Coronavirus Community Recovery Grants Program

Moira Shire Council

Relevent Country: Australia

The Moira Shire Council is seeking applications for its Coronavirus Community Recovery Grants Program.

The Coronavirus Community Recovery Grants Program provides funding to eligible not for profit community organisations, groups, social enterprises, creative organisations and groups for projects/programs to assist communities with recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Coronavirus Community Recovery Grants Program aims to build the capacity and resilience of communities, and groups/organisations. For example: Projects that improve health and wellbeing through community engagement, collaboration, innovation, and social connection, new ways to deliver services/ programs/ events including online, projects which optimise opportunities for communities to participate, celebrate, and promote local arts, culture and identity.

Funding Information

  • As part of supporting the community to respond to this impact, Council is providing Coronavirus Community Recovery Grants of up to $2,500.

Eligible Activities

The following types of activities will be prioritised for funding:

  • The purchasing of products which ensure the delivery of community activities meet coronavirus restriction.
  • The adaptation of existing services, programs or activities so they can continue, or be adapted due to COVID-19 requirements. This includes online service delivery and technology equipment.
  • New one-off services, programs or activities that strengthen the community in recovery from the impact of COVID-19.
  • Activities that will promote re-engagement in community based activities and volunteering

Eligibility Criteria

  • Priority will be given to projects/programs that respond to the impact of COVID-19, including changed ways of working to support the introduction and/or recommencement of activities, programs and events in a safe manner.
  • An eligible applicant can submit one application only. An auspicing organisation is permitted to sponsor more than one application.
  • For Community Organisations to be eligible for a Coronavirus Community Recovery Grant they must:
  • Be committed to providing direct benefits to residents in Moira Shire. Please note, Council may consider funding events held outside of Moira Shire, particularly in the two cross- border communities of Cobram-Barooga and Yarrawonga-Mulwala, where economic benefit to Moira Shire can be demonstrated.
  • Be an incorporated ‘not for profit’ community organisation with open membership to residents in Moira Shire.
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or have a community organisation who is willing to auspice the application and accept responsibility for the administration of the grant.
  • Hold adequate public liability insurance to cover the project or event as applicable.
  • Not have their own grant giving program or fundraising program that provides money to finance other organisation’s community initiatives.
  • Have satisfactorily accounted to Council for the expenditure of any previous Council grants.
  • Have not received funding under the same grant category in the same financial year.
  • Comply with all relevant Local Laws, Australian and Victorian legislation, including but not limited to:
  • Accounting and auditing requirements;
  • Equal opportunity and anti-discrimination laws;
  • Human rights laws;
  • Disability;
  • Occupational Health and Safety;
  • Privacy, confidentiality and freedom of information laws’;
  • Registration or accreditation of professional employees;
  • Preparation and dissemination of annual reports.

Have relevant management plans in place, including:

  • Risk
  • Project
  • Event
  • Financial

Ineligible

  • Individuals and private profit-making organisations.
  • Requests that are considered by Council to be the funding responsibility of other levels of Government (State or Federal government agencies).
  • Applications from Primary or Secondary Schools (Council encourages partnerships between Schools and community organisations, whereby the community organisation is the applicant).
  • Committees of Council.

Community Organisations that:

  • Are in debt to Council and are not meeting the agreed repayment arrangements.
  • Receive funding from other areas of council; except where funding is proposed for a different purpose.
  • Receive direct income from electronic gaming machines.
  • Have been non-compliant with Local Laws and or state or federal legislation over the preceding year.

Projects or Events that:

  • Have demonstrated self-sufficiency by running at a profit that is not reinvested back into the community organisation or their next event.
  • Have been, or are being, funded by other parts of Council; except where funding is proposed for a different purpose.
  • Have already started or have been completed (no retrospective funding).
  • Are run by (or involved with) political or religious groups seeking to promote core beliefs.
  • Are a clear duplication of existing services.
  • Are not open to the general public.
  • Are for interstate or overseas travel.
  • Are for operational expenses.
  • Are for funding of prizes, sponsorships, donations or gifts.
  • Will have a negative impact on the environment.
  • Should be funded by other Council Grants

Please Note: the projects and events awarded funding through this program will clearly benefit communities with recovery.

Source: https://www.moira.vic.gov.au/Community/Community-Grants