Community Grants Program

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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.

We have created a series of videos to provide information about Community Grants and to help you with the application process.

Annual Grants

Applications for the 2022 Annual Grants are NOW OPEN

Applications close 4pm on 25 June 2021.

Council is seeking applications from individuals, not-for-profit community groups and organisations that are based in Hume City or provide services, activities or projects for the Hume Community under the following categories: 

Community Operational Grant

GRANT AMOUNT: UP TO $1,000 (ANNUAL GRANT)

These grants support the day-to-day operational activities of community groups who are working on ongoing projects that help improve health, wellbeing and connection in the community.

Examples include:

  • Incorporation fees
  • Insurance costs
  • Catering (small-scale ongoing catering, such as tea/coffee, not catering for one-off events)
  • Room hire fees
  • Small equipment purchases up to $1000 (e.g. small sporting equipment for sporting clubs, kitchen equipment for social groups, gardening tools, musical equipment, laptops to support local groups, books and resources to young children).

ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicants must: Be a not-for-profit community group or organisation.
  • Meet in Hume and/or show that the grant will substantially benefit residents of Hume City.
  • Provide quotes for items (e.g. insurance, room hire, electronic and other equipment).
  • Have no outstanding debts with Hume City Council.
  • Have satisfactorily acquitted previous funding received by Hume City Council, if applicable.
  • Be incorporated or auspiced.

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Community Participation Grant

GRANT AMOUNT: UP TO $2,000 (ANNUAL GRANT)

These grants support groups and organisations to run programs and activities that encourage community participation and involvement, promote leadership and develop a strong sense of belonging. This includes health and wellbeing projects that improve and encourage active lifestyles.

Examples:

  • Community forums and workshops focusing on community issues and priorities (e.g. Social Justice)
  • The delivery of a community art project
  • Cultural events and festivals (e.g. NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Week, Cultural Diversity Week, International Women’s Day) 
  • Sustainability projects
  • Youth projects, trainings and excursions

* A maximum of $600 can be used for event/project related operational costs such as: room and venue hire fees, insurance costs, catering etc.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicants must:
  • Be a not-for-profit community group or organisation.
  • Run the proposed 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 show that the applicant has minimal financial resources or a limited ability to fundraise for the activity or project.
  • Have satisfactorily acquitted any previous funding received by Hume City Council (if applicable).
  • Be incorporated or auspiced.

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Project Grant

GRANT AMOUNT: UP TO $5,000 (OPEN TWICE A YEAR)

Project Grants are designed to encourage new ideas, development of locally-led initiatives or projects and collaborations that provide significant benefit to the Hume community. Project Grants are funded for a 12-month period.

Rounds are open as follows:

Round 1     19 May - 23 June 2021

Round 2      31 January - 28 February 2022

*Applications should align closely with Hume City Council Plans, Strategies and Policies

*If an application for this grant is successful, the applicant will be ineligible to apply under this category for the next 12 months.

Project Grant proposals could include, but are not limited to:

  • Piloting a new service or program
  • Research to investigate an emerging need
  • Enhancing access to programs and information development of a partnership proposal
  • A feasibility study to investigate a service or project proposal
  • A joint project between two community groups/organisations

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must:

  • Be an incorporated not-for-profit community group or organisation.
  • Have no outstanding debts with Hume City Council.
  • Have a proven ability to manage large scale projects.
  • Give a detailed Project Plan.
  • Discuss the proposal with a Council Officer whose portfolio most aligns with the theme or content of your project proposal. The Council Officer you have spoken to must be named in your application.
  • Run the activity or project from a location within Hume and/or show that it will substantially benefit residents of Hume City.
  • Have satisfactorily acquitted any previous funding received by Hume City Council (if applicable).
  • Engage with Council in the design of their project.
  • Demonstrate in kind or cash contribution that equates to half the value of the grant request. For example, if you ask for $5,000, you must show a contribution of at least $2,500 (cash or in-kind).

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Partnership Grant

PARTNERSHIP GRANT GRANT AMOUNT: UP TO $10,000 PER YEAR FOR 3 YEARS ($30,000 TOTAL)

(ANNUAL GRANT ROUND)

Partnership Grants are for projects that clearly address a significant need and embrace the principles of social justice, healthy living, lifelong learning, environmental sustainability, community safety and inclusion.

You can apply for a Partnership Grant if yours is an established organisation with a proven record in the provision of quality programs and services. You must provide evidence of the need for the project and demonstrate your capacity to resource and deliver projects.

*Applications must align closely with Hume City Council Plans, Strategies and Policies.

Competitive proposals will:

  • Not duplicate an existing service
  • Give a detailed program budget and give quotes for any proposed services or equipment purchases
  • Be innovative and strengthen community wellbeing
  • Encourage inclusion and accessibility to their service
  • Be of benefit and give valuable support to the Hume community

Funding will be for a period of up to three years. To meet the funding criteria for subsequent years, applicants must show how the first year has met the milestones outlined in the project plan and justify the need for future-years funding.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must:

  • Be an incorporated not-for-profit community group or organisation.
  • Have no outstanding debts with Hume City Council.
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage large scale projects.
  • Discuss the proposal with a Council Officer whose portfolio most aligns with the theme or content of your project proposal. The Council Officer you have spoken to must be named in your application.
  • Run the activity or project from a location within Hume and/or show that it will substantially benefit residents of Hume City.
  • Have satisfactorily acquitted any previous funding received by Hume City Council.
  • Give a detailed Project Plan.
  • Demonstrate how the project will be made fully sustainable upon cessation of Council funding.
  • Engage with Council in the design of their project.
  • Demonstrate in-kind or cash contribution that equates to half the value of the grant request. For example, if you ask for $10,000, you must show a contribution of at least $10,000 (cash or in-kind).

