Up to $20,000 is available for organisations in delivering projects that improve lives.

City of Melbourne Community Grants

Overview

The Community Grants Program provides funding to support and empower people and communities to engage, connect and take local action with a focus on local and vulnerable people. Grants are provided to schools, not-for-profit sports and community organisations to improve people’s quality of life.

 

Background

The City of Melbourne is a dynamic and vibrant place, has a residential population of around 100,611 (as of 2011) and hundreds of community organisations, all striving to make Melbourne a great place to be.

The Community Grants program is delivered by the City of Melbourne to support and empower people and communities to become engaged, to connect and to take local action.

 

Objectives

The Community Grants Program aims to:

  • build relationships and allow the City of Melbourne to partner with community to support shared outcomes
  • provide the opportunity for community to identify and respond to local issues, concerns and priorities that link with our priorities
  • build community capacity and empower the community to take an active role in improving their quality of life
  • foster community involvement and participation

 

Funding

The total budget for the 2017 Community Grants is approximately $535,000.

There are three levels of funding available within the Community Grants Program:

Up to $3000:

  • This level of funding is aimed at supporting smaller, ongoing social support or communications activities that build community connections.
  • Generally applications are made by local community groups with minimal or no staffing, run by volunteers. Generally the organisations are membership based with little other opportunities for funding.
  • Funding can contribute to administrative, core operational costs and recurring activities.
  • These applications have a shorter application form
  • Successful applicants will be required to sign a letter of agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of funding.
  • Successful applicants will be required to provide participation data as part of their acquittal.

Between $3001 and $10,000:

  • Applications above $3000 can only be funded two years in a row for the same project and must be focussed on a new initiative beyond core business activities.
  • Successful applicants will be required to sign a letter of agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of funding.
  • Successful applicants will be required to provide participation data, and in some instances data that demonstrates if the funded application has achieved Council’s outcomes.

Between $10,001 and $20,000

  • Applications above $3000 can only be funded two years in a row for the same project and must be focussed on a new initiative beyond core business activities.
  • The same application form is used for applications between $3001 and $20,000, though it is expected that applications over $10,000 will have more thoroughly addressed and responded to the questions on the application form.
  • The evidence of need linked to outcomes and the evaluation of the project will need to be appropriately addressed in the application.
  • Successful applicants will be required to sign a funding agreement
  • Successful applicants will be required to provide participation data, and data that demonstrate if the funded application has achieved our outcomes.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a Community Grant with the City of Melbourne, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be a school located in the City of Melbourne or a not-for-profit constituted body such as an incorporated association (or be auspiced by one).Com
  • Organisations must be located within, or offer a project within, the City of Melbourne municipality.
  • Applications must have a focus on City of Melbourne’s local communities and/or communities who are considered vulnerable.
  • Applicants must have fully acquitted previous completed grants and have no outstanding debts to the City of Melbourne.
  • Activities must take place by 31 December 2017
  • Applications must be submitted on time. Late submissions are not considered

Note that a single project, event, activity or program will only be considered for one City of Melbourne grant program at a time.

 

Timing

Applications close 14 June 2016.

 

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