A scholarship just for Port Fairy residents is among the offers on the table for the Leadership Great South Coast (LGSC) 2021 program.
Port Fairy and District Community Bank have sponsored one scholarship for $3000, with the successful applicant having to be from the town.
This is one of 12 scholarships for the program that are up for grabs.
The others include South West Community Foundation, Hugh Williamson Foundation, Leadership Great South Coast, Wannon Water, Gardiner Foundation (x2), Agriculture Victoria , Denis Tricks AM, Great South Coast Food and Fibre Council, Committee for Portland, Corangamite Shire.
LGSC executive officer Amanda Hennessy said the program was looking for individuals that could make a difference in what wouldbe a challenging 2021.
"Often our program applicants come to us with fantastic project ideas that they haven't been able to get off the ground due to timing, lack of funds or capacity," Ms Hennessy said.
"In these cases, LGSC can assist by providing support, training, advice and leverage to get projects up and running. With our networks we can also assist in attracting support and funding for the right projects.
"Our graduates are the first to say that LGSC is not for the faint-hearted, it is a hands-on, personal and professional development opportunity, not an academic program."
A number of prominent Moyne residents have been part of the program in the past.
These include Moyne Shire mayor Daniel Meade and Koroit Irish Festival vice-president Leon Carey.
Ms Hennessy said the program had received glowing reviews from many who had taken part.
She said one former participant said the program had changed their life, by giving them the confidence to follow their passions.
The 2021 program will run from February to December.
Program applications close October 31 and can be found at www.lgsc.org.au