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COVID-19 Supporting Local Services Fund

The submission period is closed as all grant funds have been distributed.

Knox City Council are pleased to offer a new grant, as part of the Stage 2 Community and Business Support Package. The COVID-19 Supporting Local Services Fund (the Fund) is a one-off allocation of funding that aims to support local service providers, based in Knox or providing services and support to Knox residents, in the face of increased demand due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund will assist not-for-profit community organisations to address local community priorities that have arisen as a result of COVID-19. Expressions of interest should identify which priority area they are addressing and how the wellbeing of recipients will be improved as a result of the Fund.

Background

Knox City Council recognises the vital role that local service providers are playing during the COVID-19 crisis. In recognition of the increased need from the community, Council has created a new, one-off community grant, the COVID-19 Supporting Local Services Fund. Council will seek expressions of interest from local service providers who are looking to boost their services or supports to Knox residents in a time of unprecedented demand.

Aims

The COVID-19 Supporting Local Services Fund (the Fund) is a one-off allocation of funding that aims to support local service providers, based in Knox or providing services and support to Knox residents, in the face of increased demand due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund will assist not-for-profit community organisations to address local community priorities that have arisen as a result of COVID-19. Expressions of interest should identify which priority area they are addressing and how the wellbeing of recipients will be improved as a result of the Fund. The priority areas that will be addressed through this Fund include:

  • Homelessness and lack of crisis accommodation;
  • Housing stress;
  • Mental health;
  • Financial Counselling;
  • Food insecurity;
  • Family violence;
  • Technology issues including technology literacy; and
  • Social isolation.

Fund Principles

The COVID-19 Supporting Local Services Fund is underpinned by the following principles:

  • Facilitation of responsive and cost effective services and supports that meet the emerging and increased health and wellbeing needs of the Knox community during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • A responsive and equitable process; and
  • Accountability for funding.

Eligibility

To be eligible for funding, the following requirements must be met:

1. Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • An increase in demand for their services due to the COVID-19 pandemic; or
  • A need to adapt their service delivery model to meet the needs of the community during the COVID- 19 pandemic.

2. Applicants must be an incorporated association, a co-operative, a company limited by guarantee or a trust or other organisation established under an Act passed by the State; or Commonwealth. Consideration will be given to organisations under the auspice of another organisation which meets any of these criteria.
3. Applicants must demonstrate a direct benefit to the Knox community.
4. Applicants must have satisfactorily acquitted and reported on previous Knox grants and have no outstanding debts to Knox City Council.

Application Process

Organisations can submit an expression of interest seeking Council support to cover additional costs that have arisen as a result of an increase in demand for services, or for adapting service delivery to meet the needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Such costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Additional staffing;
  • Volunteer expenses;
  • Food or goods for material aid provision;
  • Wellbeing initiatives; and
  • Equipment such as IT resources to enable organisations to address the identified social issues.

Applicants will need to give an overview of how the funding will be spent. Due to the responsive nature of this Fund, Council will be asking for estimations of costs, rather than evidence of exact costs.

Apply Online

This one-off funding round will remain open until all funds have been distributed. We recommend that you contact the Community Partnerships Team to discuss your grant application on 9298 8000.

Assessment Process

Once an expression of interest has been received, Council’s Community Partnership Team will check the eligibility of the organisation. Each expression of interest will then be assessed and determined by an Assessment Panel, on a fortnightly basis.

A recommendation will be made to Council’s Chief Executive Officer, or Delegate, for determination. All funding will be allocated under the delegation of the Chief Executive Officer. Once a decision has been made, the applicant will be informed of the outcome. Officers will provide Councillors with a fortnightly update on all EOI’s assessed and recommended and not recommended via a memo and a formal report will be prepared for Council on a monthly basis, advising of outcomes and the remaining quantum. This process will continue until the fund is fully expended.

Assessment Panel

A temporary panel will be formed to assess all expressions of interest. The Assessment Panel will comprise the following Council officers:

  • Director Community Services (Chair);
  • Manager Community Wellbeing;
  • Manager Governance or delegate (Probity Officer); and
  • Relevant delegates from Active Ageing and Disability Services; Youth Leisure and Cultural Services; Family and Children’s Services; Emergency Management; City Futures; or Health Services depending on the specific nature of the application or expertise required for assessment.

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will be required to enter into a Funding Agreement with Knox City Council to define the terms and conditions of the funding and ensure appropriate accountability for public funds. Funding agreements will be issued for a one-year period based on the agreed funding objectives. Successful applicants will be expected to inform Council of any significant changes within their organisation (e.g. governance, financial) which may impact on the achievement of Funding Agreement objectives and the delivery of service priorities.

Payment of Grants

Grant monies will be paid by electronic funds transfer (EFT) to the funded organisation. Funding payments will be made in accordance with agreed timeframes specified in individual funding agreements, subject to the provision of relevant documentation and reporting.

Acquittal

Successful applications will be required to submit an acquittal report outlining:

  • Outcomes for the Knox community including the number of residents who have benefited; and
  • Financial acquittal.

It is strongly recommended that you discuss your EOI with the Community Partnerships Team on 9298 8000, prior to submitting.

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