The City of Greater Geelong is seeking applications for its second round of the COVID-19 Quick Response Community Grants program that helps community adapt to, and recover from the changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The aim of this grant program is to help eligible community organizations activate community spaces and deliver new or existing community programs that comply with COVID-19 restrictions.
- There is a total grant pool of $159,000 and groups can secure up to $2000 to safely reactivate their venues and programs.
- They are seeking proposals from community organizations interested in developing new and responsive ways of working with the community that complies with COVID-19 restrictions.
Projects in this category must clearly align with the community-led clever and creative vision, as described in Greater Geelong:
- Clever and Creative Community Projects
- New community projects, programs, and activities that will help the Greater Geelong community recover from COVID-19 restrictions in a way that is consistent with community-led clever and creative vision.
- proposals that strengthen community relationships, reduce isolation, and encourage active participation in community life.
- proposals that provide capacity-building opportunities for volunteers.
- proposals that will improve access to programs for people with all abilities.
- proposals that increase community knowledge and capacity to use and embrace digital technologies.
- COVID-19 Operating Expenses
- Operating expenses that help community groups deliver their existing services and programs in line with COVID-19 restrictions.
- increased cleaning expenses.
- cleaning supplies.
- personal protection equipment.
- new or improve signage.
- visitor registration facilities.
- Not-for-profit, incorporated bodies, co-operatives, or associations
- Registered charitable organizations – refer to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits
- Unincorporated bodies with an auspice
- Eligible applicants, as listed above, who hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) or
- provide a Statement by a Supplier Form, available from the Australian Tax Office.
Who Can’t Apply
- Profit-making organizations, commercial entities, businesses, individuals, and sole traders
- Organizations with outstanding debts or arrears to the City of Greater Geelong
- Organizations that have not provided a satisfactory evaluation/acquittal form for any previous
- funding received from the City – this includes organizations that have acted as an auspice for an unincorporated group
- Government schools and learning institutions.
- staff salaries and wages, although they will consider funding if the costs are related to the specific proposed project – such as costs to engage an external facilitator, consultant, or contractor – if they can supply an ABN and written quote.
- requests for retrospective purchases or projects.
- fundraising events, prizes, gifts, awards, or sponsorship costs, such as trophies, medals, money, vouchers, and so on.
- activities aimed at promoting political views.
- projects or activities that occur outside the City of Greater Geelong municipality.
- capital works, such as building works, major repairs, or major maintenance.
- equipment requiring building permits or permissions for installation.
How are applications assessed?
Their regular assessment process has been streamlined to encourage a quick turnaround of funds. All applications received will therefore go through the following assessment process:
- Pre-eligibility checks –applications are checked against the criteria to determine their eligibility.
- Internal panel assessment – eligible applications will be assessed according to the assessment criteria.
- Executive review and endorsement – The executive will review the panel’s recommendation and determine the final outcome.