Council administers a variety of grants programs to support community groups.  If your project does not align with the programs below, check out the Hepburn Grant Finder website. It’s a powerful search tool which will show you funding available from all levels of government and philanthropic organisations across Australia.  Register free to create watch lists, receive email alerts for funding opportunities and get tips to help you apply for grants.

For further information regarding council’s grants programs contact

Community Grants Program (Round 2 opens 15 January 2024)

The Community Grants Program supports community-based projects and initiatives that enhance the social, environmental and economic life of Hepburn Shire.

Community Grants can help community groups to implement projects that promote community wellbeing, increase social connection and build capacity for leadership and independence.

Funding is awarded for projects and initiatives that show community benefit and align with one or more of the focus areas in the Council Plan 2021-2025 up to a value of $5,000. Read the guidelines here(PDF, 460KB).

Applications must be submitted through at the Hepburn Shire Grants Portal.

Community Grants Program Key Dates:  

ROUND 1 (closed)


Opens 9am

9 October 2023

Closes 11.59pm

5 November 2023

Grant Review Panel Decision

13 December 2023

ROUND 2 - including Charitable Purposes


Opens 9am

15 January 2024

Closes 11.59pm 

12 February 2024

Grant Review Panel Decision

27 March 2024

ROUND 3 - including Welcome to New Residents


Opens –9am

2 April 2024

Closes 11.59pm

29 April 2024

Grant Review Panel Decision

12 June 2024

Assessment Process: 3 times per year, except Categories E/F, which are annual.

Decisions by Grant Review Panel: 3 times per year, except Categories E/F, which are annual.

Acquittal and Evaluation Form: Due 12 months after funds are granted.

Review of Guidelines: Community Grant Program Guidelines are under review. New guidelines will be published before Round 2 opens in January 2024.

Applicants please note that the available categories for grant funding will undergo a change between Round 1 and 2. 

For a list of previous award winners click here(PDF, 204KB)  

Quick Response Grants (now open)

Hepburn Shire Council is committed to supporting local community groups and organizations to remain agile and responsive to issues that arise in the local Hepburn community. The 2022/23 Council Grants Review identified the need for a quick-response small projects grant scheme to be available year-round, for community groups to access outside the normal cycle of Community Grants periods.

The Quick Response Grant has been designed to support community groups who may have experienced an unforeseen disruption, urgent issue or to facilitate smaller projects that are significantly less costly than the amount specified in the Community Grants scheme. The Quick Response Grants has been designed to allow for quicker assessment outcomes and to facilitate adequate and timely responses to community issues.

Grants that address the key focus areas in the Council Plan 2021-2025 or address priority groups outlined in the Council Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan are strongly encouraged.

Applicants can apply for a grant up to $1000 once per year. The Quick Response Grants will be open for applications from October 2023 until 10 June 2024, or until the allocation has been exhausted. For more details see the Quick Response Grant Guidelines(PDF, 263KB).

Grant applications need to be submitted through the Hepburn Shire Grants Portal


Biodiversity Grants (open 26 February 2024)

Our Biodiversity Grants program offers grants of up to $5,000 for projects that align with the objectives of the Hepburn Biodiversity Strategy. These grants support environment groups and the diverse work being done to protect and enhance our natural landscapes. They are an important part of the Shire’s Biodiversity Strategy, which aims to partner with committed local environment groups. Read the guidelines(PDF, 383KB). Applications closed on 5pm on Monday 6 June 2023. 

Congratulations to following groups who received biodiversity grants for 2022/23:

  • Blampied-Kooroocheang Landcare Victoria Group Inc. for their project Saving Private Banksia - "Clohsey-Banksia SPA" Stage 2 - $4,803.36 
  • Daylesford College in partnership with Central Highlands Rural Health for their project Mow 2 Grow Outdoor Classroom - $4,803.36 
  • Glenlyon Upper Loddon Landcare Group for their project Glenlyon Pollinator Corridor Project - $4,788.95 
  • Bald Hills - Creswick Landcare Group Inc. for their project Food and Fibre forest, incorporating a Yarning Circle at Creswick - $4,803.36 
  • Eco Warriors for their project Planting the Seed - Helping School children Create a Living Classroom - $4,800.96 

The following groups received $1,000 Landcare grants:

  • Bald Hills – Creswick Landcare Group Inc.
  • Blampied - Kooroocheang Landcare Group Inc.
  • Cornish Hill Committee of Management
  • Friends of Cornish Hill
  • Glenlyon Upper Loddon Landcare Group
  • Guildford Upper Loddon Landcare Group
  • LVI - Mt. Bolton/Beckworth Landcare Group
  • Rocky Lead Landcare group
  • Shepherds Flat Landcare
  • Trentham Public Purpose Reserves Committee of Management
  • Ullina Landcare Group Inc.
  • Wattle Flat-Pootilla Landcare Group
  • Wombat Forestcare Inc.

Sustainable Hepburn Grants (open 26 February 2024)

Sustainable Hepburn Grants (formerly Towards Zero Community Grants Program) are open once a year and aims to support projects within the Shire that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, through reduced energy consumption, carbon draw-down and/or increasing the use of renewable energy in community facilities. 

Read the guidelines (coming soon).

Events Grants

Council supports events that are in line with the Hepburn Shire Events Strategy 2020-25. Events can be supported by Council through the three levels of events funding framework: Signature/Iconic, Regional and Local Community Events. The Hepburn Shire Events Strategy 2020-25 document outlines criteria, funding limits,  and the event funding framework. You can read the Events strategy document here. For more information or to enquire about submitting an application, please contact


Providing Council with a tax invoice

If successful in your grant application, your group will be required to submit an invoice for funding.  Find out more about tax invoice requirements(PDF, 218KB)

You can use this tax invoice template(DOCX, 33KB).