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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

2021 Round 2 of the Community Grants is now CLOSED.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to apply, we look forward to reading your project ideas.

We aim to notify applicants of the outcome of their application by email on or around the 17 November, after the 16 November Council Ordinary Meeting.

The next Community Grant Round will be in January 2022.

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

Two funding streams are open, small grants up to $3,000 and partnership grants up to $10,000.

See the guidelines below for further information.

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

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

Most recent round:

Community Grants 2021 Round 1 - list of funded projects

Previous rounds:
- 2020 (Round 2)
- 2020 (Round 1)
- 2019 (Round 2)
- 2019 (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

Round 1 of the Events Grants Program 2021 - 2022 is NOW CLOSED.

The next round of Events Grants will be in February 2022 for events running between July and December 2022.

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.
View the Program Guidelines for details

Successful Applicants - Round 1 - 2021/2022

Council is pleased to announce 18 key events will receive funding through the latest round of its events grants program ran in August 2021.

Street theatre and outdoor performances are set to play a big role as organisers go about planning events featuring theatre, sport, music, food and family activities.

Congratulations to the following events:

- Harcourt Valley Easter Festival
- Dialogues 2022
- UnHOWsed
- Bubs on Bikes
- Castlemaine Pride Picnic, featuring Castlemaine Pride Choir
- Opera Scholars Australia Summer School
- Maldon Twilight Dinner
- Castlemaine Artists Market
- Curbside Carnies: Autumn Edition
- Castlemaine Farmers Market
- Castlemaine Idyll: 2022
- Walk with Us: Untold Castlemaine
- Castlemaine Gift
- Town Folk Festival
- AUTOPIA
- Castlemaine Folk Festival
- Mount Alexander Vintage Engine Club 25th Annual Rally
- Castlemaine Auto Model Show

Previous rounds:
- 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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