Community groups and organisations across Sunbury and the Macedon Ranges are delighted with their grants success.

Hume Men’s Shed Sunbury was among the big winners – it received a $1320 grant.

Shed president Mike Newman said the money was very welcoming.

“Getting these grants really helps,” he said. “We’ll be able to send five or six members out to first aid courses.

“We’re a not-for-profit organisation – we basically rely on shed members’ annual dues, plus things like Bunnings sausage sizzle.

“It’s the little things like that, they all add up.”

Citizen’s Advocacy Sunbury and District, Macedon Ranges Further Education Centre and the Macedon Ranges Netball Association also received money under the Volunteer Grants program.

Citizen’s Advocacy’s $5000 will go towards online and video training and mentoring programs.

The Macedon Ranges Further Education Centre received $4750 to help with training and upskilling attendees.

Federal McEwen MP Rob Mitchell said: “The training will allow tutors to support students with individual learning needs on a one-on-one basis, which is such a help to those who need that little bit of a personal support with their learning goals.”

The netball association received $4000 to upgrade IT equipment and to replace a broken gazebo.