Make it Happen - Hobsons Bay Recovery and Reconnection Grants

 

Make it Happen grants now closed

Do you have ideas and initiatives which can help contribute to recovery or reconnection in our community? Is your group or organisation looking at innovative ways to recover and reconnect? 

The Hobsons Bay Make it Happen, Recovery and Reconnection grants program provides funding to support our community to ‘make things happen’ as we learn about, work through and adapt to the impacts experienced in our city as a result of COVID-19.

The program can provide support to enable activities, projects, programs, events and resources across all sectors including environment, sustainability, sport and recreation, arts and culture, health and wellbeing, multicultural, community and neighbourhood development, technology, projects by and for young people, children and families and more.

Make it Happen, Recovery and Reconnection funding is open for applications from 1 February 2022 with short (monthly) assessment times in place until 18 May 2022 or earlier if funds are exhausted.

Grant round

Application dates

Notification

February

1 February to 23 February 2022

late March 2022

March

23 February to 30 March 2022

late April 2022

April

30 March to 27 April 2022

late May 2022

May

27 April to 18 May 2022

late June 2022

 

This grant program supports activities, programs, events and equipment purchases that take place until December 2023. Council has extended the delivery deadline to be December 2023 for flexibility, however it is noted that grants rounds are expected to open during 2022-23 for applications over that period as well.

Applications can be made for funding amounts up to $25,000, equipment requests are capped at $3,000.

More than $650,000 is available for application, including a contribution from Toyota Australia of $40,000, and the addition of $162,500 from Council’s Community Support Package 4.

The program replaces and incorporates the Hobsons Bay Community Grants, Environmental Grants, Events and Festivals funding and Quick Response Grants.

Make it Happen - Recovery and Reconnection is a dynamic program. As COVID-19 is creating a changing environment, COVID response and recovery needs may also rapidly evolve. The program and priorities may be adjusted in response to changing community need and feedback.

Applicants should read the guidelines and relevant information sheets at FAQ 3 prior to applying. The guidelines provide valuable information that will assist organisations in understanding Council’s grants program. Download guidelines here.(PDF, 272KB)

Applications are made online through SmartyGrants, click here.

For further information or to discuss an idea or opportunity, your first point of contact can be with Council’s grants team or a staff member in the relevant content area. Call Council’s Community Grants Officer on 1300 179 944 for assistance or email grants@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au.

Grant information sessions, grant writing workshops and planning/support are available, refer to FAQ 4.

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Here are some grants Making it Happen

Click here for a list of funded 2022 Make it Happen applications(PDF, 116KB)

Click here for a list of funded 2020/21 Make it Happen applications(PDF, 181KB)

Sea Flowers and Sea Stories is an art installation:

The project was initiated by Donna Jackson of Hubcap Productions. This version of Sea Flowers has been built from the original mold by Tony Mead of Industrial Art Signs and installed and anchored by Greg Blunt of Blunt Boat Builders. The installation is accompanied by an original sound track by composer James Henry featuring the voices and stories of local residents collected and recorded by Jennifer Lund.

View fourteen Sea Flowers floating in the water with the Melbourne city skyline in the background, from the water’s edge on The Strand, Williamstown, between Stevedore Street and the Ferguson Street Pier from 12 to 20 February, 2022.

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Flock Oz at Newport Gardens Primary School

A colourful flock of migratory birds landed in the schoolyard at Newport Gardens Primary School! This collaborative artwork about local migratory birds is part of a larger ‘Increasing Biodiversity’ project at the school which aims to educate students and the wider school community about the importance of biodiversity (the diversity of life on planet Earth), build native habitat in the school grounds and raise awareness of local species and ecosystems unique to Hobsons Bay.

The school’s flock of almost 600 wooden migratory birds were constructed by volunteers from Hobsons Bay Men’s Shed, painted by students and installed by school community. The installation has attracted many visitors and started important discussions about what students and their families can do to help conserve the coastal habitat that these migratory birds call home.

