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Grants

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.

Events Grants Program

Mount Alexander Shire Council allocates funds each year to support events in the local community that align with the goals in our Council Plan 2017-2021 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.

The Events Grant 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.

Round 1 of our revised Events Grants Program will open at 9.00am on Monday 21 September.

We have made some changes to the grants process based on feedback from event organisers and are thrilled to launch round 1 of our revised events grants program. This round of funding is for events held in 2021 and beyond.

Submit your application online.

Applications will be accepted until 4.00pm on Monday 12 October.

The grants and application process will shift to a tier system based on the number of expected attendees to enable a simpler application process:
Tier one – more than 2,000 people – $3,000 grants available
Tier two – between 1,000 and 2,000 people – $2,000 grants available
Tier three – below 1,000 people – $1,000 grants available.

We have also 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.

View the Events Grants Guidelines here

View the 2019/2020 event grant recipients here.


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.

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.

Community Grants Program

Round 2 of the 2020 Community Grants Program is now CLOSED.

Applications will be assessed in September and funding recommendations will be presented to Council for consideration in November.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in December.


- Community Grants Program Guidelines - PDF
- Community Grants Program Guidelines - Word
- Risk assessment template
- Auspice agreement
- Acknowledgement Guidelines for Recipients

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.

List of projects funded

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

Most recent round:
Community Grants 2020 Round 1 - list of funded projects

Previous rounds:
- 2019 (Round 2)
- 2019 (Round 1)
- 2017/2018


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.

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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