Community Funding Scheme and COVID-19 support streams


Macedon Ranges Shire runs two annual grant programs, the Community Funding Scheme and the Events and Festivals Grant Program.

Applications for 2021/2022 grants opened on 29 March 2021 and closed 3 May 2021.

The Community Funding Scheme grants funds to not-for-profit community groups for programs and initiatives that benefit residents of the Macedon Ranges, and help achieve Council Plan goals. Please read the guidelines and develop your project plans now.

A total of $256,000 was available in this year’s grants scheme including Council’s additional $80,000 in COVID-19 recovery support for recovery-related activities.

Council supports projects that benefit our community, such as equipment purchase, service delivery, community building and community development initiatives of up to $12,000. These include:

Funding streams 2021-22 - Community Funding Scheme Max funding/project
1. Community and cultural development projects Up to $10,000
2. Enhancing the effectiveness of local community groups Up to $6,000
3. Supporting local environmental priorities Up to $10,000
4. Enhancing community places and infrastructure Up to $12,000
Bonus COVID-19 funding support for recovery-related activities Up to $5000

Projects should demonstrate a commitment to accessibility, diversity, fairness and community wellbeing. They must also complement strategic Council directions and plans. These are outlined in the guidelines for reference purposes.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the scheme, call our grants team on (03) 5422 0333 or email

COVID-19 recovery funding support 2021/22

An additional $80,000 has been allocated in the Council budget to the annual grants program for COVID-19 funding support to local community groups and events and festivals organisers.

This funding is intended to assist non-profit groups with recovery-related activities and initiatives in Macedon Ranges Shire.

Applicants to the Community Funding Scheme and/or Events and Festival Grant Program in 2021-22 are also eligible to apply for these additional funding streams within the existing Community Funding Scheme. Grants of up to $5000 are available to eligible non-for-profit groups or organisations, based in Macedon Ranges Shire, for the following areas:

  • Support to be COVIDSafe compliant.
  • Virtual events
  • Online content
  • Re-opening events for community facilities
  • Reactivation events to get clubs and groups back together
  • Alternative ways of holding events
  • Bringing people together
  • Social inclusion

Check our guidelines for more information


Council’s annual grant programs are dedicated to supporting community groups and organisation, as well as events and festivals in the Macedon Ranges Shire.

These programs will undergo a review in early 2022, including any further COVID-19 impacts; and will be open again for applications in 2022/23.

Apply for a grant

Applications closed on 3 May.

Recommendations of suitable grants recipients will go to an Ordinary Meeting of Council for approval in late July.

All applicants will be then notified on the outcome of their submission and funding agreements will be finalised with successful applicants.

Grants celebration 2020

Due to Covid-19, we are presenting our annual Grants Celebration 2020 a little differently; online, rather than hosting our annual presentation function.

This video showcases many of our local groups who have received Council funding and support through our 2020/21 Community Funding Scheme and Events & Festivals grant programs. Thanks to all involved for participating in this celebration!

Congratulations to our 2020 recipients of Council’s Community Funding Scheme. Council awarded $143,946 to 24 groups under the scheme for 2020/21 and further $90,250 in funding was awarded to 19 events and festivals, plus in-kind support to the value of $14,191. Total allocated: $248,387.  

Last year 24 recipients were recommended for funding with a total value of $143,946. 

See full list of our 2020/21 recipients: Recipient list - Community Funding Scheme and Events and Festival Grant Program - 2020-21(PDF, 157KB) Recipient list - Community Funding Scheme and Events and Festival Grant Program - 2020-21(DOCX, 33KB)