Due to COVID-19 and its impact on community organisations and clubs, Council has decided to bring this grant program forward.
The grants will help community groups adjust to any new COVID-19 requirements relating to equipment and training. They better respond to the needs of group members, committees and volunteers. They also fund equipment and training that will improve the day to day operations of community organisations and clubs.
An online information session will be available from Monday 6 July 2020. Register your interest in the session by emailing the Grants Development Officers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also phone Council at 9705 5200.
- Name: Equipment and Training Grants
- Round opens: Monday 6 July 2020
- Round closes: 5.00 pm Friday 14 August 2020
- Frequency: Annually
- Amount: $100 - $1,000
- Previously successful applicants
Purpose of this grant
Equipment and Training Grants are designed to help community groups:
- support and develop volunteers and group members
- buy equipment so they can operate successfully
- diversify their programs and ensure they are inclusive
Who can apply for this grant
To apply for this grant, you must:
- be based (meet or hold activities) in Casey
- be a not for profit or charitable organisation
- be a legal entity (e.g. an incorporated association, a co-operative, company or trust) or under the auspice of one.
- have public liability insurance of $10 million
- be able to demonstrate significant support in the community for your group
- 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
Who cannot apply for this grant
- Government agencies
- Political parties or groups
- Schools and universities
- Council managed kindergartens
What we can fund
Examples of what you could use funding from this grant for include:
- training for group members and volunteers – first aid, leadership, coaching and COVID-19 related training
- purchase of essential equipment needed for services or programs – sporting equipment, audio-visual equipment, cooking equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE)
What we cannot fund
We cannot accept applications for:
- fundraising purposes
- insurance costs
- programs that only advocate religion or faith
- utilities such as phone, electricity and internet
- consumables such as printer cartridges, paper and ongoing stationery items
- reimbursement for funds already spent
- rent/room/hall hire fees
- staff wages
- capital works items (an item permanently fixed to the ground or building)
How we decide on successful grants
We will be looking at how well your application meets one or more of the following criteria.
The equipment or training:
- is essential to the operation and/or success of the activity, program or community group
- will help the community group increase safety and/or participation in its programs and activities into the future
Committee members, group members, and coaches or volunteers will:
- use the equipment often and be used by several people
- use the training they receive to help your community group
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
- If you have any outstanding payments to Council, you will need to clear these before we can pay the grant.
For groups with an auspice, funds are usually paid directly to the auspice itself. This auspice is responsible for ensuring the funds are spent per the application, and any special conditions Council may require.
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.