Capital Works Partnerships grants

Council provides for capital works projects that improve facilities to assist with development of meeting spaces, disability access, change facilities for junior or female use, sports surfaces, universal design principles and improved environmental sustainability initiatives.

Projects must promote greater community access, increased participation and encourage interaction of all age groups and provide a multi-use facility for the broader community benefit.

The applicant must demonstrate collaboration between groups that will result in greater use of facilities by the community. Projects which are completed on non-Council land will need to demonstrate a commitment and means to ensuring ongoing community access.

Applicants are required to contribute at least 25 per cent of the total project cost through cash and in-kind contributions. Assessment is a two-stage process, involving an Expression of Interest (EOI) in Stage 1, followed by a more detailed application process for projects that are invited to proceed to Stage 2. For Stage 2, projects must be fully costed and include detailed plans, costing and timelines with evidence of the applicant’s capacity to deliver the project. Applications must be submitted during grant opening times each year.

Community Grants Program guidelines (DOC 459Kb) provides further information about this grant category.

Application dates

The next application period opens in February 2018.

Amounts available

Council offers funding to a maximum of $40,000 per project.

Applicants are required to contribute at a minimum of 25 per cent of the total value of the project through cash or in-kind contributions.

Payment of funds will be in two instalments. A full evaluation and acquittal report is required for the second instalment to be paid at the completion of the project.

Duration

Funding is provided for a 12-month period. Projects must occur within the financial period 1 July to 30 June.

General eligibility criteria

To apply for funds through any one of the categories of the Moreland Community Grants Program, organisations must:

  • Be not-for-profit and managed by a volunteer board or committee of management
  • Be incorporated
  • Have adequate public liability insurance
  • Have no outstanding grant acquittals or outstanding debts owing to Council
  • Propose an initiative which will benefit the Moreland community and be located in Moreland
  • Be able to supply financial statements and information as requested
  • Be able to meet conditions associated with receiving the grant
  • Demonstrate the proposed activity is consistent with Local, State and Federal laws including Victorian Equal Opportunity Act 1995, and
  • Be able to provide supporting data proving that the project is adequately costed (recent quotes for works).

What can be funded?

  • Unisex accessible change facilities.
  • Improvements to access of a facility to comply with DDA standards.
  • Sports surfaces – new and/or improved surfaces that increase use or safety.
  • Sports field flood lighting that improves participation opportunities and safety.
  • Play spaces or youth recreation facilities.
  • Multi-use recreation/meeting spaces.
  • Projects that result in energy or water efficiency, such as synthetic surface conversions.
  • Multipurpose training facilities.
  • Establishment of public community garden in areas with a clear identified need.

What won’t be funded?

  • Where evidence of the minimum contribution amount has not been provided.
  • The purchase of land.
  • Facilities where little or no public access is available.
  • Applications that can be categorised as routine or cyclical maintenance works
    e.g. general painting, replacement of fixtures, spouting, roofing, doors.
  • Projects that are not ready to proceed.
  • Purchasing or maintaining recreation, entertainment, sporting, life-saving or any other equipment (except as part of facility fit out).
  • Read the Community Grants Program guidelines (DOC 459Kb) for further information about what won't be funded.

How do I proceed with a project idea?

  • Discuss your idea with Recreation Services Officers who will guide you on the next steps,
  • Seek estimates or quotes for the entire project get an idea if the project is possible and manageable by the group,
  • Speak to your landowner and gain in-principle permission for the works to occur, and
  • Seek support of other community groups who will benefit from the works and contribute to the costs and ongoing use of the facility.

Further information on the grants program, what will and won't be funded view the Community Grants Program Guidelines (DOC 459Kb).

How to apply

To apply online during opening times go to our grants website to complete and submit the application form.

Assessment for this grant category is a two stage process, involving an expression of interest in stage one, followed by a more detailed application process for projects that are invited to proceed to stage two.

For stage two, projects must be fully costed and include detailed plans, costing and timelines with evidence of capacity to deliver the project within timeframes.

The applicant must demonstrate collaboration between groups that will result in greater use of facilities by community groups.

See once you have received a grant for information about reporting and other requirements for grant recipients.