast Shire Council plays a significant role in the community, which is why we’re proud to partner with them to provide a total of $20,000 in community grants to help the development of Bass Coast organisations.

For more information about Council’s Community Grants, contact the Grants Officer on 1300BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or email

Bass Coast Shire Community Grant information and application forms are available at

AusNet Services ‘Energising Your Community’ grants, information and application forms are available at or pick up an application form from one of Council’s Customer Service Centres in Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Grantville or Cowes.