Grant Funding Program

Grant Funding Program

The City of Bunbury provides funding for a range of programs, events and activities each year to enhance the community and economy. The Grant Program aims to be thorough yet transparent and enable a range of quality and diverse events to take place, with the aim to support and help build the capacity of Bunbury-based community groups and organisations through quality training and skill development opportunities.

There are five categories to choose from (guidelines attached)

Arts (for individuals up to $1000)

Community (available for capital projects worth up to $25,000 or one-off projects up to $5000)

Events and CBD Seasonal Events (available for minor events up to $15,000 or major events up to $40,000 along with CBD Seasonal Event up to $15,000)

Major Community Events​​ (up to $40,000 between two applicants for and ongoing three-year period)

How to apply 

The City of Bunbury uses an online grant application service powered by SmartyGrants. To apply online visit  and register an account. If you need more help using the application form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out the Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).​​

Before submitting a proposal, applicants should be familiar with the grant guidelines relevant to the category in which they are applying. Please be advised that applications which do not meet the closing dates or eligibility criteria will not be assessed. 

For further information contact the Grants Officer on 9792 7033 or   

A total of $390,150 was available to distribute to grant funding in the 2021/22 budget, which was made up from the following categories and their budgets.

  1. CBD Summer Events - $15,000

  2. Events - $257,475

  3. Community - $122,175

  4. Arts - $10,500

View the list of successful events & project for the City’s grant funding program here​.​​​​​


Minor Community Grant

Minor Community Grants are small, one off grants that are provided to eligible individuals or community organisations. Funds are allocated in accordance with the City’s annual budget with grants open to applicants all year round, until all funds in this allocation have been exhausted. There are three categories to select from:

Category 1: Events/programs (up to $500)

Category 2: Achievement (up to $350)

Category 3: Capacity & Skill Building (up to $200)

Applications for minor grant funding will only be considered if they meet all of the eligibility criteria as outlined in the Minor Community Grant Guidelines. ​​​

To apply via Smartygrants please click here.​​

For further information, please contact the Grants Officer or 9792 7033.​

Grant Finder 

The City of Bunbury Grant Finder is an online databased filled with over 700 grants available to Bunbury based non-profit groups/clubs/organisations and over 500 grants available to Bunbury businesses.  Check to see which funding you may be eligible for by clicking here. 

The Funding Centre

The Funding Centre is the best place to go to get information on grants and fundraising in Australia.

To go to The Funding Centre website click here.

The website and associated tools and newsletters are an initiative of Our Community, a world-leading social enterprise that provides advice, tools and training for Australia’s 600,000 community groups, as well as services for business, government and the general public.​ 

Grant Funding Manual

The City of Bunbury has put together a Grant Funding Manual that covers the key steps to securing grant funding, from developing your project plan through to finding funds, applying for funding and managing the grant. Download a copy here

Risk Assessment Guide

All grant recipients are required to complete an event risk assessment. We’ve prepared a Risk Assessment Guide to help you consider a range of scenarios you may need to plan for prior to your event. 


Please download the logos below for use on City of Bunbury sponsored events and projects. For queries or alternative formats please contact the Public Relations team on 9792 7000.

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