2018 Community Assistance Fund

Community Assistance Fund 2018

1. Overview

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 8 June 2018

Through the Community Assistance Fund, Council aims to build stronger communities within the Shire.  The program assists to facilitate a self-help culture among community groups and encourage groups to work in partnership with Council to promote long-term outcomes that benefit the wider community.  Applicants should demonstrate in their application, the social, environmental and economic benefits to the community

The Community Assistance Fund Round 1 is open for applications from Monday 30 April 2018 and closes on Friday 8 June 2018

2. Drop in sessions

Community Assistance Fund Application drop in support sessions will be held as follows:

Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre (no appointment required)

Wednesday 16, 23, 30 May, 2pm - 4pm

Mortlake Moyne Office (appointment required)

Tuesday 8 May, 2pm - 4pm


Guidelines Can be found here(DOCX, 837KB)

Festival and Event Funding Eligibility

  • Funding is eligible for festivals and events held within the geographical boundaries of the Moyne Shire, or those that can demonstrate a benefit to a significant number of Moyne Shire residents.
  • Organising Committee must retain and/or reinvest any monies raised from holding the event within the Moyne Shire community.
  • Applicants must have fully acquitted previous funding applications and have no outstanding debts or financial disputes with Council.
  • Applications should seek to support disadvantaged and or vulnerable community members to access the event, where appropriate, including recognising and honouring companion card holders.
  • Applications must seek to ensure all activities are undertaken in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible manner.
  • Funding is for planned future festivals and events, i.e. applications for funding in retrospect will not be considered.

3. Key Selection Criteria

Applications are assessed on the following:

You must be:

  • An organisation or community group.
  • Not-for-profit.
  • Incorporated under the Australian Corporations Act.
  • Located within the geographical boundaries of the Moyne Shire and/or external groups that can demonstrate a clear, predominant benefit to the Moyne Shire communities.

You will NOT be ineligible for a grant if you are:

  • A registered business and/or profit-making organisation.
  • Seeking funding for recurrent operational costs including staffing and wages.
  • Seeking retrospective funding for activities, programs and projects that have already started or have been completed.
  • Requesting funding that would otherwise be covered by insurance.
  • Not meeting financial commitments negotiated with Council.
  • Unable to properly account for prior funds allocated by Council; have not spent funds for the agreed purpose as allocated by council; or have not acquitted the funds as allocated by Council for the previous years’ Community Assistance Funds, or other Council projects.
  • Requesting funding for projects already funded by Council

What is funded?

  • Community Facilities – Operation & Equipment
  • Upgrading or extensions of existing facilities such as kitchen upgrades, or a new roof.
  • Development of new facilities such as an accessible toilet or a verandah – including the development of concept plans.
  • Energy efficient and environmentally sustainable options such as solar power or installation of water tanks.
  • Protecting the natural environment such as interpretive signage.
  • Acquisition of equipment:
  • Used for facility maintenance, such as mowers, used for delivering an activity, such as electrical equipment or a fire truck,
  • Safety and first aid, such as goal post padding or defibrillator.

Community Programs & Initiatives

  • Coaching clinics and education courses for Officials, Administrators or relevant community members.  A relevant community group, club and/or association must support this initiative.
  • General leisure activities that promote fitness and physical activity through sport and recreation activities.
  • Projects that promote the health and well-being of residents and groups within the Shire.
  • Projects that support the cultural diversity of the municipality.
  • Assisting the integration of people who have limited opportunities to be active in the program.

What will NOT be funded?

  • Commercial “for profit” activities or projects.
  • Projects already allocated funds from other Council programs.
  • Projects that are considered the responsibility of State or Federal Governments.
  • Sponsorships for fundraising events, and equipment for events.
  • Representative participation in sporting or recreation events is to be referred to the Mayor’s discretionary fund.  These applications must also be supported by the applicant’s sporting organisation.

4. Apply for funding

For an easier way to apply, please complete this online application form

For those unable to use the online application form, a paper-based form can be requested by calling (03) 5568 0579.