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Professional Development Subsidy 2020-21

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Professional Development Subsidy

Building capacity within the community sector is a key goal of City of Melbourne’s Community Grants and Partnerships Framework .

The professional development subsidy allows local not for profit community organisations to nominate professional development opportunities that will enhance the delivery of outcomes for the community.

Organisations can nominate workshops, training sessions, structured mentoring, conference attendance or other type of professional development opportunity for subsidy through this fund.


To be eligible to apply for this subsidy applications must be from;

  • A not-for-profit community organisation on behalf of an employee, board/committee member or volunteer; and
  • An organisation that is based in and provides services to the City of Melbourne community.

Conditions of subsidy

  • City of Melbourne will subsidise up to 100 per cent of the cost of the proposed professional development opportunity to a maximum of $800 per application.
  • Organisations are eligible for subsidies of up to a maximum of $2000 per year.
  • You will need to demonstrate the impact this opportunity will have for the  participant (the participant is the person who will be undertaking the professional development opportunity), your organisation and the community.
  • Related costs such as transport, food or salaries cannot be subsidised.
  • Funds will be paid to the applicant organisation. City of Melbourne reserves the right to make alternative financial arrangements (for example if several organisations wish to attend the same opportunity and a group buy discount applies).
  • If the participant does not attend the professional development opportunity, the subsidy must be repaid to the City of Melbourne.
  • A short acquittal report will be requested post-event, and proof of expenditure will need to be provided.

Application process

  • Applications can be made at any time, but should be made at least eight weeks ahead of the professional development opportunity.
  • Applications are assessed on a quarterly basis with cut-off dates being
    • 30 April 2020 for opportunities taking place after 1 June 2020
    • 25 July 2020 for opportunities taking place after 1 September 2020
    • 16 October 2020 for opportunities taking place after 1 December 2020
    • 15 January 2021 for opportunities taking place after 1 March 2021