Community Funding Scheme


The Community Funding Scheme provides grants of up to $12,000 to not-for-profit community groups for programs and services that benefit local residents and helps to achieve the strategic priorities of Council.

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

  • meets locals needs
  • strengthens community relationships
  • aligns with the scheme priorities of: accessibility, diversity and fairness; economic benefit to local towns; environmental sustainability and conservation; health and wellbeing
  • complements strategic Council directions and plans

 If yes, your group should consider applying for a community grant from Council in the next available round.

Applications for the Community Funding Scheme will open on Monday 1 April 2019 and close at 5pm on 30 April 2019. 

Grant Writing Workshop

This free workshop outlines key information specific to the Community Funding Scheme Grant Program. It will assist you to increase your knowledge and hone your skills in grant writing to provide you with the best opportunity of writing a successful grant application.

This year all eligible ideas must fit into one of four funding streams:

  • Community and cultural development projects
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of local community groups
  • Supporting local environmental projects
  • Enhancing community places and infrastructure (this stream has been previously known as the Places for People funding program)

The total budget of the 2019 Community Funding Scheme is $160,000. In addition, the Commonwealth Home Support Program will fund up to $20,000 of projects that support positive ageing in our shire.

To understand the recent changes, we strongly encourage you and/or members of your group/organisation to attend this workshop. We will walk you through the application process and outline key information you need to write a successful grant application. We will also host a valuable Q & A session with Council Officers where your specific questions can be answered.

When: Thursday 28 March, 6.30pm–9pm

Where: Kyneton Mechanics Institute, 81 Mollison Street, Kyneton 

Book: email Kerry at with your name, with your groups name, organisation and/or food preferences. 

2018 recipients     

Community Group Project title Recommended funding
Macedon Ranges Health MRH Tweens & Parents Program $6,000
Babes + Picnics Macedon Ranges Babes + Picnics Program Macedon Ranges $5,335
Macedon Ranges Art Trail Presenting our Community $3,500
Greater Romsey All Abilities Park Inc. Romsey Ecotherapy Park Woodland Ramble Community Planting Day $6,000
Upper Deep Creek Landcare Network Macedon Ranges Intrepid Landcare Leadership Retreat  $6,000
Gisborne Soccer Club Maximising female participation in 2019 and beyond  $2,000
Macedon Ranges Montessori Inc.  Macedon Ranges Montessori Preschool-going solar $6,000
Lauriston Hall  Dance Therapy - The feel good dance workout $1,600
Macedon Villages Volunteers Inc.  Nursery Road Boardwalk Revegetation $6,000
Upper Campaspe Landcare Network Inc. Safety First/ Detecting Threatened Species by Remote Cameras $2,730 
Kyneton Country Basketball League / Kyneton Basketball Association  Competition standard basketball backboards & rings $6,000
Gisborne Little Athletics  Hurdles $3,000
Friends of Malmsbury Gardens and Environs Inc.  Malmsbury Botanic Gardens' Tree Labels/Indicative signage project $5,500
Woodend Neighbourhood House Critical Legal Training for Not-for-Profit Organisations $3,000
Romsey Primary School  Romsey Primary School Kitchen Garden Cooking Program - kitchen fittings & utensils $6,000
Tylden Community Hall Tylden Hall furniture refurbishment project $4,643
U3A Kyneton Inc.  On-line learning $5,700
Kyneton Little Athletics Club Update long jump pits $6,000
St Pauls Playgroup  Awesome storage $6,000
Kyneton Horticultural Society Inc.  Equipment upgrade $2,000
TORC off Road Racing Club Inc.  Introduce real time data streaming of races to our social media links $6,000
Newham Mechanics Institute Inc. Maximise useful community space $1,500
Total projects funded    $100,508

For more information, call Emilie on (03) 5422 0206 or email