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Grant applications set to get easier
August 28, 2020

Bidding for grant money for a community project invariably includes hours spent preparing, form-filling, checking, double checking – and days spent worrying and wondering with all fingers crossed.

But a new grant-application process is set to make funding Wellington Shire’s not-for-profit organisations smooth and simple.

Wellington Shire Council has adopted SmartyGrants, the nation’s most-used online grants-administration system.

From Tuesday 1 September, community grant applications will be able to be made via the Wellington Shire Council website, using the online system.

SmartyGrants is popular for a reason – it makes applying for a grant a straight path: from having a great community project idea to funding it.

SmartyGrants’ clever application form helps applicants get their grant proposals right – first time. Handy prompts remind you to answer a question and will even tell you if an answer makes your application ineligible.

Your application can be shared online among your team-members, via a secure log in, so everyone can contribute.  

Every submission is kept in one place, too. No more misplacing paperwork and you can refer to previous applications easily.

Wellington Shire Council Mayor Alan Hall noted that SmartyGrants makes it much easier for groups to fill out a grant application.

“And Council is still here to help,” Cr Hall said. “Talk to our Grants Officer if you have a funding idea - our Quick Response Grants are available all year round.”

For queries about SmartyGrants, please contact the Grants Officer on 1300 366 244 or email

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