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Business and Community Resilience Grants Program

Council's $700,000 Business and Community Resilience Grants Program is now open!

If you are a local business, individual or not-for-profit community group or organisation, and you have been impacted by COVID-19, apply now.

Round 1 applications are now open until 5.00pm Friday, 5 June.

For other available assistance please visit Council's COVID-19 Support page.

Why is Council offering this Grants Program?

The rapid escalation of COVID-19 and measures to contain its spread have led to widespread disruption and hardship to businesses and the community overall.

At Council’s Ordinary Meeting on 15 April, Council allocated $700,000 for business and community grants resulting in the Business and Community Resilience Grants Program.

This Grants Program is not seeking to replicate Council’s Community Grants Program or existing Federal and State government packages, rather to identify gaps in the existing support programs and implement mechanisms to support the most vulnerable in our community and those individuals and organisations that provide business, social and health support for the broader community.

For other assistance available please visit Council's COVID-19 Support page.

In the development of the Grants Program, it was important to recognise the existing business, social and health networks and the capabilities of the Bass Coast community. It also identifies that all levels of government must work together to provide support to ensure relief and recovery needs of our community are met.

The Grants Program is to assist in reducing the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the community, and guide Council in resourcing and assisting the business and community sectors in relief and recovery activities.

Guidelines and Application - Business Support

It is recommended that you read the Business and Community Resilience Grants Program COVID-19 Guidelines for Business Support prior to commencing your application.

To ensure your business/project is eligible you are required to contact a Council officer before commencing an application:

Applicants please note: Project plan templates have been referred to in the Guidelines (pg 6) as a required attachment. Applications will be accepted without this Project Plan. To further strengthen your application you may choose to attach supporting documents.

Applications are submitted through SmartyGrants

If you have issues accessing the application form via SmartyGrants, or for any general grant information, please contact Council's Community Grants and Projects Officer, on 5671 2412 or email resiliencegrants@basscoast.vic.gov.au

Guidelines and Application - not-for-profit Community Groups and Organisations, and Individuals

It is recommended that you read the Business and Community Resilience Grants Program COVID-19 Guidelines for not-for-profit Community Groups and Organisations prior to commencing your application.

To ensure your group/project is eligible you are required to contact a Council officer before commencing an application:

  • Arts and Culture contact David Burrows - 0466 921 801
  • Community Planning contact Leah Bellairs - 0466 205 841
  • Asset Officer Building and Open Space (Council buildings) contact Laurie Gervasi - 0438 550 814
  • Environment contact Tony Price 0466 694 744
  • Festivals, Celebrations and Events contact Janine Temme - 0403 603 340
  • Sport and Recreation contact Greg Polson - 0417 680 763
  • email resiliencegrants@basscoast.vic.gov.au

Applicants please note: Project plan templates have been referred to in the Guidelines (pg 6) as a required attachment. Applications will be accepted without this Project Plan. To further strengthen your application you may choose to attach supporting documents.

Applications are submitted through SmartyGrants

If you have issues accessing the application form via SmartyGrants, or for any general grant information, please contact Council's Community Grants and Projects Officer, on 5671 2412 or email resiliencegrants@basscoast.vic.gov.au

Auspice Agreement

If you are an individual, or an unincorporated group, without an ABN you may need to be auspiced to apply for a grant through this program. It is recommended that you, and the auspicing body, complete an Auspice Agreement and attach it to your application.

If you are unsure if you should be auspiced or not, please contact a Council officer or email resiliencegrants@basscoast.vic.gov.au before you commence an application.

For further information on auspicing arrangements go to Not for Profit Law - Auspicing

Assessment of Applications

Applications will be checked for eligibility and Council Officers will undertake an initial assessment of applications.

A summary of all assessments will be provided to the Bass Coast Community Leadership Recovery Group (BCCLRG), which includes all Councillors, for approval.

Successful, and unsuccessful applicants for Round 1, will be notified the week commencing Monday, 22 June.

Payments will commence following notifications.

Payment

Successful applicants will be advised via email, to which is attached a Tax Invoice/Funding Agreement. This Agreement lists general conditions of funding, and may have special conditions relevant to your project.

By signing and returning the Tax Invoice/Funding Agreement to Council you agree to abide by these conditions, and your payment will be processed. It is preferred that payment is by EFT to your nominated bank account.

Timelines

Given the urgent nature of support required, Council will treat applications as a priority.

It is expected that projects will commence as soon as practical once funds are received. If, for reasons outside of your control, the project will be delayed, you must advise Council as soon as possible via email resiliencegrants@basscoast.vic.gov.au

If you need to vary your project for any reason, please contact the relevant Council Officer for consent to the variation.

First time user to SmartyGrants? Check out the FAQs

If you are a first time user to SmartyGrants, or have used it in the past but can't quite remember how to log in, these Frequently Asked Questions may help you.