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Community Strengthening Grants Program

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Golden Plains Shire Council Community Strengthening Grants Round Two Open

Applications for Round Two of this year’s Community Strengthening Grants Program will open on 1 September, 2021.

Grants of up to $10,000 will be available in four categories:

  • Healthy Active Living – to support recreation, sport, health and wellbeing projects
  • Creative Community – to support arts and culture projects
  • Environment and Sustainability – to support projects that improve the environment
  • Community Safety – to support projects that equip communities to be safe and resilient

Groups must match the amount of funding sought, either in cash or through volunteer in-kind contributions, such as volunteer work on the project. Applications will be open until 12pm, Thursday 30 September, 2021.

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

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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

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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

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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

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To view Council's Community Strengthening Grants overall Project Guidelines, click here.

How To Apply:

To ensure your grant project is eligible, tt is a requirement that you read the grant guidelines for the grant category you are applying for before beginning your application.  

If you would like to better understand which grant category you should apply for please speak with Council’s Community Partnership officer.

Grant applications must be completed online via SmartyGrants. When you are ready to lodge your grant application apply, click on the relevant link under each category or visit the SmartyGrants portal here. Only online applications will be accepted.

Auspice Agreement

If you are an individual or unincorporated organisation applying for a grant, you will need to arrange for an Auspice Organisation to formalise the funding arrangement. You can download the Auspice Agreement Form here. The completed Auspice Agreement is required to be uploaded as part of your grant application.

Download the Auspice Agreement Form

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

Round One 2021 Recipients

In the first round of this year’s grants program, Council awarded a combined $44,531 to the successful groups for twelve projects across four categories: Healthy Active Living; Creative Community; Environment and Sustainability; and Community Safety.

The successful groups were announced to the community at the Council Meeting on Tuesday 29 June, and the recipients were invited to tune into the livestream to hear Councillors read out a statement on each of the successful projects.

In this round, grants were allocated to 11 local organisations, ranging from the newly-established Bannockburn Inclusive social group for elderly residents and those with a disability, to the Inverleigh Primary School Gardening Group. The supported projects include establishing a neighbourhood community safety plan, upgrading community facilities, and supporting local events. Council’s contribution of $44,531 for this year’s first round of grants will deliver $99,062 in total value (across the 12 projects), a return of $2.22 for every $1 invested.

Congratulations to the successful groups (click on each group to read about their project):

Community Safety Grants

Linton and District Progress Association:

Linton and District Progress Association is seeking to establish a Linton neighbourhood plan based on a co-design approach with both the local community and emergency service agencies. Council will provide $6,000 towards the Connecting Community and Leaders program, which will include an Emergency Services Agencies bus tour, community forum, community education resources, film resources and meetings.

Smythesdale Progress Association:

The Smythesdale Progress Association will purchase and install exhaust fans in the free camp shower block at the popular Smythesdale Public Gardens thanks to a Community Safety Grant. The installation of the shower block fan will ensure the facility is compliant and COVIDsafe for both the volunteers who clean and maintain the facility, and the community members who use it. Council is excited to provide $800 towards the Shower Ventilation Project.

Creative Community Grants

Smythesdale Community Planning Group:

The Smythesdale Community Planning Group is seeking to support the development of live music and performances at the Smythesdale Country Market, inspired by the success of the live music at this year’s Smythesdale Arts and Music Fiesta. The Music at the Market project aims to feature local groups, encourage local amateur performers with open mic sessions, and provide residents with opportunities to join community artistic projects. Council is excited to fund this project to the value of $2,300.

Meredith History Interest Group:

The Meredith History Interest Group has been successful in securing a Community Strengthening Grant for its Connecting the Past while looking to the Future project. This project will deliver three historical community events over the next year as a way to reconnect the community of Meredith post-COVID-19 restrictions. The features will include a book launch of ‘The Pubs & Publicans of Meredith 1840-1960’, a photo exhibition on Steiglitz’s gold mining past, and a Lost Trades weekend. Council is proud to support the Meredith History Interest Group with $3,800 towards running the three events.

Smythesdale Arts & Music Community Fiesta:

Council is proud to contribute $5,795 to the Smythesdale Arts & Music Community Fiesta to assist with event support for the popular community event. This funding will go towards performer and artist fees, as well as advertising and equipment hire for the event. This will help increase the viability of the Smythesdale Arts & Music Community Fiesta as a sustainable and established annual event.

Healthy Active Living Grants

Bannockburn Inclusive:

Bannockburn Inclusive is a recently formed social group, providing opportunities for people with disabilities and the elderly to meet and interact in a social and friendly environment. Council is proud to contribute $1,600 towards the transport, catering and promotion of Bannockburn Inclusive’s planned bus and ferry social trip to Sorrento. This trip aims to reduce social isolation and improve the mental health of participants with an enjoyable trip.

Golden Plains Trail Riders:

The Golden Plains Trail Riders have secured a Healthy and Active Living Community Strengthening Grant for its Safety Items project. Council will contribute $640 towards the purchase of a radio and portable safety signage. The project’s focus is on rider safety, with portable crossing signage to alert riders and community members of road crossing points, and the radio will allow for volunteer support to enable communication.

Linton and District Progress Association:

The Linton and District Progress Association has also been successful in securing a Healthy and Active Living Community Strengthening Grant. Council will contribute $7,024 to the association’s Community Seating and Gardening Group Equipment project. The funding will be used to purchase equipment, create a new seating area, replace an existing seating area and further enhance the local community garden. The project will work alongside Council’s Northern Streetscapes Project and the group’s existing Edinburgh Reserve project.

Lethbridge Public Hall:

The Lethbridge Public Hall is currently used every Friday for a community social group, among other community social events, however, the facility is limited to how it can cater for community events and gatherings with its current equipment. Council is pleased to award the Lethbridge Public Hall with a $2,042 Community Strengthening Grant to be used to purchase and install two new ovens in the facility.

Inverleigh Cemetery Trust:

Council is pleased to support the Inverleigh Cemetery Trust to install two seats in the cemetery grounds. Council is contributing $2,930 towards the project that will provide a place of rest and reflection for visitors. The provision of seating at the cemetery aims to meet the needs of the various visitors to the cemetery.

Environment and Sustainability Grants

Inverleigh Progress Association:

The Inverleigh Progress Association is seeking to replace its mower. The mower has been used for the past seven years by dedicated volunteers to keep the Leigh River Open Space area clear of noxious weeds and vermin, and now the mower is out of warranty. Council is pleased to contribute $10,000 to the Inverleigh Progress Association towards the replacement mower.

Inverleigh Primary School Gardening Group:

The Inverleigh Primary School Gardening Group is planning to establish an edible community garden and has been successful in securing an Environment and Sustainability Community Strengthening Grant from Council. The Gardening Group will use the $1,600 from Council to purchase four slim line raised beds for a vegetable and herb garden, as well as apple, plum and native bush tucker trees.

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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.