Dorset Council Community Grants Program - CLOSED FOR 2017/2018
Dorset Council offers three grants to community groups under the Community Grants Program. Depending on the type of project and the funds required, community groups can apply for one of three grants from a total pool of $50,000:
Dorset Council Small Grant Stream (up to $1,000*): The purpose of these grants is to contribute to community life in Dorset. Community groups and organisations are encouraged to apply for financial assistance towards programs, projects or events that improve the well-being of people living in Dorset. Dorset Council Small Grants Guidelines / Application Form
Dorset Council Community Matching Funds Grant Stream (up to $15,000*, and with matching contribution): The purpose of these grants is to provide community groups and organisations with additional resources for community-driven projects that enhance and strengthen the Dorset community - note, funds must be matched (with a matching dollar value of cash and/or in-kind contribution from the requesting group or organisation). All projects are initiated, planned and implemented by community members, in partnership with Dorset Council. Dorset Council Community Matching Funds Grant Guidelines / Application Form **
Dorset Councillors Discretionary Grant Stream (up to $15,000):The purpose of these grants is to provide community organisations with funding for projects that are on land owned by Dorset Council. Applications for one of these grants may be submitted at any time, using the appropriate application form. (Discretionary grant funds become available from 1 July each year, and remain available during the financial year until that year's discretionary grant pool has been fully allocated). Dorset Councillors Discretionary Grants Guidelines / Application Form **
NOTE: MAKE SURE TO SAVE THE APPLICATION FORM TO YOUR HARD DRIVE, AS THE PDF WILL NOT SAVE IF FILLED OUT ONLINE.
* Applications must be submitted in accordance with the Critical Dates listed in their relevant Guidelines. Make sure to review these guidelines prior to submitting a grant application.
** Community groups wanting to apply for ANY funding stream must first make an appointment with a member of the Community & Development Team to discuss project eligibility and feasibility. Please phone 03 6352 6500 to make an appointment.
The following is a sample Grant Evaluation Form, which successful applicants have to complete within two months of spending their grant funds: Evaluation Form 2016-17. We recommend reviewing this document prior to submitting a Grant Application.
Grant Writing Tools
Fundamentals of Grant Writing
The following documents were kindly supplied by the Community Development Division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and have been presented at Grant Writing Workshops in Bridport:
2014 Grants Workshop Presentation
Planning Your Project Flyer
Grant Writing Words and Phrases
SUBSCRIBE TO RECEIVE GRANT ALERTS: To receive regular information on a range of grants available to community organisations, subscribe to the grant alert email service by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grants From Other Organisations
Hobart City Council Community Development Grants Program – Closes 5 March 2018
The HCC Community Development Grants Program provides a variety of small grants for Creativity, Marketing or Community. Further information can be found at www.hobartcity.com.au/grants or by telephone on 6238 2770 or email email@example.com
Council of Australia-Arab Relations – 2018-19 Grants Applications – closes 4 April 2018
The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) supports projects that enhance Australia's economic, cultural and social relations with the Arab world. Applicants should carefully read the guidelines before submitting their application. Further details are available on their website at http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/foundations-councils-institutes/caar/grants/Pages/grants.aspx
Minor Grants Program – Round 2 – Closes 7 March 2018
The Minor Grants Program provides grants of between $500 and $10,000 to clubs, associations, local government and other not-for-profit providers of sport and active recreation. Eligible projects must benefit sport and/or recreation clubs. Applicants must contribute at least half of the project funding. For further information, please contact Communities, Sport and Recreation Tasmania by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 1800 204 224.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Grants Program – closes 2 March 2018
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Grants Program was established to provide $50,000 annually to assist community organisations and tertiary institutions to:
- increase the number of Tasmanians who are accepting of diversity;
- reduce the number of discrimination complaints lodged on grounds of sexual orientation; and
- improve resilience and capacity in the LGBTI community.
