Council

Annual small-to-medium cash grants and venue hire support grants

The Community Grants Program aims to support community projects and activities that address local priorities and enhance the well-being of residents.

The Community Grants Program aims to support community projects and activities that address local priorities, strengthen community relationships of mutual respect, build social inclusion and environmental sustainability and enhance the well-being of City of Darebin residents.

The City of Darebin is made up of so many wonderful groups and individuals who make incredible contributions to the community. We achieve this by providing grants to not-for-profit (NFP) groups and organisations who will implement projects which address the needs and issues within their community and engage all Darebin residents especially those who experience or at risk of discrimination and/or exclusion.

The 2021/2022 Darebin Community Grants Program will open Tuesday 6 April at 8.00am and close on Monday 31 May 2021 at 11.59pm.

LATE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED

Grant applications open

Tuesday 6 April 2021

Grant applications close

Monday 31 May 2021, 11.59pm

Acknowledgement of receipt of application

Acknowledgement of receipt of application is received after the application is submitted. If the acknowledgement is not received, there has been a problem with the submission. Please call the Grants Officer on 8470 8504 or Smartygrants technical support on 9320 6888 as soon as possible during business hours.

Applications will be assessed

June 2021

Notification of assessment results

Applicants will be notified by email (to the email address used to submit the application) in July 2021.

If you do not receive a reply by the end of July, please call the Grants Officer on 8470 8504.

Payment of grants

From July/August 2021 onwards

Required project completion date

20 June 2022

This program comprises the following categories:

  • 2021/2022 Small Cash Grants (Up to $3,000)
  • 2021/2022 Medium Cash Grant - Environment & Sustainability (Up to $15,000)
  • 2021/2022 Medium Cash Grants - Equity, Inclusion and Wellbeing (Up to $15,000)
  • 2021/2022 Medium Cash Grants - Creative Projects - Artists Led Initiatives (Up to $15,000)
  • 2021/2022 Venue Hire Support Grants (In-kind only) (Up to $6,000)

Also available are the following programs:

  • 2021/2022 Quick Response Cash Grants Program (Up to $1,000)
  • 2021/2022 Quick Response Program (Up to $1,000)

NOTE: The Quick Response Programs will open in July/August 2021 and close 30 June 2022 or until funding is exhausted.

How do I apply for a Community Grant?

Intending applicants are advised to read the 2021/2022 Community Grants Program's Information & Guidelines before applying, especially eligibility criteria, what can and what cannot be funded.

Only online application forms must be used and they can be accessed using the following link: https://darebin.smartygrants.com.au.

Step 1

If you have not submitted an application using the SmartyGrants website before, you will need to register an account. To do this you will need to provide an email address and you will be asked to create a password.

If you have previously submitted an application via the SmartyGrants system, please use the same email address and password. If you have forgotten your password, please click on 'Forgotten password' and a link to set up a new password will be sent to your email address.

If you need to change the registered 'User', please call the Community Grants Officer on 8470 8504.

Step 2

After registering with SmartyGrants for the first time you will receive an activation email to the address that you have provided. Use the link provided in the email to log-in to the SmartyGrants website and access application forms.

Step 3

Access the relevant application form as follows:

  • 2021/2022 Small Grants (Form 1): Small grants (up to $3,000)
  • 2021/2022 Medium Grants (Form 2): Environment and Sustainability sub-category (up to $15,000)
  • 2021/2022 Medium Grants (Form3): Equity, Inclusion and Wellbeing sub-category (up to $15,000)
  • 2021/2022 Medium Grants (Form 4): Creative Projects - Artist Led Initiatives sub-category (up to $15,000).
  • 2021/2022 Venue Hire Support (Form 5): All venue hire support applications (up to $6,000)

Please note that Venue Hire Support Grants applications submitted without first booking your preferred venue and supplying a quote from the venue booking officer cannot be assessed. Please find below the list of Council venues available under this program.

Step 4

Fill out the appropriate application form and upload any documents that you have been asked to provide. You will be asked to supply:

  • A bank statement or slip, printed by the bank, which shows account name, BSB and account number if applying for a cash grant;
  • A Public Liability Insurance Certificate or quote if applying for both cash grant and venue hire support grant;
  • A Certificate of Incorporation or a confirmation from an auspice organisation (if applying for more than $3,000);
  • Venue booking quote (for Venue Hire Support applications)

Once completed, you will be asked to review the application. Ensure you use the SUBMIT button to submit your application.

Once the application is submitted, you will receive an email from SMARTYGRANTS acknowledging that your application has been received. If you do not receive this acknowledgement soon after submitting the application, please contact the Community Grants Officer immediately on 8470 8504.

List of Council venues available under the 2021/2022 Venue Hire Support Grants Program:

  • Preston City Hall
  • Preston Shire Hall

 

Ph: 8470 8649

  • Darebin lntercultural Centre (*)

Ph: 8470 8440

  • Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre (*)

Ph: 9481 9500

  • Darebin Arts Centre (*)

Ph: 8470 8282

  • Donald Street Community Hall
  • Fairfield Community Room
  • Clyde Street Community Hall
  • Ruthven Pavilion

 

Ph: 8470 8110

  • Preston and Northcote Libraries' Meeting Rooms

Ph: 1300 655 355

  • Reservoir Community and Learning Centre

Ph: 9496 1021 or Ph: 8470 8110

  • Keon Park Children 's Hub

 

Ph: 8470 8022

  • Thornbury Early Years Centre (*)
  • Fairfield Activity Room (*)

Ph: 8470 8347

(*) Note: Venue hire support applications for the use of the Darebin Intercultural Centre, Thornbury Early Years Centre, Fairfield Activity Room, Darebin Arts Centre and Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre are subject to specific eligibility criteria.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Only one Cash-Grant Application (select either Form 1, or Form 2 or Form 3) and/or one Venue Hire Support Grant Application (Form 4) are accepted in the same financial year.

  • One-on-one information session can be arranged with the Community Grants Officer 03 8470 8504 or Darebingrants@darebin.vic.gov.au).
  • One-on-one assistance to write applications using the online forms may be provided to applicants unable to access the online forms or unable to fill out the online forms in the English language.
  • Interpreters can be arranged for these sessions if required (please call 8470 8504).

For information please call the Community Grants Officer on 03 8470 8504 or email to Darebingrants@darebin.vic.gov.au