Sustainability & Environment

Capacity Building

The Sustainability and Environment Program’s Capacity Building Stream is based on a definition and understanding of capacity building that emphasises organisational effectiveness and impact and seeks to enhance the ability of organisations to achieve their missions.

It is recognised that depending on an organisation’s stage of development, capacity might best be enhanced by supporting non-salary activities, such as board development and strategic planning, or support for systems including IT. Alternatively it might best be built through support for a key salaried position for a limited amount of time.

In 2015 – 2016 grants were awarded to the following organisations:

  • Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton Section 86 Community Committee – Greater Shepparton City Council
  • City of Whittlesea
  • Darebin City Council
  • Maribyrnong City Council
  • Merri Creek Management Committee Inc
  • Sustain: The Australian Food Network
  • The Keep Australia Beautiful Council (Vic) Incorporated
  • Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensations Cultural Heritage Council

In 2016-2017 grants were available to eligible organisations in Metropolitan Adelaide, Greater Hobart and Greater Launceston. Grants have been awarded to the following organisations:

  • Conservation Council of South Australia Inc
  • Greening Australia South Australia
  • Northern Tasmanian Natural Resource Management Association Inc (NRM North)
  • Trees for Life Inc

The Capacity Building Stream makes grants to eligible organisations working in the following areas:

  •  Improvements to urban environments in particular organisations focused on urban and community farming and food gardening, and street greening
  • Urban biodiversity including organisations focused on conservation of natural environments in urban areas such as creeks, wetlands, grasslands and bush.

Local governments or other network or umbrella groups may apply for grants to enable them to work with small groups and organisations in their area to strengthen their organisational capacity. For example, a council or network may be supported to work with a group of environmental friends or bushcare groups to develop their understanding of governance, or to develop their membership bases.

Larger, more established urban biodiversity or urban/community food gardening groups or network organisations may also apply for grants to support their own organisational development.

Eligibility criteria and application and selection timelines for 2017-2018 will be announced in September 2017.

Grant Size and Duration

Grants of between $30,000 and $100,000 will be available. Grants may be paid in one or two installments, depending on size, and may be expended over up to two years.

Geographic Eligibility

Geographic eligibility will be for the 2017-2018 CBS will be announced in September 2017.

Other Eligibility Criteria

Other eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Applicants working in the areas of: improvements to urban environments in particular urban and community farming, food gardening and street greening; or urban biodiversity in particular conservation of natural environments in urban areas such as creeks, wetlands, grasslands and bush
  • Not-for-profit and community environment organisations located and headquartered in Australia, and local councils
  • Applicants that are not part of local government must have an annual revenue of less than $5 million
  • Applicants may be in current funding with The Myer Foundation or the Sidney Myer Fund, however this is not a requirement nor does it exclude applicants from eligibility
  • Applicants who have previously received a grant that has been expended should ensure that the grant has been acquitted.

All geographic and other eligibility criteria must be met.

Eligible Activities

Strategy, governance and leadership including

  • Strategic and organisational planning
  • Development of strategic relationships
  • Leadership development, board development and succession planning

Management capacity including:

  • Financial management and systems
  • Staff development, human resource management
  • Strengthening volunteer programs
  • Deepening community connections
  • Compliance and legal issues

Operational and resource development capacity including:

  •  Fundraising, income diversification
  • Communications and marketing
  • Information technology

Program/service delivery and impact:

  • Program design and development
  • Program analysis, outcomes measurement and evaluation
  • Program delivery will not be supported

Change management capacity including:

  • Strategic restructuring
  • Partnership development
  • Mergers

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