The Community Impact Grants program provides three-year funding for community initiatives that directly benefit the City of Unley community and enhance social inclusion. We welcome applications for amounts between $5,000 and $10,000 per annum for the three years. Applications must be for the same amount each year.
Applications open 31 July 2017 and close 29 September 2017 and will not open again until July 2021.
An information night detailing the purpose and assessment process for the multi-year Community Impact Grants will be held on Tuesday 8 August at 6pm Civic Centre, 181 Unley Road, Unley (entrance from Oxford Terrace).
Applicants are encouraged to contact Council to discuss their application and eligibility. Further information can be obtained from the guidelines below or by contacting Matthew Ives on 8372 5134 or Pam Hocking on phone 8372 5108.
The grants program provides three-year funding for community initiatives that directly benefit the City of Unley community and enhance social inclusion.
Being socially included means that people have the resources, opportunities and capabilities they need to:
(Australian Social Inclusion Board 2012)
This program aims to build on the strengths of the community as the source of solutions to identified community need and foster partnerships across communities and industries. Grant funding can often be a catalyst for the establishment of partnerships.
Multi-year funding provides the opportunity to develop innovative projects, which require longer timeframes to achieve outcomes. In addition, multi-year funding allows grantees to develop their plans for sustainability and evaluate their project over time.
We welcome applications for amounts between $5,000 and $10,000 per annum for the three years. Applications must be for the same amount each year.
At this stage this program is only open for applications from July 31- September 29 2017 and will not open again until July 2021.
We are looking for initiatives that build on the strengths of our community as the solution to local or global issues. This program provides an opportunity for new or existing initiatives to be developed and improved over three years into sustainable programs.
Your initiative and/or partnerships do not have to be fully developed at the stage of application. However we do ask that you detail a plan for how both will develop over the three years.
Applicants with a proven track record of engaging the community will be viewed favourably. However, new applicants should not be discouraged from applying, particularly if the initiative is innovative, creative and promotes new partnerships.
Our Multi-year Community Impact Grants Hypothetical Case Studies shows examples of projects which could be eligible for grant funding.
The following or a combination of the following can be funded as long as the focus of the initiative is community benefit and social inclusion and it has a life span of three years.
This is not an exhaustive list and we encourage you to discuss your application’s eligibility with us.
Council may be able to provide in kind support for facilities, materials, staffing etc, subject to negotiation.
Funding operates per financial year in line with the City of Unley’s Annual Business Plan and Budget process.
Applications will be assessed by a panel of City of Unley staff according to the eligibility criteria, assessment criteria and available funding. Outcomes are determined on the merit of the applications against their assessment criteria.
After the assessment process, funding recommendations will be referred to Council for endorsement. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.
Successful applicants will be required to enter into a partnership agreement, which will be negotiated on a case by case basis. Requests for in-kind Council support will be negotiated at this stage.
Individuals, groups, organisations or businesses can apply, as long as a legal entity auspices or manages the grant and the grant is used for not-for-profit activities to benefit the community.
Applications will be assessed on their merits by a panel of City of Unley staff against the criteria below. The questions in italic are to be treated as prompts only, to assist in developing your answers.
Criterion: Benefit to Community Weighting: 20%
Projects must directly benefit the Unley community and demonstrate their likely impact and how they will address identified needs.
Are local community groups and organisations involved?
Are volunteers involved?
What are the positive impacts on the local community?
Will the program occur in a local place?
Is there evidence that the project is important to our community?
Criterion: Promoting Social Inclusion Weighting: 20%
Projects should be accessible and involve Unley’s diverse community.
Are people with differing levels of ability involved?
Are you promoting respect for all genders, ages and backgrounds?
Criterion: Partnership Weighting: 20%
Projects must have a plan for how they will engage and partner with community members, groups, businesses and/or organisations and demonstrate a commitment to fostering the partnership. Partnerships, particularly across industry sectors, maximise and strengthen outcomes for long term impact.
Does your project work within an existing partnership or will it create a new partnership? Are you working with a group or organisation you haven’t worked with before?
Criterion: Innovation Weighting: 10%
A creative activity, new partnership, new way of working or new way of considering a community issue or possibility. Innovation can lead to more effective, efficient, sustainable or equitable community initiatives.
Will your project propose a different solution to an issue?
Is your project engaging people or organisations that haven’t traditionally been involved?
Are you trialling a new work method?
Criterion: Track Record Weighting: 10%
Applicants must demonstrate a track record of engaging the community and delivering measureable outcomes and/or knowledge and expertise about their project idea.
Do you have the expertise to deliver the project successfully?
Have you organised a community initiative before? Are you an industry leader?
Criterion: Sustainability Weighting: 10%
Applications should demonstrate a plan and commitment to continuous quality improvement of the project over the three years and a movement towards further longevity. Applications should detail how they will undertake ongoing evaluation of their project. This program provides the opportunity to test a project idea or further develop an existing project.
What will happen to your project over the three years?
Could your project continue without grant funding?
What is required to maintain the momentum of your project over the three years?
Criterion: Project Planning and Budget Weighting: 10%
Applications must demonstrate project planning including timelines, resources (including additional resources, in kind contributions and support), estimates/quotes, risk management planning and the skills and techniques which will be utilised to meet the organisational or logistical challenges of the initiative.
You must justify the monetary amount you ask for in your application.
To comply with Australian Taxation legislations, when funding is paid to a group, organisation, individual or business and the applicant has not provided an Australian Business Number (ABN), the funding body is obliged to withhold 48.5% of the funding and forward this amount to the Australian Tax Office.
Community groups/ organisations applying for sponsorship who are unable to provide an ABN must complete the ‘Declaration Where No Australian Business Number is Required’ form.
We encourage you to contact us to discuss your application.
Cultural Development Coordinator
City of Unley
0417 087 142
* Individuals must be working on a project in collaboration with an auspice (either a local community group or organisation) to handle any funding received from the grant.
To be eligible for funding an applicant must:
Further information can be obtained from the guidelines and application form or by contacting Matthew Ives on 8372 5134 or Pam Hocking on phone 8372 5108.
Afternoon or evening workshops will be held for those groups and individuals who would like assistance with their applications. For more information on workshop sessions, phone 8372 5108.
Projects/and/or programs that commence prior to 1 December 2017 are not eligible and will not be funded.
Please note applications are currently closed. The new application period will take place August/September 2017 but this timing depends on the availability of funds. Grants will only be provided while funds remain in the budget allocated by the Council for the relevant financial year.
The Community Event Sponsorship Program aims to assist individuals, community groups, organisations and not-for-profit groups to coordinate events that directly benefit the City of Unley community.
Applications for the 2016-2017 funding round open on Monday 1 May 2017 and close at 5pm on Friday 30 June 2017.
Funding for events of any size is available on an ad hoc basis throughout the year to support opportunities and new events through a small Community Chest. Applicants will need to meet the criteria outlined in the Community Event Sponsorship guidelines and application form available below. For enquiries, phone Council’s Events Coordinator on 8372 5120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fill out the Change Makers Expression of Interest form.
We look forward to contacting you in the near future.
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