Community Funding Scheme

Council’s annual Community Funding Scheme delivers a direct benefit to the community each year.

For the 2022/23 round, 21 applications were endorsed for funding, with a combined value of $174,868.

The applications support a range of exciting projects that involve cultural and community development activities, enhancing the effectiveness of local community groups, supporting local environmental priorities, and enhancing community places and infrastructure.

The 2023/24 round:

  • Opens: Monday 1 May, 9am
  • Closes: Monday 5 June, 5pm. 

To discuss your project ideas or for any questions, call (03) 5422 0333 or email

How to apply

Before you begin your application

  1. Make sure you have reviewed the current Community Funding Scheme guidelines.
  2. Contact Council's Grants team or one of the Contact Officer's listed at the back of the guidelines to discuss your project.

Ready to submit your application?

Go to the SmartyGrants platform and select 'Start a submission'. If you haven't used the platform before you will be prompted to register.

Assistance is available on request

All applications must be completed using the SmartyGrants platform (a user friendly online application that will make applying for grants a lot easier). If you would like assistance to complete the online application, call us on (03) 5422 0216 or email  A staff member will be assigned to provide you with assistance to complete the online form.

Variations/Extensions or returning grant funds

We understand that sometimes things don't go as planned. Call us on (03) 5422 0216 or email if:

  • your contact details change or the key contact for the project changes
  • you are unable to continue with the project
  • you need to make a variation or seek an extension to the project as planned in your application. You will need to complete a variation/extension request form and this will need to be approved by Council before any changes are undertaken.

Acquitting your grant

Once you have delivered your project, you will need to complete a Project Acquittal Report. This is available via the SmartyGrants platform, a link to access this form can be found here. The report includes:

  • a summary of the benefits, challenges and learnings of the project; and
  • a summary of the grant expenditure and any remaining grant funds (if applicable);
  • promotional and marketing activities undertaken, including examples of the recognition of Council's financial support, photo evidence of the project and any media coverage.

Please note: If you have been auspiced for the purposes of your grant, the acquittal report will need to be signed off by the Treasurer of the Auspice and the Treasurer of the Applicant Organisation. If you have any questions regarding this, contact the Grants team.

2022/23 funding recipients

Organisation Project title Amount
University of the Third Age, Kyneton Ready for Anything! $9,429
Macedon Ranges Literary Association The Pub that Saved the Community - Remembering Ash Wednesday (Working Title) Script Development $10,000
Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health Puppy Pride 2023 $10,000
Lancefield Neighbourhood House Extinct - Lancefield Megafauna Festival $4,000
Macedon-Woodend Scout Group Purchase of hike tents, camp cookers and BBQs. $3,400
Romsey Neighbourhood House Inc. Feed It Forward Equipment and resources $6,000
Kyneton and District Adult Riding Club Enhancing and improving safety, training and engagement for Kyneton and District Adult Riding Club $5,531
Riddells Creek Neighborhood House Inc. Storage for Access $5,162
Riddells Creek Neighbourhood House Inc. Building Capacity in Child Safety $2,555
Rural Australians for Refugees Inc. - Macedon Ranges Enhanced Promotion Toolkit $4,372
Friends of Maxwell Street, Tylden Maxwell Street Reserve Walking track and gates $10,000
South Gisborne Tennis Club  Accessible picnic setting and area $12,000
Woodend Golf Club Inc. Woodend Golf Club Community Paths Project $12,000
Lancefield Bowling Club Inc.  Lancefield Bowling Club - Refurbishment of Male Toilets $12,000
Friends of Bald Hill Reserve Install Seating in the Shelter, Development of a Design for a Brochure and Interpretative Signage for the Shelter. $12,000
Kyneton Community House Access $9,020
Riddells Creek Tennis Club Inc. Tennis Court Resurfacing $6,000
Bullengarook Pony Club Bullengarook Equestrian Arena Upgrade $12,000
Macedon and Mount Macedon Community House MMMCH Landscape Design & Construction Project (Stage 1- Design Component). $11,999
Riddells Creek Lions Club All-inclusive Double BBQ and Power $12,000
IR Robertson Reserve IR Robertson Reserve Pavilion Usability Enhancement $5,400


Please note, a previously published media release stating a closing date of 27 June has now been corrected to 5 June - we apologise for any inconvenience.