Macedon Ranges council community grants open

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Elsie Lange

Community groups are invited to apply for Macedon Ranges council’s annual grants program, the Community Funding Scheme, until June 27.

Not-for-profit groups can apply to share in $160,000 in funds to support programs and initiatives set to benefit the community and help council achieve its visions and goals.

The funding will be allocated under four streams, including community and cultural development projects, enhancing the effectiveness of local community groups, supporting local environmental priorities and enhancing community places and infrastructure.

Council’s community director Maria Weiss said the grants were a great way for local groups to source funding that would otherwise be difficult to get their hands on.

“The Community Funding Scheme is there to support our local not-for profit community groups who play a fundamental role in strengthening community inclusion and wellbeing through their initiatives,” Ms Weiss said.

“We encourage any groups in the Macedon Ranges who have a project that requires funding support to check their eligibility and apply for this fantastic opportunity.”

Projects that received funding as part of last years’ scheme included the Macedon & Mount Macedon Community House to develop a land use master plan, the Regional Victorians of Colour Inc for the Chai and conversation project and Romsey Neighbourhood House for YOUTHINK.

Applications for the grants can be made online through the administration system SmartyGrants.

Council encouraged local groups and non-for-profit organisations to get in touch and discuss their project ideas as soon as possible.

For more information about eligibility and applications, call 5422 033 go to