Community Strengthening Grants change - have your say

Published on 19 August 2022

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Moira Shire Council is calling for feedback on changes proposed to the Community Strengthening Grants Policy.

Acting Direct Sustainable Communities Rosanna Kava said Community Strengthening Grants enhance the capacity of community organisations to develop and deliver services, manage facilities, coordinate events and promote tourism, health, and environmental sustainability.

“Most importantly, there are a couple of changes to the grant categories,” Ms Kava said.

“The Quick Response Grants, which are open all year round, will now have two funding opportunities available.

“In the past, only grants of up to $1,000 were available; we are now adding another funding opportunity for grants up to $5,000.

“So now whether your community organisation just needs a small amount to assist with an event or project or something more substantial, there will now be two funding streams to choose from.”

Ms Kava said the Major Grants stream will be open for up to two rounds per financial year.

“The Major Grants stream is for grants up to $10,000 and will aim to provide community organisations an opportunity to apply for funding for larger non-capital projects and events,” she said.

“Applications for all Community Strengthening Grants will go through a pre-eligibility assessment and will either be returned to the applicant for further information if applicable, or will not progress if they do not meet eligibility requirements.

“Council’s Community Strengthening Grant program supports projects that address social inequity, promote social inclusion, embrace diversity, and establish environments that are supportive of all people regardless of gender, identity, age, disability, culture, religion and sexual orientation.”

For all the details, to view the draft Community Strengthening Grants Policy and to have your say click here.

Feedback closes at 5pm Friday 9 September.