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Community Grants Program

Hepburn Shire Community Grants provide funding annually to community groups and organisations.

Community groups and organisations will have the opportunity to apply for funding on a quarterly basis. This includes local not-for-profit groups and organisations within the Hepburn Shire, who are incorporated with an ABN, or have an auspicing agent.

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


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:

  1. Active and Engaged Communities (up to $2,500)
  2. Quality Community Infrastructure (including small equipment) (up to $2,500)
  3. Sustainable Environments (up to $2,500)
  4. Children’s Program (up to $2,500)
  5. 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 2021-2022


Key Dates

Community GrantsOpen to applicantsClose to applicantsCouncil Meeting
Round 1Thursday 1 July 2021Thursday 29 July 2021Tuesday 21 September 2021
Round 2Friday 1st October 2021Friday 29 October 2021Tuesday 21 December 2021
Round 3Tuesday 8 February 2022Tuesday 1 March 2022Tuesday 19 April 2022*
Round 4Thursday 31 March 2022Friday 28 April 2022Tuesday 21 June 2022*

*Please note these are date approximations pending confirmation.


How to Apply

Apply here.


Other Grant opportunities

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.


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.