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Community Action Grants
The Community Action Grants Program was established in 2013 to support communities with funds to provide services, self-help and assist with community development, social action and connectedness.

Council has again allocated $30,000 to the Community Action Grants program for the 2016/17 financial year. This funding has been divided between four categories, which are as follows:

Event Sponsorship: Grants up to $500 are available to contribute to the costs of hosting an event in Hindmarsh Shire. For events that will have a significant regional impact, Council may allocate sponsorship of up to $1,000 per event. To be eligible for up to $1,000 sponsorship events must provide evidence of social and economic benefit in the application. An example from last year’s program included $500 awarded to the Jeparit A & P Society to be put towards their Annual Jeparit Show.

Small Equipment: Grants up to $1,000 are available to not-for-profit community groups and organisations to assist in the costs of purchasing small equipment items. An example from last year’s program was the purchase of handheld GPS devices by the Rainbow and District Landcare Group Inc.

Minor Facility Upgrades: Grants up to $2,000 are available to not-for-profit community groups and organisations to assist in the costs of upgrading community facilities. For example, the Dimboola Boat and Water Ski Club utilised the funding to install two new BBQ’s along Picnic Bend.

Community Assistance: Grants up to $1,000 are available to not-for-profit community groups and organisations to assist with worthwhile projects that do not fit under the three other categories of the Community Action Grant program. An example from last year's program was the development of a communal garden in Jeparit. Funds allowed Jeparit Communal Garden Inc. to start the project.

Eligibility Criteria Applications must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for a Community Action Grant:

All applications must:
- Demonstrate direct economic and socail benefit to the community;
- Not already receive substantial support from Hindmarsh Shire Council;
- Be made by an incorperated community group or not-for-profit organisation or auspiced by such a group; and
- Only be applying for one category per funding round.

Ineligible Applications:
Applications by, or for, the following purposes will not be eligible for funding:
- Community organisations who do not provide direct benefit to the Hindmarsh Shire Community;
- Individuals;
- Community organisations who have successfully obtained funding of $500.00 or more through the Community Action Grants Program in the current or previous financial year (organisations can only apply for funding every two years);
- Capital works on major facility maintenance;
- Funding to groups for purposes already significantly supported by Hindmarsh Shire Council (e.g. groups that use a Council facility free of charge and pay no energy cost);
- Programs considered the major responsibility of the State or Federal Government;
- Schools and their Parents and Friends organisations;
- Projects that are clearly a duplication of an existing service;
- Retrospective funding (projects that have commenced or have been completed will not be funded); and
- Clubs that have received funds from a sucessful application through a sub-committee of the Club

If you have a particular project in mind that you are interested in, please feel free to send through any details and we can discuss some options for your organisation. If you would like forms for a particular category, please contact the Community Development Officer by phoning 03 5391 4444, emailing grants@hindmarsh.vic.gov.au, or visiting our Customer Service Centres.

Applications forms and information sheets are available using the below links and at each of the Customer Service Centres.
 
Community Action Grants Program Application Deadlines
       
Round 1 Closes 5.00pm       
Minor Facility Upgrade   29 July 2016 at 5pm    
Small Equipment   29 July 2016 at 5pm    
Community Assistance   29 July 2016 at 5pm    
Event Sponsorship   29 July 2016 at 5pm    
       
Round 2 Closes 5.00pm        
Event Sponsorship    28 October 2016 at 5pm    
       
Round 3 Closes 5.00pm       
Minor Facility Upgrade   24 February 2017 at 5pm    
Small Equipment   24 February 2017 at 5pm    
Community Assistance   24 February 2017 at 5pm    
Event Sponsorship   24 February 2017 at 5pm    
       



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 Community Action Grant - Community Assistance (Category)
 Community Action Grant - Event Sponsorship (Category)
 Community Action Grant - Minor Facilities Upgrade (Category)
 Community Action Grant - Small Equipment (Category)
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