Small Towns Community Celebration Grants

This grant provides funding to community groups who wish to hold celebrations on 23-25 January or 27-29 January.

Greater Shepparton City Council recognises that Australia Day, held on 26 January, remains Australia’s national day, however it is not a day of celebration for all particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

In recognition of this, Council resolved to replace the Australia Day Small Town Grants Program with a Small Towns Community Celebrations Grants Program that provides funding for the Greater Shepparton community to hold their own celebrations on 23-25 January, or 27-29 January.

This grant aims to support and strengthen the community by providing funding for an event that has the capacity to attract the whole community to come together, and celebrate what’s great about our community.

Support will be provided through a grants funding, in-kind support, usage of Council owned event equipment, and marketing and promotion assistance. Funding is only available for events that will be held within the Greater Shepparton municipality.

This grant is currently CLOSED.

For any questions about this grant, please contact Council's Major Events Team on (03) 5832 9700 or email

Full guidelines for this grant are available for download below. If you require assistance with the application process staff are available to help you.

Grant information sessions are conducted at various times during the year.

Note: If an application is approved, a grant may vary from the sum applied for. Grants will be determined after all applications have been received and assessed according to the intention of the Small Town Community Celebration Grants and the eligibility of the application.


Past recipients

Australia Day / Acknowledgement Ceremonies 2023

Organisation Event Grant awarded (No GST)
Tatura Australia Day Committee Tatura Australia Day $3,000
Murchison Australia Day Committee Murchison Australia Day $3,000
Kiwanis Club of Mooroopna Mooroopna Australia Day $1,340
Dookie CWA Dookie Australia Day $800
Arcadia Committee of Management Arcadia Australia Day $500
TOTAL   $8,640