What is Leader Local Grants?

Leader Local Grants is an initiative by Leader Community News. $1,000 micro grants are being provided to help support ideas that will improve your local community.  

If you have an idea that will cost a maximum of $5,000 to fund, you can apply for a $1,000 grant. Once your idea has been checked it will be uploaded to the Leader Local Grants website for the duration of the application period where it can be viewed and commented on. Up to ten (10) ideas for each Leader masthead will then be short-listed for voting – your friends and neighbours can support your idea by voting for it during the voting period. The idea with the most votes in each Leader paper area will receive the funding.

How many Leader Local Grants are being awarded?

In each grant cycle, up to $26,000 worth of grants can be awarded. This is broken down into 26 grants of up to $1,000 (one for each of Leader’s 26 mastheads) plus one Toyota Hi-Ace Van.

Applications and voting dates for the seventh cycle are:

12 June 2017 - 14 July 2017

31 July 2017 - 18 August 2017

Who can apply for a Leader Local Grant?

Leader Local Grants is open to residents of Victoria who are over 18 years of age and eligible community groups in the Leader distribution area of Melbourne. For more information, read our Terms and Conditions.

Can I make an application or vote for an idea if a family member works for Leader?

Yes. As long as your idea complies with our Terms and Conditions, employees of Leader and their family members may participate. 

If I submit my idea or my idea gets funding, does Leader own my idea?

No, any idea you submit is yours, though you will need to agree to certain Terms and Conditions when applying for funding and implementing your idea. 

When can I send in my idea?

You can start sending in your ideas when the grant application cycle opens. Have a look at the dates above for the application and voting timeline.

How do I send in my idea?

Ideas can only be submitted by making an application through our website. You will need to register to create an account and then use this account to send in ideas and vote.

What kinds of ideas are we looking for? 

Anything that you think will make your local community a better place to live. 

We are looking for ideas that are: 

  • Beneficial to your community
  • Achievable
  • Constructive
  • Ready to go

All applications must comply with our Terms and Conditions

How detailed should my budget be? 

We only need to know about the budget relating to your specific project idea. We need to know how you would spend the $1,000 grant. If your idea costs more than $1,000 we also need to know how you will raise those funds. We do not need to know the whole budget for your community group.

Can I start an application and finish it later?

You can save your application as a draft, but make sure that when you are finished you remember to submit your application by the due date, otherwise you will miss out! 

When putting together your application, make sure you include a budget (a breakdown of what each of the parts of your idea will cost) and show how you will get your idea completed in time.

When I register to apply or to vote, will my details be shared?

Any details you share with us will be used in accordance with our Terms and Conditions and our Privacy Policy.

Where can I get more help with my application?

Potential applicants should have a look at How it Works

Don’t forget to read our Terms and Conditions for rules and regulations.

Which Leader newspaper should I submit my project for?

Your project should be submitted for the local newspaper where you (or the community group if relevant) are based.

How will I know if you’ve received my application?

We will send you a confirmation email to the email address provided.

If you do not receive this confirmation email it means your application has not uploaded successfully and you should re-submit your application again. Please make sure your photo sizes and word limits comply with the website requirements. Failure to do so will mean your application will not successfully upload and your application will not be received.

When will my application be posted online?

Once your application has been assessed to make sure it complies with our  Terms and Conditions, it will be uploaded to the website for the application period where it can be viewed and commented on. A maximum of ten (10) finalists for each local paper in each grant cycle will be short-listed and will remain on the site for voting. Check our Terms and Conditions for more information.

We will notify you by email if your idea is short-listed for voting. 

When will the winning ideas be announced?

Once the voting period is complete, votes will be tallied and the eligible grant recipients will be notified by email. The winning ideas for cycle 8 will be posted on the Leader Local Grants website in week commencing Monday 16 October, 2017. If you are successful you may need to provide additional information to make sure your idea can be carried out. You will also need to sign a grant agreement within a specific timeframe. Further details are available in our Terms and Conditions.

Will the grant for my idea be tax free?

All grants are inclusive of GST. You will need to seek advice about any potential tax implications.

How will I receive my grant?

Grants will be sent out via Electronic Funds Transfer into your nominated bank account (or the bank account of your community organisation).

What is the timeline for implementing my idea and using the grant?

You will have nine (9) months from receipt of your grant to complete and implement your idea. In your application you will need to demonstrate how you will finish your idea in this time frame.

If my application isn’t successful, can I resubmit it in a future grant cycle?

Yes you can. As the application questions differ slightly between the previous cycle and the current cycle, you will need to re-submit your project again.

Can I re-submit my winning idea to receive addtional funding in future cycles?


Who can vote?

Voting is open to all who register to vote on the website, who are 18 or older and live in Victoria.

Check our Terms and Conditions for when voting is open. 

How do I Vote?

To vote, simply register and log in.

Then you should review the ideas in your area, by clicking the "current ideas" link in the top right corner.

Click on the idea that you like, and under their description is a "Vote for this idea" orange box. 

You can assign up to 10 votes for any idea, or share your votes amongst a few.

How many votes do I get?

Each person who registers is allocated ten (10) votes per grant cycle to vote on any idea or ideas they support. 

You must vote through our website.

Any votes left over at the end of each cycle will not be rolled over to the next. 

Can I vote for my own idea?

Absolutely! You can encourage your friends, family and neighbours to vote for it as well. 

Is proxy voting allowed?

No. This is covered in our Terms and Conditions. Any breach of this may end up with your application being disqualified.

If I find a conflict between information in the FAQs and the Terms and Conditions, which one is relevant?

If you happen to find a conflict, please refer to our Terms and Conditions.

Are the Terms and Conditions, the FAQs and the How it Works Information Booklet the same for this cycle as the previous cycle?

No they have all been updated. Please refer to the information for cycle 8. 

Which web browser is best to use?

We have developed this site to work in as many environments as possible with current and recent browsers and in a responsive fashion so as to be as compatible with as many devices as possible. Our intention is to make this site as usable as possible. Unfortunately you are currently unable to submit an application while using the site on an iOS device.

Who can I contact for more information?

Go to our Contact Us page.