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Grants and funding opportunities

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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

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

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. 

For more information on the Community Strengthening Grants Program, click here.

Apply 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:

Round One

Round Two


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.

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Thursday, 25 November 2021 - 10:32am


Golden Plains Shire spans the Traditional lands of the Wadawurrung and Eastern Maar people. Council acknowledges them as the traditional Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders and Eastern Maar Elders past, present and emerging. Council extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ppeople who are part of Golden Plains Shire.