Community Partnership Funding

Looking for funding grants? Our Community Partnership Funding program is great for community and not for profits. Find out how to apply.

Program focus and areas of priority

The City of Melville welcomes applications for proposals i.e. activities, events, services that:

  • Are based in the City of Melville
  • Benefit a large and diverse number of people
  • Meet identified priority needs of the City of Melville’s local area
  • Are aligned to the Community Partnership Funding Guiding Principles
  • Observe access and inclusion principles
  • Create long-term social and cultural or economic value for the community
  • Have clear objectives and outcomes
  • Have a realistic budget and are cost effective
  • Demonstrate a high level of self-help and involvement of your organisation’s members
  • Are aligned to the City of Melville’s values of relationships, excellence, vibrancy and wellbeing.

Levels of funding available

The following levels of funding support are available:

*Non-monetary funding can contribute towards the hire fees of Council owned facilities (meeting/recreation spaces) and use of equipment.

Types of activities/ program supported

  1. Connectedness and belonging – build diverse, cohesive and connected communities:
  • Increase participation of isolated or at risk members of the community
  • Build trust and understanding across community groups
  • Facilitate inclusion and equitable access to facilities, services and activities
  • Provide access to information and training
  • Build on community history and memories
  1. Active citizenship and participation – reduce vulnerability and increase opportunity of disadvantaged groups:
  • Facilitate access to education, training and employment opportunities
  • Improve social and physical wellbeing through prevention and early intervention approach
  • Encourage participation in civic and community activity
  1. Capacity Building – increase capability and coordination of community services and participation in decision making:
  • Improve collaboration and coordination of community support and services
  • Strengthen governance and accountability in community organisations
  • Encourage social sustainability and life long learning

Level one: up to $10,000 – Community Partnerships Apply NOW!

A maximum of $10,000 will be offered towards the delivery of services and/or programs that address local priorities and community needs, as identified in the City of Melville strategic documents and the areas of focus of the Community Partnership Funding program.

The Community Partnerships seeks EOI (Expression of Interest) from organisations to deliver community programs or projects that support:

  • Social connectedness and belonging;
  • Active citizenship and participation and
  • Capacity building.

Expressions of Interest – Open from 30 October to 30 November 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

Once and EOI is received, not for profit community service organisations will be invited to apply for funding to up to $10,000 annually for up to three years.

Applications must be received at least 4 months before commencement of the project and to be delivered within 12 months from date of approval of grant.

Level one process

Level two: up to $5,000 – Apply NOW!

Level two welcomes applications up to $5,000 from organisations to deliver community programs or projects related to the following streams:

Applications are open all year around.

Applications must be received at least 4 months before commencement of the project and to be delivered within 12 months from date of approval of grant.

1. Community Development stream

Specifically this grant stream supports initiatives that bring positive benefits and build capacity to any of the following groups:

  • Youth
  • Older people
  • Children
  • People with Disability
  • People from CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) backgrounds and
  • Volunteers

Applications must be received at least 4 months before commencement of the project and to be delivered within 12 months from date of approval of grant.

Funding of up to $5,000 will support proposals that:

  • Connect people (build diverse, cohesive and connected communities)
  • Increase trust, awareness and understanding across community groups
  • Increase participation of isolated or at risk members of the community
  • Facilitate  access to information, education and training
  • Encourage participation in civic and community activities
  • Increase opportunities for recreation and leisure
  • Enables vibrancy in neighbourhoods/precincts

2. Cultural and Arts Development stream

Specifically this grant stream supports the delivery of community events, programs and projects that provide:

  • Opportunities for creative participation
  • Enhance creativity in public spaces
  • Strengthen sustainability and capacity of the City of Melville’s cultural and creative industries.

Funding up to $5,000 will support proposals that:

  • Increase access to arts and cultural activities within the City
  • Build new audiences or help eliminate barriers
  • Increase participation of members of the community not previously engaged in arts and cultural activities
  • Facilitate  sustainability and long-term artistic and cultural benefits for the City of Melville
  • Support the development of emerging cultural and arts groups
  • Share knowledge through the creative use of existing resources, new technologies and the knowledge and experiences of our diverse community
  • Enhance the cultural fabric of the City of Melville
  • Enables vibrancy in neighbourhoods/precincts

3. Environmental Development stream

Specifically this grant stream supports towards the delivery of community programs and projects that will raise awareness or take action on climate change and support environmental sustainability.

Funding up to $5,000 will support proposals that:

  • Encourage or reduce green house emissions
  • Improve energy efficiency
  • Encourage reduced water use
  • Reduce waste or increase recycling
  • Protect and enhance the biodiversity of the City’s public natural areas
  • Increase local native biodiversity
  • Encourage or increase the use of sustainable transports. E.g: cycling, walking, etc
  • Encourage community participation in environmental issues and initiatives

Level three: - up to $1,000 - Seeding funding Apply NOW!

