City of Bayswater Community Grants Program

  • The City of Bayswater's Community Grants Program is made up of four funding streams:

    1. Better Bayswater Grant
    2. Community Capital Requests
    3. Community Events Grants
    4. Donations

    Visit the links displayed on the left of this page for more information on each funding stream.

    Note: Applicants can apply for one of the four funding streams per financial year.

    The Community Grants Program funding streams are separate to other funding the City provides i.e. in-kind support for town centre events, seed funding for town centre events, fee waivers (as approved by Council) etc. Applicants are welcome to apply for other grants outside the Community Grants Program, within the same financial year.

  • Better Bayswater Grant funding is available to deliver programs, projects and activities which meet at least one of the three priority areas:

    (a)    Health and wellbeing

    (b)   Support for vulnerable people

    (c)   Community connection

    Applications for Round 1 for the Better Bayswater Grant 2024/2025 will open 1 October and close 31 October.

    Please refer to the Information Form below for more details on eligibility criteria and applying for the Better Bayswater Grant.

    Information Form

    Better Bayswater Grant Applications are now completed through Smarty Grants.

    Apply Now through SmartYGrants

    Printed application forms are available upon request. 

    If you are applying for this grant through an auspicing body, please complete the Auspice Organisation Application Form and submit as part of your application. Please complete the form and return via email to 

    If you would like to know more about the Better Bayswater Grant, contact 9270 4122 or 

  • Community Capital Works Requests Applications for 2024/25 are now closed.

    This grant is offered annually as part of the Bayswater Grants Program for the City of Bayswater community and sporting not-for-profit organisations planning to improve City-owned facilities and infrastructure.

    Applications for 25/26 open 4 November 2024.

    • Please note, all applications received are considered on a case-by-case basis and a received application does not guarantee funding.
    • Organisations are ineligible for funding if they were successful in 2024/25.
    • All applications received will be assessed with funding for any approved projects considered as part of the 2025/26 budget.
    • If the organisation has a lease with the City, the organisation must obtain approval from the President or Executive Officer of the Association or Committee named in the lease agreement, prior to submitting an application.
    • Applicants are required to discuss its submission with a City Project Officer prior to seeking quotes and submitting an application.


    If you require further information, contact Project Services on (08) 9208 2427 or at

  • The aim of the Community Events Grant is to increase the capacity of not-for-profit community groups, clubs or businesses to deliver an event based in the City of Bayswater which is of benefit to City residents, businesses or both and is aligned to the City of Bayswater Strategic Community Plan aspirations, outcomes or strategies.

    The City encourages and supports community events that innovatively celebrate music, art, cultural diversity, and our multicultural community. Grant applications that take priority include free community events in public open spaces such as markets, multicultural celebrations, art and cultural events, movie screenings, concerts, children’s festivals and Pride events.

    The City of Bayswater Community Events Grant offers up to $5,000 in funding for community events. Funding over $5,000 is available, however is subject to Council approval. 

    Community Events Grant applications are now open all year round.

    Please read all details in the information form below before completing your application.

    Information Form

    Community Events Grant applications are now completed through Smarty Grants.

    Apply Now through SmartyGrants

    For further information, contact the City's Coordinator Events on 9272 0694.

    Frequently asked questions

    What type of funding opportunities does the City provide throughout the financial year under its Community Grants Program?

    The City has four types of funding streams under its Community Grants Program that the community can apply for throughout each financial year; Better Bayswater Grant, Donations, Capital Requests Grant and Community Events Grant. Information about these funding opportunities can be found on the City's website.

    When can I apply for the Community Events Grant?

    Community Events Grant applications are open year round. Applications will open at the beginning of each financial year and close when funds are exhausted.

    Why does the City provide these Community Events Grants?

    The City values and strives to provide opportunities to partner with the community to deliver positive community outcomes which are consistent with, and complement, the City's strategic vision. The City encourages and supports the Community Events Grant funding to innovatively respond to social disadvantage, protection of the natural or built environment, partnerships, community development and capacity building.

    Why does the proposed event application need to provide a benefit to local businesses?

    Due to the impacts that COVID-19 has had on our community and local economy, the City of Bayswater is committed to supporting the recovery of its community and local businesses through an array of initiatives, including its Community Events Grant. The City has therefore made some amendments to its Community Events Grant criteria to ensure priority is given to grant applications that directly or indirectly assist in the recovery of local businesses.

    Can I apply for funding more than once in a financial year?

    Funds are only available to an organisation, club, group or business once per financial year across the City's four Community Grants Program funding categories, which are Better Bayswater Grant, Donations, Capital Requests Grant and Community Events Grant. If a group has already received funding this financial year under any one of those categories, they are ineligible to apply for any further City funding until next financial year.

    If I have received previous funding from the City do I need to do anything different?

    If you have previously applied for funding from the City (i.e. Better Bayswater Grant, Donation or Capital Requests Grant) you will need to use the relevant Community Events Grant application form and understand the processes and criteria that apply to this specific grant. These can be found on the City's website, from City libraries or by contacting the relevant person on the number listed below.

    Is funding from the City's Community Grants Program separate to other City funding sources available?

    Yes. The four types of funding streams under the City's Community Grants Program (Better Bayswater Grant, Donations, Capital Requests Grant and Community Events Grant) are separate to other funding the City provides, i.e. in-kind support for town centre events, seed funding for town centre events, fee waivers (as approved by Council) etc.

    How long does it take to get a decision?

    Once applications close, the City will take up to 45 working days to assess all applications received. In the event that this timeframe be extended, applicants will be informed in writing of the delay and revised assessment timeframe. Each applicant will be notified of their grant application outcome. Please take into account the event grant processing timeline and the promotional time line when selecting your event date

    To allow for the appropriate time for approval and promotion of the event, applications under $5,000 must be submitted four months before the event date. If the amount requested is in excess of $5,000, then it will require Council approval which will delay the assessment. Applications over $5,000 must be submitted five months before the event date.

    How can I calculate in-kind/voluntary labour?

    Voluntary labour can be calculated at the following rates:
    Unskilled: $22/hour: General work is being undertaken where no recognised qualification is required.
    Skilled: $35/hour: A person with a recognised qualification specific to the work being undertaken e.g. tradesperson, chef, arborist etc.
    Professional: $50/hour: A person with a formal tertiary qualification specific to the work to be undertaken i.e. architectural, legal, engineering, surveying work or similar.

  • The City of Bayswater welcomes requests for donations from eligible persons, clubs or groups. If you would like to submit a request for a donation, your request must align to one or more of these categories:

    • Persons*/groups/local schools/sporting clubs/not-for-profit organisations
    • Community donations
    • Charities
    • Community club capital requests
    • Reduced charges for community venues.

    The City receives many donation requests each year and unfortunately it is not possible to support them all. Please note applying does not automatically guarantee the donation will be approved by the City. If you would like to apply for a donation, please complete the Donation Request Form and submit it to the City.

    Community Donations - Information and Application Form

    If you are seeking an individual donation for a City of Bayswater resident attending a representative event, please complete a Donation Request Form - for Individuals below.

    Donation Request Application Form - for Individuals

    If you require assistance with your application, please contact the City's Donation Contact Officer, on (08) 9272 0674.  

    Please return your completed form to the City of Bayswater:

    In person:         61 Broun Avenue, Morley 6062
    Post:                  PO Box 467 Morley, WA 6943

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