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Community Grants Program

The Community Grants Program is the Shire’s principal community investment program. The purpose of the program is to develop and actively support community organisations and individuals who positively contribute to community wellbeing and the cultural life of the region. The grants program enables the Shire to recognise leadership and individual achievement, build community capacity and sustainability, develop cultural identity and support initiatives that respond to identified community needs.

The grants program is designed to provide limited financial assistance and is not intended to be relied upon as a primary or recurrent source of funding.

**Prior to making an application, please download and read the Community Grants Program Guidelines**

If you wish to discuss your project or require further information, please call the Community Development Team on 9071 0678.

The high demand for funding under the Council’s Community Grants Program will mean that not all grant applications can be approved. Although an application may meet the assessment criteria, grants are highly competitive and approval will depend on available funds and the number and quality of applications. A good application reflects that you have read the guidelines and associated documents, while also demonstrating your skill, ability and commitment to managing a successful project.

Previous year's Community Grant Allocations can be seen in the below links:

2019/2020

2018/2019

2017/2018

2016/2017

Grant Categories

Prior to making an application, please download and read the Community Grants Program Guidelines.

If you wish to discuss your project or require further information, please call the Community Development Team on 9071 0678.

SUPPORT

Status

Open to applications as of 9th July 2019 for projects within the budgeted grant period (1st August 2019 - 31st July 2020)

First applications will be assessed early August with an outcome advised by mid August.

Fund will be closed to applications once 2019/2020 budget has been allocated.

Purpose

Small grants for donations, sponsorships and scholarships to support the delivery of individual projects, programs and activities

This grant category also supports Esperance residents, whether as individuals or teams, seeking assistance for state, national and international representation in sporting, academic, leadership or cultural endeavours.

Amount

Up to $1,000 for Community Sponsorship (up to 100% of project costs)

Up to $200 for State Representation

Up to $500 for National / International Representation

Availability

Open all year round until budgeted funds are exhausted
Applications close at the end of every month
Decisions advised by the 15th of the following month

Please read the Community Grants Program Guidelines to confirm avalibility and elegibility.

How to Apply

Applicants should read the Community Grants Guidelines, complete the Application Form and collect the relevant ancilliary information as per the Community Grants Guidelines.

Supply of a quote or other tangible evidence of the main expense/s is also encouraged.

When the Community Grants are open to applications, the Application form and ancilliary information including a certificate of incorporation and public liability insurance can be emailed, posted or handed in to the Shire of Esperance Administration Building. Contact Details

Unincorporated groups can apply, providing they are auspiced by an incorporated organisation that can manage the grant on behalf of the applicant. A letter agreeing to auspice and a copy of their Certificate of Incorporation must accompany the application.

The Community Development Team is able to assist applicants and can be contacted on 9071 0678.

Form: Application Form - Support Category 

Accountability (Successful Applicants)

Funds must be spent as approved and in line with the Community Grants Guidelines

The Accountability report must include a financial report of budgeted and actual expenditure, and evidence of: grant funds being spent (i.e. invoices/receipts); recognition of Shire contribution; tangible evidence to support performance indicators.

Form: Accountability Report - Support Category  

ASSISTANCE

Status Closed to application as of 15th April 2019. Anticipated to re-open March 2020.

Purpose

Supports the delivery of small projects, programs and activities such as small equipment purchases, workshops, school holiday programs.

Amount

Min $1,000 Max $5,000.

Up to a maximum of 50% of the total project costs.

Availability

Open to applications annually

Please read the Community Grants Program Guidelines to confirm avalibility and elegibility.

How to apply

Applicants should read the Community Grants Guidelines, complete the Application Form and collect the relevant ancilliary information as per the Community Grants Guidelines. 

When the Community Grants are open to applications, the Application form and ancilliary information can be emailed, posted or handed in to the Shire of Esperance Administration Building.Contact Details

Unincorporated groups can apply, providing they are auspiced by an incorporated organisation that can manage the grant on behalf of the applicant. A letter agreeing to auspice and a copy of their Certificate of Incorporation must accompany the application

The Community Development Team is able to assist applicants and can be contacted on 9071 0678.

Application Form - Assistance Category (not currently enabled)

Accountability (Successful Applicants)

Funds must be spent as approved and in line with the Community Grants Guidelines

The Accountability report must include a financial report of budgeted and actual expenditure, and evidence of: grant funds being spent (i.e. invoices/receipts); recognition of Shire contribution; tangible evidence to support performance indicators.

Form: Accountability Report - Assistance Category 

DEVELOPMENT

Status Closed to application as of 15th April 2019. Anticipated to re-open March 2020.
Purpose For the development of the community through projects or events. Supports capital upgrades, improvements and development of community services and facilities
Amount

$5,000 and over.

Up to a maximum of 50% of the total project costs.

Availability

Open to applications annually

Please read the Community Grants Program Guidelines to confirm avalibility and elegibility.

How to Apply

Applicants should read the Community Grants Guidelines, complete the Application Form and collect the relevant ancilliary information as per the Community Grants Guidelines. 

When the Community Grants are open to applications, the Application form and ancilliary information can be emailed, posted or handed in to the Shire of Esperance Administration Building. Contact Details.

Unincorporated groups can apply, providing they are auspiced by an incorporated organisation that can manage the grant on behalf of the applicant. A letter agreeing to auspice and a copy of their Certificate of Incorporation must accompany the application.

The Community Development Team is able to assist applicants and can be contacted on 9071 0678.

Form: Application Form - Development Category (not currently enabled)

Accountability (Successful Applicants)

Funds must be spent as approved and in line with the Community Grants Guidelines

The Accountability report must include a financial report of budgeted and actual expenditure, and evidence of: grant funds being spent (i.e. invoices/receipts); recognition of Shire contribution; tangible evidence to support performance indicators.

Form: Accountability Report - Development Category

EVENTS

Status Closed to application as of 15th April 2019. Anticipated to re-open March 2020.
Purpose To provide support and incentive for new and developing local and regional events.
Amount

$1,000 and over.

Up to a maximum of 50% of the total project costs.

Availability

Open to applications annually.

Please read the Community Grants Program Guidelines to confirm avalibility and elegibility.

How to Apply

Applicants should read the Community Grants Guidelines, complete the Application Form and collect the relevant ancilliary information as per the Community Grants Guidelines. 

When the Community Grants are open to applications, the Application form and ancilliary information can be emailed, posted or handed in to the Shire of Esperance Administration Building. Contact Details.

Unincorporated groups can apply, providing they are auspiced by an incorporated organisation that can manage the grant on behalf of the applicant. A letter agreeing to auspice and a copy of their Certificate of Incorporation must accompany the application.

The Community Development Team is able to assist applicants and can be contacted on 9071 0678.

Form: Application Form - Events Category (not currently enabled)

Accountability (Successful Applicants)

Funds must be spent as approved and in line with the Community Grants Guidelines

The Accountability report must include a financial report of budgeted and actual expenditure, and evidence of: grant funds being spent (i.e. invoices/receipts); recognition of Shire contribution; tangible evidence to support performance indicators.

Form: Accountability Report - Events Category

Available community grant funding in any given year will be subject to allocation by the Council for that financial year. All applications for grant funding must be made on the applicable application form.

It is strongly recommended that applications are not left to the last week or final closing date before submission. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances.


Assistance

For further information or assistance to complete an application form, please contact the Shire.

The Community Development Team can be contacted directly on 9071 0678.