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Knox City Council – Community Operational Funding

Overview / Purpose

This program aims to provide recurrent funding to support a range of local, not-for-profit community organisations that deliver specific services and activities of benefit to the Knox community. It is designed to assist with the ongoing operational costs incurred in the delivery of services and activities that address local community priorities and identified strategic service requirements.

The objectives for the 2013-17 round include:
- Increasing participation of people with disabilities in sport across the municipality.
- Building the capacity of, and supporting existing sport and recreation providers to effectively engage people with disabilities through volunteering opportunities.

There are no specified funding limits. Funding will be for a maximum of four years which will be provided on an annual basis. Funding in the second, third and fourth year of the four-year funding period is conditional upon the organisation meeting Council’s requirements for performance relating to the achievement of funding objectives, the delivery of service priorities and fulfilling reporting and acquittal requirements.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants community organisations that must:
- Be based in the Knox City Council area.
- Have the capacity to comply with all legal, legislative and regulatory requirements relating to the operation of a properly constituted, not-for-profit organisation.
- Be a not-for-profit organisation established under the Victorian Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012, the Victorian Co-operatives Act 1996, the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976, Corporation Law or in another form considered appropriate by Knox City Council.
- Be able to demonstrate that they have the capacity to plan service delivery, set clear measurable and achievable objectives including qualitative objectives that are linked to a time period and highlight the strategies which the organisation will apply to achieve these objectives.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities are those that address the priority areas of the Knox Community Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2013-17 which include:
- Personal health and wellbeing
- Community connectedness
- Leisure, recreation/arts and cultural services
- Housing affordability and choice
- Family violence
- Lifelong learning
- Mental health
- Lifestyle risks (smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical exercise)

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible activities.

Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Service delivery (i.e. the expected benefit of the service/activity to the Knox community).
- Proposed service alignment with Knox City Council Plans and Priorities (i.e. whether the service/activity constitutes a priority of council including congruence with council’s policies, strategies and vision).
- Budget (i.e. The quantum of funding allocation sought, relative to the total COF Grants budget).
- Organisational capacity (i.e. the expected performance of the proposed funding recipient to deliver agreed outcomes and the proper acquittal of Council’s funds).
- Any other matter considered relevant.

Program ID: 14886
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Open Date
13 February, 2015

Closing Date
16 March, 2015

Closing Information
This program is available every four years. The next funding round is expected to open in 2017.

Funding Type

Matching Contribution?






Community Services
   Domestic Violence
   Housing or Homelessness


Program administrator
Knox City Council

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