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?
Applications are now open for the first round of Golden Plains Shire Council’s Community Strengthening Grants Program 2021. For an overview of the program for 2021, click here.
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.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please read the grant guidelines for each category carefully before beginning your application. You should speak with an officer from Golden Plains Shire Council before submitting your application. Submissions received by applicants who have not spoken with an officer will not be accepted. See the guidelines for contact details relevant to each category.
Plan, research and gather information required for your application.
When you are ready to apply, click on the apply link. Only Online applications will be accepted.
For more information about the Community Strengthening Grants Program please contact:
Community Partnerships Officer
Phone: 5220 7220
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
Following a successful first round earlier this year, Council has opened its COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants for a second round.
Supported by the Victorian Government’s Community Activation and Social Isolation Initiative (CASI) Program, the grants are designed to fund activities that will assist community groups adapt and recover from the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants are available in two categories:
Operating in COVID Environment Grant
This grant will assist community organisations and groups build their capacity to operate in a COVID-safe environment, and can go towards expenses that help community groups deliver their existing and new services or programs in line with COVID-19 restrictions. Grants of up to $1,000 are available in this category.
Community Engage, Connect and Recover Initiatives
Funding of up to $4,000 is available in this category to support community organisations deliver new or existing projects, programs and activities that will help Golden Plains Shire communities to recover from COVID-19.
All activities must comply with the latest health and Victorian Government restrictions, as detailed in the below links:
Applications for Round Two grants are open from 9am, Monday 15 March, 2021 and close at 5pm, Monday 5 April, 2021 or until all funds are allocated. All applications must be submitted online at goldenplains.smartygrants.com.au.
Community groups seeking more information on the program are encouraged to contact Council's Community Development Officer at 5220 7227 or email email@example.com.
The COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants program is part of Council’s participation in the Community Activation and Social Isolation Initiative (CASI) program, and is supported by the Victorian Government.
Creative Communities Quick Response Professional Development Grants
Quick Response Professional Development Grants are intended to assist Golden Plains professional artists to take up professional development or small project opportunities at short notice.
This can include reimbursement of registration fees or associated costs, or towards the purchase of program resources relating to an applicant’s participation in:
- Cultural or heritage conferences;
- Professional or skills development programs;
- Arts mentorships; or
Council has designed this program to be responsive to projects that fall outside the scope of other funding opportunities, such as Council’s Community Strengthening Grants and other external programs. The grant program is open to applications on an ongoing basis until all funds are expended, with applicants able to apply for amounts of up to $500.
If you have any questions, or need to discuss your application prior to submitting, please contact Council's Arts and Culture Advisor at 5220 7212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.