Amongst the volunteers assisting with the installation were artist and founder of ‘The Overwintering Project’, Kate Gorringe-Smith; artist, author and storyteller, Jackie Kerin; and Dr Marilyn Olliff, chair of the Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre.

Click here to find more information on Flock Oz.

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Photos credit : Olivia Atanasovska

 

Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre

The Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre project will include the following 4 activities:

  • four participatory workshops in the wetlands area for the general public, engaging people with nature through such topics as migratory birds, native vegetation, scientific research and the benefits of contact with nature for mental health and wellbeing. These will encourage the protection and preservation of the wetlands.
  • consultations with at least 8 local groups to engage them in discussions on the future use of the Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre.
  • strengthening the partnership with the Truganina Explosives Reserve Preservation Society (TERPS)
  • recruitment of new Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre volunteers.

Click here to find more information about the Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre and upcoming workshops and events.   

Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre

 

 

Friends of Greenwich Bay - Understanding Rakali - Australia's "otter" - with Geoff Williams 

The Friends of Greenwich Bay conducted an online event to find out more about our Hobsons Bay's amazing Rakali.

The platypus is widely recognised as a uniquely Australian animal. By comparison, relatively few people know that the Australian water-rat (also known as Rakali) is a genuine native rodent that was a natural part of our environment long before its pest cousins - the black rat and brown rat - arrived with the early colonists. The water-rat is an extremely attractive mammal. Its thick coat of soft fur, splendid whiskers, blunt muzzle, partly webbed hind feet, and furry tail, all help create a resemblance to a miniature otter. 

Guest Speaker was the Director of the Australian Platypus Conservancy, Geoff Williams, who has been studying platypus and rakali since 1994. Before helping to establish the Conservancy, Geoff was Director of Healesville Sanctuary and Assistant Director of Taronga Zoo.

To find out more about the Friends of Greenwich Bay, visit Friends of Greenwich Bay – Hobson's Bay, Victoria, Australia  

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Image provided by Carolyn Hall for not for profit use

 

Moveit4kids

Drummond Street Services and Hullabaloo received a grant to host a series of face to face Moveit4Kids workshops at playgroups throughout Hobsons Bay. COVID-19 restrictions resulted in the program going online with sessions delivered through zoom. Each session is filmed in a professional studio and beamed to living rooms across Hobsons Bay where children and adults dance, sing, laugh and play along to scores of original music. Participation is free and open to all families with children in the workshop age range. Numbers are capped to provide a more personal experience.

For upcoming workshop dates, keep an eye on the Hobsons Bay Libraries Facebook page under events https://www.facebook.com/HobsonsBayLibraries/ 

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Image provided by Hullabaloo

 

Dance for Parkinson’s Victoria – Dance for health

New, fun dance class in the west!

This friendly and inclusive class welcomes all older adults, their families and carers to join us in a seated to standing weekly dance class based on the respected Dance for Parkinson’s Disease method.

An enjoyable way to exercise, build strength, keep the mind agile and make new friends this class is suitable for all abilities with no dance experience or partner necessary!

Offered online via Zoom, now is the time to get your groove on and have some fun! If you’ve never used Zoom before we can help you get set up on your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Time: Wednesdays 10am to 11am (during Victorian school terms)

Location: currently online via Zoom

For more information, call Shannon Parsons 0417 071 364

Register here https://form.jotform.com/210870873986874

Dance for Parkinsons

Image provided by Joe Mastroianni of the Star Weekly Newspaper 

 

Seeing Our Home

Hobsons Bay Arts Society, with the support of Hobsons Bay Council, local historical and environmental groups, is excited to present a series of informative talks, local tours and sketching sessions geared to engage and inspire participants with the diverse history and ecology of a range of sites in the Hobsons Bay environment.

Nine sessions are planned to take place on the third Saturday of the month between September 2021 and May 2022 and participation is free.

