Grants Forum Valuable For Community


Over 100 community members are now better equipped to apply for grants after attending the Get that Grant forum in Wonthaggi on Thursday.

The Grant Makers Group, consisting of Bass Coast Landcare Network, Bass Coast Community Foundation, Bendigo Community Bank® including the San Remo, Cowes and Grantville Branch and the Inverloch Branch and Bass Coast Shire Council, held the forum to give community groups advice and on how to secure funding.

Council Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said she was thrilled to see a vast representation of groups attending from both Bass Coast and neighbouring shires.

“We had Lions Clubs, Men’s Sheds, theatre groups, football and netball clubs, kindergartens and environmental groups from around Bass Coast in attendance, as well as some groups traveling as far away as Foster to attend,” Cr Brown said.

“It was great to see people wanting to tap into all kinds of funding opportunities for their clubs and groups.

Representatives from some of Australia’s most well recognised foundations, including the Gardiner Foundation, the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal, the Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, and the RE Ross Trust also explained their funding programs.

Cr Brown said upon arrival, attendees were asked what they hoped to get out of the forum, with reponses including information about grant sources, differences in funding groups, how to improve grand applications and how to secure funding for events.

“Collectively, our speakers represented organisations with hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding programs available to community groups, and they went on to explain their funding programs and take questions from the audience,” Cr Brown said.

Cr Brown said many of the attendees appreciated the forum bags they were given, which included lists of resources and other sources of funding.

“Attendees realised that there are many sources of grant funding available, and understanding how all the different programs work is important to know if your group is eligible to apply, and the key things to include in an application,” Cr Brown said.

“The other hot tip from almost all of the speakers was to plan your project well so you can prepare for all the different grant rounds, and write your application to meet the grant objectives.”

Information and presentations from the forum will be available on Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/grants.

The next round of Bass Coast Shire Council Community Grants will open from 13 April to 28 April 2015.