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Foundation Murrindindi is a grassroots community foundation focused on creating thriving, vibrant and connected communities within the Shire of Murrindindi.

We are an established and respected community foundation representing the communities of the Shire of Murrindindi. We make grants to local organisations and initiatives, and bring people together to build social capital and strengthen our communities.

Foundation Murrindindi is built on the strength of Marysville & Triangle Community Foundation (MTCF). MTCF was formed in 2012 to support local communities in their continued recovery following the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

From conception, our Foundation was designed to support the aspirations of the 42 communities within the Shire of Murrindindi, and while the impacts of the fires will be with us forever, there are now broader issues across the Shire that need attention.

That’s why MTCF has evolved into Foundation Murrindindi and will work hard to support and advocate for the entire Shire, and the people who live and work within it.

We are optimistic about the future of our region, and invite you to be part of making it even stronger.

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Foundation Murrindindi provides philanthropic grants for community benefit. Our grants programs contribute to the long term benefit of our region by addressing local needs.

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Foundation Murrindindi is establishing a corpus that will ensure our longevity and enable us to continue to support the growth of this fantastic region.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Giving

Green Grant Program

In November, we host a event to celebrate 10 years of giving across the Shire of Murrindindi. 

It was lovely to gather with board members, grantees and supporters of the Foundation to reflect on our impact and of course eat cake!

We heard from our inaugural Chair Tony Thompson on how the Foundation was established and how it has grown over the years. Current Chair Melinda spoke about the future of the Foundation. We also heard stories of impact from four grant recipients and the difference it made to their community led projects.

Happy 10 Years of Giving!

Our Green Grant Program for 2023 opens on 1st March and closes on 31st March. 

Last year we funded a variety of projects across the Shire including a whole school environmental awareness program at Marysville Primary School, new compost bins and worm farms at Kinglake West Primary School and Microbat Box workshops at Yea Community House. 

If you have a great idea for a community project that will have a positive impact on the local environment and/or promote environmental stewardship and sustainability please apply here.


Funded Projects

Murrindindi’s local radio station, UGFM, purchased a Ford transit van to fit out as a mobile studio (outdoor broadcast vehicle) to support, strengthen and promote community events and activities across the Shire.

The Foundation supported an important project to upgrade the only recreational facilities in Acheron.

Members of the Creative Triangle, formed in the aftermath of the 2009 bushfires to create a space where women could gather and connect and share their recovery journeys, were supported to attend a workshop to advance their skills.

Executive Officer, Robyn Hill, attended the opening of the upgraded facilities at Flowerdale's Spring Valley Recreation Reserve on Australia Day.

Get Ready Day! 2019 What an amazing day at our Get Ready! Event. Huge thanks to our local emergency services teams, very willing as always to share their knowledge.We learnt about CPR and snakebite management, watched the SES demonstrate their…

Murrindindi Youth (MY) Reflective Garden, Alexandra Secondary College Alexandra Secondary College’s new garden is a quiet reflective space where students can relax and enjoy the natural environment.Funded through the Foundation’s Bushfire Recovery Fund, the garden creates a sense of belonging…

Improving mental health - Alexandra Secondary College This project supported the students of Alexandra Secondary School by providing an on site counsellor. A counsellor worked with students and their families to improve their mental health and day-to-day functioning.By helping young…

The aim of this project is to increase the fitness and stamina of the participants in the Toolangi Castella District Community House fitness group.

Singing for the Soul Dr Jonathon Welch AM, and 60 members of his community choir - 'THECHO!R'- visited Alexandra on April 7 2019 to conduct a singing workshop with local participants, then participated in a free concert performance in the…

Telling our story - Alexandra Football and Netball Club Production of communications material Funding form the Foundation assisted the Alexandra Football and Netball Club (AFNC) to tell their story, in order to attract funds to help construct a multipurpose community…

Foundation Murrindindi acknowledges the Taungurung and Wurundjeri peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we meet, share and work. We pay our respects to their rich cultures and to Elders past, present and emerging.