To find out more, visit Seeing Our Home - Hobsons Bay Arts Society (weebly.com)

HBAS Seeing Our Home

Artwork by Kirsten Craggs

 

Together Apart: Life in Lockdown exhibition

Funding was provided to create an exhibition of photographs and stories from Together Apart: Life in Lockdown, a book featuring Hobsons Bay residents' lives during COVID-19.

Obtain a rare insight into our resilient community through the Together Apart: Life in Lockdown exhibitions. The exhibitions showcase portraits and stories from Together Apart: Life in Lockdown, a book of stories and portraits of Hobsons Bay locals’ lives during the 2020 pandemic. 

What started as a conversation over the back fence to break the solitude of lockdown has grown into a friendship and a partnership between portrait photographer Jude van Daalen and her next-door neighbour, journalist Belinda Jackson. 

Discover more about this beautiful project and exhibition dates at https://lockdownstories.com.au/

Together Apart: Life in Lockdown exhibition

Pictured: photographer Jude van Daalen and journalist Belinda Jackson (and their back fence) 

 

A Blanck Canvas - Puppet Mayhem event

An official launch event was held on 15 May 2021, presenting a dazzling array of puppet performances, experiences and workshops at Seaworks, Williamstown, including a Youth Puppet Lab. For more information visit Project - A Blanck Canvas

A Blanck Canvas Puppet Mayhem

Image supplied by A Blanck Canvas and photography by Little Moments Melbourne

 

Vietnamese Association in Hobsons Bay - Regroup, revitalise in safe space

The association ran a series of recovery-focused activities in 2021, rebuilding resilience capacity, bridging isolation and supporting older person’s health, wellbeing and connection. For more information about the Vietnamese Association in Hobsons Bay visit Vietnamese Association in Hobsons Bay Inc - Home | Facebook

Vietnames Association in Hobsons Bay

 

 

The Pier Festival - Pier Festival for Queer Women

The Pier Festival was held in April 2021 in support of Midsumma festival at Seaworks, Williamstown. It created a unique experience allowing Queer Woman artists and entertainers to showcase their talents and offering for the diverse crowd. For more information, visit The Pier Festival.

The Pier Festival

 

 

Altona City Rotary Club – Wynspeak

The inaugural Hobsons Bay Wynspeak Heat was held at the Altona Theatre in May 2021, expanding this Youth Speaking Competition to all Hobsons Bay Secondary Schools.

Quote from local School Principal who attended, “It was a great night…what amazing young people we have! They were so inspiring, confident, and a joy to watch.” For more information about Wynspeak visit Home Page | Wynspeak

Hobsons Bay Wynspeak Heat- 2021 Competitors Group

 

 

 

 

 

Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more info:

1. I need help with my application, what should I do?

Groups are encouraged to contact our Community Grants Officer to discuss any specific needs or additional support that may be required to complete and submit a grant application. Email grants@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au or call 1300 179 944.

If you require an Interpreter Services, you can use Language Line: 9932 1212

If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can use the National Relay Service: 133 677

Hobsons Bay City Council is aware some people with a disability may require additional support in applying for a grant. Please contact the Community Grants Officer if you require assistance.

 

2. What are the purpose, aims and priorities of the program?

Applicants will need to consider the purpose and aims of the program when developing a proposal.

Purpose

The purpose of this grants program is to support our community to ‘make things happen’ as we learn about, work through and adapt to the impacts experienced in Hobsons Bay through COVID-19

Aims

Reconnection and Recovery grants aim to:

  • Promote physical and mental health, wellbeing and reconnection
  • Build group/club recovery/resilience capacity and skill development to support recovery
  • Facilitate social inclusion and participation from diverse populations
  • Contribute to the development and strengthening of local communities
  • Support and enhance positive environmental and sustainability outcomes
  • Assist responses from local clubs, community groups and organisations to continue, adapt, build resilience and engage through the COVID-19 environment
  • Support event and festival opportunities for celebration, expression, active participation and/or visitor, tourism and economic benefits that help build the profile of our city

Council welcomes proposals that support social inclusion and focus on diverse and priority populations.  These include children and young people (0-25years) older people (55 years and over), people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, people living with a disability, women and girls, LGBTIQA+ and gender diverse communities and vulnerable populations.

