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Community Grants Program

Program Objective

The Hepburn Shire Community Grants Program provides funding annually to community groups and organisations ($65,000 in 2020/21).

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.


Find another Grant

Hepburn’s local community and business groups looking for grants funding can now access a powerful search tool using the new Hepburn Grant Finder website. Searches cover funding available from all levels of government and philanthropic organisations across Australia.  Register for free to create watch lists, receive email alerts for funding opportunities and gain tips to help you apply for grants.


Key Dates

Round 1:
Opens: 19 June 2020
Webinar: 7 July 2020
Closes: 13 July 2020

Round 2:
Opens: 25 October 2020
Webinar: 29 October 2020
Closes: 10 November 2020

Round 3:
Opens: 1 February 2021
Webinar: 10 February 2021
Closes: 1 March 2021

Round 4:
Opens: 1 April 2021
Webinar: 12 April 2021
Closes: 3 May 2021

Register for a Community Grants Webinar here.

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

Community Grants Program Guidelines 2020/2021

How to Apply

Apply here.



Community Grant Recipient – May 2019

The Daylesford Football Netball Club (DFNC) held the inaugural DFNC Pride Cup in partnership with the Chillout Festival to promote diversity and inclusion within the Club.


Community Grant Recipient – April 2019

Friends of Creswick’s Park Lake Botanical Reserve Association purchased a brush cutter, attachments and safety gear to provide volunteers with equipment to  maintain the Reserve.


Community Grant Recipient – February 2019 

The Creswick Primary School delivered an educational and entertaining anti-graffiti presentation.  Students learned about the money spent on graffiti removal in their local and school community.  The message delivered was about personal responsibility and that every decision comes with a consequence.

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