Up to $10,000 is available to support organisations with their local projects.
Our Neighbourhood Community Grants form part of Australia Post’s ongoing commitment to supporting the communities in which we operate. The program recognises the important role our smaller charities and community groups play in connecting people and positively shaping our nation.
Our Neighbourhood Community Grants aims to:
- build healthier, more vibrant and inclusive communities
- build capability within communities and leave a positive legacy around Australia
- develop community leadership at a national and local level
The 2016 Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program encourages community organisations to apply for funding of one-off cash payments of up to $10,000.
Projects will need to benefit the wider community, align with the key focus areas and primary audiences and meet an immediate need of the community.
To be considered for a Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program this year, you’ll need to demonstrate how your project fits into one of these 4 categories.
1. Digital capability
Projects that build digital skills and capability of individuals, groups in the community or the wider community.
2. Employment pathways
Projects that increase employment opportunities for marginalised Australians.
3. Community inclusion
Projects that build community spirit, foster inclusion and support marginalised Australians.
4. Disaster readiness
Projects that help communities to be better prepared for natural disaster.
Projects that can connect isolated or disadvantaged people to their wider communities; that strengthen existing connections, or build new ones; and have a broad community impact (beyond just your organisation).
Our Neighbourhood Community Grants wants to support projects that address a well-defined need and have an ongoing, positive impact in the wider community.
For starters, you’ll need to be a legal entity in Australia with a current ABN. You’ll also need to fall into one or more of the following categories:
- A not-for-profit community organisation
- A registered charity with the ATO
- A deductible gift recipient
- A social enterprise
Funding’s not available to individuals and sole traders, government entities or educational institutions. The exception is for childcare centres, kindergartens, or parents and citizens groups whose projects benefit the wider community. Please note we won’t be able to accept auspice arrangements.
Applications close 1 April 2016.
Your project will need to commence after 1 October 2016 and complete no later than 30 September 2017.
Recent Grant Winners
To view the complete list of winners, click here
Birregurra Community Group Inc. – $8,500
The Birregurra Community Group (BCG) works to promote and protect the interests and welfare of community members, preserve the natural environment and heritage of the local area, and provide advice on local government issues.
This grant will help transform a fallow grassy space into a vibrant multi-functional landscape, enhancing connectivity and creativity for children, seniors and the disabled.
Birchip Business and Learning Centre – $7,550
The Birchip Business and Learning Centre aims to provide Birchip and the surrounding district with facilities, information, education, personal development and community strengthening opportunities that are accessible to everyone in the local community.
This grant will establish a Community Technology Hub with high-quality computers and audio-visual equipment, and provide training opportunities for community members to develop their digital skills.
Cheltenham Community Centre – $9,000
The Cheltenham Community Centre (CCC) is a supportive community in which people contribute, learn and grow. The Centre provides quality, learning opportunities enabling people to fulfil their aspirations.
This grant will fund themed lunches called ‘World Wednesday Lunch’, for local culturally and linguistically diverse community members, equipping them with new skills and connecting them to the wider community.
Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group Inc. – $9,000
Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group fosters and promotes reconciliation in the region through mutual respect and understanding.
This grant will fund a project to strengthen reconciliation activities, educate the wider community and strengthen local Aboriginal knowledge of history and culture.
Glen Alice Community Association Inc. – $7,500
The Glen Alice Community Association Inc (GACA) administers the community infrastructure of their small town, such as the community hall, toilet block, church and cemetery, as well as helping to facilitate community social activities.
This grant will establish Indigenous food gathering workshops, designed to break down cultural barriers and teach people how to identify and use native ingredients for food and medicinal purposes.