Small Towns Festive Grants (Decorations)

The Small Town Festive Grants program provides grants for up to ten small towns in Greater Shepparton to enable local community organisations to purchase and install festive decorations such as lighting, Christmas trees, signage and banners.

Applications for funding under this scheme will be available online from 5:00pm Friday 8 July 2016 and must be submitted before 5:00pm Friday 5 August 2016.

The funding is available to a population centre in Greater Shepparton with less than 10,000 people. This includes the following small towns; however other localities may also apply:

  • Congupna
  • Dookie
  • Katandra West
  • Merrigum
  • Mooroopna
  • Murchison
  • Tallygaroopna
  • Toolamba
  • Tatura
  • Undera

A limit of $2,000 applies to each grant from each area. Only one grant application per area/township will be accepted.


  • Grants will not be made to individuals
  • Groups should be not-for-profit and will generally be an incorporated body, although not having a certificate of incorporation does not make a group ineligible to apply. In this situation, the group applying for the grant will need to nominate another incorporated not-for-profit Community Group, Organisation or Club in Greater Shepparton willing to manage the grant funds (or “auspice the grant”) on their behalf. If you are considering making an application as an unincorporated body, please contact Council prior to making your application.
  • Funding is not available for festive installations where installation contravenes Council policy.
  • Funding is only available for festive installations.  Events or activities cannot be funded by this program. The purchase of festive items can include the hire of contractors or equipment used to install the purchased items; however majority of the funds are to be allocated to the purchase of items and not to installation costs.

All applications will be assessed against the following funding criteria:

  • meets Council Plan objectives
  • identified community need
  • increases community involvement and participation
  • addresses safety and risk issues
  • clearly identified project scope and outcomes
  • clearly defined project management
  • proven track record to comply with Councils financial requirements and acquittals for grants in the last 3 years
  • project must occur between 17 August 2016 and 31 December 2016.

Council will not fund:

  • retrospective funding, e.g. projects that have already started or have been completed
  • individuals
  • groups and or organisations that operate for profit
  • fundraising activities
  • projects that are clearly a duplication of an existing service
  • groups which are not incorporated
  • groups which do not have an Australian Business Number (ABN) (however, groups that do not have an ABN can receive a grant via an auspice body)
  • politically based organisations or those who operate principally as a lobby group
  • groups who are in debt to Council
  • prize money and awards
  • groups that receive direct income from electronic gaming machines.

Successful applicants agree to be present for the announcement of recipients of the Small Towns Festive Grants with Councillors in attendance (date to be announced). If persons directly involved with the application are unable to attend another representative from the community are welcome in their place.

Upon completion of a project funded by the Small Towns Festive Grant recipients will provide Council with a written acquittal report by 31 January 2017 including supporting documentation such as photographs of installations and a financial statement supported by copies of invoices or receipts. 

Important Dates

  • Round opens 8 July 2016
  • Round closes 5 August 2016
  • Acquittals due 31 January 2017


Round 1 2016/2017 is now closed.

Use the Online Grants Help Guide to get a better understanding of how to submit your online grant. Assistance can be requested to lodge your application.

To assist with the approval of your application please provide attachments relevant to support your group’s vision for the festive decorations detailed in your application. Pictures of materials or products you have sourced together with photographs of potential sites for these decorations to be placed will assist the committee in assessing the viability of your application.

Successful applicants will be notified around the middle of September 2016.

Prior to submitting your application, it is strongly advised that you discuss your application with a Council representative. Please contact Council's Business and Industry Development team via phone on 03 5832 9846 or via email.

Acquitting for your Small Town Festive Grant

Acquitting is a mandatory part of the Small Town Festive Grant process. The Acquittal Form provides details to Council about how the grant money was spent and the outcomes of the project. Acquittal forms are completed online and must be returned to Council within 30 days of the completion of the project or by 31 January 2017, whichever is earlier.

The online acquittal form for Small Town Festive Grants will be available at a later date.