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Inspiring and connecting to nature

Important information

  • Name: Inspire & Create Environment grants
  • Status: Opening 3 February, closed 2 March 2020
  • Amount we provide: $4,000

Inspire & Create Environment grants

The City of Casey is excited to launch a new environmental grant program for the community. The Inspire & Create grant program will support community projects that help the environment.

Applicants will also take part in the decision-making process for grant proposals. Once shortlisted, groups will be invited to pitch their project for funding. The groups making a pitch also vote to select the successful grant recipients.

Purpose of this grant

The Inspire & Create Environment grants will support a range of community initiatives. The theme for the projects will be 'Connecting People with Nature'.

The objectives of the grant are to:

  • inspire people to get out and explore local nature. This includes local plants and animals (nature reserves), creeks, waterways and the coast.
  • develop gardens and nature on the grounds of the organisations applying for the grant. This includes signage with information about the project.
  • bring a creative and innovative approach to the theme Connecting People with Nature.

What the grants can be used for

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

  • Community programs, events and activities that encourage residents to connect with nature
  • Equipment required for environmental projects, programs and activities
  • Signage for environmental projects

Grants amount

The total funding for programs is $20,000. A maximum of 10 groups will be shortlisted and invited to pitch their project for funding on Friday 1 May 2020.

Five grants of $4,000 will be awarded based on community voting.

Eligibility

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. You may also have the support of one (an auspice)
  • be a school, kindergarten or business
  • be based in the City of Casey or service Casey residents
  • have public liability insurance of a minimum $10 million
  • be able to show significant community support 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
  • be willing to 'pitch' your project in front of other shortlisted applicants on Friday 1 May 2020 at 6.30 pm.

Who cannot apply for this grant

You cannot apply if you are:

  • an individual
  • government agencies at local, state or federal level (except for kindergartens and schools)
  • political parties or groups

Unacceptable applications

We will not accept applications:

  • for more than one project per group or organisation.
  • for events held outside the City of Casey.
  • for ongoing operational costs. These include utilities (electricity, gas and water), staff wages, rent or insurance.
  • if we have approved another grant for the same program or event in the same financial year.
  • from programs that only advocate religion or faith.
  • from celebrations for individuals.
  • for fundraising, other grants programs, prizes, awards or donations.
  • for activities that are due to happen (or have already happened) before we receive your application.

Shortlisted applications

An assessment panel will shortlist the grant applications. The panel will consist of Casey Conservation Advisory Committee members and Council officers.

Applications are shortlisted based on how well they meet the following criteria:

  • How well the initiative fits with the objectives of the grant program.
  • It must also fit the theme 'Connecting People with Nature'.
  • How involved the community is in all parts of the program/event e.g. leaders, partners, participants and spectators.
  • The ability of your group or organisation to deliver the project.

Council will notify shortlisted applicants by email. They will be asked to prepare to ‘pitch’ for their Inspire & Create Environment Grant project.

Shortlisted applicants must be available to present their pitch on the evening of Friday 1 May 2020 at 6.30 pm. Presentations will be at Selandra Community Hub in Cranbourne East.

Council will notify you if your application is not shortlisted by email. You will not need to attend the pitch evening.

Inspire & Create Pitch

  • A 'pitch' is a short presentation that describes and promotes your project. It creates interest and persuades others to support your initiative.
  • You will have around 4-6 weeks to prepare your pitch.
  • The Inspire and Create Pitch event will take place on Friday 1 May 2020 at 6.30 pm. It will be at Selandra Community Hub in Cranbourne East.
  • Your pitch can be no longer than 5 minutes (with 1 minute to set up and 1 minute to pack up).
  • A maximum of 10 shortlisted groups will be invited to pitch. As one of these groups, you will present your pitch to the other 9 shortlisted groups.
  • Each group can have a maximum of 6 participants.
  • Your shortlisted group is free to create a pitch that best reflects your project and inspires others to support it. It could be a simple verbal presentation, or it could be a short video, song, display or performance. Performances will depend on the suitability of the venue space. You can use supporting material like a PowerPoint presentation, whiteboard, butcher's paper etc.
  • The pitch should explain what the project is, how it meets the criteria and why the initiative should be awarded the grant.
  • Once all 10 groups have presented, each group will then vote on each 'pitch'. Voting will use a point system to rate the top 3 projects. Each pitching group has 1 vote.
  • Groups will not be able to vote for themselves.
  • The projects with the most points will be nominated as the grant recipients. This will be announced on the night.

Timeline

Timeline  
3 February 2020 Applications open.
10 February 2020 Information session 6-7 pm Library Room 1 & 2, Level 1 Bunjil Place Library, Narre Warren.
5.00 pm 2 March 2020 Applications close – there is no access to the online applications after 5.00 pm. An automatic response email is sent to the applicant as soon as the application is submitted.
March 2020 Applications are processed to determine eligibility. Assessment panel creates a shortlist. Shortlisted organisations contacted to prepare for the Inspire & Create Pitch event night.
23 March 2020 Groups are notified if they have been shortlisted.
1 May 2020 Pitch your project evening at Selandra Community Hub, Cranbourne East.
21 May 2020 Council meeting to endorse decisions.
June 2020 Successful projects receive funding.

Contact Council

Grants Development Officers are available to answer questions about:

  • how to apply
  • the grant criteria
  • general queries

They can be contacted on 9705 5200 or email communitygrants@casey.vic.gov.au.