Funding tiny towns


Tiny towns and communities in Moorabool can now apply for grants to create more projects and stronger local connections through the state government’s Tiny Towns Fund.

Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas has called on local community groups to submit their ideas and apply for a tiny towns grant, with applications now open.

“Our tiny towns have so much to offer and we’re helping them unlock new reasons for people to visit, explore, work and live in them,” she said.

“From barbecues at the park to community centres, these projects will make a difference to those who need them in towns across Macedon Ranges, Hepburn, Mount Alexander and Moorabool.”

The fund will offer grants between $5000 and $50,000 to deliver infrastructure projects, such as hiking trails, splash parks, playgrounds, community hall and library upgrades, public art and more.

Eligible applicants include community and non-profit groups and councils in towns with under 5000 people across regional Victoria and outer metro-Melbourne.

Regional Development Minister Gayle Tierney said the fund will help attract more visitors.

“Whether it’s renovations to a community centre or new barbecues at the local park, [the investment] will support local businesses and jobs, and help attract more visitors,” Ms Tierney said.

“With more people than ever before choosing lifestyles away from major cities, new initiatives like Tiny Towns will help ensure regional and outer suburban communities continue to flourish.”

With round one of the funding already open, further rounds will be available from 2024.