Community Grants Program

Program Objective
The Hepburn Shire Community Grants Program provides funding annually to community groups and organisations ($62,000 in 2019/20). 

To be eligible to apply for funding, community projects must meet the following criteria:

    • Be a new or one-off event or program, or a new initiative for an existing event (excluding Category E. Charitable Purposes)
    • Be conducted within the Hepburn Shire to the benefit of its residents

Who Can Apply
Local not-for-profit groups and organisations, including sporting clubs, within the Hepburn Shire, who are incorporated with an ABN, or have an auspicing agent. 

Funding Opportunities
Community groups and organisations will have the opportunity to apply for funding on a quarterly basis. Groups and clubs are only eligible to receive funding once annually. 

Recommendations to Council will be made on a quarterly basis.

Community groups and organisations will only have the opportunity to apply for Category E. Charitable Purposes grants on an annual basis.

Key Dates
Round 1: 
Opening date – 1 August 2019 
Closing date – 5 September 2019 
Council meeting date – 15 October 2019

Round 2: 
Opening date – 3 October 2019 O
Closing date – 7 November 2019 
Council meeting date – 17 December 2019

Round 3: 
Opening date – 6 February 2020 
Closing date – 5 March 2020 
Council meeting date – 21 April 2020

Round 4: 
Opening date – 2 April 2020 
Closing date – 7 May 2020 
Council meeting date – 16 June 2020

Community Grants Program Categories
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 five Community Grants Program categories. These include: 

A. Active and Engaged Communities (up to $2,500)
B. Quality Community Infrastructure (including small equipment) (up to $2,500)
C. Sustainable Environments (up to $2,500) 
D. Children’s Program (up to $2,500) 
E. Charitable Purposes (up to $2,000)

Prospective applicants must read the Program Guidelines and must then contact the appropriate Council Officer prior to submitting an application – refer to guidelines for contact details.

Community Grants Program Guidelines 2019/2020

Once a prospective applicant has spoken to the appropriate Council Officer, applicants may complete the online application form –

Apply Here

Community Grant Recipient – April 2018
The Creswick Brass Band received a community grant to upgrade its trailer and band equipment. This has made it easier for the group to transport equipment within the Shire, allowing more residents to enjoy the beautiful music played by the group. 

Community Grant Recipient – April 2018
VOGA Cycling Club received a community grant to assist in the delivery of the 2 day cycling event – The Brackenbury. With the assistance from the program, the club could successfully run this event, and provide events and sessions dedicated to improving the skills of children and adult female riders. The event attracted a large number of competitors and spectators to our Shire.

Community Grant Recipient – September 2018
The Hepburn Springs Golf Club has run a number of participation programs for children, youth and adults., with the club received a community grant to contribute towards promotional items and catering for these initiatives. The program has had a large uptake within our local community. 

WP-Backgrounds by InoPlugs Web Design and Juwelier Schönmann