CASI Support Grants

1. CASI Community Recovery Grants Program Description 

This year Council, in partnership with the State Government, is offering an extra grant stream totalling $30,000.  These grants will enable Central Goldfields organisations and groups to support people who experience loneliness, isolation and disconnection to establish social networks through:

  • practical help
  • emotional support
  • social activities.

This has been enabled by funding from the State Government’s Community Activation and Social Isolation, CASI program.

All applications must conform to the Grant Guidelines, which have been developed according to the Central Goldfields Shire Community Support Policy  and the CASI initiative principles. If you are unsure about whether your project is eligible, please contact CASI Community Connector James Rigby on 0428 927 338 or james.rigby@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au 

Before you begin, please download the required budget template(DOCX, 16KB).

You can also download a tip sheet here(PDF, 215KB)

Click here to view form.

2. Available grants

Grants will be available for amounts from $2000.

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 19 November.

Assistance may be available for larger scale projects that require greater resources. This may take the form of assistance with finding and applying for complementary funding or finding auspicing organisations.

The council may also be able to assist through in-kind support or building/planning fee discounts or waivers. You should contact the grant manager for help with accessing this support. 

3. General guidelines

Who will be funded?

To be eligible to apply for a CASI Community Recovery grant you must be a Central Goldfields community-based organisation or community group and submit an application form to Council by 5pm Friday 19 November 2021.

Typically, a community-based organisation is a recognised not-for-profit group or organisation that carries out one or more of the following activities:

  • Provides services to the community such as positive ageing, childcare, health services, charity services or services of a similar type
  • Reinvests or applies the revenue it receives predominately for public interest services or activities
  • Principally provides social or junior sporting or recreational activities
  • Supports public events or information with a historical, cultural or community arts focus.

Who won’t be funded?

Typically, a community-based organisation would not include:

  • A political organisation.
  • A profit-making organisation.
  • Schools or tertiary institutions (excluding parents and friends' groups).
  • State or Federal government agencies and departments.
  • Any organisation where more than 50% of its income is derived from any State or Federal government program.

 

What will be funded?

All applications must be for projects that are based in the Central Goldfields Shire and benefit the Central Goldfields Shire community.

This funding is exclusively for projects that address the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic, specifically, loneliness, isolation and disconnection through participation in community activities, projects or programs. These projects will take into consideration the following principles which underpin the CASI initiative:

  • Projects which promote meaningful connections with friends, family and community.
  • Support people who are socially isolated to get the support and resources they need to be healthy and well during COVID-19
  • Create opportunities for people to participate in social activities and make new connections in their local communities.
  • Use local knowledge and partnerships to create meaningful opportunities for community participation and social connectedness
  • Create long term, sustainable local connections. 

 

Expected outcomes

  • Isolated, lonely and vulnerable people receive the support and resources they need to be healthy and well during COVID-19 response and recovery
  • Isolated, lonely and vulnerable people have new social connections in their local communities
  • Relationships between community and volunteer organisations that support vulnerable people are strengthened to deliver support to isolated, lonely and vulnerable people
  • Supports and activities are delivered in a COVID Safe manner 

 

What won’t be funded?

  • Applications from individuals
  • Applications where funding for projects is being requested retrospectively.
  • Applicants with an overdue acquittal for Central Goldfields Shire Council funding.
  • Applicants receiving funding from Central Goldfields Shire Council for the same project
  • Applications seeking funding to cover ongoing operational costs (e.g. insurance, utilities, rent, salaries)
  • Projects or activities that support a religious or political cause
  • Are the responsibility of the State or Federal Government, or
  • Projects that are already underway or have been completed. 

 

4. Application process

How to apply

Applications must be submitted via the online application portal along with all supporting documentation.

All supporting documentation must be submitted in Word or PDF formats. Budgets must conform to the template here.  Documentation submitted in alternative formats will not be considered.

All applicants must contact James Rigby on 0428 927 338 or james.rigby@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au on  to discuss their project before grant submission.

This will improve the likelihood of submitting an eligible and effective grant application within the timeframe.

A Guide with practical hints and information can be found here.  (link to be added)

Late,  ineligible and incomplete applications will not be assessed.

How are applications assessed

A panel of council officers will assess all eligible applications against the criteria.

Eligible applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

15% - Projects which promote meaningful connections with friends, family and community.

15% - Support people who are socially isolated to get the support and resources they need to be healthy and well during COVID-19

15% - Create opportunities for people to participate in social activities and make new connections in their local communities.

20% - Use local knowledge and partnerships to create meaningful opportunities for community participation and social connectedness

35% - Create long term, sustainable local connections.

The assessment panel’s recommendations for funding will be presented to the Executive Management Team for consideration and final approval at their 15 December meeting.

Acquittals

All projects should be planned for completion before the 31 December 2022.

All projects will be featured in a publication to highlight the projects and their benefits.

Timeline

The community recovery grants program close at 5pm on Friday 19 November.

The panel will make decisions about successful and unsuccessful grants at a meeting in early December 2021 and present to the Executive Management team on 15 December 2021.

Funds will be distributed soon after assessments are completed and banking details are confirmed.

All projects are expected to be completed and acquitted before December 31 2022. 

5. Application assessment checklist

If your project requires it all applications must include complete documentation in Word or PDF format including

  • Project budget
  • Detailed project timeline
  • Relevant permits
  • Letters of Support
  • Evidence of required permissions 

6. Other grants/other banks: additional funding

Projects that involve partnerships with other organisations, clubs or services are highly desirable and will be looked upon favourably.

Projects that attract funding from other sources are also highly desirable. Please get in touch if you would like some assistance with researching possibilities for other funding sources. 

7. Help and assistance

For more information, or for assistance on submitting your application, contact CASI Community Connector James Rigby on 0428 927 338 or james.rigby@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au