2017 Stronger Communities Grants for Hotham

Posted 13th July 2017 by Clare O'Neil in News | 0 Comment

Your community group could be eligible for up to $20,000 of funding for small capital projects as part of the third round of Stronger Community Grants. $150,000 has been made available for community groups in Hotham for projects that improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of local communities.

Grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 for small capital projects are available to incorporated non-profit community groups with an Australian Business Number (ABN). Trustees on behalf of a property trust with responsibility for a community asset are also eligible. Projects require matched contributions in cash or in kind, and should schedule to complete the project by 30 June 2018.

Examples of potentially eligible projects that organisations may wish to consider seeking funding for include:

  • Upgrades or fit-outs of community or multicultural centres
  • Sporting Facilities upgrades
  • Purchases of equipment for a local SES

To make an expression of interest by Friday 11th August 2017, please complete online, Download a PDF form or call my office on (03) 9545 6211. In order to maximise the chance of success, please ensure you follow the grant application guidelines, the key details of which you can find below.

A Community Consultation Committee will consider the project proposals and selected projects will be put to a public vote on this website between 14th August and 21st August 2017. We will then be in touch with successful community groups to make an official  application to the Department by 28th September.

Click here to make an expression of interest for your community group online
Download a PDF form and return to us via post

Key Guidelines for Applications 

  • Projects should not commence prior to a grant agreement with the Department being finalised. Projects that have already started or have contracts already in place will not be funded.
  • Projects should not submit an application to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science without being invited to do so.
  • The grant amount cannot exceed 50 per cent of eligible project costs – applicants must provide at least matching contributions in cash or in kind.
  • If your application is successful, your project should be completed by 30th June 2018. If a project runs beyond this period, an exemption will need to be sought in writing from the Australian Government.
  • To be eligible for a Stronger Communities Grant, you must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:
    • A not-for-profit organisation that is a legal entity. You are required to demonstrate your ‘not-for-profit- status through one of the following:
      • Current Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission’s (ACNC) registration
      • State or territory incorporated association status
      • Constitutional documents or articles of association that demonstrate the not-for-profit character of the organisation
    • A trustee on behalf of a property trust with responsibility for a community asset.
  • Projects should ensure that their project proposal is eligible for a grant.
    • Eligible projects might include, but are not limited to:
      • Upgrades or fit-outs of community or multicultural centres
      • Sporting facility upgrades
      • Purchases of equipment for a local SES
    • If you require clarification about eligible projects, please contact the Department by calling 13 28 46
  • Projects should ensure that the grant funds applied for will only be spent on eligible expenditure.
    • Eligible expenditure generally includes capital expenditure and associated costs such as hiring new contractors to undertake project activities.
    • Ineligible expenditure includes recurring costs (e.g. for salaries or maintenance), investigations, purchases of land or buildings, and projects involving the development of commercial ventures.
  • Quotes are no longer required during the application process.

Key Dates

July –
Expressions of interest open.

Friday 11th August –
Expressions of interest will close.

Monday 14th August –
All project proposals will be put to a public vote on this website (www.clareoneil.com).

Monday 21st August –
The public vote will close.

Wednesday 23rd August –
A Community Consultation Committee will meet to consider the project proposals.

Monday 28th August –
The successful applicants who made the chosen project proposals will be invited to formally submit their applications to the Department via an online form.

Thursday 28th September –
Formal applications to the Department will close at 5:00pm AEST.

October –
Assessments of the applications by the Department will be completed.

November –
Grant decisions will be finalised. We will notify applicants of the outcome of their application. Successful applicants will enter into a formal agreement with the Department. Payments will be made, and the successful projects may commence.

Fill out the Expression of Interest Form Online OR Download a PDF form and return it to us via the post


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