How many grants can I apply for?
There is generally no limit to the number of applications that can be submitted under each Council grant. However, each application must be for a different project, program, initiative or product. Grant priorities and equity will be carefully considered during the assessment process. Application quality is preferred over quantity and submitting multiple applications will not increase the chance of success.
Note organisations can only receive one Quick Response Grant per financial year.
Does my project need to benefit all residents of the Shire of Nillumbik?
No. As long as there is a service/project/event being delivered in the Nillumbik Shire Council Local Government area and there is benefit to communities within the Nillumbik region. It is extremely important that applicants identify how and why the support being requested will positively impact the local community.
Am I eligible to apply?
For the majority of our grants, applicants MUST:
- Be a not-for-profit incorporated organisation or community group that lives, works, studies, volunteers or plays in Nillumbik
- Be auspiced by a not-for-profit incorporated organisation if applicants are unincorporated or an individual.
What does ‘incorporated association’ mean?
Incorporation is the most common way to provide a community group status as a legal entity.
If you are not incorporated and would like to become incorporated, you may contact the Office of Consumer Affairs Victoria on 1300 558 131 or visit the Consumer Affairs website. You may be able to apply for a Quick Response Grant to help your group become established.
What if our organisation is not incorporated?
If your group is not incorporated and does not wish, or is unable to become incorporated, you can still apply, but the application must be under the auspice of an eligible organisation who will take full responsibility for the grant.
What is an ‘auspice’ and do I need one?
An auspice is an incorporated organisation that agrees to take responsibility for your grant (sort of like a guarantor). The auspice receives the funding on your behalf and distributes the funds to your group for the delivery of the project. A letter confirming the auspice arrangement must be attached to your funding application. Organisations can auspice multiple applications.
You will need an auspice if you are a community group or individual that is not incorporated.
You can find out more about auspices from the Justice Connect website.
Who could auspice me?
- Local neighbourhood house
- A community organisation you have worked or partnered with
- Peak body or governing association of your field
- Organisations with a similar mission and purpose
- Auspicious Arts (an organisation specifically designed to support grant applicants) – for more info visit the Auspicious Arts website
Applications may be submitted without current Public Liability Insurance on the condition that it is purchased and a Certificate of Currency is provided once the grant is successful
You may apply through an auspice organisation if your group does not wish to purchase insurance
Or you may be eligible for coverage under Council’s Community Liability insurance if your activity is entirely held in a Council venue.
If my application is unsuccessful, can I apply for the same thing next round?
Yes. However, it is advised that you seek feedback as to why your application was unsuccessful in the first instance to enhance your chance of a successful application next time.