Community Strengthening Grants

Applications for Round Two 2023 Community Strengthening Grants Program are now closed.
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Council's Community Strengthening Grants Program has been a valuable source of financial support for local events, projects and programs in Golden Plains Shire communities for 26 years. There are two rounds of grants each year, with applications open annually during the months of March and September.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available in four streams:

  • The Environment and Sustainability stream offers grants to assist incorporated groups and organisations to undertake environmental and sustainability projects on publicly accessible land within Golden Plains Shire.
  • The Creative Community stream is available to assist incorporated groups and organisations to undertake arts and culture projects within Golden Plains Shire that directly benefit the Golden Plains Shire Community.
  • The Healthy Active Living stream is available to assist incorporated groups and organisations undertake sport, recreation, health and wellbeing projects that directly benefit the Golden Plains Shire Community.
  • The Community Safety stream is available to assist incorporated groups and organisations to undertake projects within Golden Plains Shire which increase the community's capacity, resilience and connection to plan for, rebuild and recover from emergencies or ongoing risks.

Groups must match the amount of funding sought, either in cash or through volunteer in-kind contributions, such as volunteer work on the project. 

To view Council's Community Strengthening Grants overall Grant Guidelines, click here.

For more information about the Community Strengthening Grants Program please contact:

Community Development and Grants Officer 

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 5220 7111

2023 Round 2 Community Strengthening Grants Recipients

Council awarded almost $80,000 in grant funding to successful groups to deliver 13 projects.

The recipients of the second round of Council’s Community Strengthening Grants 2023 are:

Community Group Project Name Grant Category Grant Amount
The Bop Arts Co-op Ltd Reactive The BOP Workshops Creative Community $10,000
Smythesdale Community Arts and Music Fiesta Smythesdale Community Arts and Music Fiesta 2024 Creative Community $6,877
Trust for Nature (Victoria) Working together to heal Country - Dog Rocks Reserve Environment and Sustainability $10,000
Meredith Community Centre Inc. Seniors Out and About Healthy Active Living $7,000
Smythesdale Craft and Cuppa Craft and Cuppa Program 2024 Healthy Active Living $1,500
Inverleigh Senior Citizens Club Inc. Inverleigh Seniors Community Engagement Healthy Active Living $7,000
Haddon Community Learning Centre Inc. Chairs, Tables, and Trolley Replacement and Upgrade Healthy Active Living $7,170
Golden Plains VEX Robotics Club Golden Plains VEX Robotics Club Healthy Active Living $8,082
Golden Oldies Mens Activity Group Golden Oldies Mens Activity Group Healthy Active Living $7,000
Shelford Community Garden Shelford Community Garden Healthy Active Living $1,936
Smythesdale Cemetery Trust Safety Barriers at Smythesdale Cemetery Community Safety $920
Shelford Public Hall Reserve Committee of Management Carpark Undergrowth Clean Up Community Safety $8,646
Cape Clear Recreation Reserve Extreme Weather Days Community Safety $1,971

 

2023 Round 1 Community Strengthening Grants Recipients

In the first round of Community Strengthening Grants for 2023, Council awarded a combined $30,241 to eight successful community groups to deliver eight projects with a combined total project value of $64,757 (across the eight projects) to local communities across Golden Plains.  

The recipients of the first round of Council’s Community Strengthening Grants 2023 are:

Community Group  Project Name Grant Category  Grant Amount
Woady Yaloak Historical Society Historical Themed Mural Creative Community  $5000
St Mary MacKillop Catholic Primary Schoool Indigenous Community Connections Project Creative Community $7000
Geelong Landcare Network Wildlife Hollows and Nesting Box Workshops Environment and Sustainability  $3200 
Smythesdale Cemetery Trust Gorse Removal at Smythesdale Cemetery  Environment and Sustainability  $1500 
Moorabool Valley Masters Football Club Goal Post Safety Padding Healthy Active Living  $2126
Haddon Community Learning Centre  Haddon Community Learning Centre Kitchen Fridge/Freezer Replacement  Healthy Active Living  $3635
Cape Clear Recreation Reserve Solstice Bonfire Healthy Active Living $1180
Inverleigh RSL Sub-Branch  Inverleigh RSL Sub-Branch Internal and External Painting Healthy Active Living  $6600

 

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