The Central Highlands Regional Council is seeking applications for its Community Grants Program to provide assistance to local community group/organisations making positive contributions to the quality of life in the local government area.
Applications can be submitted in the following categories to the maximum indicated:
- Community assistance – up to $5000
- Organisations with community focus, not providing organised sport and recreation activities.
- The organisations constitutions main objective is to provide community benefit.
- Sport and recreation assistance – up to $5000
- Organisations providing organised sport and recreation activities.
- The organisations constitutions main objective is to provide organised sport and recreation activities.
- Community improvement – up to $20,000
- Organisations with a focus to completing aspirations of their community in accordance to the CH2022 community plan.
- This category is open to both community-focused organisations and sport and recreation organisations.
The following will not be considered for funding:
- Ongoing salaries/wages for staff.
- Recurrent costs associated with day-to-day operations.
- Retrospective funding – Programs, projects, and/or activities that have commenced or completed prior to acknowledgment of grant outcomes.
- Items/programs that are the core business of a Government Department, tourism, or economic
- Programs, projects, and/or activities that do not involve the Central Highlands Regional Council community.
- Items of equipment or other expenditure that are personal or of personal gain.
- Assets Council believe have an unacceptable risk of being damaged, lost, causing injury, or quickly losing value.
- Freight, travel and accommodation-related costs, merchandise, catering and hospitality, prizes
and raffles (unless demonstrated essential to program, project or activity).
- Fundraising events and activities.
- Insurance costs.
- Payment of debt.
Groups/organisations are required to:
- Have the majority of members of the organisation/group reside in the Central Highlands Regional Council area.
- Operate predominately within the Central Highlands Regional Council boundaries.
- Have acquitted any previous Central Highlands Regional Council grant satisfactorily.
- Be free of debt with Central Highlands Regional Council.
- Be an incorporated ‘not-for-profit’ organisation or company limited by guarantee that has been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a charity, tax-exempt fund or deductable gift recipient. Unincorporated groups are eligible to apply, providing that their application is made through the appropriate incorporated body which supports the program, project or activity.
- Have relevant public liability insurance cover.
- Make the facility or resource available to community through membership or other means.
- Demonstrate a clear need for financial support and show that other avenues of financial support have been explored (e.g. other grant funding).
- Submit the organisation’s most current financial statement (as submitted to the Office of Fair Trading) or latest treasurer’s report including bank balances covering the previous12 months.
- Submit a detailed budget for the program, project and/or activity and two (2) quotes from registered businesses, for all items to be funded for the grant (including where possible at least sourced in CHRC boundaries)
- Provide in-principle support from the landowner or trustee of the land prior to application submission.
- Sought advice regarding building works and approval prior to application submission (if applicable).
The following organisations/groups are unable to apply:
- Political groups.
- Government agencies.
- Businesses and commercial organisations.
- Community organisations operating more than 30 gaming machines.
- Schools (public or independent) – unless sponsored by eligible community organisation/group.
- Organisations or groups who were successful in attaining a council grant in the previous round.
- Organisations whose capital and operating requirements are met directly from Federal or State.
- Governments or their Departments or from Government-owned corporations unless they demonstrate that there is a clear community need that cannot otherwise be met.
- Organisations or groups that support discrimination in any form.
For more information, visit http://www.centralhighlands.qld.gov.au/community-support/grants-and-funding/community-grants/