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Report
Finding the
‘right’ grant
Grants Writing Workshop,
Humanitarian Crisis Hub
13 August 2011
David Orbach
Grants & Tender Coordinator
Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre (MRC)
This session
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Key sources of grant funding
Features of grants programs
Finding grant opportunities,
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Choosing the right grant
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Examples of funding sources
Eligibility criteria and auspicing
Group exercise
Other approaches/assistance
Where does grant funding come from?
Government
Corporate
Private Foundations
Features of grant programs
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Applications may be invited or submitted
without request
Specific program aims, priorities and target
group
Usually individuals cannot apply
Funding is limited per project
Not everyone who applies will get funding
• Eligibility requirements
• Selection criteria
Applicants develop their own activities and
suggest outcomes to be achieved
Finding grant opportunities
Websites
www.philanthropy.org.au/
www.grantslink.gov.au/
www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/home/grants
Finding grant opportunities
Newsletters/Mailing Lists
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Local council – mailing lists
Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship
(formerly Victorian Multicultural Commission) www.multicultural.vic.gov.au
Diversity News - [email protected]
Refugee Council of Australia www.refugeecouncil.org.au
VicHealth - www.vichealth.vic.gov.au
EasyGrants (OurCommunity) - $55 per year http://www.ourcommunity.com.au/funding/grant
_main.jsp
Finding grant opportunities
Possible Funding for Community Groups
• Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship
• Festivals/events (due 16 September), interfaith, strengthening communities, etc
• Local councils – multiple categories, such as
community, social support, art, etc
• Generally one funding round per year
• Example: City of Hume Community Grants
(applications due 19 August 2011)
• Human Rights Innovation Fund – Amnesty International
• EastWeb Fund – targets refugee, asylum seeker,
indigenous communities
• Sidney Myer Fund
• See Grants Available list for further information
Spectrum - Seeds for Growth
Benefits newly arrived refugee and migrant communities in
Melbourne's north and western suburbs
Categories for funding:
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EVENTS CATEGORY: Events, functions and celebrations. Maximum
amount funded $500.
LEADERSHIP CATEGORY: Leadership development for current or
potential community leaders. Maximum amount funded $1,500
“STEPHANIE LAGOS” INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS CATEGORY:
Innovative solutions to community needs and strengthens community
capacity to settle successfully. Max. amount - $2,500
Next applications due:
19 September 2011
Further information/questions
See COMMUNITIES section of www.spectrumvic.org.au
Contact Willow Kellock, Community Engagement Facilitator, on 9496
0200 or email [email protected]
Is it the right grant for us?
Identifying an appropriate opportunity – key
questions to ask when looking at a grant!
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How much funding is available for projects?
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When are applications due?
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What is the aim and priorities of the funding
program?
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What projects and organisations have previously
been funded?
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What won’t be funded?
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Are you eligible?
Is it the right grant for us?
Other issues to consider
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Experience in delivering similar projects
previously
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Capacity to complete application requirements
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Ability to be accountable for grant funds received
and reporting on outcomes
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Reputation and credibility is important
Be thorough in looking through the guidelines
and application form
Don’t be afraid to contact the funding
body with questions!
Eligibility criteria
Common issues effecting a group’s eligibility:
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Location – by local area, region, state
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Legal status - incorporated/unincorporated
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Tax status – endorsed as Deductible Gift Recipient,
income tax exempt
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Organisational status, eg. Not-for-profit group
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Other – insurance, Australian Business Number
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If your group does not meet the criteria, auspicing
might be an option for your organisation
Auspicing
• An agreement where one (lead) organisation
agrees to apply for funding on behalf of a
second organisation
• If application successful, the lead organisation
receives, holds and manages the funding
• Understand your rights and responsibilities
• Be clear about the project you want to fund
Note: not all funding bodies allow auspicing
arrangements – check guidelines!
Further resources and detail at PILCH website www.pilch.org.au/community_org
Group Exercise
Using the funding guidelines provided, find and
briefly record the following information:
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Maximum amount of funding offered to projects
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Due date for applications
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Aims of the funding program
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Who is eligible? Is auspicing allowed?
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What won't they fund?
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What are the key selection criteria?
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What needs to be submitted and how?
Report back to the group about what you found
Other approaches/assistance
If you can't get funding immediately, in-kind
support from MP's offices & community
organisations another avenue for support
• Visit your local Member of Parliament’s
electorate office and ask if they can help with
providing a meeting space, photocopying,
assisting with mailouts, etc.
• Check with Migrant Resource Centres in your
area
• Your local Council will also know which
organisations can help you
Questions?

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