Flexi Grants

1.Overview

Flexi grants are now open

Flexi grants is a new program initiative recognizing that some community groups just need a small helping hand to get new projects off the ground, purchase small equipment, train volunteers or host a small community activity.

Funding objective: To help local community organisations get started, purchase small equipment, host a small activity, support volunteers or enhance an existing project. Priority will be given to small organisations and those groups that receive no other funding or have limited capacity to fund an activity, program or equipment purchase.

Flexi Grants is open all year round with assessments and allocations of funds occurring quarterly.

Program funding: $30,000 (open all year round, funds distributed pending demand)

Maximum funding available: $1,000

View the Flexi Grant Guidelines(PDF, 165KB)

Please note: organisations who will apply under an auspice arrangement fill in this Auspicing Agreement Form(DOC, 50KB)  and submit the completed form with your application.

For any enquiries regarding Flexi Grants please contact 5950 1099

2.Applying for a grant

We use an online grants application process called Smartygrants. This is the preferred method of application however if there are compelling reasons this process cannot be used, please call 5950 1099 for assistance. A help guide is provided below to assist applicants to make an online application.

For all grants, priority will be given to projects which focus on strengthening local involvement and reflect the objectives of our  Strategic Plan or Health & Wellbeing Plan and Arts & Culture Strategy

Follow this link to apply for Flexi Grants https://morpen.smartygrants.com.au/flexigrants1516

You can also download the SmartyGrants Help Guide for Applicants(PDF, 1MB)

3.General conditions

Non-profit organisations

Our grants programs are only available to non-profit organisations (i.e. we will not fund individuals or for-profit organisations). If the applicant is a non profit organisation and has yet to establish its legal status, an agency/group that does have legal status (non-profit) can be asked to auspice the project and hold any grant monies on behalf of the applicant. If the organisation is a community group which is not an incorporated association, that group can seek out an ‘auspicing organisation’ that does have incorporation or other appropriate legal status. At all times, we will work with community groups to ensure that this condition is not a barrier to eligibility.   

Funding constraints

Please think about and carefully plan your funding request and budget.

Each year we receive significantly more eligible submissions for funding than the amount that is available.

Applicants may not be granted the level of funding requested as it is our intention to ensure that the funds available assist as many eligible groups as possible. It is expected that the demand for the larger grants will be high and therefore applicants are strongly encouraged to consider application for grants of smaller amounts where this will adequately meet the project needs.