The Cumberland City Council is inviting applications for its Community Grants Program to support the achievement of the vision “Welcome, Belong, Succeed”.
Cumberland City Council (Council) is determined that all its residents, businesses and visitors feel they are welcome; where people and families from different cultural backgrounds can come together and belong; and where anyone, through hard work and with the support of their community can succeed.
- Grant stream objectives:
- To aid in the delivery of effective programs that support the diverse needs and interests of the Cumberland LGA
- To enhance community participation in the development and delivery of programs
- To create positive connections between residents of Cumberland
- To further develop existing skills, knowledge, and access to opportunities for residents and organisations
- To maximise access and usage of community resources, services and facilities including equity of access for groups requiring additional assistance
- To encourage collaboration and partnerships.
- Applications can be made for up to $15,000.
- Expected funding outcomes:
- Supports the wellbeing of residents of the Cumberland community
- Delivers positive social, economic, cultural, recreational, or environmental benefits to residents of the Cumberland community
- Builds a positive profile of Cumberland and/or support an individual, group or organisation to represent the Cumberland LGA or community.
- Domestic and Family Violence
- Increase the provision of domestic violence services and support, particularly those with an outreach component.
- Address the underlying drivers of violence against women (primary prevention programs).
- Address barriers to education, training, employment, and technical learning opportunities to attain strong employment outcomes for newly arrived migrants and refugees, people with disability, young people disengaged from education and the long term unemployed.
- Encourage the participation and involvement of parents in the education of their children and to improve their capacity to support learning at school
- Improve education outcomes for young people.
- Environmental Sustainability
- Develop and deliver environmental education programs, events, or initiatives
- Encourage community pride and cleanliness in the Cumberland LGA
- Increase awareness of the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle waste) and promote available waste services to improve their environmental footprint
- Increase biodiversity and provide habitat.
- Health and Wellbeing
- Programs that improve health literacy in the community, including those that make it easier for Cumberland residents to understand and access health-related information, and to be able to make the best decisions about their health.
- Provide opportunities to increase participation of women and girls
- Promote physical activity that improves fitness levels and general health and wellbeing
- Projects that combine social, recreational, and physical activities to promote stress management, and physical wellbeing
- Prevent and raise awareness of mental health, substance abuse and lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and coronary heart disease
- Promote the use of active transport such as walking, cycling and use of public transport
- Nutrition and cooking programs that promote nutritious food for good health
- Improve the health and wellbeing of young people.
- Improve crime prevention and public safety outcomes including addressing community perceptions of crime and safety
- Provide programs and support for victims of crime
- Provision of education or services addressing drug and alcohol awareness and/or dependency
- Improve the safety of young people.
- Social cohesion, participation, and accessibility
- Promote cross-cultural understanding, community harmony and peace building
- Improve access to services and increased participation in community life by isolated residents, including older people, people with disability, refugees, people seeking asylum and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
- Address barriers to service access and community participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Cumberland LGA
- Support the work of local volunteers
- Deliver community education to increase skills and knowledge of Australian systems
- Provide support for people with disability including carers of people with disability
- Improve access to services that address homelessness, housing stress and the drivers of homelessness, including outreach services, living skills programs, and programs targeting key demographic groups within the Cumberland community such as adult men, older women, and asylum seekers.
- Support and celebrate cultural diversity through projects and programs that promote intercultural understanding.
- Residents of the Cumberland Local Government Area (LGA) must be the primary beneficiaries of the project
- Applicants must be a legally registered and incorporated not-for-profit organisation (or group)
- Unincorporated groups may be auspiced (sponsored) by incorporated not-for-profit organisations
- Applicants must have a current registered Australian Business Number (ABN)
- Applicants must be currently located or delivering services in or have specialist expertise not currently available in the Cumberland LGA
- Applicants must be able to provide proof of public liability insurance (minimum of $10 million cover) and any other insurances required to deliver the project which may include professional indemnity, workers compensation or volunteer accident insurance
- Applications must be for a specific project
- Projects must address an identified funding priority
- Projects must be well defined with a clear budget
- Projects must demonstrate that any ongoing or recurrent costs can be met by the organisation once grant funding has been expended
- The organisation must demonstrate the capacity to manage funds and deliver the project
- Projects must be delivered between the dates specified for each grant round
- All requests for funding must go through the Community Grants Program. Unsolicited requests for donations will not be accepted.
- Duplicating of Council services or programs
- Breaching existing Council policy
- Not meeting the identified priority needs of the Cumberland LGA
- Applications from government departments, schools, for-profit businesses, or political parties
- Applications from charities for general donations
- Applications for fundraising, operational expenditure (e.g. admin, insurance), shortfalls in funding from other government departments or completed (retrospective) projects
- Projects that rely on repeated funding from Council
- Organisations that have not submitted acquittal reports for projects funded by Council or have debts with Council
- Organisations already funded under another application stream or in the same financial year.
For more information, visit Community Grants Program.