Community Planning

Community Planning Small Grants Program

The Community Planning Small Grants Program is now open. Applications are invited from community groups involved in the Murrindindi Community Planning pilot in Yea, Marysville or Toolangi-Castella.

The Community Planning Small Grants program is a one off grant round funded by the Insurance Australia Group (IAG), and its local brand WFI, to support the townships of Marysville, Yea and Toolangi-Castella as part of the Community Planning trial. The Community Planning Small Grants program seeks to support not-for-profit community groups and organisations with activities that are prioritised in each town's Community Plan and that have a broad community benefit. Eligible activities will focus on health & wellbeing, building resilience and reducing social isolation, looking after our built and natural environments and providing arts and cultural opportunities.

Supporting Documents

The following templates are provided as examples you may use to prepare your application. 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, 13KB)

Agreement to Auspice(DOCX, 17KB)

Applications close at 4pm on Friday 28th August 2020.

Click to download the Guidelines for Community Planning Small Grants(PDF, 144KB). To make an application for the Community Planning Small Grant for your local community group, click the relevant link below:

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About the Project

The Community Planning Framework, developed by community working groups in 2018, is being trialled in Yea, Marysville and Toolangi-Castella.

Community planning aims to put communities in the driver’s seat. In 2019 many community meetings and discussions occurred, looking at ideas and opportunities for the future. A list of ideas were then collated for each of the trial towns. These ideas have now been prioritised at community dinners held in February and March 2020 to help shape the vision and key goals for each town's Community Plan.

The communities of Yea, Marysville and Toolangi-Castella have each developed a Community Plan, based on input from local community members. These plans were acknowledged by Council at its Meeting on 27 May 2020.

Click here(PDF, 9MB) to download the Yea Community Plan

Click here(PDF, 8MB) to download the Marysville Community Plan

Click here(PDF, 4MB) to download the Toolangi-Castella Community Plan

This project wouldn't be possible without the generous support of Australia’s largest general insurer IAG, and their local brands CGU and WFI.


For more information about the Project you can contact Council's Community Planning Unit on (03) 5772 0333 or via email at