Community Funding Scheme

Closing date extended until Monday 27 April

As we all adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions currently in place, Council is extending the closing date of the Community Funding Scheme to Monday 27 April.

We are taking a flexible approach to the scheme and will extend project timelines of proposals effected by the restrictions, as and when necessary.

We are also aware of the challenges applicants are facing to acquire information typically required in the application process.

We understand these concerns and will work with you on an individual basis so that all applicants are not disadvantaged by the present circumstances.

In addition to the project examples outlined in the guidelines, we encourage applications for projects that can engage the community through online content relating to: the arts, education, health and wellbeing and similar. Announcements and grant funds will be disbursed late July.

If you are facing any difficulty at this time, please call Emilie Byrne, Community Projects Officer on (03)5422 0206 or 0427 174 349.

About the funding scheme

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.

It supports initiatives which:

  • meet locals needs
  • strengthen community relationships/partnerships
  • deliver projects in the Scheme streams of:
  • Community and cultural development projects
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of local community groups
  • Supporting local environmental priorities
  • Enhancing community places and infrastructure
  • demonstrate a commitment to accessibility, diversity, fairness and community wellbeing
  • complement strategic Council directions and strategic plans.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the scheme, call Emilie on (03) 5422 0206 or email

Who can apply?

Incorporated and community-based not-for-profit groups operating or being established in the Macedon Ranges.

How much is available?

The Community Funding Scheme's  budget for 2020 is $160,000.

Each stream of the grant program has it own maximum funding limit:

 Stream Max funding/project
 Community and cultural development projects   Up to $10,000
 Enhancing the effectiveness of local community groups  Up to $6,000
 Supporting local environmental priorities  Up to $10,000
 Enhancing community places and infrastructure Up to $12,000

 *In addition, the Commonwealth Home Support Program will fund up to $20,000 of projects that support positive ageing in our shire.

Submit your application

Applications for the 2020/21 funding round are now open and will close on Monday 27 April 2020.

Apply now