Hume Empowering Communities

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Hume Empowering Communities funding applications are now open to organisations and incorporated groups from the Hume community who support young people with crime prevention and community safety activities. 


A total funding of $550,000 will support community to design and deliver initiatives that take an evidence informed, innovative approach to address local issues impacting on crime and perceptions of safety. 


The Hume Empowering Communities initiative has been funded through the Victorian Government’s Building Safer Communities Program. 


Hume City Council, Department of Justice and Community Safety and the Hume Empowering Communities Action Group, which includes representatives from local community organisations, have worked together to develop the common goal for the funding - that children entering adolescence develop and maintain life skills, engage in school, and have safe, stable and nurturing relationships with parents and/or caregivers. 


The key objectives of the initiative are to provide opportunities for young people to develop life skills in a family and school and/or community context, connection to culturally responsive family and legal services and support for school transitions and individual learning needs. 


Applications close on Monday 24 January 2022 for projects/activities to start from 1 March 2022. 

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Information session for applicants

Applicants are encouraged to attend Hume Empowering Communities Information Sessions via zoom to find out about how to apply for grants

Sessions will be held on: 

  • Wednesday 19 January 2022, 5-6pm

Register via Eventbrite. Your Zoom meeting link will be forwarded to your nominated email address before the session. 

The funding streams

The three funding streams are:

  • Quick Response Stream offers funds of up to $20,000 for small activities and/or pilot projects that need to be completed by 30 December 2022. These small projects must demonstrate evidence of immediate impact on the Hume community. These projects must be completed in Round 1 - March 2022 to December 2022. 
  • Innovation Stream offers funds of up to $50,000 for larger activities and/or projects that demonstrate innovation and test new, more effective approaches to improve community safety and crime prevention in Hume. These activities and/or projects must be completed in Round 1 - March 2022 to December 2022. 
  • Impact Stream offers funds for larger projects that need to be developed and delivered over the specified period that can demonstrate significant impact on community safety and crime prevention in Hume. These will be funded up to $200,000 delivered across two funding rounds:
    • Round 1 – March 2022 to December 2022
    • Round 2 – January 2023 to June 2024


To be eligible applicants must:

  • Be an incorporated or auspiced not-for-profit community group or organisation based in Hume.
  • Deliver the proposed activity or project from a location within Hume and/or show that it will substantially benefit young people, families and/or the community in Hume.
  • Not have any outstanding debts with Hume City Council.
  • Have satisfactorily acquitted any previous funding received by Hume City Council (if applicable).
  • Have demonstrated sound governance and the ability to accept funding.
  • Have appropriate insurances that include Public Liability Insurance. 
  • Be a Child Safe organisation.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to work with 8-14 year olds (within a family/school context) from the identified target cohorts.

 If your organisation is unincorporated, it must have an auspice agency. You will need their financial and taxation details. If you want to know more about Auspicing please click here

Funding criteria

All projects must:

  • Demonstrate evidence of how the project/activity will address the common goal and key objectives of the Hume Empowering Communities Program
  • Be evidence-informed (i.e. address an identified need/s)
  • Be innovative and test new models and approaches
  • Be completed within agreed timeframes and funding
  • Be delivered within Hume i.e. for residents of Hume (but can also be for people who work, study, play in and visit Hume)
  • Be impactful (with a broad reach) and should cater to the identified cohort
  • Implement a partnership approach with evidence of integration
  • Be sustainable and develop a good understanding of how further funding can be leveraged to ensure sustainable outcomes
  • Implement problem-solving methodology
  • Demonstrate engagement with young people

What will not be funded

  • Organisations that are not based within Hume
  • Projects or activities that are core services of State or Federal Government including Victoria Police or schools for example
  • Initiatives that do not focus or directly benefit the Hume community
  • More than one application by an applicant in a financial year
  • Activities that have already commenced for which retrospective funding is sought
  • 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
  • Overseas or interstate travel
  • Costs that duplicate the funding responsibility of other state or local government agencies (such as family violence, mental health, or drug and alcohol support for example) or that could be funded through other government grant programs (e.g. DJCS Youth Engagement Grants) 
  • Development of software applications (apps)


Things to do before applying

Before completing your application, you must read:


Please have all your supporting documents ready, including: 

  • Bank Statement
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Current Certificate of Public Liability Insurance
  • Profit and Loss Statement
  • Quotes for items you intend to purchase

Other helpful hints:

  • Regularly save your application by clicking the 'Save Progress' button every 10-15 minutes which appears at the top of your screen.
  • Please review your proposal before submitting. You will not be able to change it after it has been submitted.
  • File Upload allows applicants to upload one or more file attachments in their application.
  • The recommended size of a file must be no larger than 5mb.
  • You will not be able to submit your proposal until all mandatory sections have been completed.

Please note incomplete applications an/or applications not submitted by the closing date will not be considered.

Contact and more information

If you have any questions about the grants, you can contact the Meg Lawton, Empowering Communities Project Officer, via email on or phone 0456 565 015.

If you experience technical difficulties when writing or submitting your application online, please contact SmartyGrants Support by phone 9320 6888 or email at