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Let me show you how to write better grant applications…

Would you like to apply for grants, but don’t know where to start?

Have you applied for a grant before and the silence has been deafening in reply?

Does it all seem too big or too hard?

You are not on your own…

Tackling grant applications can be overwhelming with a million questions and the need to supply endless words, budgets and supporting documents – all within a very short time frame.

Don’t worry, I can help you research and write stronger grant applications.

I have been writing grants for around 30 years and have learned a few tips and tricks along the way. Let me show you how to take some of the mystery out of what makes a solid and successful grant application.

Ask me about:

  • Running a face-to-face workshop for your group or business.
  • Providing a mentoring service as you work your way through an application.
  • Reviewing your finished product and providing some fresh eyes on ways to improve what you have drafted, or
  • Writing the whole darn thing!

Happy to chat about which option works best for you.

Have a great day and Good Luck! Melanie

Children & Youth, Community, Education

Community Childcare Fund – Rnd 3

Funder:  Federal – Education

Grant Background: This grant opportunity is available to Child Care Subsidy approved services that meet eligibility criteria in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

Intended outcomes are:

  • child care services operating in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities are able to address (or have increased capacity to address) community level barriers to child care participation
  • increased number of children from vulnerable or disadvantaged families and communities accessing child care
  • increased sustainability of child care services operating in disadvantaged communities experiencing viability issues, including in areas with fluctuating and/or low short-term demand
  • increased availability of child care places in disadvantaged communities with high unmet demand through capital works projects.

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Children & Youth, Education, Women

Girls Academies for Indigenous Secondary Students

Funder:  National Indigenous Australians Agency

Grant Background: The Australian Government funds academy and mentoring activities to engage and re-engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in their schooling to improve Year 12 attainment and support students into successful post-school pathways.

The Girls Academies grant opportunity is designed to increase attendance, retention rates, attainment levels, and health and wellbeing outcomes. The objective of the grant opportunity is to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female students in their schooling to bring about improved educational outcomes.

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Arts & Creative, Children & Youth, Education

Creative Kids

Funder:  Create NSW

Grant Background: Creative Kids is a $216 million, four-year initiative designed to make it easier for school-aged children and young people to get involved in creative and cultural activities. There are a range of Providers, including artists, cultural practitioners, and arts and cultural organisations across NSW. This program creates opportunities for Providers to reach new audiences and grow business.

Creative Kids encompasses a wide range of eligible activities face-to-face and online, including:

  • lessons/workshops from drama workshops to language classes and lots more
  • cultural learning experiences such as Aboriginal cultural learning programs
  • participation packages such as attendance at a ticketed performance followed by a Q&A with professional artists.

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Children & Youth

Everyone Can Play

Funder:  NSW – Planning

Grant Background: The Everyone Can Play (ECP) grant program is a NSW Government commitment to support councils to renew, renovate and build inclusive playspaces across all of NSW to ensure people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds can play.

Up to $4 million dollars of funding will be available to all NSW LGAs to upgrade and deliver new and inclusive playspaces. A further $3 million dollars of program funding will be accelerated in 2020-2021 to prioritise eligible applications from bushfire and drought affected LGAs that can demonstrate benefits to affected communities.

In addition to the standard categories for new and upgraded playspaces, a small number of eligible and exemplar proposals from the bushfire and drought projects may be selected by the assessment panel to access funds of up to $700,000 and to scale up into destination style Demonstration Projects. Special conditions also apply to bushfire and drought affected LGAs across all funding categories to try to make the funding more accessible to councils..

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Children & Youth, Education

MoneySmart Grants for Principals

Funder:  ASIC

Grant Background: ASIC’s Moneysmart for teachers program provides teachers with professional learning and classroom resources to support delivery of financial literacy education in the classroom.

This grant opportunity supports school leaders to promote financial capabilities in their staff and students to embed financial literacy education in their school communities.

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Community
Children & Youth

Youth Opportunities

Funder:  NSW – Youth

Grant Background: The Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants to not-for-profit organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.

Funded projects from previous rounds have focused on giving young people the opportunity to develop a range of skills, including life skills and healthy behaviours; leadership, communication and teamwork; event management and planning; and providing volunteering opportunities that link young people to further education and training.

Organisations seeking project funding from the Youth Opportunities program are to involve young people at every stage of the project – from identifying the need, through to design, project delivery and final review.

Projects which are genuinely youth-led and youth-driven are those initiated by young people in response to what they have said they need. We are seeking applications which address young people’s identified needs in an innovative way and increase young people’s connections to the community.

Organisations must speak with young people and involve them in developing the project proposal prior to submitting an application.

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Children & Youth, Education

Quality Early Learning Environments

Funder:  NSW – Education

Background: The Quality Learning Environments (QLE) program aims to support eligible early childhood education services to improve their learning environments to positively impact experiences and outcomes for preschool aged children.

Grants can be used to purchase resources and activities which improve physical or educational learning environments. This may include quality improvement initiatives to meet the needs of services impacted by bushfire and recent severe weather events or other emergency situations such as COVID-19.

Improvements to physical learning environments can include the completion of minor capital works and investment in infrastructure items. Improvements to the educational learning environment can include specialised educational programs and activities.

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Children & Youth, Education

Strong Start Capital Works Grants Programme

Funder:  NSW – Education

Grant Background: The 2020 Start Strong Capital Works Grants Program aims to increase the number of 600-hour community preschool places available in areas of need and growing demand. The primary objective of this program is to achieve an increase in community preschool places through the delivery of capital works projects.

Grant-based funding allows the use of innovative approaches to improve access to quality services and increase community preschool places across the state.

Eligible services can apply for funding through this program to:

  • build a new centre based community preschool
  • extend an existing centre based community preschool
  • renovate premises for a centre based community preschool
  • purchase a motor vehicle for an existing mobile preschool
  • respond to a crisis situation with a capital works project

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Children & Youth

Youth Impact Challenge

Funder:  Westpac Bank

Grant Background: The Westpac Youth Impact Challenge is a nationwide initiative open to all Australian students from Year 1 to 12. The Challenge aims to help students solve problems in their local communities.

To take part in the Challenge, students must identify an SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) and brainstorm an innovative business or social change idea to solve it.

Students can choose to work individually, or in a group of up to 3 students.

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