Thrive Community Recovery Grants

Thrive Community GrantsAre you part of a Moreland community group or organisation that has an idea for a project or initiative that will support our community during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The pandemic has impacted our community in a myriad of ways, and our new Thrive Community Recovery Grants focus on specific areas that have been identified as areas needing specific support.

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How much funding is available?

Grants of up to $5000 are available to community organisations for one-off projects that will benefit and engage the Moreland community.

Is there criteria to apply for the grants?

  • Submissions must provide evidence of a community need and a clear benefit to the wider Moreland community.
  • Individuals must be supported and auspiced by an incorporated entity, preferably a Moreland based community group, to be eligible for funding. It is expected that the auspice organisation supports the project. See Auspice Organisations on Page 5 for more information.
  • Have no outstanding grant acquittals with Council
  • Organisations with outstanding debts owing to Council will not be considered
  • Organisations with a current grant (2020/2021) and with no previous outstanding acquittals from previous years will be considered on a case by case basis, providing the activity/project is different to the currently funded grant

*Please note organisations can only apply for one grant program (Thrive, Flourish and Business).

Funding priorities/key areas projects

Does your project or initiative fall into one of these key priority areas?

  • Social isolation/connection

Mental health, wellbeing and isolation are likely to continue into the recovery phase and there are particular needs and people that are falling through the gaps e.g. older residents and those without internet access). There is a need to rebuild confidence, trust and connections between people.

  • Social cohesion

This area can focus on community participating in decision making, making connection between newly arrived communities, addressing racism in and/or support in gaining employment. Migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, international students, new arrival communities, unemployed, women and children and mainstream communities are important to engage at this stage.

  • Safety and wellbeing

Emerging evidence suggests Covid-19 has increased gender inequality, with women taking on the burden of care work and education of families, experiencing a decrease in wellbeing more generally and more likely to become unemployed. LGBTQIA+ communities have also reported feeling less safe during Covid-19 and some have experienced poor wellbeing.  There is a need for projects that support gender equality, decrease discrimination and violence and increase wellbeing. 

  • Digital inclusion

The pandemic has magnified access to digital technology for Moreland’s vulnerable communities.  Access, affordability, many household members using device/internet at same time and navigating the supports available are all issues that will remain long after Covid-19. There is a need to support individuals, households and community groups/organisations with limited skills or equipment/ technology to access available resources and devices to participate online.

What can be funded?

  • Fees for temporary staff to implement a project/ activity i.e. project work, tutor. Artist, instructor, speaker or labourer
  • Advertising publicity and promotional costs
  • Venue or meeting room hire
  • Materials or other items essential to the project/activity
  • Equipment Hire Costs
  • Transport costs for activity participants
  • Volunteer support expenses
  • Costs to support participation or people with a disability with the project or activity
  • Communications, media and marketing
  • Demonstrated collaborations and partnerships with other groups

How do I apply for a grant?

You can apply online via the SmartyGrants website.

When do applications close?

Applications close on Sunday 9 August.

Application guidelines

Learn more about the grant criteria by downloading the Thrive Grant Application Guidelines (PDF 285Kb).