- Name: HACC PYP – Brokerage Program
- Status: Open
- Next round opens: To be confirmed. Timeframe dependent on funding provided by the Victorian State Government
- Frequency: Annual
- Amount we provide: Determined on individual application
Purpose of this funding
The purpose of this funding is to support organisations to provide enjoyable and meaningful social opportunities to vulnerable communities who need help with connecting to their community.
What we can fund
- Group-based activities held in or from a facility/centre (e.g. individually tailored activities promoting physical activity, cognitive stimulation and emotional wellbeing)
- Group excursions conducted by staff but held away from the Centre.
Who can apply for this grant
- Organisations who are eligible to provide HACC PYP services. These include community organisations, religious and charitable bodies, state government agencies, health agencies, and private (non-profit) organisations.
- Organisations must be able to deliver social support programs to the HACC PYP target group, preferably to special needs groups as outlined in the HACC PYP manual.
- Organisations should be a constituted, non-profit and preferably an incorporated association. If the organisation is not incorporated, then it must be auspiced by an incorporated association.
What will not be considered for funding
- Organisations formed under the umbrella of a political party or that have an affiliation with a political party.
- Programs or services that are considered the responsibility of another authority, funding body or tier of government.
- Programs with the sole purpose of advocating a religious faith or belief.
- Capital Works projects. An item is considered capital if it is permanently fixed to the ground or building and increases the value of the facility.
- Applications from individuals, registered or private businesses and profit making groups.
- Items that do not directly relate to the delivery of the project/activity for which funds are being applied for.
- Applications for fundraising purposes.
- Applicants seeking retrospective funding where projects have commenced prior to receiving funding approval.
Note: We advise applicants not to spend any funds related to their brokerage application before funding approval. We will not reimburse groups for any funds already spent.
Incomplete or unsatisfactory applications may be deemed ineligible.
We may ask applicants to submit additional information. If the information is not received within a specified time period, the application will also be deemed ineligible.
How we decide on successful grants
There are a number of special needs groups within Casey’s Victorian State Government HACC PYP target population who may experience particular difficulties in remaining socially connected. Your organisation must outline their ability to provide social opportunities to these groups in their application. A list of groups includes:
- People from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds
- People living with a disability and their carers
- People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
- People with dementia
- People living in isolated and remote areas
- People experiencing financial disadvantage (including people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness).
Assessment criteria we use
An evaluation panel of 3 City of Casey Community Care department members will assess all applications for funding.
All applications will be assessed based of the following criteria:
- Priority will be given to programs that are addressing current service gaps, who are able to identify a need for this program and will not duplicate what is currently available to City of Casey residents
- Must deliver programs to meet the HACC PYP target group – special needs groups will be given priority
- Programs based on innovation and creativity that facilitate capacity building, person centred and Active Service Model philosophical approach to service delivery
- Programs that create meaningful opportunities to reduce social isolation
- Ability to report on the number of clients who access the service and report service hours to the City of Casey within agreed timeframe
- Programs that will work in partnership with other agencies are highly desirable.
If your application is successful
If successful, your organisation will need to sign and return a Service and Funding Agreement before any funding is provided.
We will provide funding at the unit price of $19.58 for “high” special needs groups. Client fees can also contribute to the total costs for funding the program.
Once the program commences, your organisation must:
- Practice equal opportunity and non-discriminatory practices
- Have current Public Liability Insurance (minimum $10 million)
- Meeting a clear need in the community and not duplicate existing services
- Comply with the Victorian State Government Home and Community Care Program for Younger People guides and any other Acts, Regulations, Local laws and By-laws in any way applicable to the performance of the services agreed to within this brokerage arrangement
- Demonstrate the organisation’s position to remain financially viable
- Register all participants with the City of Casey
- Submit service hours to Casey every month
- Complete and submit 6- and 12-month acquittal reports
- Participate in the Casey Social Support Planning Group network meetings
- Participate in onsite interviews where required
- Use the approved and provided acknowledgement that recognizes the City of Casey and the Victorian State Government in any publications which support the program