Dorset Council Community Grants Program - ROUND ONE NOW CLOSED
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 $55,000:
Dorset Council Small Grant Stream (up to $2,000*): 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
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Grants From Other Organisations
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.
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).