Sustainability & Environment

Capacity Building

In 2015 – 2016 Capacity Building grants are offered for the first time in the Sustainability and Environment Program. The 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 will be available 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 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.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

In 2015 – 2016 the Sustainability and Environment Capacity Building grants will be open only to applicants located in Metropolitan Melbourne or the regional municipalities of Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Shepparton.  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.

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

Application and Selection

Projects will be selected for funding through a two stage process:

  • Expressions of Interest
  • Detailed applications invited from shortlisted candidates
 2 Nov 2015 Expressions of Interest open
 8 Jan 2016 Expressions of Interest close
25 Jan 2016 Shortlisted candidates invited to submit a detailed application
26 Feb 2016 Closing date for detailed applications
20 Jun 2016 Applicants advised of detailed application outcome
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