Community Funding Scheme

Overview

The 2017 Community Funding Scheme has closed.

Recommendations for funding were reported to 28 June 2017 Ordinary Council Meeting and applicants have been advised of the results. 28 applicants received funding in the latest round. See: 2017 Community Funding Scheme recipients(PDF, 186KB)

What will be funded?

  • New projects, services and activities
  • New or existing not-for-profit groups within the shire

What is not funded?

  • Political groups
  • For-profit/commercial organisations
  • Individuals
  • Charitable organisations
  • Government agencies
  • Groups affiliated with large organisations
  • Groups that are in debt to Council
  • Events and festivals
  • Salaries
  • Fundraising
  • Ongoing operational costs such as salaries, rent, annual general meetings, insurances, utility costs 
  • Retrospective applications
  • Cash prizes
  • Applications that duplicate pre-existing services

How to apply

The Community Funding Scheme opens in April of each year. To help prepare for the next round, please read the previous year's guidelines (available in Word(DOCX, 2MB) or PDF(PDF, 688KB)). If you have read the guidelines and have further questions, call Kate on 5422 0345 or Trudy on 5422 0320 or email grants@mrsc.vic.gov.au

Funding & assessment

Each year the total funds requested through grant applications we receive is approximately twice our available budget.

We use an aggregate score, assessed by a panel, to determine the level of funding for each project. Usually, the higher your score, the higher the funding. To receive a high score, your application must address all of our criteria. A good application arises from planning and research.

We allow six weeks for the assessment of all applications. Once the panel reviews and scores these, they present a recommendation to Council for consideration at the June Ordinary Council meeting. All applicants will then be advised of the outcome in writing.

Offers

If your grant application is successful, you will receive a letter of offer and an invitation to our celebration night where you will receive a grant kit that contains a partnership agreement, an invoice and an acquittal form. We process the grant payment when the agreement and invoice have been signed and returned to us.

Once your project has been completed, an acquittal form must be forwarded to Council. If you do not return the form, your group will be ineligible to apply for future rounds of the Community Funding Scheme.

For more information, call Kate on 5422 0345 or Trudy on 5422 0320 or email grants@mrsc.vic.gov.au