The Council has announced the recipients of its Community Funding Program (CFS) grant program for 2022-2023, with twenty-one local community groups receiving a share of $174,868 in funding.
The Community Funding Program provides funds to non-profit community groups for programs and initiatives that benefit residents of the Macedon Ranges and help achieve the goals of the community vision and council plan.
The funding is divided into four streams, including: community and cultural development projects, improving the effectiveness of local community groups, supporting local environmental priorities, and improving community places and infrastructure.
The program offers community groups the opportunity to find funds to support programs and initiatives that would otherwise be difficult to obtain.
Mayor of Macedon Ranges County Council, Cr Jennifer Anderson, said non-profit community groups rely heavily on grants and fundraising from the local community for projects and facility upgrades. The challenges of the past two years with the pandemic and the rising cost of living have made these funds more difficult to obtain for these groups.
“The Community Funding Program helps fill this gap and enables our local community groups to implement initiatives and carry out projects that they otherwise could not. To help further, this year we allowed each organization to apply for up to two grants. The adoption by our community groups this year has been really nice to see,” she said.
Some of the projects that will receive funding under this year’s round include:
- Lancefield Neighborhood House – Extinct, Lancefield Megafauna Festival – $4,000
- Macedon-Woodend Scout Group – Purchase of backpacking tents, camp stoves and barbecues – $3,400
- Romsey Neighborhood House Inc. – Feed It Forward equipment including freezers – $6,000
- South Gisborne Tennis Club – Accessible setting and picnic area – $12,000
- Woodend Golf Club Inc. – Woodend Golf Club Community Trails Project – $12,000
- Friends of Bald Hill Preserve – Installation of seats in the refuge, design of a brochure and interpretive panels for the refuge – $12,000
- Riddells Creek Lions Club – All Inclusive Double BBQ and Electric – $12,000
- Bullengarook Pony Club – Bullengarook Equestrian Arena Upgrade – $12,000
- Friends of Maxwell Street, Tylden – Maxwell Street Reserve walking track and gates – $10,000
View the full list of recipients.