Grant amount: up to $10,000 (Annual Grant)
The Specialist Partnership Grant (Volunteer Engagement) is a one-off grant only available in 2024. It is for new and innovative services, programs, and projects that support local partnerships to help community organisations and groups to re-engage, encourage and try out volunteering. This grant provides funding to help increase volunteer participation and support community organisations/groups to enable a stronger and resilient community through the inclusion of a broad range of people across three streams.
Re-engage volunteers. This stream is to kickstart your volunteering programs postpandemic. Projects may include ways to develop or enhance existing volunteer programs/committees, and projects that increase volunteering. i.e. training courses for volunteers, background screening checks, paying for appropriate volunteer insurance, or improving volunteer systems/databases.
Broadening the volunteer base. This stream is for organisations who want to recruit more/new volunteers. Projects may include developing plans, resources and supports to reduce barriers to volunteering and use a range of inclusive volunteer engagement practices to attract, recruit and support a diverse range of people. For example, engagement of a facilitator to develop or enhance volunteer marketing/ recruitment plans.
Strengthening collaboration and partnership. Partnerships between organisations/groups to build organisational capacity, community connections and pathways to volunteering. For example, showcasing how active engagement in partnership can assist organisations to attract, engage and support volunteers for a broad range of people.
- Applicants must have an established partnership and/or relevant network in place to support immediate commencement of project activities
- Partner organisations should be aware of the application and provide a letter of support indicating their willingness to participate if the application is successful.
- Give a detailed Project Plan
- Include a monitoring and evaluation plan, and strategies on good volunteering practices
- Be an incorporated not-for-profit community group or organisation
- Be based in Hume and/or show that the grant will substantially benefit residents of Hume City
- Have no outstanding debts with Hume City Council
- Have satisfactorily acquitted any previous funding received by Hume City Council (if applicable)
- Discuss the proposal with a Council Officer whose portfolio most aligns with your project proposal. The Council Officer you have spoken to must be named in your application. Leave plenty of time so that the Officer can make an appointment with you.
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