The Community Grants Program is now open for applications. Community groups are encouraged to apply for funding for events, programs, projects and equipment.  This funding program links to the Hepburn Shire Council Plan.  Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate how their project links to the program objectives in one of the three Community Grant Program categories.  Grants can be sought for amounts up to $2,000.  These amounts are intended to fund a portion of the total project costs, with the remainder to be provided through other sources.

Recommendations to Council will be made on a monthly basis. Applications received by the closing dates below will be presented to Council at the following monthly Council meeting.  For example, Applications received by May closing date will be recommended at the June Ordinary Council Meeting.

Prospective applicants must contact a Council Officer prior to submitting an application – refer to guidelines for contact details.

Community Grants Program Guidelines 2018 2019

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Community Grant Recipient – October 2017

The Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre received a Community Grant for the Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre Energy Saving Project to replace old outdated lighting to energy efficient LED’s.  The Project has provided better lighting for the Centre and saved the Centre money on power bills.  This Project benefits staff and Community Group users of the Centre.


Community Grant Recipient – November 2017

Trentham Film Society’s Project Projection replaced inadequate audio-visual equipment at the Trentham Neighbourhood Centre with high-quality, user-friendly, versatile and modern equipment.  This Project benefits all users of the Centre and the Film Society is loving the projection quality from the new equipment.  This Project was achieved through Hepburn Shire Community Grants Funding, Trentham & Districts Community Bank Funding and funds from the Trentham Film Society and Trentham Neighbourhood Centre.  A wonderful example of groups working together to secure funding from a variety of sources!

Community Grant Recipient – December 2017

The Clunes Tourist and Development Association celebrated the Mt Beckworth Lollipop Tree Centernary with funding from a Community Grant.  The celebration included 300 people walking to the top of Mt Beckworth to celebrate the Centenary, 400 people attending the BBQ lunch celebration and the commission of a poem especially for the day that has now been archived by the Clunes Museum and Parks Victoria.  An overall outstanding event for the Clunes community.