New for­mat for Com­mu­nity Match­ing Fund

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

MANS­FIELD Shire Coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity Match­ing Fund opened for ap­pli­ca­tions on Fri­day, Novem­ber 25 and will close on De­cem­ber 16.

A re­cent re­view of coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity Match­ing Fund (CMF) has re­sulted in a new ap­pli­ca­tion for­mat and a new fund­ing stream be­ing in­tro­duced.

The Com­mu­nity Match­ing Fund now has three streams:

1. The Clubs and Group Fund which grants up to $5000;

2. The Help­ing Hand Fund which grants up to $1000 for quick and sim­ple projects, where im­me­di­ate funds are re­quired and is open all year round; and

3. A new fund with grants of up to $3000 to sup­port in­di­vid­ual com­mu­nity mem­bers in train­ing and skills de­vel­op­ment.

Many grants are mov­ing to al­ter­na­tive ap­pli­ca­tion for­mats, such as videos and on­line polling.

This led coun­cil to re-think the ap­pli­ca­tion process for the Com­mu­nity Match­ing Fund and this year has in­tro­duced a new ap­pli­ca­tion for­mat where groups present their ideas to an as­sess­ment panel.

This pre­sen­ta­tion for­mat will en­able groups and clubs to view what types of projects other com­mu­nity groups are ap­ply­ing for and fa­cil­i­tate dis­cus­sion and net­work­ing be­tween dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity groups.

A new fund­ing stream has also been in­tro­duced to pro­vide sup­port for an in­di­vid­ual com­mu­nity mem­ber to at­tend train­ing and skills de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The Com­mu­nity Match­ing Fund is a great op­por­tu­nity for clubs and groups in the Mans­field Shire to get some much needed funds to put to­wards the projects that are im­por­tant to them and their com­mu­nity,” Mayor Paul Volk­er­ing said.

“Coun­cil of­ten re­ceives re­quests from com­mu­nity mem­bers to as­sist with im­prov­ing com­mu­nity lead­er­ship skills or sport­ing de­vel­op­ment of an in­di­vid­ual and un­til re­cently we haven’t been able to as­sist com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“It’s al­ways great to see groups com­ing to­gether to achieve their goals and de­liver projects which ben­e­fit the broader com­mu­nity.

“I’m very much look­ing for­ward to see­ing this round of ap­pli­ca­tions.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions to the Clubs and Group Fund close on De­cem­ber 16, with pre­sen­ta­tions to the as­sess­ment panel sched­uled for mid-Jan­uary.

Grants are open to not-for­profit, com­mu­nity and sport and recreation groups in the Mans­field Shire that can pro­vide a dol­lar for dol­lar match to the grant through fi­nan­cial and in-kind con­tri­bu­tions.

The ap­pli­ca­tion process in­volves com­plet­ing a sim­ple ap­pli­ca­tion form to ex­press your group’s in­ter­est in mak­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion to the as­sess­ment panel.

All the in­for­ma­tion about the fund can be found on coun­cil’s web­site at www.mans­field.vic.gov. au/com­mu­ni­ty­grants.aspx.

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