Sustainability & Environment

Capacity Building

In 2015 – 2016 Capacity Building grants were 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 were 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.

Grants have been awarded to the following organisations through the Capacity Building Stream in 2015-2016:

  • 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

Details of the Capacity Building Stream for 2016-2017, including eligibility criteria will be published in mid-December 2016.

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

To be advised.

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
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