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Annual Community Strengthening Grants 2020-21

Applications for the 2020 Annual Community Strengthening Grants open at 9am, Monday 2 March 2020.

Annual Community Strengthening Grants are open to not-for-profit community organisations and groups in Boroondara. They provide support for new, one-off projects and activities that strengthen the Boroondara community. 

Grants up to $10,000 are available per project or activity under 6 grant streams:

  • Active Community - Sports and Recreation
  • Life-long Community - Opportunities for Over 55s
  • Creative Community - Arts and Culture
  • Healthy Community - Health, Safety and Wellbeing
  • Sustainable Community - Environmental Sustainability
  • Vibrant Retail Precincts.

A maximum of $2,000 is available for equipment purchases. Applicants can submit more than one application; however, the combined total of all grant applications must be no more than $10,000.

Please follow the steps of this guide for all the information you need to apply for a grant.

Important dates

  • Applications open: 9am, Monday 2 March 2020
  • Applications close: 11.59pm, Sunday 19 April 2020
  • Notification of results: late 2020.

Conditions of funding

For information about the conditions and eligibility of funding for our Annual Community Strengthening Grants and what we won't fund, please see our grants eligibility and conditions page.

Get the help you need

If you have any questions or need advice, we’re here to help.

We hold grant writing workshops and one-on-one sessions, and we're a quick phone call or email away to answer any questions you have.

For general enquiries about the grants program, please contact the Community Development Officer (Grants and Partnerships) on 9278 4753 or email [email protected].

Auspiced applications

If your organisation or group is not incorporated, you will need an incorporated organisation to act as your auspice. Find out more about auspiced applications.

Determine whether you qualify for an Annual Community Strengthening Grant

To qualify for a grant, your organisation must: 

  • provide direct benefits to residents of the City of Boroondara
  • be not-for-profit, as classified by the Australian Tax Office in the Income Tax Assessment Act (1936) 
  • be a registered legally constituted entity. You may have another organisation auspice your application (unless requesting less than $1,000).
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN), or complete a Statement by Supplier form or hold an exemption from registration
  • have a committee of management that accepts responsibility for the administration of the grant
  • hold a public liability insurance policy to cover the staff, members and the general public, if appropriate
  • not have your own grant-giving or fundraising program that finances another organisation's community initiatives
  • comply with all other relevant Australian legislation and Victorian legislation, including: accounting and auditing requirements; equal opportunity and anti-discrimination laws; human rights laws; privacy, confidentiality and freedom of information laws; registration or accreditation of professional employees; and preparation and dissemination of annual reports
  • have an adequate risk management plan in place (as required)
  • if relevant, have satisfactorily accounted to Council for the expenditure of any previous Council grants.

See our grants eligibility and conditions page for conditions of funding and what we won't fund.

Does your organisation comply with all of the criteria above?

  • If yes, go to step 2
  • If no, your organisation doesn’t qualify for an Annual Community Strengthening Grant. If you’d like to clarify any of the above criteria, please contact the Community Development Officer (Grants and Partnerships) on 9278 4753 or email [email protected].

Choose the grant stream for your project or activity

The Annual Community Strengthening Grants have 6 grant streams. In your online Smarty Grants application, you'll be asked to choose the stream your project/activity best fits into. There will then be questions based on the objectives of that stream.

Read the objectives of each stream below. The adjacent video shows an example of a project that was funded through that grant stream. If you feel your project or activity falls under two or more streams, please choose the most relevant one.

    1. Active Community - Sports and Recreation

    This stream aims to build accessible recreation, sport and physical activities to meet the needs of our community (now and in the future), and enhance the functionality of public recreation spaces for a wide range of uses. Activities can also include education, training and capacity building for groups and clubs.

    Objectives:

    • provide new and innovative opportunities for people to participate in local sport and physical activities
    • enhance participation in both structured (e.g. team sports) and non-structured (e.g. walking and cycling) sport and recreation for a diverse range of residents
    • encourage clubs to be self-sustainable (e.g. specialist coaching clinics, sustainable sport club ideas, club governance or admin skills).

    2. Life-long Community - opportunities for over 55s

    This streams supports opportunities for older people (aged 55 and over) to maximise their quality of life, enhancing wellbeing and fostering connections in the local community through the provision of programs, activities, volunteering and community sharing projects.

