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Applying for grants can be daunting, however there are many resources available to community groups who wish to apply for funding. We have included some places to look for funding, along with a few tips that can make applying for grants much easier and will give your application more chance of success.

Federal Street Rainbow garden
 Where to Look
 Who to talk to
 Before you write anything!
 What to do and say
 The Budget
 Insider tips
 What not to do and say
 Raising matching funding
 Keeping the funders happy
 If by chance you miss out
 Could you do it better? Application Critique:
 Grants
 Sports
 Community Support Grants
 Arts, Festivals, Events
 Heritage

Where to Look
 The Internet
 www.grantslink.gov.au
 www.philanthropy.org.au
 Easy Grants www.ourcommunity.com.au
 DPCD “Grants @ DPCD” www.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au
 Philanthropic Organisations, check Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal www.frrr.org.au
 VicHealth www.vichealth.vic.gov.au
 Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) www.facs.gov.au
 Newspapers, tenders and announcements section
 Council and Government newsletters and publications
 Donations, wills, bequests
 Corporate Grants and Sponsorships
 

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Who to talk to
 Your Community
 Government Officers
 Electoral Offices
 Hugh Delahunty, Member for Wimmera 03 5382 0097
 John Forrest, Federal Member for Mallee 1800 627 887
 Council – Economic Development, Tourism
 Similar organisations who have been funded for projects like yours
 Other Councils
 State and Federal Departments
 Most importantly: The people you are asking for funding!
 

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Before you write anything!
 Read all the guidelines
 Check the criteria against your project aims
 Ring up the contact person
 Sell your project and what it is trying to achieve
 Establish rapport with the contact person
 Determine if you have the resources to complete the application process, i.e. who will do the work?
 

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What to do and say
 Have a clear and concise statement of what you are trying to do Develop the Who, What, Where, When, Why, How and Whatever Write the application as if you were writing it to an alien, assume the reader knows nothing of your organisation. Show support for your application with letters of support and referees Demonstrate how your proposal would work with other local initiatives (partnerships) Use relevant reports and statistical information Completely answer all questions, even if it feels like you are repeating yourself Use dot points to simplify the key points Use exactly the same words and phrases as in the guidelines and link your answers to the guidelines List project activities in a realistic timeframe Have a project contact who can answer questions and talk up your organisation Check your facts, spelling and grammar Make it interesting if possible, include photos, maps and diagrams
 

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The Budget
 Match the budget to timelines
 Make sure to include volunteer labour & “in kind”
 Clearly identify what is “in kind” and what is a cash contribution and sources of that contribution - Hourly rates for basic labouring works would be in the range of $10/h -$15/h and up to $35/h for other specialist support. In-kind equipment use: dependent on size $45/h - $100/h. Costing should be based on “reasonable” commercial rates. Check the maximum value of voluntary and in-kind support for the project (DVC: 25% of total project)
 Clearly identify what the funding will be spent on
 Make sure that what you are asking for is within the guidelines. Remember that most funding bodies won’t fund wages.
 Make sure your budget adds up
 Be prepared to be offered less. You will therefore need to adjust and prioritise project objectives.
 

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Insider tips
 Make sure your project aligns with the funding bodies mission. Research your funding body. Leverage different sources of funds. Get the support of your local member. Be aware of timelines. Your projects timing needs to be in synch with the funding body. Share the workload Co-opt a skilled person for the final draft to ensure it is concise and to the point. Brief those supplying letters of support so they are relevant. Lobby ministers and senior personnel to maintain interest in the proposal once submitted.
 

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What not to do and say
 Don’t go overboard. If the submission calls for two pages, don’t send 14.
 Don’t leave questions blank or say “refer to question 5.”
 Don’t be confusing. State as concisely as possible what exactly you are asking for and what exactly it will do.
 Be positive! Try not to stress the “we haven’t got” but the “we could do this…”
 Don’t send your submission in late.
 Don’t assume it can be emailed or faxed.
 

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Raising matching funding
 Always approach in person if possible
 Be prepared to state the level of support you are seeking
 When approaching organisations, prepare a project brief that outlines the program and what’s in it for them
 Inform your project partners of how their dollars will be spent
 Give copies of the completed application to support organisations
 

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Keeping the funders happy
 Read your terms and conditions of the grant
 Mark your diary with key dates – completion?!
 Provide reports on time and to requirements, include photos and milestones
 Give credit where you can (signage, banners, photo, media releases)
 Be aware of protocols i.e. who announces the funding and when
 Involve funders in your organisation, don’t leave them off the invite list
 Remember that the funders will welcome the opportunity to be associated with the program, i.e. at the launch and in related media
 

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If by chance you miss out
 Ask for feedback, did your proposal fulfill the criteria?
 Consider amending your proposal and reapplying in the future.
 Look for other potential sources of funding.
 Don’t give up.
 

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Could you do it better? Application Critique:
 Read the guidelines
 What’s missing?
 What would you change?
 Would you grant this application
 

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Grants
 Greater Green Triangle ACC www.ggtacc.com.au The Regional Partnerships Program funded by the Federal Government (DOTARS). Projects that promote innovative and sustainable economic growth, longer term sustainability.
 Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal www.frrr.org.au 1800 170 020 Administers: ANZ/FRRR Seeds of Renewal focus community enterprise $10,000, Small Grants for Small Rural Communities $5,000
 Lance Reichstein Foundation www.reichstein.org.au Funds projects which effect structural change to redress the disadvantage experienced by particular communities.
 Regional Development Victoria www.business.vic.gov.au
 Telstra Foundation www.telstrafoundation.com Focus: children & young people, for the big money you need DGR, small grants for activities involving employee’s kids
 Graincorp www.graincorp.com.au Focus: education, health, youth development & community development, involve Graincorp employee.
 

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Sports
 Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly, 03 5382 4599, email: wimsport@netconnect.com.au
 Sport and Recreation Victoria, DPCD, Minor and Major Facilities Grants 2:1, Country Football and Netball Grants 2:1 wwwww.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au
 Grants information line: 1300 366 356, Email: information@dpcd.vic.gov.au
 VicHealth wwwww.vichealth.vic.gov.au
 

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Community Support Grants
 Funded through the Community Support fund, focus on Planning, Strengthening Communities and Building Community Infrastructure, www.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au, Grants information line: 1300 366 356, Email: information@dpcd.vic.gov.au
 

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Arts, Festivals, Events
 Arts Victoria www.arts.vic.gov.au for Arts development, innovation, programming…
 Regional Arts Fund www.regionalarts.com.au Marion Matthews, mmatthews@rav.net.au 03 5381 1243
 VicHealth www.vichealth.vic.gov.au
 

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Heritage
 Department of the Environment and Water Resources www.environment.gov.au/heritage/programs/ for various funding programs relating to historic events, cultural heritage.
 National Library of Australia www.nla.gov.au/chg/ for
 Community Heritage Grants
 Heritage Council of Victoria http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/heritage for Conservation works – heritage listed or overlay
 Local History Grants Program http://prov.vic.gov.au/community-programs/grants-awards/local-history-grants and www.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au
 

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