Places For People program


The 'Places for People' Program is a Macedon Ranges Shire Council initiative to support and resource community groups and organisations to plan, develop and implement community infrastructure projects across the municipality that align with Council's strategic directions and plans.

The Places for People program builds on Council's place-making approach to developing community infrastructure and can support:

  • improvements to community infrastructure
  • township enhancement projects
  • master plans for community infrastructure
  • feasibility studies for future infrastructure projects

The Places for People Program grants budget for 2018 is $60,000. Applicants are free to request any amount within the total budget for funding. Funding for previous projects has ranged from $2,000 to $12,000. 


Come along to the launch of our 2018 Places for People Program on Monday 2 July at 6.30pm at Woodend Community Centre. 
Staff will be available to discuss the application process, what we’re looking for, and highlight examples of previously successful projects. 

2018 program

The Places for People Program is a two stage application process. Community groups must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). EOIs are then assessed and only successful groups will be invited to submit a full application.

The 2018/19 round for expressions of interest (EOI) opens Monday 2 July and closes at 1pm on Monday 23 July.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their ideas with someone from the Community Places and Partnerships team before submitting an EOI. Contact details can be found in the Places for People program guidelines.

The EOI phase requires applicants to use the template to share information with Council about the intent or high level purposes of their project. At this stage we want you to describe:

  • what will be achieved or accomplished,
  • why the project is needed,
  • who will benefit from the project,
  • who supports the idea or the project,
  • how the project will improve the functionality or enhance social outcomes of a community place

All EOIs are pre-assessed to check that they do not conflict with Council strategies or planned works and that they are deemed realistic and viable projects. All of the questions in the EOI and application templates reflect project criteria that are weighted to demonstrate their relative importance to your application. The criteria and their weightings are listed below:

At the EOI stage you will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Well-defined project aims and expected outputs (20%)
  • Demonstrated community need and benefit including broad community support (50%)
  • Demonstrating how your project enhances functionality or social outcomes of a community place (30%)

How to apply

Read the Places for People program guidelines (Word(DOCX, 33MB) or PDF(PDF, 1MB) ) before completing the Expression of Interest form (Word(DOCX, 49KB) or PDF(PDF, 198KB)).

The easiest way to submit an EOI is to download the template from the Council website, complete the form and email it to

Alternatively you can hand it in at any Council customer service centre or by mail, address to:

Stephen Hiley
Community Places and Partnerships
Macedon Ranges Shire Council
PO BOX 151,

For more information, contact Stephen Hiley on (03) 5422 0286 or email

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