Community Funding Scheme


Council's Community Funding Scheme - grants public money to not-for-profit community groups for programs and services that benefit residents of the Macedon ranges and helps achieve the strategic priorities of Council.

Program dates

This year's scheme opens on Friday 30 March and closes at 5pm on Monday 30 April 2018.

The scheme provides grants of up to $6000 to not-for-profit groups for service delivery and community building improvements.

If you have any questions about the program, please direct them to or to Emilie Byrne on 5422 0206.

What gets funded?

 Does your community group have an idea for a project which aims to:

  • Meet locals needs
  • Strengthen community relationships
  • Aligns with the Scheme priorities of:
  • Accessibility, diversity and fairness
  • Economic benefit to local towns
  • Environmental sustainability and conservation
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Complement strategic Council directions and plans

 If yes, your group should consider applying for a community grant from Council.

Applications have to relate to projects/activities commencing from 1 July 2018 and completed by 30 June 2019.

Community Funding Scheme Program launch and grant writing workshop

Date:           Thursday 29 March 2018

Time:           6pm launch / meet and greet - 7pm workshop start    

Venue:         Woodend Community Centre - cnr High and Forest streets, Woodend (next to Woodend Library)            

This event is aimed at community groups interested in preparing a grant application for this year's program. Council's grant team will be there to provide an overview of things you need to know and to field questions from groups about their project ideas. The grant guidelines will be available for collection and great hints and tips will be shared through an 'Our Community" grant writing workshop which will unlock the fundamentals of writing great funding applications.

The evening will start at 6pm with a light supper and an opportunity to meet and greet other community members and the grant's team before the workshop begins at 7pm.

Please RSVP to or call Emilie Byrne on 5422 0206 with the names of your attendees, your community group/club/organization and food preferences if any.

Six steps in writing your grant

  1. We encourage you to attend the Community Funding Scheme launch and grant writing training on Thursday 29 March (see this page for more details) as a great way to obtain helpful information about the scheme.
  2. Next, download the scheme guidelines to determine your group's eligibility and test your project idea against the criteria.
  3. You will then need to contact a Council officer (see list of officers and contact details on this page or in the guidelines) to discuss your project idea and talk through any questions you have.
  4. Download a sample application so you can start preparing your responses to the questions you will be asked and also compiling all your supporting documentation you'll need.
  5. Groups then need to access the electronic form which will be available on this page from Friday 30 March and answer all the relevant questions (saving as you go).
  6. Submit your completed application by 5pm Monday 30 April 2018.

Application forms

Council will be using an electronic application form this year which will allow you to save your progress and come back to your form as many times as you require as well as share it with other members of your group. This will be available from Friday 30 March 2018.

Paper based forms will also be available upon request.

Community Funding Scheme contact officers

 It is compulsory for your group to contact the relevant contact officer from the list below to discuss your grant project idea and receive guidance about the things you'll need to consider before you submit your application.


Community Halls                                   

Terry Moore

Cultural Development Officer

ph 5422 0383


Silvana Predebon

Environment Policy Officer

ph 5421 9659

Community Development

Stephen Hiley

Community Partnerships Officer

ph 5422 0286

People and Family

Erin Soutter

Healthy Ageing Engagement Team Leader

ph 5422 0262

Recreation and Parks

Sarah McPhee

Recreation Officer

ph 5422 0219

Economic Development and Tourism

Alexis Owen

Administration Officer

ph 5421 9626

 Building Projects

Carina Doolan

Building Projects Officer

ph 5421 9636

Arts and Culture

Robyn Till

Team Leader Cultural Development

ph 5422 0319

General enquiries

Emilie Byrne

Community Projects Officer


ph 5422 0206