Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s annual Community Funding Scheme grants program is now open and will accept applications until June 27.

The scheme provides money for not-for-profit community groups to operate programs and initiatives that benefit Macedon Ranges residents.

Council has allocated $160,000 to the scheme for the 2022-23 financial year.

Projects funded by the scheme in 2021-22 include Romsey Neighbourhood House – $10,000 for YOUTHINK, a youth engagement program offering a range of activities, skills development courses, mentoring and access to fortnightly subsidised transport.

Council community director Maria Weiss said the grants were a great way for not-for-profit community groups to source funding to support programs and initiatives that would otherwise be difficult to obtain.

“The Community Funding Scheme is there to support our local not-for profit community groups who play a fundamental role in strengthening community inclusion and wellbeing through their initiatives,” she said.

“We encourage any groups in the Macedon Ranges who have a project that requires funding support to check their eligibility and apply for this fantastic opportunity.”

Council will accept grant applications online via the grants administration system SmartyGrants.

Ms Weiss encouraged community groups and not-for-profit organisations to discuss their project ideas with a council officer as soon as possible.

People can get more information regarding eligibility, using the SmartyGrants system, or applying for a grant by calling council’s community development team on 5422 0333 or visiting mrsc.vic.gov.au/grants.

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