Community wellbeing (2-year) grants

Overview

The Community Wellbeing grants stream (two-year grants) supports projects which address local issues, promote social justice, enhance wellbeing, strengthen the sustainability and capacity of the Inner West community and foster inclusion, equity and social connection.

Funding available

Community Wellbeing grants of $20,000 each over two years  ($10,000 per annum) are available.

Objectives

  • Connect local people to each other and place
  • Foster an inclusive and diverse community and encourage community participation
  • Develop community strengths, capabilities and lifelong learning
  • Encourage social and cultural sustainability
  • Promote equity, community health and wellbeing
  • Encourage community collaborations and partnerships.

Guidelines

Grant guidelines 2022 (PDF 1.8MB)

Eligibility criteria

Eligible:

To be eligible for funding, you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen, resident or relevant visa holder aged over 18 years.
  • Be a legally registered, incorporated not-for-profit organisation or group. Unincorporated groups must be auspiced by an incorporated not-for-profit organisation. Note: This eligibility varies for Arts grants and Community History grants.
  • Be a resident of or delivering services in the Inner West Council area or offer a project that benefits residents of the Inner West.
  • Include a booking confirmation form for use of a Council facility required as part of a grant application (i.e. Council venues, parks and sportsgrounds).
  • Meet the grant stream eligibility criteria.
  • Address the grant stream objectives.
  • Demonstrate your project is in the public interest and in accordance with Council’s Community Strategic Plan, policies and regulations.
  • Parents and Citizens’ Associations are eligible to apply for projects that can demonstrate they benefit the Inner West community.
  • Only submit one application per applicant each year.

Ineligible:

Inner West Council does not fund:

  • Applicants who have not acquitted previously completed grant projects or provided an interim progress report for any outstanding grant projects funded by Inner West Council.
  • Applicants who have outstanding debts of any kind to Inner West Council.
  • NSW or Federal government departments.
  • For-Profit Organisations and Sole Traders. Note: this eligibility varies for Arts Grants.
  • Applicants who represent a school or tertiary institution.
  • Projects that have commenced or already taken place. Council does not provide retrospective funding.
  • Projects that duplicate existing services already provided in the Inner West Council area.
  • Capital works, such as renovations to buildings. Note: this eligibility varies for Environment Grants.
  • Financial assistance for interstate or overseas travel, or other costs where it could be perceived that the applicant would derive excessive personal benefits.
  • Salaries of permanent employees who will be supervising or working on the project as part of their usual duties. Grants may fund additional staff to work specifically on the project.
  • Ongoing operational expenditure such as fixed overheads and administrative costs.
  • General donations to charities. 
  • Activities that could be perceived as benefiting political parties or associated groups.
  • Activities that could be perceived as divisive within the community.

Assessment criteria

The following criteria will be considered in the process of assessing applications:

  • Impact and quality of the project that contributes to Council’s Community Strategic Plan and Community Wellbeing grant objectives.
  • Ability to improve access, inclusion, diversity and participation in community and cultural activities with sustainable outcomes.
  • Applicant’s capacity to deliver a well‐planned project, including applicant experience, skills and time.
  • Realistic budget, including all sources of project income and quotes, where relevant.
  • Ability to explain the significance and impact of the funding on different genders.
  • Ability to evaluate and report on the impact of the project/program.

Application support

Applicants are encouraged to speak with a Council grant officer before applying.

One-on-one sessions are available to provide grant applicants with tailored advice through a phone call to receive feedback and helpful tips on your project ideas from Council’s grant officers.

How to apply

Council uses SmartyGrants administration software to manage its grants program. Applications must be submitted via the Inner West Council SmartyGrants webpage. Applications must meet the eligibility requirements and no late applications will be accepted. Hard copy applications are not accepted.

Apply online here

Enquiries

For Community Wellbeing grant enquires please contact Council's Grants Team on 9392 5842.

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Page last updated: 28 Jul 2022