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, including: • • Choosing the right grant • • • 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 • • • • • • 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 • • • • • • 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: • • • 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! • How much funding is available for projects? • When are applications due? • What is the aim and priorities of the funding program? • 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 previously • 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 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: 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 area • Your local Council will also know which organisations can help you Questions?