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Project grants

Funding is provided to community organisations for one-off project implementation and development that benefits and engages the Moreland community through community led initiatives.

Projects that increase participation, encourage volunteering, provide leadership opportunities and increase learning and skill development are encouraged. Submissions must provide evidence of a community need and a clear benefit to the wider Moreland community.

This grants program is targeted at not-for-profit incorporated community groups or groups auspiced by another incorporated organisation.

Community Grants Program guidelines (PDF 396Kb) provides further information about this grant category and other funding opportunities.

Application dates

  • Next round of applications opens in 1 August and closes 30 September 2021
  • Project to occur 1 January to 31 December 2022

Amounts available

Amounts up to $5,000 are available.

Duration

Funding is provided for a 12-month period. Project must occur within the time frame specified for the funding round. 

  • Project to occur 1 January to 31 December 2022

General eligibility criteria

To apply for funds through any one of the categories of the Moreland Community Grants Program, organisations must:

  • be not-for-profit and managed by a volunteer board or committee of management
  • be incorporated or auspiced by another incorporated organisation
  • have adequate public liability insurance
  • have no outstanding grant acquittals or outstanding debts owing to Council
  • propose an initiative which will benefit the Moreland community
  • be able to supply financial statements and information as requested
  • be able to meet conditions associated with receiving the grant, and
  • demonstrate the proposed activity is consistent with Local, State and Federal laws including the Charter Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 and the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

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.
  • Projects that are auspiced by schools and kindergartens.
  • More can be funded, view the Community Grants Program Guidelines (PDF 396Kb)

What won’t be funded?

  • Purchase of equipment, uniforms or capital expenditure.
  • Payment of wages or salaries associated with project management or administration.
  • Projects that are part of the organisation’s annual or regular program/activities or a duplication of an existing service or an on-going activity.
  • Projects or events that are ticketed whereby generating an income from ticket sales.
  • Activities where there is little or no community input demonstrated towards development of the project.
  • More than one application by a group, organisation or individual in a financial year (with the exception where the organisation is the Auspicor)
  • Read more on what won't be funded on page 11 of the Community Grants Program Guidelines (PDF 396Kb)

Further information on the grants program, view the Community Grants Program Guidelines (PDF 396Kb).

How to apply

To apply online during opening times go to our grants website to complete and submit the application form.

Read Help Sheets - Application Preparation (PDF) and Completing the budget (PDF).

Our page on Applying for community grants provides information about reporting and other requirements for grant recipients.

Complete a Project Variation form if you have been awarded a  grant and there are changes to your project email the Grants Officer to discuss the variations and request the form to be added to your online submission.

Two types of operational grants

Council offers two categories to support the operational expenses of organisations that are based within Moreland that has limited or no access to other sources of funding. Operational grants supports the development of newly formed organisations; and Organisational Support grants supports an incorporated established organisation.

Organisational Support grants

Aims to support established Moreland based incorporated organisations that addresses clearly identified needs of the Moreland community, healthy living, encourage participation and community inclusion, Applicants must provide the 2 previous years of financial statements that demonstrates evidence of limited access to other sources of funding. The funding term is two years with the option to extend a further two years, subject to application and compliance with requirements. It is expected that the organisation be self-maintained and suitably self-sufficient at the end of the funding term.

Application dates

Next application period opens 1 August 2022.

Amounts available

A maximum of $10,000 per year or $20,000 over 2 years.

Duration

Funding is provided initially up to 24 months, with the option to extend a further two years, subject to compliance with requirements. 

Operational grants

Supports the development of a newly formed organisation that addresses clearly identified needs and embraces the principles of social justice, healthy living, environmental sustainability and community inclusion.

Funding will be provided for 3 years only; it is expected that the organisation be self-maintained and suitably self-sufficient at the end of the funding term. Applications will be accepted every 3 years for this category.

Application dates

Next appliction period opens February 2023.

Amounts available

A maximum of $10,000 per year or $30,000 over 3 years.

