Community grants and support program

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1. Central Goldfields Community Support Grants Program description 

This year Council is again offering a community grant program to enable Central Goldfields organisations and community groups to re-start their programs and rebuild their community activities.

There is a total of $30,000 in the 2021/2022 financial year for Community Grants. 

These grants are to help community-based organisations and groups to support the provision of programs and services which benefit the Central Goldfields Shire community and are in accordance with Council's plans and strategies which can be found at this link.

All applications must conform to the Grant Guidelines, which have been developed according to the Central Goldfields Shire Council’s Community Support Policy.  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, 188KB)

Click here to view form.

 

2. Available grants

Grants will be available for amounts from $500.

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.

Council may also be able to assist through in-kind support or building/planning fee discounts or waivers. To access this support, contact CASI Community Connector James Rigby on 0428 927 338 or james.rigby@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au  

3. General guidelines

Who will be funded?

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

Typically, a community-based organisation or group 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 or group 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.

Highest priority will be given to projects that demonstrate a partnership approach, increase participation in community activities, projects or programs where there is a demonstrated community need, or are in danger of discontinuing without the financial support of the Grants program.

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. Funding streams

Community Development

These projects would typically be those that increase social capital. These types of projects will lead to leadership development, skills development, increased participation, projects that improve management skills within community organisations and projects that support a local community.

For example:

  • Environmental management, training and programs
  • Youth activities and programs, or
  • Community events and festivals.

Creativity and Innovation

This funding category is aimed at artistic development, new innovative community projects, incubators or new ways of approaching community programs.

For example:

  • Community arts projects and initiatives
  • Projects promoting the use of new technologies in the community, or
  • Innovative creative education programs.

Please note: all activities must be delivered within a COVID Safe manner and adhere to relevant restrictions at the time of delivery.

Physical infrastructure

To support community organisations in relation to facility development and one-off maintenance issues. This funding category will also provide the opportunity for organisations to increase service capacity through equipment purchases and other physical enhancements to facilities.

For example:

  • Building improvements that improve accessibility and amenity
  • New equipment for programs, or
  • Issues that have arisen in relation to maintenance of community facilities. 

5. 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 supplied within the application form.  Documentation submitted in alternative formats will not be considered.

All potential applicants must contact CASI Community Connector James Rigby on 0428 927 338 or james.rigby@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au to discuss their project idea before preparing their grant application.

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

Late, ineligible, and incomplete applications will not be assessed. 

6. How are applications processed

A panel of Council officers will assess all eligible applications and then make recommendations to Council based on the ranking of those applications against the assessment criteria.

Eligible applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • 50% How the project benefits the Central Goldfields Shire community
  • 25% How well the project aligns with Council plans and strategies
  • 25% Demonstrated capacity of the project to succeed

The assessment panel’s recommendations for funding will be presented to Council for consideration and final approval at the 21 December 2021 council meeting.

Preference will be given to groups not funded in the previous round. 

7. Acquittals

All funded projects should be planned for completion within the current financial year.

Please note: 10% of all grants will be with-held until the final acquittance is completed and submitted to council. 

8. Timeline

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

The council will make a decision about successful and unsuccessful grants at the 21 December 2021 Council Meeting.

Successful applicants will be notified by email by 24 December 2021.

90% of grant funds will be deposited in the nominated bank account at the commencement of the project.

All projects are expected to be completed and acquitted before 30 June 2022 at which point the final 10% of the grant will be deposited in the same account. 

9. Application 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 

10. 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 contact with CASI Community Connector on 0428 927 338 or james.rigby@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au if you would like some assistance with researching possibilities for other funding sources. 

11. Contact

For more information, or to discuss ideas, contact CASI Community Connector James Rigby on 0428 927 338 or james.rigby@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au