The City of Melbourne is seeking applications for the Connected Communities Grants Program.
The City of Melbourne is committed to working in partnership to provide funding for projects that support diverse communities through increased community connection, access and participation building on principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.
Grants are available to schools, not-for-profit community organizations and community groups to work in partnership with the City of Melbourne to:
- Support the needs and aspirations of diverse communities in the municipality.
- Empower local communities to identify and respond to issues.
- Increase community connections and belonging to increase participation and progress equity and inclusion.
- Build community capacity.
- increase community participation, connection, equity diversity and inclusion
- Empower community to identify and respond to local issues and priorities.
- Small Grants: The City of Melbourne is committed to creating connected and inclusive communities. They provide small grants for community organizations to support community connection, social inclusion, access and participation for City of Melbourne residents.
- Impact Grants: The City of Melbourne is committed to working in partnership to enable connected communities. Connected Communities Impact grants provide funding for projects that support diverse communities through increased community connection and access and participation building on principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.
- Small Grants : Applications for Connected Communities Small Grants funding can be made for any value up to $2,000.
- Impact Grants: Applications for Connected Communities Grants funding can be made for between $2000 and $20,000.
To be eligible to apply for funding through Connected Communities Small Grants, applications must meet the following criteria:
- Applicant organizations must be a not-for-profit constituted body. Auspiced applications are not permitted in this program.
- Applicant organizations must be located within the City of Melbourne municipality with benefits for local people.
- Funded activities must create opportunities for community members to experience greater connection to their community through opportunities that improve access and participation.
- Applications are accepted for core operating costs of local volunteer-based community organizations whose work aligns with the go als of the City of Melbourne.
To be eligible to apply for funding through Connected Communities Impact Grants, applications must meet the following criteria:
- Applicants must be a not-for-profit constituted body or a school. Auspiced applications are permitted in this program except for capital works projects.
- Body Corporates are eligible to apply for a Connected Communities Impact Grant only for the provision of a community garden.
- Applicants must be located within, or be running the project within, the City of Melbourne municipality.
- Applications must have a focus on City of Melbourne’s local communities and/or communities that are considered disadvantaged.
- Projects funded through Connected Communities Impact Grants are eligible for a maximum of two consecutive years of funding.
- Capital works projects:
- Capital works projects will be considered for funding for local community organizations whose work aligns with Council priorities.
- Auspiced applications will not be accepted for capital works projects.
- Capital works applications will only be considered where the facility is located within the City of Melbourne boundary and owned by not-for-profit organisations. Funding cannot be used for capital works projects on Council-owned land or property. Community garden applications will only be considered for property that is within the City of Melbourne boundary, and either owned by a not-forprofit body or privately owned. Funding will not be considered for gardens that are on Council own ed land.
For more information, visit https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/strong-communities/funding-grants/pages/community-grants.aspx