The Yarra Ranges Council is offering Small Grants to support community groups responding to opportunities and challenges in their communities.
The program provides funding for activities that promote greater social inclusion, wellbeing and community participation.
Community organisations that are supporting people who have been impacted by these emergencies are encouraged to apply through the Small Grants program. Council welcomes applications for activities which seek to build social connection and community resilience.
Activities may include those which connect people to the services and information they need, provide training for staff, attract donations and volunteers, or deliver group activities online. Funding is also available to support volunteers who are contributing to the relief effort.
The Small Grants Program comprises of six categories:
- Connected & Vibrant Communities (up to $1000)
- Community Planning for acknowledged Community Plans (up to $1000)
- Economic development (up to $1000)
- Youth Pathways (up to $250)
- Sports Participation (up to $500)
- Hall and facility hire (up to the value of $300)
- Resources for waste management (up to 30 bins).
Funding is awarded on a competitive basis.
- Applicants are eligible to apply for up to $1000.
- They will endeavour to respond with an outcome to application within two weeks to applications that are responding to the impacts of the emergencies.
- Direct provision of professional services
- Purchase of food
- Activities currently funded by state and federal governments
- Activities that duplicate programs already being delivered within the same geographical area
- Activities that support medium to longer term recovery from the current emergency.
- Recipient organisations must be a not for profit organisation, a registered charity or incorporated not for profit organisation, or be a group that is auspiced by such an organisation.
- Emergency relief services are those defined in the Yarra Ranges Municipal Relief and Recovery Plan. Funding may be used to support the delivery of these services as follows.
- For example:
- Activities that support improved access and connection to psychosocial support services, health care and first aid, family violence services, and social interaction;
- Activities that support the distribution of food, water and material aid (non-food items) – including food for animals;
- Activities that support access to emergency accommodation (including animal care);
- Activities that support the distribution of community information relevant to current emergencies;
- Training opportunities for staff and volunteers to equip them with the information and skills to assess client needs.
For more information, visit https://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Community/Grants/Apply-for-Small-Grants