COVID-19 community support equipment grants

The grants offer funding opportunities to community groups whose services have been impacted by COVID-19.

Grant applications of up to $2,500 will be considered. Priority for funding will be given for the purchase of equipment that assists groups in meeting the challenges presented by the pandemic, such as upgrading technology to enable groups to work remotely or fridges that will assist groups to provide emergency relief services.

Applications should address how their request responds to the changing needs of their service due to COVID-19.

Applications from groups who have already received Monthly Equipment Grants during 2019-20 will be considered.

Equipment can be free standing or installed, such as air conditioning or an oven, although installation costs will not be funded.

You must read the full guidelines(PDF, 145KB) and speak with a Council officer before submitting your application.

Key dates

  • Grants applications closed on 16 June 2020.
  • Assessments and decisions: 4 weeks after round closes.
  • Acquittal dates: 3 months after receiving grant.

Grants are available until allocations have been exhausted from our total pool of $50,000.

Eligibility

Criteria

Applicants must:

  • be incorporated or have appropriate auspice support;
  • be a legally constituted not-for-profit entity, or a charity or benevolent trust, or a public company (not-for-profit);
  • provide support, programs or services to people living in Banyule;
  • have an ABN, or be willing to complete a statement by supplier;
  • hold public liability Insurance;
  • have been established for a minimum of 12 months;
  • provide a current detailed profit and loss statement (preferred) or a detailed, current financial statement. Bank statements are not appropriate and should not be submitted; and
  • submit 2 quotes.

What we will fund

  • Equipment that can be portable or free standing
  • Equipment that is plumbed, wired or fixed in some way

If you are unsure whether your proposal is classified as equipment, please contact us to discuss.

What we will not fund

  • Defibrillators
  • Installation costs
  • Equipment that is the responsibility of another funding body or level of government
  • Uniforms, prizes, trophies, scholarships, donations, sponsorship or gifts
  • Applications seeking retrospective funding
  • Equipment that does not remain the property of the community group or club
  • Delivery fees
  • Projects where the group/organisation has received full funding for the same project from another source
  • Projects run solely for private or commercial purposes

Who cannot apply

Individuals cannot apply.

Schools and churches are ineligible, unless the project responds to an identified community need and provides wider community benefit.

Groups who have already received $2,500 in monthly equipment grants in the last 12 month period cannot apply.

Groups with outstanding grant acquittals. All previous Council grants, where the acquittal is due prior to the closing of the current funding round, must be acquitted to a satisfactory standard. Unacquitted or unsatisfactorily acquitted grants will deem an application ineligible.

Read our COVID-19 Community Support Equipment Grants Guidelines(PDF, 145KB)

Application

To apply:

  • read the guidelines and apply only if eligible
  • complete an application form online and provide all supporting documentation.

Supporting documentation

All applications are required to supply 2 quotes:

  • they can be written, scanned images from catalogues or online stores, or a screenshot from a website;
  • they should be itemised and clearly show detail and cost of each item;
  • they should be from different suppliers;
  • they should be current (not more than 6 months old); and
  • they should be consistent with the requested amount in your budget.

If equipment can only be obtained from a specialist supplier and 2 quotes cannot be submitted, you must provide evidence that no other suppliers are available or appropriate.

We recommend that any equipment purchased with grant funds should meet Australian standards.

Auspicing

Non-incorporated groups will require the support of an incorporated association to auspice their grant. If your application is going to be auspiced by another organisation, you must provide all insurance, incorporation and ABN information of the auspicing group as well as a letter from the auspice organisation on letterhead stating their support.

Apply for a COVID-19 community support equipment grant

Assessment

Our grants have a conflict of interest declaration that all parties involved in the assessment process must complete. This ensures that any interests are declared prior to assessment.

Outcome notification is made within 4 weeks of the grant round closing, unless otherwise notified.

Grant agreement

Successful grant applicants will be required to sign a grant agreement that sets out conditions of the grant.

Acquittal

You will be required to submit expense receipts to acquit your grant. Receipts must list items purchased, detailing cost per item, and total cost. All receipts should reflect the expenses approved in our letter of offer.

Failure to acquit the grant satisfactorily may result in requests for grant money to be returned to us, and exclude the group from future grant rounds.

Need help? Contact Karen Molinaro on 9457 9955.