Grants and funding opportunities
There are a number of funding opportunities available to groups, committees and residents across the Shire.
COMMUNITY STRENGTHENING GRANTS
Is your Golden Plains community group looking for funding for a project or program?
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 usually opening in April and September.
Grants of up to $10,000 are available in four categories:
Environment and Sustainability
The Environment and Sustainability Grants Program offers grants to assist incorporated groups, organisations and individuals to undertake environmental and sustainability projects on public and private land within Golden Plains Shire.
Creative Community Grants are available to assist incorporated group and organisations to undertake arts and culture projects within Golden Plains Shire that directly benefit the Golden Plains Shire Community.
Healthy Active Living
Healthy Active Living Grants are available to assist incorporated groups and organisations undertake sport, recreation, health and wellbeing projects that directly benefit the Golden Plains Shire Community.
Community Safety Grants are available assist incorporated groups and organisations to undertake projects within Golden Plains Shire which increase the community's capacity, resilience and connection to plan for, deal with and recover from emergencies or ongoing risks.
To view Council's Community Strengthening Grants overall Project Guidelines, click here.
If you are an individual or unincorporated organisation applying for a grant, you will need an Auspice Organisation to formalise the funding arrangement. You can download the Auspice Agreement Form here, to be uploaded as part of your application.
For more information on the Community Strengthening Grants Program, including successful recipients of Round One 2021 and upcoming Round Two information sessions, click here.
For more information about the Community Strengthening Grants Program please contact:
Community Partnerships Officer
Phone: 5220 7220
Email: [email protected]
Community Services Administration Officer
Phone: 5220 7109
You can read about the successful recipients of last year's second round here.
COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants
Supported by the Victorian Government’s Community Activation and Social Isolation Initiative (CASI) Program, the COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants are designed to fund activities that will assist community groups adapt and recover from the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over two rounds in 2021, Council supported 39 groups with grants totalling $66,935 to fund community projects across Golden Plains Shire. You can read more about the recipients of each round at the links below:
A Small Grants program will be introduced to fund events and youth projects once COVID-19 restrictions are eased. No matched funding will be required and they will be open all year until the budget has been expended.
Recognising Citizens who take part in State or National level Competition
Council would like to recognise any citizens who achieve State team selection or above (ie National), and/ or any citizen who wins at State level or above via a presentation at the monthly Council meetings. For more information please call the Recreation department on 5220 7142. Learn more here.