Hume City Council Community Grants Program

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Hume City Council’s vision is to be recognised as a leader in achieving social, environmental and economic outcomes with a common goal of connecting our proud community and celebrating the diversity of Hume. Community Grants help community groups and organisations to carry out a wide range of projects and activities throughout our municipality.

All year round grants

Hume City Council offers four grant categories open for applications all year round (or until funds are exhausted). Click on the categories below for further information and to apply. 

Individual Development Grant

Up to $750 per individual

This grant is awarded to individuals to create opportunities for skill development, professional development, networking and learning, and skill sharing in Hume communities.

Grant amount: up to $750 (open all year)

This grant is awarded to individuals to create opportunities for skill development, professional development, networking and learning, and skill sharing in Hume communities.

Funding in this category is available to support individuals with the costs associated with attending recognised opportunities that further their development. These opportunities must provide a clearly identified benefit to the Hume community.

Examples include:

  • Arts and culture development and learning opportunities for artists active in Hume’s community
  • Opportunities to participate in State, National and international forums that will bring new skills and knowledge to the Hume community
  • Leadership and professional development opportunities that will help build leadership capacity of the Hume community

Grant amounts will be allocated in recognition of the travel costs involved for each of the following locations:

  • Regional opportunities: $150
  • National opportunities: $400
  • International opportunities $750

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be a Hume resident
  • Provide evidence of selection from the relevant organisation
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to their area of endeavour
  • Apply at least two months prior to the date of their event, or opportunity for which they are seeking funding
  • Have no outstanding debts with Hume City Council
  • Have satisfactorily acquitted any previous funding received by Hume City Council

In addition:

  • Applications for sporting events are ineligible under this program but may be eligible for Council’s Sports Aid Grants
  • Applicants will be funded only once per year for each level of this grant (local, regional, national, and international)

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Quick Response Grant

Grant amount: up to $1,000

Quick Response Grants have been designed to support newly established community groups and community groups with emerging or unexpected needs and opportunities. This category aims to fill a gap in funding for community groups requiring assistance outside of the annual grant timelines.

Council will accept applications from:

  • Newly established community groups requiring support with start-up and establishment costs
  • Community groups that have an urgent and unforeseen funding need that does not fall within the annual grants payment timeframes

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be a not-for-profit community group or organisation
  • Run the activity or project from a location within Hume and/or show that it will substantially benefit residents of Hume City
  • Be able to demonstrate they have minimal financial resources or a limited ability to fundraise for the activity or project identified in the application
  • Have no outstanding debts with Hume City Council
  • Have satisfactorily acquitted previous funding received by Hume City Council
  • Be incorporated or be a first-time applicant (applicants that are not incorporated must be auspiced by an incorporated not-for profit organisation and provide evidence of this arrangement)
  • Successful applicants for Quick Response Grants will be eligible for categories in the Annual Grant Round

*Applications are accepted throughout the year until funds are exhausted.

** Please note, applicants will be notified of the outcome within 6 weeks of receipt of their application along with supporting documents.

*** Acquittals will be due within 3 months of funds being awarded unless otherwise approved by Council. 

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3064 Community Support Fund Grants

Up to $1,000 per individual (applications must come via an organisation)

The 3064 Community Support Fund Grants have been established to respond to community need and reduce barriers to access and/or engagement in Craigieburn and surrounds (postcode 3064).

Funds available up to $1,000 (Open all year)

This grant is time-limited (2019- 2023) and is funded by contributions from a Craigieburn-based gambling venue.

The 3064 Community Support Fund Grants have been established to respond to community need and reduce barriers to access and/or engagement for people residing in Craigieburn and surrounds that have the postcode 3064.

Applications can be made by incorporated not-for-profit organisations and community groups (including schools) who are supporting an individual or family.