Individual grants of up to $20,000 will be considered through a competitive application process. The LGBTI Grants Program Guidelines and Application Pack is available on the department’s website at www.dpac.tas.gov.au For further information, please contact Communities, Sport and Recreation Tasmania by email at email@example.com or by phone on 1800 2
Population Growth Strategy Small Grants Fund 2018 – Closes 23 February 2018
The Tasmanian Government has launched the Population Growth Strategy Small Grants Fund, a one off initiative to help businesses and not-for-profit organisations bring their ideas to life to attract more people to Tasmania. Funding is available for eligible projects, initiatives, events and/or services that support the Population Growth Strategy’s three key pillars, including, but not limited to:
- programs, campaigns, or expos to help business or industry recruit skilled staff;
- initiatives to help retain local talent in the state or support local employment outcomes for international students;
- projects to help improve the liveability of Tasmania's communities; and
- employment programs or social enterprises designed to promote positive outcomes for Tasmania's migrant communities.
A total of $400,000 in funding is available to applicants in grants of up to $50,000 to be paid during the 2018 calendar year.
Eligibility - Full details in relation to eligibility criteria are contained within the Fund Guidelines. To access the Guidelines and to apply online, visit the State Growth website at: https://www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/policies_and_strategies/populationstrategy Contact details - For all enquiries call (03) 6166 3212 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holden, Home Ground Advantage – Closes 31 March 2018
Any sport Club or community organisation that runs or supports sports activities can apply. If there’s one thing that brings communities together – it’s sport. Which is why Holden started the Home Ground Advantage program in 2014 - to help grass roots sport grow. We know how difficult it can be to raise funds for projects like facility upgrades, new uniforms, equipment and even develop exceptional talent. With HGA we make it easier for your club to turn possibilities into reality! For further information go to: https://www.holden.com.au/discover-holden/home-ground-advantage#WhatIsHGA
Try, Test and Learn Fun – Closes 28 September 2018
The Australian Government’s $96.1 million Try, Test and Learn Fund has opened again for grant funding submissions. Tranche two of the fund will build on the success of the initial tranche, which saw over $23 million invested in 14 trial initiatives to support young carers, young parents and young students at risk of long-term unemployment. The Minister for Social Services, opened tranche two on 22 November 2017; it will close on 28 September 2018. During this period, we will be accepting submissions of new and innovative policy responses that help improve the lives of vulnerable working age Australians and help them break from welfare dependency.
These responses need to address the barriers to work among four priority groups:
- Newstart recipients aged 50 years and over
- Migrants and refugees on a working age income support payment
- Working age carers on Carer Payment
- At risk young people on income support.
This tranche will also welcome ideas to support other groups proposed (and appropriately justified) by applicants. Information sessions on tranche two of the Try, Test and Learn Fund will be held in capital cities and some regional centres across Australia over the coming months. More information will be released on the DSS website as dates and locations are finalised. You can subscribe for updates when new information, including dates and locations of information sessions, is released. Please visit either the Community Grants Hub or GrantConnect website if you are interested in submitting a grant application for tranche two.
National / International Sport Championships Grant Program – Closes 31 March 2018 (or when funds are expended)
The 2017-18 National / International Sport Championships Program provides grants of up to $3,000 to eligible organisations to assist in meeting costs associated with hosting a national or international sport championship event within Tasmania. The National / International Sport Championships Grant Program will be open for applications till 31 March 2018, or when the funds have been expended. For further information see the National / International Sport Championships Grant Program webpage or telephone Communities, Sport and Recreation on 1800 252 476.
Tourism Tasmania Corporate - various
There are a number of grant and funding programs available for tourism businesses from the federal and state governments and in some cases from local councils. Grants are available to tourism operators looking to expand their business, for research and development and for innovation and exporting. The Tourism Tasmania Corporate website offers information on grants and funding to assist tourism developments.
