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Previous Community Grant Program recipients, members of Able Radio - a one-hour weekly radio show on MAINfm.

Council offers a number of funding opportunities for community groups and organisations that want to undertake projects and events that align with Council’s plans and strategies.

(Image: Grant recipients from the 2020 Round 1 Community Grants, MAINfm’s Able Radio show, pictured with participants from Windarring.)

Community Grants Program

Council is very pleased to announce that 18 projects have been successful in the latest round of Community Grant funding.

2022 Round 1 recipients will share in almost $50,000 to the benefit of the community.

Please refer below for the full list of successful projects.

Round 2 will open on Monday 18 July 2022 and we are encouraging anyone who has an idea for a community based project, program or initiative to consider applying. It would be great to hear from groups that are new to community grants.

Please do not hesitate to call the grants team to have a chat to see if you are eligible or to discuss project ideas and the application process.

2022 Round 2
OPENS - Monday 18 July 12am
CLOSES - Monday 8 August 4pm

Our Community Grants provide support to new, innovative and emerging local community development projects and initiatives that align with Council's strategic objectives.

The Program is made up of two funding streams: small grants up to $3,000 and partnership grants up to $10,000.

See the guidelines below for further information. Please note that it is a requirement of the guidelines to speak with a grants officer about your project idea before submitting an application.

Apply online via Smarty Grants

Community Grants Program Guidelines - PDF
Community Grants Program Guidelines - Word

Frequently asked questions - Community Grants Program
Risk assessment template
Auspice agreement
Acknowledgement Guidelines for Recipients

For more information about our Community Grants Program contact a member of the Community Partnerships Team on 03 5471 1700 or email: grants@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

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List of projects funded

Below are some of the projects Council has proudly supported through the Community Grants Program:

Most recent round:

Community Grants 2022 Round 1 - list of funded projects

Previous rounds:
- 2021 (Round 2)
- 2021 (Round 1)
- 2020 (Round 2)
- 2020 (Round 1)


Project Acquittal/Project Completion Reports

Successful applicants from previous funding rounds must complete an acquittal for their project online via SmartyGrants.

1. Go to: https://mountalexander.smartygrants.com.au/, and log in with the username and password you used to submit the application.
2. Click on “My submissions”.
3. Click on “Project Completion Report” directly under the submitted application to complete the report.

If you did not submit your application online, please contact grants@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Council Grants Information Sessions

There are currently no scheduled information sessions.

For queries regarding our Community Grants program, please call Sarah Gradie on 5471 1790.
For queries regarding our Events Grants program, please call Lucie Curry Cheenne on 5471 1857.

Events Grants Program

The next round of Events Grants will open on 8 August until 29 August 2022 for events held in the first half of 2023.

Mount Alexander Shire Council allocates funds each year to support events in the local community that align with the goals in our Council Plan 2021-2025 and other strategic directions.

The Events Grants program provides a transparent and equitable process for local groups and organisations to seek funding and in-kind support from Council.

Funding can be used for a wide variety of event related costs such as:
- Venue Hire
- Equipment Hire
- Wash Against Waste Trailer
- Marketing
- Traffic Management
- and much more, please refer to our guidelines below for more details.

The Program aims to provide support to events that:

• Foster community, economic and/or cultural development in Mount Alexander Shire
• Consider impacts on the environment and surrounding community
• Are accessible, inclusive and welcoming of everyone
• Are safe and compliant.

View the Program Guidelines for details

Check out the successful events in Council's most recent round of funding here.

Previous rounds:
- 2021-2022 Round 1
- 2020-2021 Round 2
- 2020-2021 Round 1
- 2019-2020 Round 2
- 2019-2020 Round 1

Other documentation
Events Grants Program Auspice Agreement

Quick Response Events Grants

We have updated the amount available for the year-round quick response grants to $500 to support more events and running the program at a different time of year to the community grants. Events running from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 are eligible to apply.

Apply here!

View the Program Guidelines for details

If you have any questions please contact the Venues and Events team on 5471 1700 or email us at events@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Project Acquittal/Project Completion Reports
Successful applicants from previous funding rounds must complete an acquittal for their project online via SmartyGrants.

1. Go to the SmartyGrants Website, and log in with the username and password you used to submit the application.
2. Click on “My submissions”.
3. Click on “Project Completion Report” directly under the submitted application to complete the report.

Quick Response Youth Grants

Council’s Quick Response Youth Grants provide grants of up to $1000 for local young people to run their own youth focused activities and projects.

Young people (aged 10 to 25 years of age) can apply for a Quick Response Youth Grant at any time of year.

For more information, see the Quick Response Youth Grants 2018/2019 guidelines and application form.

For support in developing your ideas and submitting your application contact Council's Youth Development Officer, on 5471 1700 or email youth@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Below are some of the projects Council has proudly supported through the Quick Response Youth Grant Program:

Quick Response Youth Grants

Grant Connect Mount Alexander

Mount Alexander Shire Council, in collaboration with GrantGuru, have developed a free online search tool to assist businesses, not-for-profits and individuals in the Mount Alexander Shire to find grant opportunities.

Grant Connect Mount Alexander is a comprehensive platform that includes all local, state and national funding opportunities available from across a range of sectors, as well as other useful information and tips on grant writing. To start searching for grants visit Grant Connect Mount Alexander.

Coronavirus funding support
Grant Connect has a new addition to support local businesses and community groups to access funding opportunities during coronavirus. All coronavirus funding opportunities are listed via the Quick Lists: Coronavirus Funding tab. The Quick List tab can be found on the Grants Connect front page.

If you require any assistance in navigating Grant Connect Mount Alexander or have any questions please contact the Grants team on 5471 1700 or email grants@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Tips on grant writing

Our Community provides advice, resources and training for community groups on applying for grants. More information is available on the Our Community website at www.ourcommunity.com.au.

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