Community Development Grants
Community Development grants up to $10,000 are available to provide the following outcomes:
- more resilient, healthy and active communities;
- increased levels of volunteering and engagement in community life;
- development of skills and capacity in community organisations;
- innovative responses to community issues;
- local knowledge and insight harnessed;
- strengthened partnerships, including with Council; and
- encouraged funding from other sources into Yarra Ranges.
To be successful, a project proposal must demonstrate how it meets the following criteria:
- responds to local needs;
- uses community assets (strengths);
- has a positive impact on the community;
- innovative approach.
- involves, engages and uses community skills in the planning and execution of the project;
- locally based and provides benefit to Yarra Ranges residents and communities;
- meets community need and builds independence;
- supports partnerships.
- projects supporting healthy eating;
- projects encouraging physical activity e.g. Heart Foundation Walking Groups;
- Projects that facilitate young people to actively contribute to their own community and/or engage ‘at risk’ young people in social developmental activities
- projects linked to a local area community plan that has been acknowledged by Council;
- projects that support older adults to age well in their communities;
- projects that support people with a disability to increase their participation in community life;
- Indigenous projects that support Reconciliation and strengthen culture;
- projects that strengthen newly arrived migrant communities;
- innovative projects that support early literacy in areas where preschool language and cognitive skills are low;
- projects that facilitate young people to actively contribute to their own community.
- capacity to carry out what is being proposed, including experience, governance, people and resources;
- a well developed project plan which can be implemented in the timeframe.
- the budget makes sense and is well documented;
- the project is achievable within the proposed budget;
- the project has funding and/or in-kind support from other sources and includes a contribution (in-kind or financial) from the applicant.
Applications for the 2014 Community Development Grants will open on 29 July and close on 30 September. Applications will be submitted online through the SmartyGrants program (click on the link to the right) which you will be able to access from the Council website from 29 July.
For more information about Community Development grants please contact Jackie Elward on 1300 368 333 or via email