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Specialist Partnership Grant (Reducing Gambling Harm)

GRANT AMOUNT: UP TO $10,000 FOR UP TO 2 YEARS

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

The Specialist Partnership Grant (Reducing Gambling Harm) is for new and innovative services, programs and projects to prevent and reduce the harms related to gambling for residents living in Hume.

You can apply for the Specialist Partnership Grant (Reducing Gambling Harm) if you are an established not-for-profit organisations, schools or university with a track record in the delivery of services, programs, projects or research that focus on the prevention and reduction of harms from gambling.

The Specialist Partnership Grant (Reducing Gambling Harm) category is available in three funding streams:

STREAM 1: At Risk: To fund services, programs, projects or research that target specific community groups who are associated with a greater risk of gambling harm, including, but not limited to, older persons, young adults, socially isolated persons, people with disabilities and groups that have been identified through National and International research.

STREAM 2: Normalization: To fund services, programs, projects or research that disrupt the “normalisation” of gambling, including, but not limited to, poker machines, sports betting, online or app-based gambling. For example, this could include public communications and messaging campaigns.

STREAM 3: Take-up of services: To fund services, programs or projects that increase the uptake of services or extend the reach of services for Hume residents in order to address the harms to those directly affected or indirectly affected by gambling.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must:

  • Discuss their proposal with Council’s Community Development Coordinator by calling 9205 2200 prior to submission.
  • Be an incorporated and not-for-profit organisation (inclusive of schools and universities) that has a track record (or demonstrated ability) in the delivery of services, programs or projects that focus on the prevention and reduction of harms from gambling.
  • Applicants that require an auspice are ineligible.
  • Demonstrate in kind or cash contribution that equals the value of the grant request. For example, if you ask for $10,000 you must show a contribution of at least $10,000 (cash or in kind).
  • Provide evidence (quotes, staff timesheets) to support the project budget, including evidence to support matching funding.
  • Have no outstanding debts with Council.
  • Have satisfactorily acquitted any previous funding received by Hume City Council.
  • Run the funded activity or project from a location within Hume which will substantially benefit residents of Hume.
  • Engage with Council in the design of their project and be prepared to share the project’s findings and learnings with Council at regular intervals.

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Application support sessions

Due to the current state-wide lockdown in Victoria, our Application Support Sessions will not take place as scheduled. If you have already registered your interest, a Council Officer will be in contact shortly. Further details will be provided as available. If you would like to arrange a call back from a staff member, please email us on communitygrants@hume.vic.gov.au or phone the customer service desk on 9205 2200.

All Year Round Grants

Applications will be accepted all year round or until funds are exhausted.

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.

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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If you have further questions please contact us via email at communitygrants@hume.vic.gov.au

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. You can also watch our information videos.

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?

Applicants must:

  • Be a Not-for-Profit community group or organisation* (or for the Individual Development Grant be an individual attending a development opportunity where the outcomes will benefit the Hume community)
  • Be incorporated or apply through an auspice arrangement**
  • Run the activity or project from a location within Hume and/or show that it will benefit residents of Hume City
  • Have no outstanding debts with Hume City Council
  • Have satisfactorily acquitted previous projects funded under the Hume City Council’s Community Grants Program. (You can ignore this one if your group/ organisation has not received funding from Hume City Council in the past.)

* Individuals may only apply under the Individual Development Grant category.
**An incorporated organisation can auspice up to three community groups.

What documentation do I need?

We want you to have the best chance possible to receive grant funding. Please ensure you supply the following supporting documentation with your grant application, so that we can consider your application.

  • Certificate of Incorporation of your group/organisation, or evidence of other legal status. (If your group/ organisation is not incorporated, you can apply for a grant through an Auspice Organisation. If you do this, you need to supply a letter confirming the auspice agreement. Attach this to the application).
  • ABN details or completed Statement by Supplier form for your group/organisation
  • A Public Liability Insurance Certificate of Currency, to cover your group/organisation’s activities for the duration of your activity
  • Quotes to support your budget, i.e. for equipment hire or purchase, bus hire, advertising & promotion, flyers, posters etc.
  • Incorporated groups and organisations must provide a copy of their Profit and Loss statement. Australian Public Companies with an ABN should provide their most recently audited financial statements.
  • Bank details for your group/organisation (so that you can receive payment)
  • For Project and Partnership applications, a referee report or letters of support. Council may contact referees, so ensure their contact details are correct.
  • Where applicable, a COVID-Safe Activity or Project Planning Risk Assessment Plan that observes State Government COVID-19 regulations

PLEASE NOTE:

In previous years, groups awarded a grant were required to supply Council with a Tax Invoice. This has changed. Council now sends a Recipient Created Tax Invoice (RCTI) alongside your Letter of Agreement. This means you are not required to send a tax invoice to Council, regardless of whether or not you’re registered for GST.

Past Recipients

Please see categories below for successful applicants of the 2021 Annual Grant Round:

Project and Partnership Grants

Community Participation and Operational Grants

 

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