- Name: Lynbrook Hotel Community Contributions Fund
- Status: Closed. Applicants will be contacted in December 2018 regarding the outcome of their application.
- Next round opens: October 2019
- Frequency: Annually (once per year) until 2022
- Amount: $1,000 to $10,000 paid in quarterly instalments (although we may not approve the full amount you request)
As a condition of its gaming licence, the Lynbrook Hotel has been directed by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) to make an annual cash contribution to the City of Casey, for distribution to the community as a positive social benefit to residents in Casey.
Council has accepted to distribute these funds for the benefit of the residents of Lynbrook, Lyndhurst and Hampton Park, being the primary patron catchment of the venue, and for the wider Casey community. The City of Casey does not endorse gambling, gaming providers, products and services.
Local community groups and organisations seeking to reduce the harm from Electronic Gaming Machines (EMG) gambling or encourage and support non-gambling activities may apply to receive a portion of these funds.
The Lynbrook Hotel Community Contributions Fund “will be used for the provision of services and facilities to residents of Lynbrook or donated to individuals, non-for-profit community groups and sporting organisations providing services and facilities to residents in the City of Casey.” (Lynbrook Hotel gaming licence condition).
It has been identified that half of the patrons to the Hotel come from the adjoining suburb of Hampton Park and that Hampton Park and Lynbrook residents experience higher levels of social and economic hardship across a variety of livability indicators. This will be considered in the context of any funding requests for services that assist communities experiencing harms.
Purpose of this grant
The Lynbrook Hotel Community Contributions Fund will support applications that:
- Support residents of Lynbrook, Lyndhurst, Hampton Park and the wider Casey community.
- Provide social support for the community to assist residents and their families with issues associated with gambling related harm and problem gambling. Problem gambling is characterised by difficulties in limiting money and/or time spent on gambling which leads to adverse consequences for the gambler, others, or for the community.
- Support mental wellbeing through activities that promote resilience, social inclusion and social connection
- Promote alternative recreational activities in the City of Casey to achieve a balance of lifestyle choices for the community
The funds are for one year and will be distributed in equal quarterly instalments.
Who can apply for this grant?
To apply for this grant, your group must:
- be a school or 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
- submit your application and documentation online
- have acquitted any previous grants you have received from us
- have no outstanding funds owing to council
Applicants may submit more than one application, provided that the total amount of funding sought from all applications does not exceed $10,000.
- 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.
What we can fund
- Applications from community groups/organisations to support individuals who are experiencing hardship as a result of problem gambling
- Activities and services that will benefit residents of Lynbrook, Hampton Park, or the wider Casey community such as community education, training, workshops, programs, and events
- Operational costs in relation to running a specific program or service
- Enhancements to facilities that will improve community participation and access to services or programs
- Social support services
What we cannot fund
- Events held outside the City of Casey
- Activities that happen outside of the funding period (December 2018 – December 2019)
- Capital works at Council owned facilities
How are successful grants decided?
Lynbrook Hotel Community Contributions fund applications will be administered in line with Council’s Grants Policy which supports good governance in grant making.
Applications will be assessed on how well it meets one or more of the following criteria:
- How well the application meets the objectives of the Lynbrook Hotel Community Contributions Fund (stated above).
- Evidence of need for the project within the targeted communities.
- How the application will deliver outcomes that primarily benefit the residents of Lynbrook, Lyndhurst and Hampton Park.
- The ability of the applicant to deliver the activities described in the application, including the financial position of the organisation and their need for funds to deliver the program/project.
- Proposed budget and value for money for the grant.
Applications will be assessed by a Community Panel and recommendations of this Panel will be presented to Council for endorsement.
How grants work
- We will notify you by email.
- In the email, we will include the Information for the Lynbrook Hotel Community Contributions Fund Recipients document which will outline the conditions for your grant.
- You will receive equal quarterly instalments to the total value of the grant
- On-going funding is dependent the Lynbrook Hotel meeting the conditions of its gaming licence.
- You will need to review Council’s Grants Policy. All successful applicants must adhere to the conditions as outlined in the letter of offer and City of Casey's Grants Policy.
- If you have any outstanding payments to Council, you will need to clear these before we can pay the grant.
Electronic gaming machines and the City of Casey
Casey’s Electronic Gaming Machines Strategy 2015-2020 outlines Council’s position on EMG gambling in the municipality including an overall goal and long-term commitment to reduce the negative impacts of gambling from the operation of electronic gaming machines on the Casey community.
Council acknowledges the economic and recreational functions of all forms of gambling in the local community but also recognises that a comparatively small but significant number of people gamble excessively and as a result experience personal, family and financial problems.
Council is committed to minimising risk and harm from problem gambling through its strategic and community planning processes, through community capacity building, long-term advocacy for gambling industry reform, increased accountability and through the support of services for those who experience gambling related harm.
The City of Casey does not profit from poker machines and advocates for stronger public health measures to prevent the harm that they cause.
Legal limitations of fund (Disclaimer)
The fund has been established under an order which was made by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) on 1 February 2018 which amended an existing gaming venue operators’ licence (Lynbrook Tavern Pty Ltd V06095943). The City of Casey are not the regulating body in determining the duration or conditions of this arrangement and the fund including any amounts provided to Council may be subject to change based on the requirements outlined in the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 and any orders made from time to time by the VCGLR. Further information on the roles and functions of the VCGLR can be found on their website.
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.