At last week’s Council meeting grants were made to local organisations under the Community Grants Program, including the Biodiversity and COVID-19 categories.

Daylesford Museum Reserve Committee of Management and St Michael’s School received grants from the General Fund.

A grant of more than $1700 to St Michael’s will be used to rejuvenate their Indigenous garden. The funds will go towards buying indigenous plants, handcrafted signs created by a local aboriginal artist, crushed rock and some labour costs. The school said “This is a wonderful result for our school. It will add so much to the space and enhance it as an integral part of our school, in celebrating the cultures and customs of our First Peoples.”

The Museum Reserve Committee will use its grant of $2500 towards commissioning a Conservation Management Plan for the museum and its environs.

Biodiversity Grant

Six organisations across the Shire received Community Biodiversity Grants. The grants, which are focused on weed management and increasing plant diversity, are awarded annually.

Locally, the Friends of Cornish Hill will be using their grant of more than $3000 to engage young people from Daylesford Secondary College in maintaining and developing the Smith’s Creek corridor and the picnic area. In recent years FOCH has developed a working relationship with the College which has fostered a sense of responsibility for the environment among students.

A contractor will be engaged to get rid of the woody weeds along the corridor. Students will the plant trees, shrubs and grasses over a two-day period next year.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Support Grants Program

The Daylesford Horticultural Society received a grant to make a video based on Jill Teschendorff’s recently published “Grow Wild”.

In April Council launched a new fund, specifically to support and sustain the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery period.

In May, two local organisations made successful applications for $1000.

The Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre was able to provide free training for 28 people through their Get Job Ready program thanks to the grant. The Food Handling, First Aid and Responsible Service of Alcohol courses were designed to get people work fit and ready to go when restrictions were lifted.

A grant was also made to the Daylesford and District Horticultural Society. Local author, Jill Teschendorff had been scheduled to talk to the Society last month but the meeting, to discuss her recently published book Grow Wild: Gardening to Sustain Wildlife in the Hepburn Shire, reviewed here, was cancelled because of the pandemic. Instead, the Society will commission a local filmmaker to produce a video to make Jill’s message available to its members and the community via social media.


To find out more about applying for Community Grants go to the Shire’s website here or for COVID-19 Grants here.

Daylesford and District Community News would like to acknowledge their Community Grant of $2500 towards the cost of publishing The Wombat Post.