New format for Community Matching Fund
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.