    Objectives:

    • enhance older peoples' health and wellbeing and participation in the community
    • improve older peoples' access and mobility around the community
    • enhance social cohesion, promote strong community support networks and reduce social isolation.

    3. Creative Community - Arts and Culture

    This stream encourages diverse arts and cultural programs, festivals, events and activities that articulate and enhance arts, culture and heritage practice across Boroondara.

    Objectives: 

    • promote health, wellbeing, safety and/or a sense of community within Boroondara 
    • offer life-long learning opportunities for Boroondara’s diverse community
    • develop community stakeholder relationships (including arts and cultural organisations) which promote a sense of civic-pride
    • empower local community members and stakeholders to contribute to cultural
    • experiences and occasions for, and with, the community
    • engage the community at facilities and public spaces across Boroondara
    • introduce a new or emerging art form or cultural practice to the Boroondara community.

    4. Healthy Community - Health, Safety and Wellbeing

    This stream is available for projects and activities that promote safety, good health and wellbeing of individuals, families and community groups, across all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds.

    Objectives: 

    • promote health, wellbeing, community safety, and prevention of violence
    • build connected and inclusive communities
    • offer learning opportunities for Boroondara’s diverse community.

    5. Sustainable Community - Environmental Sustainability

    This stream is available for projects and programs that build capacity to live sustainably and ensure our natural environment is healthy and sustainable for future generations through the efficient use of resources, reduction in waste and the protection of our local biodiversity. 

    Objectives:

    • increase community awareness and understanding of environmental sustainability
    • showcase our natural environment as healthy and sustainable for future generations
    • build community capacity to live sustainably through efficient use of energy and water, resource recovery and/or reuse of materials, and renewable energy generation
    • support initiatives and projects which demonstrate diverse environmental sustainability benefits, including:
      • sustainable resource use (e.g. efficient use of energy and water, resource recovery, and renewable energy generation)
      • reduction of waste generated and disposed of in landfill  
      • climate change mitigation and adaptation 
      • biodiversity protection and enhancement
      • healthy waterways
      • sustainable transport (e.g. walking and cycling) 
      • local and sustainable food production and distribution.

    6. Vibrant Retail Precincts

    This stream is available to eligible community organisations to deliver initiatives, projects and activities that increase the vibrancy and functionality of retail precincts, enhance a sense of community and pride, and promote a ‘buy local’ ethos. Applications under this stream must be developed in consultation with, and supported by, relevant trader association/s (if not led by a trader association).

    Objectives: 

    • increase visitation and spending locally by promoting and showcasing the unique attributes and strengths of a retail precinct 
    • strengthen the connection between people, local community groups and retail precincts 
    • promote a sense of pride in the retail precinct
    • encourage participation in community life and enhance health and wellbeing
    • re-imagine and activate spaces to create memorable and social experiences where people feel a sense of belonging
    • showcase the skills and talents of the local community
    • promote and expand the local night-time economy.

    Have you decided which stream your project falls into?

    • If yes, go to step 3
    • If no, and you need help, please contact the Community Development Officer (Grants and Partnerships) on 9278 4753 or email [email protected].

    Would you like any help with your application? We have information sessions, one-on-one grant writing help and assistance with applying online. See our website for more information.

    Consider where your project or activity is going to be delivered

    If you require a space to deliver your activity, you may be eligible for free access to performance spaces and function rooms at Hawthorn Arts Centre and Kew Court House.

    The option to apply for a Community Arts Venue Grant is included in the Annual Community Strengthening Grant application. The grant offers in-kind venue hire for Hawthorn Arts Centre or Kew Court House to support you in delivering your project or activity.  

    The spaces available can accommodate activities such as rehearsals, performances, functions, meetings, seminars, exhibitions or workshops.

    View the Community Arts Venue Grants Guidelines for further information, and speak with Jackie Gatt, Coordinator Community and Cultural Programming, on 9278 4770 to discuss your project and your eligibility. 

    Would you like to apply for a Community Arts Venue Grant?

    Would you like any help with your application? We have information sessions, one-on-one grant writing help and assistance with applying online. See our website for more information.

