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Mansfield Community Matching Fund Grants

Mansfield Shire Council's Community Matching Fund

Mansfield Shire Council’s Community Matching Fund (CMF) provides grants of up to $5000 to not-for-profit groups based in the Mansfield Shire. The Fund aims to support the valuable work undertaken by volunteers and community groups within the Shire.

A five year review process was undertaken in 2016 on the direction of the CMF which resulted in a new application format and fund being introduced.

The new Community Member fund provides support to individual community members to attend training and skills development opportunities (for example, the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program) and a presentation to an assessment panel will be the new application format for applicants to the Clubs and Groups Fund along with the newly created Community Member Fund.



Helping Hand Fund

Clubs and Groups Fund

Community Member Fund


Quick and simple projects, where immediate funds are required

For larger projects that will enhance community life in Mansfield Shire.

For an individual community member to attend training and development to build skills for the benefit of the Mansfield Community

Maximum Grant Amount

Max $999

$1000 - $5000

Max $3000

Funding pool



Funding ratio

$1 to $1

$1 to $1

$1 to $1

No. of rounds

Open year round

Two per financial year

One per financial year

Application format

Application form

Presentation to assessment panel

Presentation to assessment panel

Project Start Date

No less than 4 weeks from date of application.

No less than 12 weeks from date of application

Project Completion Date

Within 12 months of receiving funds, inclusive of acquittal

No. per year

Groups can receive up to one Helping Hand Fund or one Clubs and Groups Fund grant per funding year.

An individual can receive up to one grant and will not be eligible for funding in the following 3 years

How to apply

To apply, read the guidelines then download the ‘response to clubs and groups application and budget’ forms

Helping Hand applications will be received year round. Clubs & Groups and Community Member applications will be received twice a year.

All applications to the Community Matching Fund are made online. 

  • Complete the online cover sheet – you will need to know your organisation name and contact details, incorporation number, GST status, details of your auspicing agency (if required), details of the land owner (if project proposes to modify existing or install new infrastructure)
  • Upload the application form and budget form onto the online form


Applications to Round 2 of the 2016-2017 Clubs and Groups Fund and the Community Member Fund are now open and will close Tuesday 18 April 2017, 5pm. 

Helping Hand applications will be assessed based on the information provided on the online form.

Applicants to the Clubs and Groups Fund along with the newly created Community Member Fund will present their application pitch to the assessment panel following the receipt of the online application form.

Presentation to an assessment panel:

The purpose of the presentation is to enable applicants to hear about each other’s projects, share ideas and develop networks.

It will also enable applicants to respond to questions regarding their application, reducing the delay in collating information required to assess each application and allowing applicants to hear the kind of questions and details that an assessment panel requires – improving the applicants skills and knowledge to apply for other grants.

Presentations for Round 2 of the 2016-2017 CMF will be conducted shortly after applications have been received, notification of date and time will be sent to successful applications.

It is anticipated that all eligible applicants will proceed to the presentation stage. The time allowed for your presentation will be determined based on the number of applications received.  It is expected that you will be available for the entirety of the presentations, approximately 3 hours with refreshments provided.

A member of the Community Development Team will contact you within 1 week of receiving your application to confirm your availability to present, advise you the time allowed for a presentation and highlight any key information from your application that should be included or if there is any missing information.

For further information please contact the Community Development Team

Phone:  5775 8555

Email:   jane.diplock@mansfield.vic.gov.au or Kirsten.lingard@mansfield.vic.gov.au


Below are resources to help you write and find applications

Click on any of the items below to read about it. This list includes a number of local grant and sponsorship opportunities, as well as links to a variety of other grants.

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  • Mansfield & District Community Bank - grants

  • Mansfield Community Fund