Australia Post is offering community groups one-off funding of up to $10,000 per project.
The 2015 Our Neighbourhood Community Grants Program is looking for projects that benefit the wider community, align with the key focus areas and primary audiences, and meet an immediate need of the community.
Individuals, governments and educational institutions are ineligible (though childcare centres, kindergartens, or parents and citizens groups whose projects benefit the wider community are eligible). Applicants need to be a legal entity in Australia with a current ABN, and fall into one or more of the following categories:
- A not-for-profit community organisation
- A registered charity with the ATO
- A deductible gift recipient
- A social enterprise
This year, projects need to demonstrate how they address one of the four following focus areas:
Digital inclusion – projects that build digital skills and capability of individuals, groups in the community or the wider community.
Employment pathways – projects that increase employment opportunities for marginalised Australians.
Community inclusion – projects that build community spirit, foster inclusion, and support marginalised Australians.
Disaster readiness – projects that help communities to be better prepared for a disaster.