Community 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

Opening and closing dates

The Community Funding Scheme will open Monday 2 March and close on Monday 6 April 2020.

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.

Grant Writing Workshop

This is a free workshop will be held on Friday 28 February and will cover relevant information specific to both Council's major grant programs: the Community Funding Scheme and the Events & Festivals Grant Program. Groups will cover the broader topics together, then separate into two groups for a more in-depth look into content specific to both respective grants.

Register your interest