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COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants

Golden Plains Shire Council has launched a new grant program to help the community respond to the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, now that restrictions are easing.

The COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants program is designed to fund activities that will assist community groups adapt and recover from these changes, with a total funding pool of $35,000 and up to $4,000 available per application. Grants are available in two categories:

  • Operating in COVID Environment Grant

This grant will assist community organisations and groups to 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 One of the program open on 12 January, and close on 1 February 2021 or until all funds are allocated. All applications must be submitted online at

Community groups seeking more information on the program are encouraged to contact Council’s Community Services Admin Support Officer on (03) 5220 7109 or email



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
  • Residencies.

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

Grant Guidelines



Community Strengthening Grants provide grants of up to $10,000 to community groups for projects that provide outcomes for the benefit of the community. Funding must be matched by the applicant organisation on a minimum $1 for $1 basis (your group matches the amount requested). The second round of Council's 2020 Community Strengthening Grants closed on 21 September 2020. You can read about the successful recipients here.

Community Strengthening Grants are available in the following 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. 

Grant Guidelines

Creative Community:

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.

Grant Guidelines

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.

Grant Guidelines

Community Safety:

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. 

Grant Guidelines


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.

Non-council grants

Sporting Grants

Residents and groups in Golden Plains also have access to grants provided by other levels of government. Learn more here.

Business grants

Both State and Federal Governments offer a wide range of information and services for small and home based businesses, including advice about grants available for your business and the process to obtain them. 

Arts Grants

Arts groups are encouraged to apply for a Community Strengthening Grant for upcoming projects. Investigate other funding opportunities by visiting these links: 

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Tuesday, 12 January 2021 - 8:45am


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.