Examples of local community needs include mobility aids; assistive technologies; support for participation in local community based social, educational, leisure; health and wellbeing programs or activities.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be incorporated and not-for-profit organisations or community groups (inclusive of schools) who are supporting an individual or family.
  • Be based in Hume City, and/or deliver services in Hume City
  • Identify a proposal to assist an individual or family residing within postcode 3064 experiencing hardship and/or barriers to access and participation in the Hume Community as identified by the applicant
  • Apply on behalf of an individual or family
  • Be responsible for all reporting and acquittal requirements
  • Give 100% of funding to the identified individual or family
  • Have an urgent need that cannot be met by the affected individual or family
  • Show that the applicant cannot meet this need through other funding sources including other grant programs (including those from government agencies) 
  • Have no outstanding debts with Hume City Council
  • Have satisfactorily acquitted any previous funding received by Hume City Council
  • Distribute and acquit funds in accordance with the funding requirements

Applicants must not: 

  • Propose a program to assist a recipient of this grant category from previous rounds
  • Propose a program that will duplicate or top-up existing services or grant programs (for example, emergency relief, or other support/programs from Government agencies)

Please note:

  • Applicants can submit multiple applications on behalf of different individuals or families. However, individuals and families may only receive one grant per five-year period.
  • A single application can seek up to a maximum of 5 grants. These must be from different families i.e. one family cannot receive multiple grants.

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Defibrillator Grant

Grant amount: up to $2,000

The Defibrillator Grants are one-off grants designed to support community organisations and community groups to purchase defibrillators that may assist in saving the life of an individual during cardiac arrest. Replacement parts and First Aid training will not be funded.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate a need for access to a defibrillator in the delivery of their activities
  • Propose a location for a defibrillator (must be within Hume City) where the group meets at least fortnightly
  • Demonstrate that there is no access to a defibrillator or similar emergency medical assistance within the vicinity of where the group meets regularly
  • Be a not-for-profit community group or organisation
  • Have no outstanding debts with Hume City Council
  • Have satisfactorily acquitted previous funding received from Hume City Council
  • Be incorporated or auspiced (see page 4)

*Applications are accepted throughout the year until funds are exhausted.

** Please note, applicants will be notified of the outcome within 6 weeks of receipt of their application along with supporting documents.

*** Acquittals will be due within 3 months of funds being awarded unless otherwise approved by Council.

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How to apply for a grant

All information on the application process is outlined in our Community Grants Program Application Guidelines. Printed copies of the guidelines are available on request.

For more information, you can also see our frequently asked questions guide.

Application forms

Applications for all Hume City Council Community Grants are made via SmartyGrants, an online portal. If you are a new user, you will need to set up a login before you begin. If you have previously used SmartyGrants for ANY application (not just Hume City Council) you can use the same email address.

You can also refer to the SmartyGrants Applicant Guide for help.

 

Who can apply?

Except for the Individual Development Grant, all applicants must:

  • Be a Not-for-Profit community group or organisation
  • Individuals may only apply under Individual Development Grant category
  • Be incorporated or apply through an auspice arrangement (see FAQ for more on auspicing)
  • Run the activity or project from a location within Hume and/or show that it will substantially benefit residents of Hume City
  • Have no outstanding debts with Hume City Council
  • Be able to demonstrate that the applicant has minimal financial resources or a limited ability to fundraise for a proposed activity or project identified in the application (except Project and Partnership applications)
  • Satisfactorily acquitted previous projects funded under the Hume City Council’s Community Grants Program

 

What documentation do I need?

In your application, you will need to provide documents that prove the status of your organisation, and support for you project. The list of required documents includes:

  • Certificate of Incorporation or evidence of other legal status (see FAQ for more)
  • ABN details or completed Statement by Supplier form (see FAQ for more)
  • Current Public Liability Insurance Certificate of Currency to adequately cover the organisation/group’s activities
  • Quotes to support your budget i.e. For equipment hire or purchase, bus hire, advertising & promotion, flyers, posters etc