The final round of the Hepburn Shire Community Grants Program will open on March 31 but you can start preparing your application now.

Council has allocated a total of $65,000 for Community Grants in the current financial year. Approximately 25% of that total will be allocated in the fourth round.

Funding is available for new or one-off events or programs or new initiatives for existing events or programs. Projects must be conducted within Hepburn Shire for the benefit of residents.

Local incorporated not-for-profit groups and organisations including sporting clubs within the Shire are eligible. Unincorporated groups must have an incorporated auspicing agent.

Projects should fall into one of the following categories:

  • Active and Engaged Communities
  • Quality Community Infrastructure (including small equipment)
  • Sustainable Environments
  • Children’s Program (specifically for 8 – 12 years)
  • Charitable Purposes (Birch and Holcombe Wards)

Detailed guidelines are available on the Hepburn Shire website at

Council officers are available to speak to prospective applicant to ensure that they have the greatest possible chance of success. Contact details for Council officers are in the Guidelines.

Applications close on April 28 and grants will be awarded at the Council meeting on June 21.