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Presentation about finding community grants information in Victoria, Australia. Intended audience is libraries and/or community groups. Presentation has been edited to remove personal and employer ...

Presentation about finding community grants information in Victoria, Australia. Intended audience is libraries and/or community groups. Presentation has been edited to remove personal and employer details.

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    Finding Community Grants Finding Community Grants Presentation Transcript

    • FindingCommunity Grants in Victoria Sally Cummings http://www.sallysetsforth.com (Note: This is an edited version of a training presentation that I prepared and delivered at a previous workplace)
    • Outline• Funding avenues available to community groups• How to find community grants• How to find relevant community grants• Preparing grant applications• What can libraries do with this information?• Discussion and questions
    • Funding avenues available to community groups (1)• What types of funding arrangements are available? – Community grants – Sponsorships – Partnerships with business – Donations – Fund-raising assistance
    • Funding avenues available to community groups (2)• What are the sources of grants funding? – State Government – Federal Government – Local Government – Non-Government Organisations • Philanthropic – charities, philanthropic foundations, not-for-profit organisations • Corporate – profit-making companies
    • Funding avenues available to community groups (3)• What types of organisations can apply for grants? – Community groups, sports clubs, schools, health services, historical societies, welfare organisations – Incorporated association and/or Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status may be required – Grants funding is less likely to favour individuals, government agencies and political organisations.• Consider aligning with an umbrella (auspice) organisation
    • How to find community grants (1)• Information sources include websites, databases, directories, newsletters, media releases, newspaper advertisements …• It can be difficult and time-consuming to search individual funding sources
    • How to find community grants (2)• Commercial services such as OurCommunity Easy Grants and GrantSearch bring them all together – Searchable database – Grants from wide variety of sources in one place – Descriptions, requirements, links, closing dates
    • How to find community grants (3)Other useful sites for searching:• Grants@DPCD – Searches DPCD grant programs• GrantsLINK – Searches Commonwealth grant programs• Grants and Services Finder – Searches grants for cultural organisations from local, state and federal government as well as private sources
    • How to find relevant community grants• Consider the community/ies that the project will benefit – Think outside the box (eg. a sporting activity also provides health benefits, brings young people together, bridges cultural boundaries)• Search using appropriate funding categories / interest areas / keywords• Check eligibility criteria
    • Preparing grant applications (1)• Understand the grant application process• Prepare and assemble documentation ahead of time• Do some research on the funding body• Tailor / customise each grant application• Consult others, make it a team effort
    • Preparing grant applications (2)• Demonstrate the need for the project• Be specific when describing the project• Write clearly, concisely• Display ability to budget / spend money efficiently• Demonstrate community support
    • What can libraries do with this information?• Locate grants information for community organisations on request• Promote grants information to community organisations• Help community groups learn about the grants process – what grants are, how to find grants, how to prepare applications, what training is available, etc.
    • Questions?