Tasmanian Department of State Growth – various
The Department of State Growth offers a variety of grants and loans to help both business and individuals prosper. We may assist in the development, expansion or retention of business undertakings in Tasmania, or conduct research or experiments for the purpose of the establishment of a business undertaking in Tasmania. Visit the area of interest to you to find out if you are eligible:
Various - The Australia Council has developed a new grants model which will support a diverse range of artists, artistic practice, organisations and arts activity.
The Australian Communities Foundation assists with building healthy and resilient communities by supporting a range of Australian based charity projects based around the country and internationally.
The Blackspot Program makes an important contribution to reducing the national road toll by targeting those road locations where crashes are occurring.
This grant supports a rural nurse or midwife in their continuing professional development.
The Employment Assistance Fund provides financial assistance for the purchase of a range of work related modifications and services to assist people with disability and mental health conditions.
A national program that helps rural and remote children and young people access quality educational experiences though the provision of redeemable vouchers for items necessary to start the school year. The 2015/16 program opens in September 2015.
The Global Fund for Women invests in women's groups that advance the human rights of women and girls. The focus is on three key areas; Zero Violence, Economic & Political Empowerment, and Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights.
Funding is provided to support projects that bring about positive social change or environmental impact in Australian communities. Submissions are invited in May and August each year.
A sports assistance scheme provided by the Government of Tasmania to cover the additional cost to Tasmanian Athletes and Coaches competing at a Junior or Open Competition level to travel with an international team competing overseas.
The Mantana Foundation for Young People provides assistance to young persons from disadvantaged or marginalized backgrounds. The focus is on providing programs that target school retention and increased educational achievement, employment skills development and career pathways, and social and community connectedness, together with services in geographical areas where funding is difficult to source.
Provides accredited small business training, business advice, and mentoring for the first year of business operations for eligible job seekers who are interested in starting up and running a small business.
The Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) provides a subsidy for schools travelling more than 150 kilometres to visit the national capital as part of a civics and citizenship education excursion.
Screen Tasmania provides funding to support a number of development projects from a variety of genres related to the small and large screen and also to different stages of writing. Applications can be made to a number of funds; Television Development Fund, Documentary Signature Fund, Feature Film Fund, and the New Writers fund.
The Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World program offers a $150,000 annual grant pool. There are four rounds a year and grants are awarded to finalists and winners in each round. At the end of the year, the four round winners compete for the grand final grants totalling $70,000.
Telstra’s Disability Program offers a range of products to assist its customers who have difficulty accessing standard telephone services.
The Foundation provides grants to support projects that assist both individuals and Aboriginal communities in advancing the aims of the Foundation. The current focus is directed toward Aboriginal art and/or artists by supporting arts, health and cultural projects.
The Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) in a one-off government payment for young people aged between 15 – 25. It provides a financial contribution of $1,500 to assist young people with transitioning to independent living.
Rural Business Tasmania– Note: not a grant funding opportunity, however this service may be of interest to your organisation.
Rural Business Tasmania offers a suite of administration, financial and business management support services. If your not-for-profit organisation is struggling with management of its business you can contact Rural Business Tasmania on 1300 88 3276 to find how their services may be able to assist you.
- Administration Services (filing, letter writing, photocopying and other administration services as needed).
- Bookkeeping Services (invoicing and accounts receivable, bill paying and accounts payable, bank reconciliations including credit cards, monthly financial reports).
- Business Coaching Services (assess and explain the organisations financial position, budgeting and cash flow preparation, business and/or marketing plan preparation).
A fee for service is charged to recover costs. Depending on the needs and requirements of your organisation Rural Business Tasmania will work with you to tailor a package that is affordable and serviceable.
Coca-Cola Australia Foundation (CCAF) Community Grants
Community grants are one-off grants up to $10,000 to support organisations working to improve the lives of marginalised young Australians. Marginalisation is broadly defined as:
- Social/Economic Marginalisation
- Marginalisation amongst Indigenous Youth
- Physical Marginalisation – specifically due to living in regional and remote areas of Australia
- Mental Health Issues / Youth Depression
Programmes addressing marginalisation should focus on achieving tangible outcomes in one or more of three core areas, namely education, leadership and wellbeing. Further information and the grant program application form are available at: http://www.coca-colajourney.com.au/coke-in-the-community/apply-for-a-grant. These grants are ongoing.
