Grant Opportunities

Community Material Small Grants Program to Expand Community Wellbeing Activities (Australia)

Community Material Small Grants Program to Expand Community Wellbeing Activities (Australia)

Deadline: 1-Jun-21

The Inner West is seeking applications for the Community Material Small Grants Program to support projects support groups to establish, develop, or expand community wellbeing activities with materials or resources within the Inner West area.

Seed Grants

The objectives of the Community Wellbeing Grants Program is to:

Connect people to each other and place;
Develop community strengths, capabilities, and lifelong learning;
Encourage social and cultural sustainability;
Promote community health and wellbeing;
Foster an inclusive and diverse community and encourage community-wide participation;
Encourage community collaborations and partnerships.
Funding Information

Community Materials grants of up to $400 each per year are available as needed.
Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for funding, you must:

Be an Australian resident or permanent resident aged over 18 years.
Be a legally registered, incorporated not-for-profit organization or group. Unincorporated groups must be auspiced by an incorporated not-for-profit organization. Note: This eligibility varies for Arts and Community History and Heritage grants in 2020.
Be a resident of or delivering services in the Inner West Council area or offer a project that benefits residents of the Inner West.
Include a booking confirmation form for use of a Council facility required as part of a grant application (i.e. Council venues, parks, and sports grounds) unless otherwise negotiated with the relevant Council grant officer.
Meet the grant stream eligibility criteria.
Address the grant stream objectives.
Demonstrate your project is in the public interest and in accordance with Council’s Community Strategic Plan, policies, and regulations.
Only submit one application per applicant each year.

Inner West Council does not fund:

Applicants who have not acquitted previously completed grant projects or provided an interim progress report for any outstanding grant projects funded by Inner West Council.
Applicants who have outstanding debts of any kind to Inner West Council.
Applicants who represent a state or federal government department.
For-Profit Organisations and Sole Traders.
Applicants who represent a school or tertiary institution. Parents and Citizens’ Associations however are eligible to apply for projects that can demonstrate they benefit the Inner West community.
Projects that have commenced or already taken place. Council does not provide retrospective funding.
Projects that duplicate existing services already provided in the Inner West Council area.
Capital works, such as renovations to buildings.
Financial assistance for interstate or overseas travel, or other costs where it could be perceived that the applicant would derive excessive personal benefits.
Salaries of permanent employees who will be supervising or working on the project as part of their usual duties. However, grants may fund additional staff to work specifically on the project.
Ongoing operational expenditure such as fixed overheads and administrative costs.
General donations to charities. The council does accept applications for projects run by charities.
Activities that could be perceived as benefitting political parties or associated groups.
Activities that could be perceived as divisive within the community.
Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be considered in the process of assessing applications:

Impact and quality of the project that contributes to the Council’s Community Strategic Plan and Community Wellbeing grant objectives.
Ability to improve access, inclusion, diversity, and participation in community and cultural activities with sustainable outcomes.
Applicant’s capacity to deliver a well‐planned project, including applicant experience, skills, and time.
Realistic budget, including all sources of project income and quotes, where relevant.
How to apply

Council uses SmartyGrants administration software to manage its grants program.
Applications must be submitted via the Inner West Council SmartyGrants webpage.
Applications must meet the eligibility requirements and no late applications will be accepted.
Hard copy applications are not accepted.
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