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Kilmore non-profit and sporting groups can share in $10,000 of funding being offered by developer Jinding, as part of its annual community grants program.

Jinding is delivering the new Broadstead community in Kilmore and is awarding up to $2000 to each successful applicant, with submissions closing on June 30.

Last year, seven local organisations were awarded a grant, including the Kilmore Historical Society and Love in Action.

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Kilmore Historical Society secretary, Barbara Wilson, said receiving the $2000 grant to produce a new book on Walks in Kilmore would benefit locals and visitors for generations to come.

“We are excited to be able to produce a resource that will become a legacy for the township and its rich history as Victoria’s oldest inland town, established in 1841,” Ms Wilson said.

“The book is currently a work in progress as we are documenting places to visit, including a detailed description, photographs, and maps to follow on a self-guided walk. Once completed, it will be a tribute to the beauty of our town, and an invitation for more people to explore it.”

Fiona Van Der Vlugt from Love in Action, which received $2,000 to purchase food for families in need in Kilmore, Broadford, and surrounds, said with the cost-of-living crisis, demand for their services had increased significantly.

“We provide food for about 40 families each week, so the grant really helped us keep up with demand, especially considering the jump in food prices,” she said.

Jinding General Manager of Developments, Dr Andrew Ashwood, said the grants program was an important part of the development of the Broadstead community.

“We want our residents, and all those who call Kilmore home, to live in an area that is growing and going from strength to strength,” Dr Ashwood said.

“We have an opportunity to support this by providing funding for eligible groups to buy new equipment, create additional services or support those in need. It’s about lifting up the whole community and ensuring everyone has access to a range of services and amenities, and we are proud to play a small part in this.”

Dr Ashwood said submissions for the grants opened on April 13, coinciding with two local events – the season launch for Kilmore Football Club at their new pavilion and the Kilmore Busking Championships.

“We were proud to sponsor the third prize for the Kilmore Busking Championships for the second year in a row. We had a stall on Mill Street, where our sales team shared locally made cupcakes while answering questions from those interested in knowing more about applying for the grants.”

Other recipients of the 2023 Broadstead community grants include the Murrindindi Ranges Wildlife Shelter who received a $2000 grant to help with running a large shelter for 150 injured and orphaned animals, and to provide a 24/7 rescue service to Murrindindi, the Mitchell Shire region, and surrounding towns.

The Toy Library of Kilmore was also awarded $1400 to replace its 15-year-old laptop to improve its offering of providing toys to children, including those with special needs, to assist in their growth and development.

Kilmore District Men’s Shed was granted $1305 to replace old equipment and units so members can pursue their activities in a safe and economical manner.

Zonta Club of Mitchell was awarded $1000 for its Dignity Bag project, which provides cloth bags filled with toiletries such as shampoo, tampons and pads, for girls and women needing emergency supplies.

Kilmore Wallan RSL Sub Branch Inc received $679 for a new printer to submit claims on behalf of veterans.

Jinding is a diversified integrated property and investment group, providing investment solutions and building sustainable communities that generate value today, while leaving a positive legacy for tomorrow.

Its development division was established in 2016 and has grown to include a $2 billion pipeline comprised of more than 4300 homes, including residential lots, house-and-land packages, townhouses, apartments, and mixed-use projects across Melbourne, regional Victoria and Queensland.

Its Victorian portfolio includes master planned communities Octave at Junction Village, The Patch in Wollert, Harriott at Armstrong Creek, and Broadstead at Kilmore.

For more details or to apply for a grant, please visit

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