Information sheets listing priorities and proposal examples are available on the theme or content of your proposal. Refer to FAQ 3.

4. Grant information, workshops and resources

As part of the program, Council offers assistance and advice on how to prepare applications. Applicants are encouraged to take up this offer.

Grant information sessions, Grant writing workshops and planning support will be held regularly.

Grant information sessions: Short snapshot of the Grants Program, eligibility, application, assessment (Cathy Miles, Community Grants Officer)

Grant writing workshops: Learn how to write grants and improve your chances of success (Debby Maziarz, Grant Writer)

Grant planning/support workshops: Still forming an idea or project, come along to this session (Debby Maziarz, Grant Writer)

April workshops:

 

May workshop:

If you require support in attending these sessions, please contact the Community Grants Officer.

For further information or to discuss an idea or opportunity, your first point of contact can be with Council’s Community Grants Officer, who can connect you with people in the relevant content area. Email grants@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au or call 1300 179 944.

Information sheets listing Council contacts, priorities and proposal examples are available on the theme or content of your proposal. Refer to FAQ 3.

Other resources to assist when writing an application:

The Funding Centre  sample answers for grant applications: https://explore.fundingcentre.com.au/help-sheets/answersbank

The Funding Centre – grant writing tips: www.fundingcentre.com.au/help/writing-grant

Budget example - to view a budget example for the application form, click here

 

5. Where and when can I apply?

Applications are made online through SmartyGrants, click here for a preview of the application form.

There will be four rounds of funding.  Applications are assessed monthly and close on 18 May 2022 or earlier if funds are exhausted.

Grant round

Application dates

Notification

February

1 February to 23 February 2022

late March 2022

March

23 February to 30 March 2022

late April 2022

April

30 March to 27 April 2022

late May 2022

May

27 April to 18 May 2022

late June 2022

 

Projects are due to be completed by December 2023. Council has extended the delivery deadline to be December 2023 for flexibility, however it is noted that grants rounds are expected to open during 2022-23 for applications over that period as well. If projects are impacted by further COVID-19 restrictions, this will likely be flexible, with extensions and variations available.

6. What is the minimum/maximum funding amount I can apply for?

Applicants can apply for:

 

Proposal

Amount

Projects, initiatives, activities

Up to $25,000

Events and festivals

Up to $25,000

Equipment and/or resources

$1,001 to $3,000

 Toyota small equipment and/or resources  Up to $1,000

 

All applicants are encouraged to discuss their applications with a Council staff. Applicants requesting above $10,000 must discuss their proposal with a Council staff member. Your first point of contact can be with Council’s Community Grants Officer, who can connect you with people in the relevant content area. Call Council’s Community Grants Officer on 1300 179 944 or email grants@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au. Alternatively, contact the teams directly through the details at FAQ 3.

Toyota small equipment and/or resources grant

Toyota has provided $40,000 sponsorship for a small equipment and resources grant (up to $1,000). Capital requests are not eligible.

Equipment and/or resources grant

Applicants requesting equipment can apply for a maximum amount of $3,000. Capital requests are not eligible.

Email grants@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au or call 1300 179 944.

7. Who/what is eligible and not eligible?

Eligible to apply are: 

  • non-profit or not for profit, incorporated clubs, groups, organisations, community centres, neighbourhood houses, schools and other facilities
  • professional producers are eligible to apply for events and festivals, if the activity proposed provides demonstrated benefits to the city of Hobsons Bay, with significant community and cultural value and/or visitation and economic benefits
  • applicants can be based in Hobsons Bay or outside Hobsons Bay, however the application must be for resources and activities that take place in Hobsons Bay and must demonstrate local need and impact; if online, highly relevant to Hobsons Bay
  • community activities require the majority of participants to come from Hobsons Bay. Event and festival applications may encourage local as well as tourist and visitor experiences

    Depending on the priorities and applications received, applicants based in Hobsons Bay may be prioritised.

