Are your residents wanting a new indoor bowls mat or would they like to learn how to use their smartphone or tablet?
What about an art exhibition or a programmed walking group?
Why not apply for a grant to help fund or subsidise an activity for your village community?
Grants are largely offered to fund an initiative which targets and benefits a particular cohort, like older community members.
They will generally have a required outcome or specific need to be met, as defined in the key purpose of the funding. The good news for our communities, is that services and activities for older people are a key objective for many Government agencies and other grant providers.
Discuss the idea of grants and how they can used with residents; perhaps a member of your village community might like the job of monitoring available grants.
Applications for grants might be for a major initiative, or small events such as:
- Art classes and exhibitions in senior’s week
- Visitor programs
- Intergenerational activities with local schools
- Community garden
- Cultural performances
- Events with guest speakers
- Fitness / walking groups
- Volunteer training
- Village bus trips
- Healthy eating promotion
- Dances, Balls and Cabarets
- Art, sport, activity equipment and supplies
Where to look for Grants?
- Local Council
- State Government
- Festivals and community events.
- Sporting codes
- Service clubs
Some links to help get you started.
Grant Finder: helps you locate the grants and assistance programmes most relevant to you.
Grant Connect: Government grant opportunities and grants awarded.
Funding Centre: Resources and guides on how to apply for grants
Community Grants:lists Government grants for a range of grants offered by various departments
National Shed Development Programme: focus on improved social connections of shed members
Accessing grant funding can take some time but the effort will be worth it.