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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.

Council have a number of streams available for funding, these include:

- Community Grants
- Events Grants
- Youth Grants - quick response

See below for further details on each stream.

Community Grants Program

Council awards community grants

Council is pleased to announce the latest round of community grants. More than 30 local community groups will share more than $100,000 to deliver community projects, events and initiatives throughout Mount Alexander Shire.

Read the full list of funded projects - 2018/2019 - Round 1

Congratulations to all successful applicants! The next round of Community Grants will open on 22 July 2019 and close on Friday 9 August 2019 at 4.00pm.

About the program

The program provides support to local community-based projects and initiatives that align with Council’s goals and priorities.

Some changes have been made to the program this year to make it easier for applicants to plan and deliver projects.
The main changes under the new program include:

- Introducing two funding rounds per year in January and July
- Simplifying the application form and guidelines
- Offering two funding streams: Small Grants (up to $3,000) and Partnership Grants (up to $10,000). Partnership Grants are for projects of up to three years in length involving a minimum of three partners.

When the Community Grants round is open, you can start your online application here : https://mountalexander.smartygrants.com.au/.

Remember you must read the guidelines and speak with a member of the Community Partnerships Team prior to lodging your application. Read or download the program guidelines:

- Community Grants Program Guidelines (PDF, 274KB)
- Community Grants Program Guidelines (Word, 9.4MB)
- Risk assessment template
- Auspice agreement

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

Register for our mailing list to receive email updates about Council's grant programs.

Past successful grants

Below are some of the projects Council has proudly supported through previous grant rounds:

- 2017/2018
- 2016/2017
- 2015/2016

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.

Events Grants

Mount Alexander Shire Council will launch a new Events Grants program in July 2019.

Council has traditionally supported events by providing logistical support, services and fee waivers on an event-by-event basis.

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

Information sessions will be held in Castlemaine on Wednesday 17 July (day and evening) and Maldon during the week of 22 July (day).

The first round of Event grants will open on Monday 22 July and close on Friday 9 August.

You will need to apply for a grant in the applicable grant round, depending on when your event is held.
If your event is planned to occur between 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2020, If eligible, you will need apply for a grant to cover the cost of the logistical elements of your event up to a total of $3,000 in cash and in-kind support in this round open on the 22 July 2019.

Further details will be provided soon on how to apply and what is and isn't able to be funded.

If you have any questions please contact the Venues and Events team on 5471 1857 or email us at events@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

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

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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