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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). Community Strengthening Grants are currently open. Applications close May 15 2020. A second round will open on September 1 2020 and close on September 30 2020.

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


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 provided under each of the categories above. Online applications only accepted.  



Small Grants of up to $1,000 will be available from 1 July 2020. No matched funding will be required and they will be open all year until the budget has been expended. 



‘Healthy Eating and Active Living’ grants launched on 1 July 2018, and are available to community groups to the value of $500. These grants are available all year round for not for profit community groups to undertake projects or activities which encourage healthy eating and physical activity within the Shire. Learn more here.

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 Grant for upcoming projects. Community Grants are open in February each year. Investigate funding opportunities by visiting these links: 

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Monday, 6 April 2020 - 8:31am


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.