Golden Plains Shire Council has launched a new grant program to help the community respond to the changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, following the easing of restrictions for events late last year.
The COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants program is designed to fund activities that will assist community groups adapt and recover from these changes, with a total funding pool of $35,000 and up to $4,000 available per application.
This is a quick-response grant program designed to fund activities that will help their community adapt to, and recover from, the changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
The grant is divided into two categories and aims to help eligible community organizations activate community spaces and deliver new or existing community programs that comply with COVID-19 restrictions.
What can you Apply for?
- Operating in COVID Environment Grant
This grant helps community organizations and groups to build their capacity to operate in a COVID environment, assisting with expenses that help community groups deliver their existing and new services and programs in line with COVID-19 restrictions. This category’s maximum funding per application is up to $1000. In this category, they are seeking proposals that will help eligible community organizations to recommence delivering projects, programs or activities that comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Grant funds could be expended on:
- Increased cleaning expense including supplies;
- Personal protection equipment for volunteers and community members;
- New or improved signage;
- Visitor registration facilities;
- Digital Software/ Application Subscription (e.g. video Conferencing service, volunteer management, survey administration);
- Communication mediums that assist in notifying or surveying members of what programs, activities and supports are available (e.g. newsletters printed or electronic, information boards etc.);
- Online up skilling;
- Teleconference equipment.
- Community Engage, Connect and Recover Initiatives
This is to support community organizations to deliver new or existing community projects, programs and activities that will help the communities in Golden Plains Shire Council to recover from COVID-19 restrictions. This category’s maximum funding per application is up to $4000. They are seeking proposals from community organizations interested in developing new and responsive ways of working with the community that comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Grant funds could be expended on proposals that:
- Strengthen community relationships, reduce isolation and encourage active participation in community life;
- Provide creative and innovative approaches to community capacity building;
- Will improve access to programs for people with all abilities;
- Increase community knowledge and capacity to use and embrace digital technologies.
Who can Apply?
- Not-for-profit, incorporated bodies, co-operatives or associations
- Registered charitable organizations – refer to: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
- Unincorporated bodies with an auspice
- Eligible applicants, as listed above, who hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) or provide a Statement by a Supplier Form, available from the Australian Tax Office.
- Community Committees (including schools, kindergartens, local branches of larger organizations like CFA and SES etc.)
For more information, visit https://www.goldenplains.vic.gov.au/news/quick-response-grants-local-groups