• The next round of applications opens in January 2020.
  • Grants of up to $15,000 and $80,000 are to support the delivery of services, celebrations and events.

Triennial Operational Grants support operating and program costs associated with the delivery of services, celebrations and events in the City of Boroondara.

Triennial Operational Grants are part of Council's Community Strengthening Grants program, which funds activities that respond to the social, cultural, recreational and environmental needs of the City of Boroondara residents. The objectives of the Community Strengthening Grants program are to:

  • increase participation of residents in their community
  • increase inclusion and representation of under-represented groups and issues
  • develop innovative approaches to local issues
  • assist groups and volunteers to develop skills and build capacity
  • encourage the sustainability and better governance of community organisations
  • encourage partnerships between local organisations and the development of local community networks.

There are 3 streams of Triennial Operational Grants:

  1. Creative Community - Arts and Culture
  2. Sustainable Community - Environmental Sustainability
  3. Healthy Community - Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

When grants open in late 2019, follow the steps below to apply. If you need any help, email Traci Alchin or call 9278 4753.

Step 1: Check you are eligible

Read through the eligibility criteria to make sure you meet the criteria.

When grants are open, applicants are invited to attend an information session to learn about program requirements.

Step 2: Consider the objectives and assessment criteria

Applications are assessed against a defined set of criteria to a score of 100 per cent so make sure you are familiar with them before completing your application.

Read the assessment criteria for:

Step 3: Discuss your idea

Before you apply, you need to discuss your project idea with a Council officer. They help you shape your application to give it the best chance of success. Your application can't be assessed without completing this step.

Step 4: Complete your application

Applications are currently closed.

When open, applications are prepared and submitted online in SmartyGrants.

Make sure you complete the budget requirements using the budget form in SmartyGrant, noting that:

  • all budget costs must be justified for the project proposal
  • professional fees and administration costs of the project or activity can only represent 50 per cent of the total amount requested from Council
  • the total income and total expenditure must be equal and be GST exclusive
  • all items listed in the budget must include a description of the item
  • some applications may receive partial funding.

Attach all supporting documentation - your application can't be assessed until we receive all these documents:

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Organisation's Annual Report or audited financial statement
  • Current public liability insurance certificate or evidence of application for such
  • Quotes (excluding GST) for all purchases under grant expenditure, including the supplier's ABN
  • Letters or emails of support.

Resources to help with your application:

Step 5: Submit your application

Applications are currently closed.

When open, applications are submitted online through SmartyGrants.

Step 6: Application assessment

Applications are assessed in order of receipt against the assessment criteria (see Step 2). They're assessed by the Community Strengthening Grants Assessment Panel. 

The panel's recommendations are then submitted to Council for final endorsement.

Step 7: Results are announced

We let you know if you've been successful by email.

Step 8: Grant payments

If you're successful, you receive your grant funds within 28 days of your approval letter (unless we let you know otherwise).

Step 9: Evaluation

Once the funding period is complete, we ask you to fill in an evaluation of the project and how the money was spent. This is done online using SmartyGrants.

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