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Community Grants

**It's new, and it's exciting!** Have you seen our Grant Finder page? Check it out - it contains a summary of a raft of funding opportunities from local, state and federal governments, and other grant programs.

The review of Council's Community Grants Program review is over, with some exciting changes to come!

Council recently undertook a review of its Community Grants Program. We obtained some excellent community suggestions and, based on this feedback, are in the process of implementing some changes to the Community Grants Program. These changes include:

  • adding a Quick Response Category to provide quicker and easier access to funding up to $1000
  • increasing the number of major project grants (up to $10,000) up to three times each round
  • commence fully funding eligible components of successful grant applications.

As we are re-working Community Grant Guidelines and application forms, Round 1 2022 has not yet opened. We hope to promote the changes to the Grants Program and open Round 1, and the Quick Responses Grants, in the coming weeks.

Thank you to everyone who helped inform the changes to the Community Grants Program.

For returning applicants, log into log into SmartyGrants and go to 'My Submissions'

Applications are invited all year

Council assesses grant application twice a year, March (Round 1) and August (Round 2).

Round 1, March 2022 will open shortly.

You are encouraged to read the Community Grant Guidelines before you apply.

Grant applications are only accepted using the SmartyGrants on-line system. You can download a paper copy of the application form for draft purposes if you wish.

Community Grant Categories

  • General Community Grant
    Up to $5,000 for equipment or other projects to assist community groups with equipment, activities and promotion. Other project can be a seeding grant, or funding for a consultant or designer.
  • Festivals, Celebrations and Events Grant
    Funding up to $5,000 to support community groups to run local community events.
  • Minor Capital Works Grant
    Funding up to $5,000 to fund small-scale recreation reserve or community infrastructure developments.
    Groups applying for a Minor Capital Works Grant must seek advice from Council when planning a project and before making an application online, otherwise the application will be ineligible.
  • ** New Category** Climate Action Grant
    Funding up to $5,000 to fund project management, promotion, education and minor infrastructure.
    Funding up to $10,000 - one per round - to support more substantial projects that accelerate community-led climate action such as feasibility study for community energy project, smart grid technology, behaviour change program in climate space.
    For further information about this category, particularly the major project funding, please call Council and speak to our Climate Change and Sustainability Advisor.

Major Project Funding

  • There is one major project funded in each round plus one major project funded in the Climate Action category
  • Major Project funding is from $5,001 up to $10,000 per application.
  • Major Project applications are accepted under any of the grant categories, except the sub-category of Equipment.
  • You must complete a project plan when applying for Major Project funding. Download the project plan (PDF 71kb) and save it to your computer. When you have filled it in don't forget to attach it to your grant application

Applicants must seek advice from Council well before planning a Major Project and before making an application online, otherwise the application may be ineligible.

Auspicing

Individuals, and not for profit applicant groups that are not legally incorporated, are encouraged to consider being auspiced by a legally incorporated group to be able to apply for a community grant.

Legally incorporated groups are encouraged to consider their situation, interest, and ability, to auspice potential individuals or applicant groups that are not legally incorporated.

Auspiced applicants are required to complete a Community Grants Auspicing Form and attach it to the application.

You can speak to Council's Grants Officer about auspicing or seek general auspicing information at Justice Connect www.nfplaw.org.au/auspicing.

Success!

Payment

Successful applicants will be sent a Tax Invoice / Funding Agreement for their project which must be completed and returned to Council before grant funds are paid. This agreement includes all Council's funding conditions and will include any special conditions relevant to the application.

It is a funding condition that you acknowledge Council's contribution to your project.

It is also a funding condition that you complete an Acquittal Report detailing how the funds have been spent.

Acquittal

All successful applicants are required to complete an Acquittal Report in SmartyGrants detailing how the funds have been spent, and what contribution you have made to the project. This acquittal should be completed as soon as the project is complete, or within six months of receiving funding.

Receipts, photos and media promotion are required acquittal attachments.

Want to know more?

Please contact Council's Community Grants and Projects Officer on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or email grantenquiry@basscoast.vic.gov.au.

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