    Develop your application around the assessment criteria

    Applications for Annual Community Strengthening Grant are assessed against four criteria. In your SmartyGrants application, you will be asked to write answers to address all the criteria.

    Please read the criteria and prepare your answers before you talk to a Council officer. This will maximise the chance of a successful grant application.

    You can also download our workbook to help guide you through the application.

    1. WHAT are the objectives of your proposed project or activity? (25 per cent)

    2. WHY is the proposed project or activity needed? (25 per cent)

    • Demonstrate that the activity responds to a community need and provide evidence of demand.
    • Demonstrate that your research has identified this need and/or opportunities in the community that you intend to fill.
    • Demonstrate community support for your proposal.
    • Demonstrate that this activity cannot be funded elsewhere.
    • Demonstrate the need for second year funding (if applicable).

    3. WHO will benefit from your project or activity? (25 per cent)

    • Describe who will participate in your project or activity and how the project outcomes will significantly benefit Boroondara residents. 
    • Describe how the project or activity creates links and develops partnerships with other organisations.

    4. HOW will your organisation manage the funded project or activity over the funding period? (25 per cent)

    • Provide evidence that your organisation has the expertise and capacity to successfully manage and evaluate the project or activity.
    • Provide evidence of a program plan where appropriate.
    • Ensure the budget accurately reflects the activity proposed.

    Have you read the assessment criteria and considered how your application will address it?

    • If yes, go to step 5
    • If no, and you need help, please contact the Community Development Officer (Grants and Partnerships) on 9278 4753 or email [email protected].

    Would you like any help with your application? We have information sessions, one-on-one grant writing help and assistance with applying online. See our website for more information.

    Discuss your idea with a Council officer

    Before you apply for a grant, you must talk through your project idea with a Council officer. They'll help you shape your application to give it the best chance of success.

    Depending on which stream your grant falls under, please contact the relevant person below. 

    Active Community

    • Recreation: William Bullock - 9278 4783
    • Sport: Sean Buncle - 9278 4160

    Life-long Community

    • Aged Services: Deanna Boulos - 9278 4769

    Creative Community

    • Arts and Culture: Bridget Flood - 9278 4770
    • Arts and Culture: Jackie Gatt - 9278 4770

    Healthy Community

    • Children and Families: Nicole Frey - 9278 4439
    • Disability, Access and Inclusion: Emma Wilkinson - 9278 4938
    • Health and Wellbeing: Sarah Lausberg - 9278 4427
    • Neighbourhood Houses: Caddy Purdy - 9278 4822
    • Safer Communities: Andrea Learbuch - 9278 4715
    • Volunteering: Laura Lynch - 9278 4550
    • Youth: Toula Papaioannou - 9278 4620

    Sustainable Community

    • Environment: Liz Casper - 9278 4347

    Vibrant Retail Precincts

    • Economic Development: Alana Smith - 9278 4879

    For general enquiries about the grants program, please the Community Development Officer (Grants and Partnerships) on 9278 4753 or email [email protected].

    Have you talked to a Council officer about your project?

    • If yes, go to step 6
    • If no, please contact the relevant Council officer from the list above. Your project won't be eligible for funding if you don't complete this step.

    Would you like any help with your application? We have information sessions, one-on-one grant writing help and assistance with applying online. See our website for more information.

    Gather your supporting documentation 

    You will need to attach the following supporting documentation to your application in SmartyGrants:

    • Incorporation Annual Statement
    • the latest copy of your organisation’s financial statement 
    • a current public liability insurance certificate (or evidence of application for it)
    • letters or emails of support for your project, including auspice arrangement where applicable. 

    Information about attaching these documents to your application can be found in step 9.

      Have you copies of your supporting documentation ready for your application?

      • If yes, go to step 7
      • If no and you need help, please the Community Development Officer (Grants and Partnerships) on 9278 4753 or email [email protected].

      Would you like any help with your application? We have information sessions, one-on-one grant writing help and assistance with applying online. See our website for more information.

      Prepare your budget for SmartyGrants

      Your application has a number of budgetary requirements. Before you start your online application in SmartyGrants, please ensure you've prepared your budget.

