Community Funding Scheme

Not-for-profit projects can be eligible for a grant of up to $6000.

If your group is applying for more than $1000, it will need to be incorporated or auspiced by an incorporated group.

2014 Community Funding Scheme

Our 2014/2015 Community Funding Scheme has closed and 55 community groups (56KB) were successful in receiving funding. The next round of the Community Funding Scheme will be opening 1 March 2015.

What will be funded?

  • New events, projects, services and activities
  • New or existing not-for-profit groups within the shire
  • Individuals in some instances

What will not be funded?

  • Political or religious groups
  • Commercial organisations
  • Groups affiliated with large organisations
  • 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

Applications

Please read the guidelines word (2MB) or pdf (2MB) and application form word (1MB) or pdf (1012KB) to help in preparing for you future grant applications.

Please speak to a relevant Council officer before applying or your application will not be considered:

Arts & Culture Robyn Till 5422 0319
Community Events Terry Moore 5422 0383
Tourism  Shane Caruana  5421 9638 
Building Projects Bernie Massman 5421 9633
Community Development Stephen Hiley 5422 0286
Environment Michelle Wyatt 5421 9678
Recreation & Parks Amanda Jones 5421 1468
People & Family Guy Walter  5422 0268
General enquiries Kate Strahan 5422 0345

A joint application between groups may be submitted.

Applications can be submitted electronically via mrsc@mrsc.vic.gov.au along with electronic copies of your supporting documentation. They can also be submitted in hardcopy by mail or to one of Council's service centresLate submissions will not be accepted.

Funding

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.

Assessment

We allow eight 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 partnership agreement to complete. We process the grant payment once the agreement has been 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 any other Council grants.

For more information, contact Council’s Governance Project Officer via kstrahan@mrsc.vic.gov.au or 5422 0345.

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