Outlying Communities Infrastructure Fund - NOW CLOSED

This grant has now closed.

The Outlying Communities Infrastructure Fund aims to support communities to develop or improve community facilities that enhance liveability and improve community resilience and connectivity in outlying communities within the Mansfield Shire


Funded by Mansfield Shire Council: Grants of up to $20,000 are available out of a total funding pool of $50,000. Only one application per organisation accepted, however, we encourage multiple applications from each community. Open now, closing midnight 14 October 2022

Who Can Apply?

Groups and organisations registered on the Australian Government Australian Business Registry as an Incorporated Association, State or Local Government Entity

Groups or organisations auspiced by an Incorporated Association, State or Local Government Entity

Multiple Groups within the same community

Who Cannot Apply

Applications will not be accepted from:


Groups or organisations that were successful in the 2021-22, are not eligible for a grant in 2022-23

Businesses or political groups

Government agencies – with the exception of groups registered as State or Local Government Entities for the purpose of managing land – i.e. Crown Land Committee of Management and Local Government halls and reserves.

Individuals, groups or organisations outside Mansfield Shire

Applicants that have not successfully acquitted previous Council grants or who have outstanding debts to Council

Eligible Projects

The projects must:

Demonstrate ongoing community benefit

Take place in an outlying community within the Mansfield Shire (not within Mansfield township as per the Planning Scheme)

Deliver capital improvement to:



Publicly accessible land managed/maintained for community benefit


Eligible projects may include:

Improvements to community buildings i.e. kitchens, bathrooms, social spaces

Improvements to sporting and recreational facilities

New infrastructure initiatives

Infrastructure that increases inclusion, and accessibility for all abilities

Sustainability improvements

Projects that reduce risk/increase safety

Storage improvements


Pump Tracks

What We Do Not Fund

Appliances and/or non-permanent equipment

Projects that will require recurrent funding

Staff costs

Projects that have previously been funded by Council

Purchase of land or buildings

Payment to the applicant for time spent working on the project or planning the project

Maintenance works that are an organisation/club responsibility under tenancy or lease agreement

Projects which exclude access to the public or community groups

Ongoing administration/operational costs

Expenditure or financial commitments made before the grant has been awarded

Works that have already been started or completed

Projects located within the Mansfield township zone (as defined by the Planning Scheme)

Community Contribution

This fund does not have a set community contribution, however applicants must demonstrate some contribution from community to the grant total.

Eligible contributions include volunteer labour, professional services, donated materials or cash.

Want To Apply - Next Steps

1.  Check your eligibility against the criteria

2.  Read the guidelines before completing your application

3.  Option to discuss your proposal with a Council Officer: community.development@mansfield.vic.gov.au or 03 5775 8592

4.  Obtain quotes for all expenses for your proposal

5.  Obtain letters of support and establish partnerships and links with other groups

6.  Provide all supporting documentation to attach electronically to your submission, including photographs, quotes, financial statements and insurance

7.  Submit your application online by the due date: 14 October 2022

Key Dates

Opens                        19 August 2022

Closes                        14 October 2022

Announcement         After an assessment process and council endorsement, successful projects are expected to be announced in November 2022