Compare the Market
Compare the Market has recently kick-started a sponsorship and grants initiative to support a variety of organisations and community initiatives. In the interests of ‘giving back’ to our customers and building our corporate profile, we are opening up the opportunity for sponsorship and grants to certain organisations. In doing so, we aim to go beyond helping Australians with just their finances by providing assistance in other important aspects of their lives as well, from sporting groups and charity causes to communities and more.
Who do we sponsor?
Be it a local children’s soccer team or a school charity drive, we are excited to offer sponsorships and funding to get further involved with the Dorset community and support Australians in need. We are looking to fund those who are: Helping build positive, caring communities across the country; Promoting healthy lifestyles for both the young and young at heart; Protect our native wildlife and precious ecosystems; and Improve financial literacy. More information can be found on the Compare the Market website.
Aboriginal Benefits Foundation (ABF)
The Foundation provides grants to assist Aboriginal communities and individuals by providing funds to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation, with the current focus on supporting art, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists. The Foundation will fund projects from $500 to a limit of $5,000. Further information, including the Grant Application Form are available from the ABF website. Applications are reviewed 6-8 times yearly and are accepted on an ongoing basis.
The Norman Wettenhall Foundation supports biodiversity conservation projects Australia-wide. For information on the current round of Small Environmental Grants follow this link to the website: Norman Wettenhall Foundation Grants Small Environmental Grant Scheme
Department of Veterans Affairs
For information on a variety of Department of Veteran's Affairs grants including BEST, Saluting Their Service and the Long Tan Bursary please click here.
Department of State Growth
The Tasmanian Department of State Growth offers a variety of grants and loans to help both business and individuals prosper. They may assist in the development, expansion or retention of business undertakings in Tasmania, or conduct research or experiments for the purpose of the establishment of a business undertaking in Tasmania. Visit the area of interest to you to find out if you are eligible:
Arts Tasmania programs; Arts Tasmania loans; Business funding programs; Events Tasmania programs; Marketing Assistance Scheme; Loan programs; Federal Government funding programs; Skills Tasmania – subsidies for registered training organisations (RTO’s); Screen Tasmania programs; Skills Tasmania – industry and community grant programs; or Tasmanian Jobs Programme.
Tourism Tasmania Corporate
There are a number of grant and funding programs available for tourism businesses from the federal and state governments. Grants are available to tourism operators looking to expand their business, for research and development and for innovation and exporting. The Tourism Tasmania Corporate website offers information on grants and funding to assist tourism developments.
Other Potential Grants or Assistance
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Australian Communities Foundation
Department of Social Services
Country Women’s Association of Australia’s Rural and Remote Area Primary Health Care Nursing Grant
Employment Assistance Fund
Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal – Back to School Program
Global Fund for Women
Tasmanian Institute of Sport - NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES FUND
Mantana Foundation for Young People
New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER)
Sidney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation
Telstra's Disability Equipment Program
The Aboriginal Benefits Foundation
Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA)
Rural Business Tasmania
Note: this is not a grant funding opportunity, but this service may be of interest to your organisation.
Rural Business Tasmania offers a suite of administration, financial and business management support services. If your not-for-profit organisation is struggling with management of its business you can contact Rural Business Tasmania to find how their services may be able to assist you. A fee for service is charged to recover costs. Services include: Administration Services (filing, letter writing, photocopying and other administration services as needed); Bookkeeping Services (invoicing and accounts receivable, bill paying and accounts payable, bank reconciliations including credit cards, monthly financial reports); and Business Coaching Services (assess and explain the organisations financial position, budgeting and cash flow preparation, business and/or marketing plan preparation).