Wednesday, 12 March 2014

RECREATIONAL fishing is set to receive a major boost with the next round of funding applications from the NSW Government’s Recreational Fishing Trusts now open.
The Recreational Fishing Trusts will fund a number of ongoing projects in 2014-15 including: fish aggregating devices, with three new locations, fish stocking; fishcare volunteers; the ‘Get Hooked it’s Fun to Fish’ primary schools education program; fish habitat restoration grants.
Applications for funding close on Monday 14 April. Contributing funding, joint applications and in-kind support, such as voluntary labour, are encouraged. Department of Primary Industries -  www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au
Are you a Queensland business owner looking to improve the health of your workers?
The Workplaces for Wellness Funding Program can help eligible businesses implement programs that improve the health and wellbeing of their employees.
Support varies depending on the level of risk to workers in your industry and if you already have workplace wellness programs in place.

Five support options are available:
Pedometer: up to 200 pedometers per workplace are available for businesses in any industry looking to implement a 10 000 steps challenge .
Seed: up to $10 000 for businesses in any industry looking to start a workplace wellness program.
Improvement: up to $20 000 for businesses from any industry looking to implement a good-practice workplace wellness program.
Demonstration: up to $75 000 for businesses from any industry that are leading the field in workplace health and wellbeing.
High-risk industry: up to $40 000 for businesses from a high-risk industry (construction, agriculture, transport/storage, rural/remote mining and resource sector).

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm (AEST), 7 April 2014.


Find out if you're eligible for the Workplaces for Wellness Funding Program by visiting the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland  website.

For further information contact me for free on site consultation to assist your business with project planning so that you can maximise upcoming grant opportunities. 
The 2014 NRMA Insurance Community Grants program has opened to Not for Profits across Australia with ideas to make local communities safer.
The NRMA Insurance Community Grants program provides funding of up to $5,000 to community groups working in the areas of crime prevention, road safety, environment and emergency readiness and response.

Community groups in NSW, ACT, QLD and TAS interested in applying for an NRMA Insurance Community Grant must apply online at communitygrantsprogram.com.au
In Victoria Not for Profits can apply for 2014 community grants through RACV.
Community groups is in SA interested in applying for an SGIC Community Grant must apply online at www.communitygrantsprogram.com.au/sgic
Community groups in WA interested in applying for an SGIO Community Grant must apply online at www.communitygrantsprogram.com.au/sgio
Since 2003, the Community Grants program has given more than $5.8 million to over 1,400 community projects across Australia. NRMA Insurance spokesperson Tracy Woodley is encouraging NSW local community groups to put their big ideas into action by applying for funding.

The program is open for applications from March 1 to March 31 and the grants range from $500-$5,000 (including GST).For more information on the NRMA Insurance Community Grants program and the People’s Choice Award go online or visit your local NRMA office.
Applications close at 5pm on Monday 31 March.

Applications can be made online at www.communitygrantsprogram.com.au.


Moreton Bay Region Community Grants Program

The Moreton Bay Region Community Grants Program offers financial support to eligible individuals, sporting and community groups within the Moreton Bay Region in the following categories:

§  Community Capacity Building and Development
§  Community Facilities Development
§  Interest Free Loans for Community Facilities
§  Community Events
§  Individual Achievement Grant


The Community Grants Program closes on 31 March 2014. Application and guidelines are available on the Council’s website:  http://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/grants/

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year !

Here is a good grant writing checklist to help you get that elusive 2014 grant:

1. Before you start
a) Plan for your project, don’t just do a project to get a grant
b) Know your organisation
c) Be clear on what you want to do and why
d) Involve your community and other partners – check your idea with others
e) Develop your plan
f) Ask yourself if you’re ready for this project – do you have the right people to make the project successful?
g) Identify potential sources of grants – newspapers, personal and professional networks, peak bodies, internet, government, foundations and the corporate sector
h) Know the marketplace – speak with the grant provider before and at the time of application. Speak to other applicants and peak bodies to find out what works and what doesn’t.

2. Put pen to paper
a) Focus on what you want to achieve
b) Be brief, concise, clear – steer clear of jargon
c) Check the guidelines for the grant and follow them
d) Make sure you provide all the information necessary
e) Check and double check your application.

3. Selection criteria
a) If a selection criteria is not clear to you – ask the grantor
b) Consider your project against the criteria
c) Remember – grant budgets are often limited. There is a level of judgement applied in assessment and many grants programs are competitive.

4. Costings
a) Be realistic
b) Don’t cut corners to be competitive
c) Find out appropriate rates of pay
d) Don’t forget overheads such as telephone or postage
e) Get multiple quotes if required
f) Relate equipment to the aims of the organisation/project
g) Note your contributions – volunteers, administrative support, office services, supervision/management, contributions in kind; and
h) Supply a balanced budget
i) Let the grantor know if you’re applying for funds from other places.

5. Take a deep breath and cross your fingers!
a) Keep a copy of your application
b) Check on receipt of your application
c) Make sure your contact person is fully versed on the project;
d) Be available for discussion
e) Establish your bottom line for negotiations
f) Follow through/keep a record
g) Be patient.

6. Why applications are not successful
a) Deadline was not met;
b) Guidelines were not followed, or project did not meet the selection criteria
c) Unrealistic budget or lack of detail
d) Proposal appears beyond the capacity of the organisation
e) Proposal not sufficiently clear or defined
f) Proposal does not meet current requirements
g) Lack of evidence of community need or suppor
t

h) Lack of consultation or partnerships.


Thursday, 16 May 2013

CREATIVE YOUNG STARS PROGRAM
The Creative Young Stars program will encourage, support and celebrate creative, cultural, academic and community achievement.
The $8.1 million Creative Young Stars program was announced on 13 March 2013 in the National Cultural Policy Creative Australia.
This funding will become available from 1 July 2013, in the 2013-14 Financial Year, and an applications process will be established as soon as possible.
More information will be made available soon. https://deewr.gov.au/creative-young-stars-program
Cadbury Fundraiser Community Grants Program - up to $3,000 under the following 3 grant categories:
1. Community Engagement- initiatives promoting increased opportunities for community collaboration.
2. Healthy Living- initiatives promoting increased opportunities for participation in sports and recreation.
3. Learning and Development- initiatives promoting increased opportunities for learning and development.
Applications close: 28 June 2013. See http://www.fundraising.com.au/CommunityGrants#.UYDItoJVeo9