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Council's New Community Grants Program

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Wednesday, 4 March 2020 - 5:15pm

Golden Plains Shire Council is excited to announce its revamped Community Grants Program.

After an extensive review and consultation on its existing program, Council will deliver two new programs: Community Strengthening Grants and Small Grants.

Community Strengthening Grants which will comprise of four categories:

  • Healthy Active Living – to support recreation, sport, health and wellbeing projects
  • Creative Community – to support arts and culture projects
  • Environment and Sustainability – to support projects that improve the environment
  • Community Safety – to support projects that equip communities to be safe and resilient

The Community Strengthening Grants will be available in two rounds each year, with funding of up to $10,000 available. Community groups must match the amount of funding sought, either in cash or through in-kind contributions, such as volunteer work on the project.

The first round of Community Strengthening Grants for 2020 will open on 1 April 2020 and close on 30 April 2020. The second round for 2020 will open on 1 September 2020 and close 30 September 2020.

Small Grants of up to $1,000 will be available to support events and youth projects. These grants have no requirement for matching funds, and will be available all year, subject to remaining funds. Small Grants will become available from 1 July 2020.

All applications for both grant programs must be submitted online at

To learn more about the new program and how community groups can apply, Golden Plains Shire Council is holding two information sessions:

  • 6.30pm, Thursday 12 March – Bannockburn Cultural Centre, 27 High Street, Bannockburn
  • 6.30pm, Thursday 19 March – The Well, 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale

To register for one of the information sessions, contact Council’s Community Partnership Officer at 5220 7220 or email [email protected].

Community groups wishing to find out more information on the new grants program, information sessions or to discuss an application, can also contact Council’s Community Partnership Officer at 5220 7220 or email [email protected].

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Tuesday, 10 March 2020 - 5:00pm


Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.