Duration

The current funded period is 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2023. Allocations are exhausted for the current funded period.

Funding offered to support the establishment and capacity development of emerging organisations that require funding to assist the delivery of quality programs and services within the municipality.

  • The development of newly established community organisations.
  • The establishment and capacity building of emerging organisations that require funding to assist the delivery of quality programs and services within Moreland. For example, newly formed groups and organisations.

Further information

Community Grants Program guidelines (PDF 396Kb) provides further information about these grant categories.

General eligibility criteria

To apply for funds through any one of the categories of the Moreland Community Grants Program, organisations must:

  • be not-for-profit and managed by a volunteer board or committee of management
  • be incorporated
  • have adequate public liability insurance
  • have no outstanding grant acquittals or outstanding debts owing to Council
  • propose an initiative which will benefit the Moreland community
  • be able to supply financial statements and information as requested
  • be able to meet conditions associated with receiving the grant, and
  • demonstrate the proposed activity is consistent with Local, State and Federal laws including Victorian Equal Opportunity Act 1995.

Funding priorities

In addition to general funding priorities, these categories is specifically for:

  • These category funds operational costs such as rent, administration and core program delivery over a period of three years, with defined deliverables.
  • Organisations that demonstrate willingness to actively work with Council toward service delivery for the benefit of the community.
  • Organisations that can provide evidence of limited access to funding sources, therefore must clearly demonstrate willingness to actively seek other sources of income with the view to non-dependance on Council funding.

What will not be funded

  • Organisations that are not based within Moreland.
  • Projects or activities that are considered to be core services of State or Federal Government.
  • Initiatives that do not focus or directly benefit the Moreland community.
  • Initiatives that are singular, insular or of self-interest to the applicant or that promote the business or profit interest of the applicant.
  • More than one application by an applicant under the any category in a financial year.
  • Requests for retrospective funding.
  • Applications submitted after the closing date.
  • Purchase of equipment, uniforms or capital expenditure.
  • Costs associated with the purchase or maintenance of vehicles of any kind.
  • Core programs or services that are already funded by Council.
  • Organisations that do not focus or directly benefit the Moreland community.
  • Organisations that receive other significant sources of funding
  • Organisations that are already financially viable or have significant funds to support operations.

All applicants must read the Community Grants Program guidelines prior to submitting an application, these guidelines provide further information about the grant proram, funding categories as well as more information of funding priorities and what will and won't be funded.

How to apply

To apply online, go to our Grants website to complete and submit an application.

Our page on applying for community grants provides information about reporting and other requirements for grant recipients.

Capital Works and Facility Design grants

Council offers two funding categories to assist community organisations to enhance, construct or develop a community facility’s inclusiveness, promote community participation and/or to improve health and well-being. The applicant must demonstrate collaboration between groups that will result in greater use of facilities by community groups.

Capital Works Partnership Grants and Recreation Facility Design Grants are designed to; improve facilities that improve access to; meeting spaces, disability access, change facilities for junior or female use, sport surfaces, universal design principles and improved sustainability initiatives

Projects must promote; greater community access, increased participation, encourage interaction of all age groups and provide a multi-use facility for the broader community benefit and Universal Design Principles.

Capital Works Partnership grants

Support for not-for-profit organisations based in Moreland to enhance, construct or develop a community facility’s inclusiveness, promote community participation and/or to improve health and well-being. Projects must promote greater community access, increased participation and encourage interaction of all age groups by providing multi-use facilities for the broader community benefit.

The applicant must contribute a minimum of 25% of total project value towards the project. The applicant must demonstrate collaboration between groups that will result in greater use of facilities by the community. Projects proposed on non-Council land will need to demonstrate a commitment and means to ensuring ongoing community access. Projects must be fully costed and include detailed plans, costing and timelines with evidence of the applicant’s capacity to deliver the project on time and within budget.

Payment of funds will be in two instalments. A full evaluation and acquittal report is required for the second instalment to be paid at the completion of the project.

