1. 2009 Victorian Bushfires Commemoration and Community Development Grants Scheme

The Victorian Government has made $710,000 worth of grant funding available to communities affected by the 2009 Bushfires to commemorate the 10-year anniversary.
The ‘Grants Scheme’ is open to communities and councils within the 21 bushfire-affected municipalities. Read the grant Guidelines(DOCX, 2MB) for more details on the eligible councils.

Community groups are invited to apply for up to $5000 to fund a ‘commemorative activity’ or ‘community development activity’.

Grant applications open on 10 September and need to be submitted to Council by 8 October 2018, with applicants expected to be notified about the outcome of their grant submission by Friday, 9 November,2018.

We are here to make this easier

We know how important this milestone is and what it means to our communities to remember all that was lost and recognise all those who helped. It is our mission to make the grant application process as flexible and easy as possible for those wanting to hold an event or organise a project to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the 2009 Bushfires.  

Council’s Grants Coordinator is available to help everyone in the Shire who would like assistance with their grant application or wants to talk through their idea for a project or event.

Four workshops will be run across the Shire where we will work with you on your application. There is also an opportunity to book phone or one-to-one meetings with the Grants Coordinator. One-to-one meetings are available in Alexandra, Kinglake, Marysville and Yea. To book please call 5772 0333 or email

Marysville  One-to-one meetings  Wednesday 19 September 12pm - 4pm
Marysville Workshop Wednesday 19 September 5pm - 8pm
Yea One-to-one meetings Thursday 20 September 9am - 11am & 2pm - 4pm
Yea Workshop Thursday 20 September 5pm - 8pm
Kinglake One-to-one meetings Wednesday 26 September 12pm - 4pm
Kinglake Workshop Wednesday 26 September 5pm - 8pm
Alexandra One-to-one meetings Most days
Call to book a time
Alexandra Workshop Thursday 27 September 5pm - 8pm
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'2009 Victorian Bushfires Commemoration and Community Development Grants Scheme' Program guidelines(DOCX, 2MB)

Grant application form(DOCX, 63KB)

'In-kind template(XLSX, 13KB)

Flow chart(PDF, 48KB)

Event planning checklist(DOCX, 22KB)

2. Business and Tourism Innovation Grants

Council opened its first ever round of Business and Tourism Innovation Grants earlier this year. The program has been established to invest in the futures of our communities by growing business investment and jobs in the Shire. The program will fund projects that lead to increased employment opportunities and increased investment in the local economy.

Click here to find out the successful applicants from Round 1.

Round 2 will open soon....stay tuned for further details.

The annual pool of grant funds will be set as part of the Council budget, across five streams:

  1. Business Support

  2. Business Growth or Establishment

  3. Industry and Economy Growth

  4. Events Kick Starter Program

  5. Major Events Leverage Fund

Grant applications must be lodged on Murrindindi's e-Tendering Portal - click here to access the Portal.

Supporting Documents

Business and Tourism Innovation Grant - Guidelines(PDF, 120KB)

Business and Tourism Innovation Grant - Frequently Asked Questions(PDF, 78KB)

Quick Guide - On-line Portal(PDF, 580KB)

Map of Murrindindi Shire(PDF, 2MB)

The following templates are provided as examples you may use. You are not required to use them.

Project Plan Template - Example A(DOCX, 40KB)

Project Plan Template - Example B(DOCX, 29KB)

In-kind Template(XLSX, 16KB)

If you have any questions please email or call Council on (03) 5772 0333.


3. Community Grants Program

Council’s Community Grants Program has been established to strengthen communities.

Applications will be considered from locally based groups and organisations and are primarily for once-off or start-up projects or activities aimed at growing an event.

There are three assessments undertaken per year:

  • applications submitted from October to the last business day in February - assessed in March

  • applications submitted from March to the last business day in May - assessed in June

  • applications submitted from June to the last business day in September - assessed in October

Amounts up to $500 do not require matching contribution, however amounts between $500 to $5000 require matching cash or in-kind. 

Applications may be submitted in more than one round and will be decided on merit, taking into consideration Council's mission, values, objectives and strategies.

Council will not consider applications for activities that could be described as an organisation's core business, administration or day-to-day operation.

Applications labelled 'Community Grants Application' can be submitted via:

  • Post to Manager Community Services, Murrindindi Shire Council, PO Box 138, Alexandra 3714.

  • Email to