    Not eligible to be funded:

  • organisations that have previously received a grant from Council and have not provided a satisfactory Acquittal Report by the project due date.
  • organisations that derive income from gambling or promote gambling
  • organisations currently funded by Council to undertake the same activity
  • proposals which are deemed as core curriculum activities of educational institutions (schools and kindergartens) and are totally education focused
  • proposals for ongoing salaries, capital works, maintenance, vehicles, trophies, fundraising, school/early years fetes, donations, sponsorship and administration costs
  • proposals for sponsorship where the funds are directly redistributed to a third party or person
  • proposals that would require ongoing financial support from Council
  • proposals that have been or could be funded from other sources (e.g. fees, sponsorship, service agreements, etc.) or other levels of government
  • equipment requests over $3,000
  • equipment that is for an individual
  • equipment that is not stored, located and/or used within Hobsons Bay

Groups with an active grant(s) or in receipt of Council support can apply for a new project

Groups or organisations who are in receipt of funding or other support from Council including recovery or program funding, and groups with active grants are able to make an application for a new project however, if Council has received other applications that have similar benefits, new applicants may have a higher chance of success.

Auspice

Groups that are not incorporated must have an auspice agent that meets the above eligibility. Contact the Community Grants Officer at grants@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au or call 1300 179 944  to discuss auspicing options or talk through other ways to activate your project. 

8. What are some examples of proposals?

Successful applications will focus on meeting needs that can’t be met by other grants programs (e.g. state government programs), and that are most appropriately supported by Council. As these are unprecedented times the scope is broad, and could include requests for needs such as:

  • digital tools, including online conferencing subscriptions, online learning, webinars, web design and redevelopment and training
  • creative online program projects
  • bridging isolation and building connections projects
  • assistance to develop different ways of operating to meet emerging needs
  • online connection programs
  • events and festivals
  • sporting ‘come and try’ days
  • environmental and sustainability initiatives
  • art, culture and heritage projects
  • initiatives responding to specific needs within cultural groups, age groups or neighbourhoods
  • leadership and volunteer development for new and emerging members training in online platforms
  • guest speakers on topics relevant to the club or group e.g. mental health, coping with COVID-19 restrictions and recovery
  • equipment and or resources for local clubs and groups e.g. sporting equipment, arts supplies
  • other emerging needs from the COVID-19 pandemic that meet the Recovery and Reconnection Grants guidelines(PDF, 272KB)

Information sheets listing priorities and proposal examples are available on the theme or content of your proposal. Refer to FAQ 3.

9. How will my application be assessed?

Council staff will be able to review your application against the eligibility criteria and if it is eligible will then be assessed.

Applications will be assessed against the criteria below:

Delivery & capacity – 30 per cent

How well the proposal and budget has been outlined and is it achievable?

Value and benefit – 40 per cent

Does the proposal provide benefit and value to the community?

Purpose/priorities – 30 per cent

How well does the proposal respond to the grants program purpose, sector information sheet priorities, diverse and priority populations and support recovery?

Council will endeavour to ensure the distribution of grant funds is fair and equitable. When making decisions, Council’s review panel will consider dispersion and diversity of proposals across Hobsons Bay.

Projects that meet grant requirements and have not previously been funded through the grants program will be considered more favourably than projects that have been funded in previous years.

Equipment and/or resources grant applicants will be given priority if they meet the grant requirements and have not received funds in this grant category in the past two years. All equipment and/or resources must be located at a venue within Hobsons Bay and remain the property of the group or club and must be used by/for Hobsons Bay residents.

All events, projects and initiatives need to operate within Hobsons Bay

Organisations located outside of Hobsons Bay will need to demonstrate a clear connection with the local community and/or clubs and groups.

10. Can I reapply if I am not successful?

Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Grants Officer to seek feedback.

Applicants can reapply in the next rounds.

Email grants@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au or call 1300 179 944.

11. When will I be notified of the outcome of my application?

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their grant application after completion of the assessment and approval process.

