Community Strengthening Grants

Council has awarded Community Strengthening Grants to 16 Golden Plains community groups in Round One of the 2022 program. Round Two opens on 1 September 2022 and closes on 30 September 2022.
Community Strengthening Grants Round Two 2022

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 April 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. 

The overall program has a maximum budget, where there was no dedicated fund to any individual stream. However, during the assessment process consideration will be made to the variety of applications to accommodate for a reasonable spread across the themes based on being appropriate to deliver on the community need.

There is now one guildeline that incorporates all four funding streams. To view Council's Community Strengthening Grants overall Grant Guidelines, click here.

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

Council Planning and Grants Officer 

Phone: 5220 7111

The recipients of the first round of Council's Community Strengthening Grants 2022 are:

Environment and Sustainability
Ross Creek Landcare Group

Ross Creek Landcare Group were awarded a Community Strengthening Grant of $5,500 for a project to build a Bridge over Ross Creek Reserve. 

Friends of the Woady Landcare Group

Friends of the Woady Landcare Group were awarded a Community Strengthening grant of $2,284.75 for the Smythesdale Woady Yaloak River Community Project. 

Inverleigh Golf Club

Inverleigh Golf Club were awarded a Community Strengthening Grant of $3,100 for the Chipper Project. 

Geelong Landcare Network Inc

Geelong Landcare Network Inc were awarded a Community Strengthening Grant of $3,500 for the Wildlife Hollows and Nesting Box Building Workshops project. 

Healthy Active Living
Ross Creek Tennis Club Incorporated

Ross Creek Tennis Club Incorporated were awarded a Community Strengthening Grant of $3,120 for the Ross Creek Social Pickle Ball project. 

Haddon Community Learning Centre Inc

Haddon Community Learning Centre Inc were awarded a Community Strengthening Grant of $4,480 for the Blue Collar White Collar High Vis Meals - Healthy Eating at Work project. 

Golden Plains Art Inc

Golden Plains Art Inc were awarded a Community Strengthening Grant of $2,900 for the Journal to the Shelf workshop. 

Bannockburn Inclusive

Bannockburn Inclusive were awarded a Community Strengthening Grant of $2,645 for bus trip and outing to the Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Community Safety
Napoleons Memorial Hall

Napoleons Memorial Hall were awarded a Community Strengthening Grant of $7,628 to heat Napoleons Hall. 

Woady Yaloak Historical Society Inc.

Woady Yaloak Historical Society Inc were awarded a Community Strengthening Grant of $2,645.37 for an upgrade to Market Equipment. 

Bicycle Network Incorporated

Bicycle Network Incorporated were awarded a Community Strengthening Grant of $5,000 for the Great Vic Bike Ride 2022.

Creative Community
Linton and District Historical Society Inc

Linton and District Historical Society Inc were awarded a Community Strengthening Grant of $10,000 for Stage Two of the restoration of the Linton Library.

Golden Plains Art Inc.

Golden Plains Art Inc were awarded a Community Strengthening Grant of $7,167.50 for the Echoing Landscape: A creative learning experience. 

Inverleigh Historical Society

The Inverleigh Historical Society, a sub-committee of the Inverleigh Public Hall Committee was awarded a Community Strengthening Grant of $5,416 for the Inverleigh Community Stories project.  

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