Rainbow Community Fund



We support local organisations and projects in the Ballarat and Pyrenees shire communities that contribute to the greater good of the region.

In acknowledgement of the continuous community support over the last 21 years, in 2014 the Rainbow Community Fund was started to extend our own community spirit back to residents of the shires we now call home. Every purchase amount of the Rainbow Souvenir programs at the festival goes into the grants scheme. Thanks to Rainbow patrons in 2017 we donated a total of $15,000 to seven recipients and have the same funding pool to award this yea

We are now calling for nominations from individuals and organisations with projects making a positive difference at the local level in areas of:

  • Music
  • Arts
  • Environment
  • Community

​Through our grants we aim to:

  • create professional development opportunities that are otherwise unavailable in the region for creative industries
  • provide funding for essential services or projects often poorly resourced in rural areas
  • encourage community participation or engagement.

If you know someone, or a group, working hard to make the world an all-around better place in Ballarat and/or the Pyrenees Shires, we’d love you to tell us about them. You can even nominate yourself!

Please click here for grant application forms.

Nominations close November 24 and winners will be notified by phone and email on 05 January 2018.

2017 Recipients

Highlands Landcare needed money for a new cage trailer to conduct weed removal in the shires so we were more than happy to fund their $2500 purchase.

Buninyong Sustainability/Friends of Royal Park are raising funds for Ballarat’s first electric car charging station and we contributed $2,500 to this environmental cause.

Food is Free Ballarat is the passion project of a wonderful individual growing and providing free fresh produce for locals in need- although small, we’ve been informed the $500 grant had a massive impact.

Meals for change is a café meals program operating across nine Ballarat small businesses providing young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with access to subsidised nutritious meals in a community setting. The $1500 Rainbow grant will fund additional meals for homeless youth in the region.

Beaufort Brass Band Refurbishment Fund received $2000 towards the cost of replacing and repairing instruments used for public events and ceremonies. While it may not be the kind of music we showcase at Rainbow, this organisation has been contributing to the local community for 130 years and deserve our wholehearted support!

The Big Avoca Do is an event showcasing local music and arts in the Pyrenees Shire and were stoked to receive $1000 of funding to continue their mission to support creatives in the region, The Pyrenees Arts Council will now be able to bring significant artists and works to Beaufort after we provided $1500 funding to purchase a security alarm system to protect valuable art.

The Rainbow Arts and Culture Foundation acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which our organisation is located and where we conduct our business.
We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present.
Rainbow Arts and
Culture Foundation