Everyday business can be pretty hard work at the best of times. This can be doubly frustrating when really all you want to focus on is your deep desire to do more good and go on delivering more, and probably much appreciated, value into the local community.
We also know that it can be tricky to find the help when you need it, so we’re pointing you to a few community grant programs that could help fund your latest project or catalyse more Good work. They’re all opening soon (or already open) for applications, so have a browse through, dust off your grant writing skills and get stuck in. You never know, everyday business could just get a little easier. Good luck!
1) Australia Post’s Our Neighbourhood, Our Grants
Australia Post’s Our Neighbourhood program recognises the important role smaller charities and community groups play across the country in building connections for people who are excluded or isolated. Through providing funding of up to $10,000 per project, the program helps community organisations working to build a more inclusive and connected society.
Applications are now open for the 2016 Our Neighbourhood Community Grants program and run through until April 1st.
2) Commonwealth Bank Community Grants
Commonwealth Bank staff in partnership with the Bank will invest $2 million in local communities across Australia by awarding individual grants, worth up to $10,000 each.
Kylie Macfarlane, General Manager Corporate Responsibility, says:
The grants are made possible by the generosity of more than 13,000 of our current and retired staff donating a little from each pay to the fund.
To be eligible for a 2016 Community Grant, organisations must support the health and well-being of Australians up to 21 years of age and be endorsed by the ATO with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.
Applications open 29th Feb and close at 5.00 pm AEDT on Monday, 28th March 2016. To apply for a grant or for more information, visit commbank.com.au/grants.
3) Leader Local Grants
Leader is giving away $33,000 in micro grants to help bring small but important community projects to life. Each local paper will provide one grant of $1,000, with projects being short-listed and then opened up for anyone to vote for your favourite ideas.
Submit your project ideas at www.leaderlocalgrants.com.au before 4th March 2016 to be in the running.
4) Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund
The Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund supports local charities and programs that deliver sustainable benefits to Victorian communities. The fund allocates cash grants with a focus on charities that receive little or no government funding.
The program opens on the 14th March and will close on 29th April. To find out more head over to Bank of Melbourne’s Neighbourhood Fund page.
5) City of Melbourne Community Grants
City of Melbourne’s community grants program provides funding to support and empower people and communities to engage, connect and take action with a focus on local and vulnerable people. Grants are provided to schools, not-for-profit sports and community organisations to improve people’s quality of life.
The program is open from May to June 2016.
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