The Australia Day Grants program supports community groups to hold free events/acknowledgment ceremonies to mark 26 January in a way that is respectful of all community members. These events can be hosted on any day one week before or after 26 January (between 19 January to 2 February).

Council recognises that Australia Day/26 January is not a day of celebration for all, especially for First Nations Australians. Any activities funded through this program should align to Council’s vision:

“With our unique regional identity, Macedon Ranges Shire embodies a caring, resilient approach to community through our robust local economy, protection of the natural environment and a collaborative commitment to inclusivity for all.”

Groups can apply for up to $1,000 per group/event. Each group may only receive funding once per year.

Applications open on Monday 2 October and close on Monday 30 October at 5pm.

To discuss your ideas or for any questions, call (03) 5422 0333 or email

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