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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
Key sources of grant funding
Features of grants programs
Finding grant opportunities,
Choosing the right grant
Examples of funding sources
Eligibility criteria and auspicing
Group exercise
Other approaches/assistance
Where does grant funding come from?
Private Foundations
Features of grant programs
Applications may be invited or submitted
without request
Specific program aims, priorities and target
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
Finding grant opportunities
Newsletters/Mailing Lists
Local council – mailing lists
Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship
(formerly Victorian Multicultural Commission)
Diversity News - [email protected]
Refugee Council of Australia
VicHealth -
EasyGrants (OurCommunity) - $55 per year
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:
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
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
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!
How much funding is available for projects?
When are applications due?
What is the aim and priorities of the funding
What projects and organisations have previously
been funded?
What won’t be funded?
Are you eligible?
Is it the right grant for us?
Other issues to consider
Experience in delivering similar projects
Capacity to complete application requirements
Ability to be accountable for grant funds received
and reporting on outcomes
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:
Location – by local area, region, state
Legal status - incorporated/unincorporated
Tax status – endorsed as Deductible Gift Recipient,
income tax exempt
Organisational status, eg. Not-for-profit group
Other – insurance, Australian Business Number
If your group does not meet the criteria, auspicing
might be an option for your organisation
• 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
Group Exercise
Using the funding guidelines provided, find and
briefly record the following information:
Maximum amount of funding offered to projects
Due date for applications
Aims of the funding program
Who is eligible? Is auspicing allowed?
What won't they fund?
What are the key selection criteria?
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
• Your local Council will also know which
organisations can help you

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