The Cardinia Shire Council is seeking applications for its Community Wellbeing and Support Grants Program that helps to establish new organizations, projects, and services.
The Community Wellbeing and Support Grant Program is available to assist with the establishment of new organizations, projects, and services, as well as the enhancement of existing projects and programs, for the benefit of a diverse community.
The key objective of the grants program is to equitably support sustainable initiatives that address an identified and unmet community need, with an aim to:
- Improving resident health and wellbeing;
- Supporting opportunities for volunteerism;
- Building capacity of community groups, projects, and programs to be sustainable.
There are 3 categories of funding:
- Seeding grants (up to $5,000)
- To support setting up new organisations, groups, clubs, projects, programs or services.
- Applicant must show that ongoing costs, such as venue hire, insurance or activity costs can be sustained without further Council support beyond the first year.
- Volunteering grants (up to $3,000)
- To grow and develop volunteering in Cardinia Shire.
- Examples include:
- establishing volunteering programs.
- training and development of volunteers were not mandated by regulation, nor within the scope of training that is provided by the organisation.
- promotion of volunteering opportunities.
- Applications cannot include requests for support for training already subsidised by Council.
- Miscellaneous grants (up to $2,000)
- To help with a range of minor operational and equipment costs that cannot be met through other funding sources. Applications for Christmas decorations will be considered under this category.
- Funding will not be allocated to support the running of events.
- To be eligible for this grants program, groups and organisations must be:
- locally-based and/or servicing Cardinia Shire residents;
- a Community Asset Committee of Council;
- incorporated (or be auspiced by an incorporated organisation – please note, Community Asset Committees cannot take on the function of an auspice).
- If a license, lease, or funding agreement exists between Council and the community organisation, then the agreements need to be signed and current in order for applications to be considered.
- Community groups with incomplete or outstanding projects are not eligible to apply for further projects and applications will not be considered.
- Multiple applications may be considered if this grants program is undersubscribed in any given year, however, all applications must meet the funding criteria and be assessed as eligible.
- All applications must also:
- demonstrate a benefit to the health and wellbeing of Cardinia Shire residents and align with Cardinia’s Liveability Plan.
- support equitable access and inclusion.
- address an unmet need (and provide evidence of this need).
- clearly identify beneficiaries.
- clearly state objectives with measurable outcomes; and
- address how the application fits within the scope of the grant category.
For more information, visit https://www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/cwsg#section-4-is-my-group-eligible-