Read the Applicant Information Manual (PDF) for this category.

Application dates

  • Next round of applications opens in 1 August and closes 30 September 2021.
  • Project to occur 1 January - 31 December 2022.

Amounts available

Funding up to $40,000 per project.

Duration

Funding is provided for a 12-month period. Project must occur within the time frame specified for the funding round.

Application process

Read the Capital Works Partnership Grant  Applicant Information  Manual (PDF) for detailed information for perspective applicants on preparation of application, assessment and delivery of project.  

A detailed application process for projects include:

  • A minimum of sets of full Quotes from registered bodies or relevant practitioners for the total cost of the project (Builders must be licensed as a Commercial Builder.)
  • Evidence of the ability to obtain all relevant planning and building permits
  • Site specific schematics designs including clear dimensions measurements and scale
  • Evidence of liaising with an approved building surveyor
  • Lighting Plans (for lighting projects)
  • Letters of support from organisations clearly indicating their contribution and support
  • Written confirmation from all sources of funding and in-kind support
  • Written in-principle approval for works from the land owners
  • Evidence of the applicant’s capacity to financially contribute towards the project and;
  • Evidence of the applicant’s capacity to deliver the project.

Community Grants Program guidelines (DOC 534Kb) provides further information on eligibility criteria, what will and wont be funded for this this grant category.

Recreation Facility Design grants

Funding to support sporting clubs to produce schematic designs for the development of new, or redevelopment of existing community sport and active recreation infrastructure which will support participation in sport and/or active recreation. Priority is given to proposals that improve facilities for participants, officials and spectators which meet the principles of universal design and relevant State Sporting Association facility development guidelines. Applications are limited to community sporting organisations who have a tenancy agreement, lease or licence at a facility in Moreland.

Application dates

There is no round scheduled at this time for 2021-2022.

Amounts available

Up to $10,000 per project; one application per community sporting organisation.

Duration

Funding is provided for a 6-month period. Project must to occur between dates as specified

Eligible Projects

Design projects that are eligible for application include:

  • Pavilion developments with unisex accessible change rooms accessible/ambulant toilets, first aid room, umpires change room;
  • Public toilets, kitchen, kiosk, multi-purpose community social spaces;
  • New and/or improved sports fields, cricket practice nets. sports courts and surfaces that are publicly accessible and that increase capacity or safety;
  • New lighting installation - LED sports lighting that improves facility capacity and participant safety (including lux charts that are site specific for projects incorporating lighting).
  • Providing improved facilities for participants and officials which meet the Principles of universal design and relevant State Sporting Association facility development guidelines.
  • Improving and enhancing the experience of participation in sport and recreation.

More information on the application process, assessment criteria read the Recreation Facility Design Grant Guidelines (PDF 142Kb) and the Community Grants Program Guidelines (DOC 534Kb).

How do I proceed with a project idea?

  • Discuss your idea with Recreation Services Officers who will guide you on the next steps.
  • Seek estimates or quotes for the entire project get an idea if the project is possible and manageable by the organisation.
  • Speak to your landowner and gain in-principle permission for the works to occur.
  • Seek support of other community organisations and stakeholders who will benefit from the proposal and may contribute to the costs and ongoing use of the facility.
  • Requests for retrospective funding, where projects have commenced or are completed prior to submitting an application and receiving funding approval will not be funded.
  • Requests that can be categorised as routine or cyclical maintenance works cannot be funded. For example, general painting, replacement of fixtures, spouting, roofing, doors.

How to apply

To apply online during opening times go to our grants website to complete and submit the application form.

Council Officers will determine the eligibility and assessment of each application based on the content of the Recreation Facility Design (PDF 142Kb) and Community Grants Program Guidelines (DOC 534Kb)..

Projects must be fully costed and include detailed plans, costing and timelines with evidence of capacity to deliver the project within time frames.

More information and help on grants

Visit our page on applying for community grants to find out more information on the application and assessment process as well as templates, help sheets, information about reporting and other requirements for grant recipients.