This level of funding is ongoing and applications must be received six (6) weeks prior to commencement of the event or activity. Applications for events on City of Melville reserves must be received three months prior to the event, in line with the Events Package. Successful applicants are notified within three weeks.

Funding of up to $1,000  will support proposals that:

  • Connect people (build diverse, cohesive and connected communities)
  • Increase participation of  the diverse members of the community
  • Facilitate access to information, education and training
  • Encourage participation in civic and community activities
  • Enables vibrancy in neighbourhoods/precincts
  • Increase access to arts and cultural activities
  • Increase participation of members of the community not previously engaged in the community
  • Share knowledge and incentive on the use of new technologies
  • Builds on the history of a place
  • Contribute to community health, wellbeing and safety
  • Promotes involvement of children, youth and age-friendly activities
  • Promotes cross-generational involvement and engagement

Non- Monetary  - up to $500 Apply Now!

This level of funding is ongoing and applications must be received six (6) weeks prior to the commencement of the activity /event proposed.

The Non-Monetary funding is in-kind contributions available for community and not-for-profit incorporated groups looking for an once-off annual contribution towards hire  fees of Council owned facilities (meeting/recreation spaces) and use of equipment.

Fundraising activities can be supported via this category of grant.

Funding up to $500 per year will support proposals that:

  • Connect people (build diverse, cohesive and connected communities)
  • Encourage participation in civic and community activities
  • Encourage participation in fundraising activities
  • Facilitate access to information, education and training
  • Encourages and promote volunteer activities

Who can apply?

To apply, applicants must:

  • Be a constituted not for profit association, incorporated *
  • Be based in the City of Melville or providing services within this community
  • Have an Australia Business Number (ABN)
  • Not have outstanding acquittal of previous funding provided.

To find out more, please refer to the funding guidelines.

*Non-incorporated associations applying for monetary grants must have an appropriate auspice organisation (shared aims and common interests) that can support their project and receive the grant on their behalf.

When can I apply?

Level one: Community Partnerships (up to $10,000)

  • Applications for level 1 are called annually for Expressions of Interest (EOI)
  • Expressions of Interest (EOI) are currently open
  • EOI applications close 5.00pm on 30 November 2017
  • Applications need to be submitted online at least 4 months before the project starting time.
  • Support documentation will be required when applicant is invited to apply for funding after the EOI is reviewed.

Level two: up to $5,000 (any 3 streams)

  • Applications for level two can be submitted at any time during the year.
  • Applications need to be submitted online at least 4 months before the project starting time.
  • Support documentation required:
    • Minimum of 2 quotes for expenditure items above $2,000 and at least one quote, advertised or estimated price for expenditure items bellow $2,000
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Public Liability certificate of currency
    • Letters of support towards the project

Level three: Seeding Fund (up to $1,000)

  • Applications for level three can be submitted at any time during the year.
  • Applications need to be submitted online at least six weeks before the project is starting
  • Support documentation required:
  • Minimum of 2 quotes for expenditure items above $2,000 and at least one quote, advertised or estimated price for expenditure items bellow $2,000.
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Public Liability certificate of currency
    • Letters of support towards the project

Non-Monetary – in-kind requests up to $500

  • Applications can be submitted at any time during the year for in-kind provision of venue hire or equipment hire (City of Melville owned)
  • Applications need to be submitted online at least six weeks before the project is starting
  • Support documentation required:
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Letters of support towards the project
    • Price of the venue/equipment costs as quoted by authorised City of Melville service area. For example: an email correspondence between the parties or booking form.

General exclusions and ineligibility

  • Political parties or activities that could be perceived as benefiting a political party or political campaign
  • General donations to charities, unless for specific projects run by the charity and that meet the eligibility criteria
  • Government organisations
  • Education institutions
  • Previous grant recipients who have not fulfilled the conditions of the particular grant
  • For profit organisations
  • Individuals
  • Organisations that have already been funded during the current budget year
  • Proposals that directly contravene Council’s policies.

Funding guidelines and application forms

Contact Program Coordinator

It is highly recommended that you contact us for support and advice prior to applying.

Please email the Program Coordinator or call 9364 0660.

Applicant testimonials

‘Very helpful. I was very pleased with the process and cooperation I was given.’

(Waylen Bay Sea Scouts – 50th anniversary banners)

‘It has been wonderful to work in partnership with the City of Melville and a huge thank you to all staff who helped make this event such an outstanding success’.

(Attitudinal Healing – Dementia Conference with Michael Verde)

‘Process gets easier each year! City of Melville’s Community Development staff is helpful with guidance and advice. (Lions Club Booragoon – Christmas at Sunset)

‘The process was simple and COM staff was very helpful – as usual. Thank you all once again!!’ (St. Michael’s Anglican Parish of Mt. Pleasant - Carols on the Lawn)