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Community grants

Before you apply for a Community Grant, please read through the information below. This will give you the best chance of your application being successful.

Important information

  • Name: Community Grants
  • Status: Closed
  • Next round opens: March 2019
  • Frequency: Annually (once per year)
  • Amount: $1,000 to $3,000 (although we may not approve the full amount you request)

Purpose of this grant

Community Grants are to support projects and events that:

  • are innovative and of a high quality
  • promote a sense of community and inclusion across Casey
  • help residents to be healthy, active and engaged in community life
  • encourage the development of local led and delivered projects and activities
  • celebrate diversity and cultural heritage
  • support projects that are in line with Council plans and objectives

Who can apply for this grant?

To apply for this grant, your group must:

  • be a registered (incorporated) not-for-profit club or community group or have the support of one (an auspice)
  • be based (meet or hold activities) in Casey
  • have public liability insurance of $10 million
  • be able to demonstrate significant support in the community for your organisation
  • develop a detailed project plan, highlighting the benefits of what you are proposing
  • create an itemised budget, detailing how you will spend the funds
  • submit your application and documentation online
  • have acquitted any previous grants you have received from us
  • have no outstanding funds owing to council

Who cannot apply for this grant

  • Individuals
  • Government agencies at local, state or federal level
  • Businesses
  • Political parties or groups
  • Schools and Council managed kindergartens

What we can fund

Examples of what you could use funding from this grant for include:

  • community events based in Casey open to all Casey residents
  • community programs for Casey residents that celebrate diversity
  • programs and activities that encourage residents to be active and healthy
  • arts programs or cultural events

What we cannot fund

We cannot accept applications for:

  • More than one application from your group
  • Events held outside the City of Casey.
  • Capital works including permanent structures or anything that increases the value of your facility.
  • Ongoing operational costs such as utilities (electricity, gas and water), staff wages, rent or insurance.
  • Funding that we have approved under another grant for the same program or event in the same financial year.
  • Anything that is already being funded elsewhere in government, such as kindergartens.
  • Programs that only advocate religion or faith.
  • Celebrations for individuals.
  • Social excursions such as a bus trip to Phillip Island.
  • Fundraising, other grants programs, prizes, awards or donations.
  • Activities that are due to happen (or have already happened) before we receive your application.
  • Activities that happen outside the current financial year.

Any equipment you request must be essential to the program or event you are running. We have an Equipment and Training Grant to help community groups buy other equipment.

For more information, email: communitygrants@casey.vic.gov.au

Categories for funding

Your group can apply under one of these categories.

  • Arts and culture: promote, develop and encourage arts, cultural activity, and skill sharing in the community.
  • Diversity and harmony: celebrate diversity and promote acceptance and inclusion in the community.
  • Health and well-being: help residents socialise and improve their physical and/or mental health through recreational and/or leisure activities.

How are successful grants decided?

Your application will be assessed on how well your it meets one or more of the following criteria.

  • how well the program/events fits in with the purpose of the grants (stated at the top of this page).
  • how needed the program/event is within the community.
  • how involved the community is in all aspects of the program/event (eg. leaders, partners, participants and spectators).
  • the ability of your group or organisation to deliver the project described in the application.

How the grants work

  • We will notify you by email.
  • In the email, we will include the Information for Community Grant Recipients document which will outline the conditions for your grant.
  • You will need to review Council’s Grants Policy. <LINK>
  • If you have any outstanding payments to Council, you will need to clear these before we can pay the grant.

Auspice organisations

For groups with an auspice, funds are usually paid directly to the auspice organisation. This organisation is responsible for ensuring the funds are spent in accordance with the application and any special conditions Council may require. Auspice organisations must know about your application before you apply.

Events

You may need to complete an Event Approval Application if your event involves:

  • temporary structures
  • road or public car park closures
  • fireworks
  • alcohol

We will need to receive this form before we can pay your grants funds.

Tell us how your grant was used

After you have completed your project, you must tell us how you spent the grant money and what the outcomes of the project were. This is known as an acquittal process. You must complete the acquittal process online within 60 days of spending the money or by the 30 June, whichever is earliest.

Find out more about the acquittal process.

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