Grant round

Application dates

Notification

February

1 February to 23 February 2022

late March 2022

March

23 February to 30 March 2022

late April 2022

April

30 March to 27 April 2022

late May 2022

May

27 April to 18 May 2022

late June 2022

 

Funds will be released quickly after notification and applicant agreement. Projects to be completed by December 2023. Council has extended the delivery deadline to be December 2023 for flexibility, however it is noted that grants rounds are expected to open during 2022-23 for applications over that period as well. If projects are impacted by further COVID-19 restrictions, this will be flexible, with extensions and variations available.

12. How long will I have to use my grant?

Proposals funded through the Make it Happen, Hobsons Bay Recovery and Reconnection grants program need to be completed by December 2023.  Council has extended the delivery deadline to be December 2023 for flexibility, however it is noted that grants rounds are expected to open during 2022-23 for applications over that period as well. Successful applicants will be required to complete an acquittal form upon completion of their project.

13. Information regarding other Council support

Community Pitch 2022-23

Do you have a great ‘people focused’ idea for a once-off community program, project or initiative?

Here’s your chance to submit a project, initiative, or program that Council can deliver as part of the 2022-23 Budget.

A proposed total of $600,000 is available (subject to Council budget adoption) as part of the Community Pitch program with up to $50,000 per idea available.

Hobsons Bay residents, community groups, sporting clubs, businesses and organisations can pitch an idea.

All ideas need to demonstrate strong community benefit, align to strategies and priorities of Council Plan 2021-2025 and be deliverable by Council between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023. 

The submission deadline has been extended! Community Pitch submissions are welcome until 20 February 2022.

Click here to visit the project page on Participate Hobsons Bay to find out more and get involved.

Council Community Support Package assist some of the city’s most vulnerable residents, as well as small businesses who may be struggling from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the global pandemic, Council has released five Community Support Packages. Council adopted its fifth Community Support Package on 12 October. The latest community support package will bring Council’s total investment in COVID support to $10.8 million and has been developed as an urgent and direct response to the ongoing lockdown that has affected Victoria.
Click here to visit Council community support packages - Hobsons Bay

 

14. Resources and alternate funding sources

Hobsons Bay Grant Finder - grant finding service for businesses, community groups and not for profits: hobsonsbay.grantguru.com.au

The Funding Centre – grants and fundraising hub (membership fee applies): http://www.fundingcentre.com.au/

Bendigo Bank - https://www.bendigobank.com.au/branch/vic/altona-community-bank-branch/

Hobsons Bay Community Fund: https://www.hbcommunityfund.org.au

Philanthropy How to guide - Effective Grant-Seeking: www.philanthropy.org.au/seek-funding/how-to-seek-funding

Other Funding sources – click here for a list of other grant websites

Australian Sports Foundation – Fundraising Toolkit

Hobsons Bay Libraries – several publications are available that may assist with grant seeking and writing, e.g. Winning Grants Funding in Australia: http://libraries.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

Our Community - Australia's Centre for Excellence for the nation's 600,000 not-for-profits & schools, providing advice, tools and resources: http://ourcommunity.com.au

Other resources to assist when writing an application:

The Funding Centre  sample answers for grant applications: Funding Centre | Answers Bank - sample answers for grant applications

The Funding Centre – grant writing tips: www.fundingcentre.com.au/help/writing-grant

Budget example - click here to view a budget example for the application form

Funding Centre Grant Help sheets  grants support helpsheets https://www.fundingcentre.com.au/grant/help

15. Further information for Events and Festivals proposals

For more information on priorities and examples of funded events please refer to the Events and Festivals information sheets. Refer to FAQ 3.

Depending on the complexity of your event, you may be required to include traffic management, operations and emergency planning well in advance of the event taking place. Please make contact with Council’s events staff on events@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au for information on what may be required. Support, templates and training are offered.

Applicants are encouraged to refer to the Events and Festivals Plan(PDF, 836KB) for further information on funding priorities.