Small Project Grants


Please note: Due to Council General Elections being held this year, there will be a caretaker period from Tuesday 22 September to Saturday 24 October. During this period no Small Project Grant applications will be considered. For an application to be considered prior to the caretaker period, please submit by Friday 7 August (for the 16 September 2020 Ordinary Council meeting). If applications are received after this date, they will not be considered until the next Ordinary Council meeting on Wednesday 25 November 2020.

Small Project Grants support community programs and initiatives that benefit residents of the Macedon Ranges Shire and help achieve Council Plan goals.

The aim of the program is to support:

They are open throughout the year, except during the caretaker period in the lead up to a Council election

Who can apply?

Incorporated, community-based not-for-profit groups, and non-government and government schools (as long as the purpose is outside the normal responsibilities of the school and the Victorian Government) may submit an application.

What type of project?

There must be a clear link between your grant application and the priorities in the Council Plan.

Small Project Grants are not designed to support ongoing projects. Applicants should demonstrate a self-sustainable funding model for activities/projects that will create income to support ongoing costs ie infrastructure maintenance, continuing service provision.

Funding cannot be used for political purposes.

Please read the Small Project Grants guidelines(PDF, 805KB) before submitting a grant application.

How much?

There is a pool of $30,000 for 2020/21, with groups able to apply for a grant of up to $1,500. Your community group can only receive one Small Project Grant per financial year.

What is the application process?

Applications are:

  • assessed five weeks prior to an Ordinary Council meeting. All applicants receive an automated email acknowledging successful submission, and then a subsequent email confirming when their application will be considered.
  • assessed based on responses provided in the application form, and against the criteria in the guidelines.
  • scored and then presented to Council for review and/or approval. Applicants will be notified of success or otherwise in writing.

How to apply and more information

Please complete the application form by the dates listed below to be considered at the next Ordinary Council Meeting.

Meeting date Submit application by 
Wednesday 16 September 2020     Friday 7 August
Wednesday 21 October 2020  No applications accepted due to
Council Elections caretaker period 
Wednesday 25 November 2020  Friday 16 October
Wednesday 16 December 2020  Friday 6 November


For more information, contact Council’s Governance Administration Officer via or (03) 5422 0333.