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Community Inclusion

Community Inclusion will distribute funds for projects that are encouraging social inclusion and social participation for people with disability.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of State Trustees Australia Foundation, in FY20 the round will distribute $250,000.

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Community Inclusion Grant Round

(previously Grassroots)

Type of Grant Round: Open application

Grant Round Dates: open Monday 10 February 2020

What are the objectives?

To provide opportunities for social inclusion and social participation for people with disability in Victoria. These objectives are informed by guiding principle no. 3 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): ‘Full and effective participation and inclusion in society’ (CRPD 2007).

Projects may include:

  • Community awareness, education and engagement programs to promote social inclusion and address direct and indirect discrimination
  • Promoting participation in cultural life
  • Programs to support social participation, to reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing and quality of life
  • Provision of workforce and training opportunities

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Provide an integrated solution to social inclusion and social participation
  • Show social innovation, which can be interpreted as ‘novel solutions to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions’ (Phills, Deiglmeier & Miller 2008).
  • Are from smaller community-led organisations
  • Are Victorian based

We encourage regional, rural, and remote organisations to apply and special consideration will be given for these applications.

Who is eligible to apply?
An eligible entity is endorsed as item 1 Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), with charity tax concessions.

What are the funding exclusions?

  • If you are seeking to apply for a previously successfully acquitted project from Grassroots, you must contact the team for discussion prior to submitting. These projects may be excluded.
  • Organisations that have not acquitted previous projects for any of State Trustees’ granting programs
  • Applications identical to a previously submitted, unsuccessful application
  • Organisations can only apply for one project per round
  • General fundraising appeals
  • Organisations that receive direct income from entities whose principal purpose is to promote gambling, alcohol, tobacco or armaments
  • Organisations whose funded activity may seek to proselytise a particular faith or religion to its beneficiaries
  • Universities and other institutions seeking funding for academic research projects or research positions with minimal or no research translation activity or no community-based partners
  • Retrospective funding
  • ‘For-profit’ bodies and Commercial activities
  • State and Commonwealth Government bodies
  • Political parties or their candidates
  • Organisations based outside Victoria
  • Individuals
  • Personal living expenses
  • Loans

What are the timeframes?
Round Opens: Monday 10 February 2020, 9am
Round Closes: Friday 6 March 2020, 5pm
Outcome notifications: By Friday 29 May 2020
Conditions of Awards: To be returned by the recipient within 5 business days of successful outcome notification.

How much funding is available for a project?
The round provides single one-year grants of up to $25,000.

What is the assessment process?

  • Applicant organisations will be first reviewed to confirm if they are eligible entities.
  • Applications will be assessed against the program application criteria, with applications which are most aligned with our preferences and objectives receiving a higher rating.
  • Assessment is made using a blended assessment model, where ranking and qualitative analysis is used to inform decisions. Ratings are made on a 6- point scale:
    • 0 = application completely fails to address criterion
    • 1 = application largely fails to meet the criterion
    • 2 = application just fails to meet the criterion
    • 3 = application meets criterion
    • 4 = application meets criterion well
    • 5 = application meets criterion at a high level
  • Notifications of outcomes will be sent via email.
  • Due to resourcing, feedback regarding decision-making is unable to be provided for every application.

How are payments made?
Payments will be made by electronic funds transfer only to the nominated bank account provided in the application within 5 business days of a returned Conditions of Award.

What reporting will be expected if the project is successful?
6-month phone update Informal – A member of our grant team will call to discuss the start of the project
Grantees Meet and Greet – Early June 2021
Acquittal report – Due Friday 23 July 2021

Remember that you can call or email at any time if you have any questions about the progression of your project.

How do I apply?

We use SmartyGrants – an online application form. Remember to save each page when entering information. We recommend reading these tips on how to use SmartyGrants: Help Guide for Applicants.

Application Checklist

  • Have you read the objectives and exclusions?
  • Noted the important dates?
  • Have copies of proof of eligibility including Item 1 deductible gift recipient, charity tax concession endorsements, and ACNC registration?
  • Have details of your eligible entity, including ABN, Australian bank account?
  • Links to your annual report or financial statements?

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Grassroots Program Recipients FY2019

Organisation Project Title Project Outline Grant
Blind Sports Australia Building Pathways for Blind and Visually Impaired people to engage in sport A pilot program to develop a range of collateral that will be shared with places such as Vision Australia, sighted sporting clubs, educational facilities and service organisations to help break down barriers for the visually impaired accessing sporting opportunities. $17,028
Community Living & Respite Services Recyclability Upcycled Support the employment of a Direct Support Professional who has artistic flair to train people with disability in all aspects of the Upcycled Product Range $20,000
Disability Resources Centre Accessible Public Transport Campaign Launch a community awareness campaign around access to public transport for those with a disability. $20,000
Inclusion Melbourne Circles of Support and Microboards COSAM – Capacity Building Project Holding a National Forum of Circles of Support and Microboards (COSAM) organisations to draw together the wisdom, skills and experience of organisations with more than 20 plus years’ experience. $19,864
Link Community Transport Education pathways to employment The grant will provide Link with a dedicated workforce of volunteers who will support our over 1,200 elderly and disabled clients and it will provide a qualified workforce for the disability and aged care sector. $20,000
National Ageing Research Institute The ENJOY trial – Exercise intervention outdoor project in the community: engagement and empowerment of older people The ENJOY trial will implement and evaluate the effects of sustained engagement in physical activity. Exercise parks have already been installed outdoors within the premises of community centre parks in Whittlesea and Wyndham. $19,533
OC Connections Enterprise Waterless Car Wash System Employ an additional team of 8 individuals living with a disability to expand the car wash. The mobile waterless car wash currently employs 20 people living with a disability. $20,000
Royal District Nursing Service
trading as Bolton Clarke
Low impact assistance tools to support the independence of older adults Funding for the purchase of low-impact assistance tools, such as an adjustable walker and to create demonstration kits and information booklets for At Home Support nurses. $12,860
Sacred Heart Mission Taking Sacred Heart Local’s 5 Minute Volunteers to the next level The grant will help expand 5 Minute Volunteers which builds caring, one-on-one relationships between individual volunteers and elderly, isolated people living near them. $14,151
The First Step Program Limited ADHD and Methamphetamine Study The grant will fund a Care Coordinator in a joint study which aims to discover which interventions or combinations are effective in the treatment of people with ADHD and substance use. $19,448
Travellers Aid Australia Transport transition program for older drivers This 12-month pilot program addresses the loss of driving capacity of older road users at an early stage and help them transition to other forms of transport. $20,000
Tweddle Child and Family Health Service Sleep Play Bond – Infant Mental Health Education Series Tweddle develop three educational videos covering infant and parent mental health, attachment and brain development. $20,000
TOTAL $222,884

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