GRUNTS

Community Support Grants

We are currently working on a number of issues which affect our region and that will be a focus when prioritising how Community Support grants for $5,000 and above are allocated. There will be three closing dates per year for Community Support grants (March, June and September). Partnership Funding (or multiyear support) may be offered to applicants to this fund with a high impact in the Trust’s focus area and a history with the Trust.

Eligibility
How to Apply
Closing Dates

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?

We want to hear from not-for-profit organisations committed to delivering projects or initiatives that will enhance the lives of people in our community.

To be considered for funding an organisation must be:

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    Within the Trust's region View Map

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    Able to provide us with annual accounts

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    A ‘not for profit ‘ organisation – a charitable trust or incorporated society

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    Registered for at least 12 months at the time of submitting an application (except in exceptional circumstances)

Do You Fit Within Our Focus Areas?

We want to hear from not-for-profit organisations committed to delivering projects or initiatives that will enhance the lives of people in our community.

Our key focus areas for community grants include:

  • 1

    Flourishing Families and "liveability"

  • 2

    Community Pride - enhancing the image of our region and "visitability"

  • 3

    Business/economic impact and "workability"

  • 4

    Energy Efficiency and Healthier Homes

The Trust wishes to focus on transformational funding, which means we will give priority to initiatives or organisations that can demonstrate they are impacting or enhancing:

  • 1

    Individuals' lives – providing high and/or broad impact

  • 2

    Organisations – capacity building and encouraging collaboration

  • 3

    The community – preventing issues from occurring

  • 4

    People’s views – delivering strong regional pride

The Trust does not fund

  • 1

    Applications from outside the WEL Energy region (see map), unless there is evidence of significant benefit to communities within the WEL region

  • 2

    Individuals or commercial organisations

  • 3

    Projects that have already been completed by the date of grant notification

  • 4

    Loan repayments or guarantee assistance to applicants

  • 5

    Projects that may create a conflict of interest for the Trust or WEL Networks Ltd

  • 6

    Travel outside of the WEL region

  • 7

    Projects that target Central/Local Government’s core areas of responsibility, e.g., Local Government, Central Government

  • 8

    Lobby groups e.g. ratepayer / resident groups

  • 9

    Organisations with an overdue accountability report for previous funding received

  • 10

    Organisations that have already received a grant in the same calendar year

How to Apply

Once you have checked your eligibility, an application can be made through our on-line application form (when a grant round is open). All first time applicants are encouraged to call the Trust office first to discuss your application and the best fund to apply to.

To begin your application, follow the two steps below:

  • 1

    Check your eligibility for a Trust grant

  • Eligibility
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    Begin an application or continue a current application

  • Apply Now

Important Points:

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    Since April 2015, the Trust has been using a the SmartyGrants on-line grants system. You will need to register with the SmartyGrants system and will not be able to use log-in details used for applications made prior to 2015.

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    After your first application to the Trust through the SmartyGrants system, please consistently use the same registration information for your organisation. If you have forgotten your log-in details, you will be able to retrieve them through the on-line grants system.

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    Each time your organisation applies for a grant, please check and update the contact details for your organisation.

  • 4

    Please indicate your Tax Exempt Status on the form. Click here for important information about Trust requirements with regard to your status.

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    Applications must be received by 6pm on the closing date.

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    Reporting back (accountability) also involves completing an on-line form, which must be submitted within the time frame stated on the Grant Offer letter.

Deadlines for Applications

There are three closing dates per year.  To be successful, all funding applications should align with the Trust’s strategic funding priorities. 
Applications are accepted until 6.00pm on the closing dates (see below).

The next round closes on:

31

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03

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2017

year

2017 Closing Dates:

  • 31 March 2017
  • 30 June 2017
  • 29 September 2017

Important Points

  • 1

    Completed application forms and all documentation must be received no later than 6pm on the closing date. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

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    If an application is incomplete or mandatory documentation has not been included, your application will not be accepted.

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    Applications must be completed using the on-line application form and submitted electronically. If you require assistance, please call the Trust office.

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    Application forms will be on the website just prior to the opening of a round.  You will need to login to the SmartyGrants system (first-time users will need to register)

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    Please call if you are unsure which type of grant would best suit your organisation.

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    All first time applicants are encouraged to call the Trust office to discuss your application first.

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