Mercy Foundation - Social Justice Small Grants Program
Applications close - Monday 27th March 2017
The Mercy Foundation offers a Social Justice Small Grants Program once a year. Small grants are provided for a range of social justice and community initiatives and are not limited to a focus on homelessness. Funding under this program ranges between $1000 to $10,000 per organisation. The Social Justice Small Grants program is only available to NON PROFIT organisations. This program does not fund individuals or for-profit organisations. if the applicant has no legal status, an agency that does have legal status (non profit) can be asked to auspice the project and hold any grant monies on behalf of the applicant. Click here for the definition of a not-for-profit organisation.
Priority will be given to small organisations and those groups that receive no other funding. If the organisation is a community group which is not an incorporated association, that group might seek out an ‘auspicing organisation’ that does have incorporated, company or other appropriate legal status. The Social Justice Small Grants Program funds projects within Australia only.
Innovative projects that require seed funding to increase social equity and inclusion and challenge unjust structures and systems will be prioritised. Your project must have a social justice emphasis.
Each year the Mercy Foundation may nominate a particular area of focus for the grants. The focus for 2017 is on projects that address social justice issues concerning older people. This means that projects that bring about a more inclusive society for older people, restore dignity to older people and foster solidarity among all generations, especially the young and old will be prioritised.
Priority may also be given to projects that target disadvantaged women and/or women with children, regardless of the annual social justice focus. Also please note that grant applications may be made for areas other than ageing.
We strongly recommend that you carefully read the downloadable application form which includes all information about the funding priorities for this year and all eligibility criteria. If you are unsure if you’re eligible or would like to discuss your application please phone the Foundation on 02 9911 7390.
The Foundation will respond to small grant requests within 12 weeks of the application deadline. The Foundation also seeks to minimise paperwork and reporting mechanisms for this program.
Small grants will be initially assessed by Foundation staff but final recommendations will be made by the Grants sub-committee of the Board of the Foundation. Organisations that are successful will be notified as soon as possible and 50% of the funding provided upon confirmation. The final 50% will be provided following a brief report on the outcomes of the project. If the organisation requires alternative funding arrangements, the payment of the funds should be discussed with Mercy Foundation staff and may be varied accordingly.
Before you fill out an application form, please read the Small Grants criteria to ensure your project complies. Click here to read the criteria.
FRRR - Foundation For Regional And Rural Renewal - Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) - Round 31 OPEN
Applications close - 5pm (AEST) Friday, 31 March 2017
Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program FRRR offers, opening twice per year. It is a great example of a collaborative program supported by various partners, which has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities including projects that address the following:
Strong Leadership & Community Capacity: Investing and developing leadership, skills and capacity of individuals and organisations, enhancing inclusion and strengthening culture.
Sustainable Community Infrastructure: Projects focusing on improving local infrastructure, creating places which enable communities to connect and grow their identity.
Equitable Access to Opportunities: Ensuring equitable access to quality services and opportunities in the areas of culture, arts, education, health, wellbeing, communications, transport, food and the environment.
Vibrant Local Economies: Projects that enhance a sustainable economy, providing jobs, growth and wealth for the community.
Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.
Applications for Round 31 are now open.
Not-for-profit community organisations that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate can apply. Organisations / projects demonstrating community partnerships are preferred to multiple applications from one community (please submit only one application per organisation).
- Projects must be for a charitable purpose (benefit the whole community).
- Projects with clearly defined objectives, timeframes and evaluation strategies will be preferenced.
- While the criteria for this program is broad, we currently cannot fund operational and administration costs.
- If your project involves working directly with children, your organisation should have policies and procedures around working with children, Working with Children Checks, and the handling of child abuse complaints, or the project may not be funded.
Applications will be accepted any time by email, through to 5pm (AEST) Friday, 31 March 2017. (Please note that the FRRR office closes at 5pm AEST). Hard copy applications must be clearly postmarked on or before Friday, 31 March 2017.
For more information head to http://www.frrr.org.au/grants/small-grants-for-rural-communities-round31
The Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) - Community Investments Stream OPEN
Applications close - 31 March 2017
The $297.7 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.
The program will fund projects in regional Australia outside the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra.The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities
- The minimum grant amount is $5,000.
- The maximum grant amount is $10 million, however given the nature of eligible projects we expect most grants will be under $100,000.
- For projects with a total project cost of more than $20,000, grant funding will be up to 50 per cent or up to 75 per cent of your eligible project costs. Your location will determine the percentage of grant funding you can receive.
- For small projects with a total project value of less than $20,000, grant funding will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs.
- You may apply for a partial or full exemption to the co-funding requirement if you can demonstrate that you are experiencing exceptional circumstances.
To be eligible you must be a legal entity, have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:
- a local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995
- a not for profit organisation.
You are not eligible to apply if you are:
- for profit organisation
- an individual, partnership or trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
- a Commonwealth, state or territory government agency or body (including government business enterprises)
- a university, technical college, school or hospital
- a Regional Development Australia Committee.
For further information head to https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/building-better-regions-fund/building-better-regions-fund-community-investments
Watering WA Farms
For farm operations that have access to scheme water
Watering WA Farms is designed to encourage commercial farmers to develop additional farm water supplies so they can reduce their reliance on scheme water and become more self-sufficient by developing local non-potable water supplies.
If you are a commercial farmer in a dryland agricultural district receiving less than 600 mm average annual rainfall and have on-farm access to scheme water you could be eligible for a one off rebate of up to $20 000.
Watering WA Farms will be open for applications in late 2016. Please register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will advise when the program is open.
All works being claimed must be installed within 18 months of the audit being completed. An on-farm water audit must be completed to be eligible for a rebate grant. For more information and to access funding for an audit please read the next section (farm water audits).
Please refer to the rebate schedule for eligible works.
Head to http://www.water.wa.gov.au/wateringWA/Farm-rebates-and-pastoral-grants for more information.
Farm Water Rebate Scheme
For farm operations that do not have access to scheme water
The Farm Water Rebate Scheme is designed to encourage commercial farmers to develop additional farm water supplies so they are more self-sufficient and able to address on-farm water shortages.
If you are a commercial farmer in a dryland agricultural district receiving less than 600 mm average annual rainfall and do not have on-farm access to scheme water, you could be eligible for a rebate under the scheme.
Farmers can claim up to 50 per cent of expenditure on approved water supply works, up to $15 000 per farming business, every ten years. All works being claimed must be installed within 18 months of the audit being completed.
Landholders who are directly connected to a scheme water pipeline or operate an intensive business are unable to access the Farm Water Rebate Scheme. Hobby farmers are ineligible.
An on-farm water audit must be completed to be eligible for a rebate. For more information and to access funding for an audit please read the next section (farm water audits).
Please refer to the rebate schedule for eligible works on the website.
Further information on the Farm Water Rebate Scheme is contained within the Farm Water Supply Planning Scheme and Farm Water Rebate Scheme – Information for applicants booklet.
Head to http://www.water.wa.gov.au/wateringWA/Farm-rebates-and-pastoral-grants for more information.
Telstra Kids Fund
Telstra Kids Fund is now accepting applications for funding of up to $1,200 to deliver activities that help kids in Australia play and learn. Applicants must be a non-profit organisation.
More information, including online application form, FAQs and grant criteria can be obtained from here: www.telstrakidsfund.com/
Grants are awarded on a 'first in, best dressed' basis. So, keep an eye on their website for the application dates or sign up to be notified when the next grant round opens.
Projects of various categories are supported, including arts and culture, environmental, health and wellbeing, sport and recreation, education, and digital activities.