      Make sure:

      • all budget costs are realistic and are justified for your project’s proposal
      • formal quotes for all services and products over $1,000 are obtained. Quotes must include the suppliers ABN and the GST amount
      • professional fees and administration costs only represent 50 per cent of the total amount requested
      • how a salary component is arrived at is shown (if applicable). Salaries and wages do not require a quote; however, a working out is required i.e.  x hrs a week @ $x per hr over x weeks
      • auspice fees are not included in the budget
      • all items listed in the budget include a description of the item and the dollar amount
      • the total income and total expenditure is equal and GST exclusive.

      Have you prepared your budget?

      • If yes, go to step 8
      • If no and you need help, please the Community Development Officer (Grants and Partnerships) on 9278 4753 or email [email protected].

      Would you like any help with your application? We have information sessions, one-on-one grant writing help and assistance with applying online. See our website for more information.

      Register in SmartyGrants

      You can apply for your grant using SmartyGrants, a web-based application. Before you can start filling in the application form, you must register your details.

      How to register

      • Go to SmartyGrants
      • Click on 'Start a submission'
      • Click on 'Register'
      • Fill in your details: name, organisation name, email address, password
      • Click on 'Register'
      • A screen with your application number will appear
      • Click on ‘Next Page’ to start filling in the application form.

      If you have already registered in a previous year and have a login and password

      • Go to the SmartyGrants login page
      • Enter your email address and password
      • Scroll down to the 'Current Rounds' section at the bottom of the page. Click on Annual Community Strengthening Grants'
      • Click on 'Fill out now'
      • A screen with your application number will appear
      • Click on ‘Next Page’ to start filling in the application form.

      Have you registered with SmartyGrants and are ready to start you application?

      • If yes, go to step 9
      • If no, please follow the instructions above to register.

      Would you like any help with your application? We have information sessions, one-on-one grant writing help and assistance with applying online. See our website for more information.

      Write your application in SmartyGrants

      Once you’ve registered and logged in to SmartyGrants, you can start filling in the application form. Do not use Internet Explorer to work in SmartyGrants as it isn't compatible.

      It’s a good idea to click on ‘Save Progress’- located in the bar at the top of the screen - as you work your way through the form. You can easily save your work and return to your application at a later time by clicking ‘Save and Close’. 

      How to navigate through the application

      Either click on ‘Next page’, located in the top right-hand corner, or click on the section you’d like to fill in via the form navigation box on the right-hand side of the screen.

      Attaching documents in SmartyGrants

      • Where documents are required, there will be an areas asking you to ‘Please attach all supporting documents’.
      • Click on ‘Choose Files’.
      • Select your document from your computer.
      • Click on ‘attach’.

      Have you completed your SmartyGrants application?

      • If yes, go to step 10
      • If no and you need help, please the Community Development Officer (Grants and Partnerships) on 9278 4753 or email [email protected].

      Would you like any help with your application? We have information sessions, one-on-one grant writing help and assistance with applying online. See our website for more information.

      Submit your application

      Once you’ve finished your application in SmartyGrants, go to the 'Review and Submit' section of the application.

      Once you've reviewed your application, click on ‘Submit’. If you’d like to print a copy or download your application as a PDF, click on one of these options before clicking on ‘Submit’.

      Once it has been submitted, you will receive a conformation email from SmartyGrants that your grant application has been received. If you have not received an email, your application has not been submitted. Log in to SmartyGrants and resubmit your application.

      Go to the Grant assessment timeline for key dates and more information on the assessment process.

      Applications for the 2019-20 Annual Community Strengthening Grants have closed. Late applications will not be considered. 

      Important dates

      • Applications open: 9am, Monday 2 March 2020
      • Applications close: 11.59pm, Monday 13 April 2020
      • Notification of results: late September 2020
         

      Assessment process 

      1. We undertake an eligibility check based on the conditions of funding, as outlined in step 1.
      2. Applications are assessed against the assessment criteria, as outlined in step 4.
      3. Assessments will be provided to the Community Strengthening Grants Assessment Panel for review. The panel consists of Councillors and Balwyn Rotary Club members.
      4. The Community Strengthening Grants Assessment Panel recommendations are submitted to Council for final endorsement.

      Notifying applicants

      From late September 2020 we will be notifying applicants about the outcome of their grant application. If you have not been notified by early October, please call us on 9278 4753.

      We wish you all the best with your application. You may exit this guide or go to our website.