Your questions answered
How do we apply for a grant?
Complete all parts of the Application Form, then e-mail (or post) your application form, with any attachments, to the Administrator for the Uniting Councils by the end of April. We will email you an acknowledgement within two working days of receiving your application. If you do not hear from us, please contact the Administrator.
Post: Uniting Council Administration
Level 4, 222 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
PO Box A2178, Sydney South, NSW 1235
If we have an idea for creative activity but do not know how to get it moving, can we get help?
Yes. Please share your ideas with the Chair of your local Uniting Council (see application form for contact details). They may also put you in touch with the Uniting Community Development Coordinator in your region to help. If you haven’t already done so, you could also talk to other people, churches or organisations doing a similar thing or trying to address the same issue in your community.
If we have any questions about the application process or need assistance with our application who do we contact?
Please contact the Administrator of the Uniting Councils. They will either help you directly or put you in touch with someone who can assist.
What can we expect to happen once we have made an application?
Once applications are received, the Administrator will distribute them to the appropriate Uniting Council. Your application will then be reviewed and assessed by the Uniting Council in your region. The Council will identify projects that meet the criteria for the Fund, they may then need to prioritise projects that they believe have the most merit if requests for funding exceed the amount of funding available. Council members may contact you to clarify any questions they have about your application before final decisions are made.
Applicants will be notified whether they have been successful by mid July.
Can our budget include capital works, recurrent costs or salaries?
Capital works, recurrent costs and salaries are often items that cause confusion for applicants. Funds for capital works and short-term recurrent costs are occasionally approved if they are critical enablers for a project meeting the Innovative Community Grants Fund objectives. For example, funds may be approved to refurbish a space in which new outreach programs to disadvantaged groups will run several days a week. However, funds are unlikely to be approved to refurbish a hall floor for a lunch program that will run or is running once a week. As funds are only available for a year at a time, recurrent funding (for instance to pay a salary) is rarely approved. Share your ideas with your local Council Chair who will help you in this matter.
Can we get a grant for more than one year?
While this Fund is targeting projects that will completed within one year, projects that are for more than one year are often approved to accommodate scheduling issues and to support larger projects, which can need more time to complete.
Can we work with other organisations to implement this project, or apply for funding for a larger project if we can find other sources of funding to cover the shortfall?
Yes, the Innovative Community Grants Fund encourages you to work with others, and we are keen to support activities in partnership with other organisations or funding bodies.
Must our “project” be related to one of the services or supports of Uniting?
No. Your project should make a difference to people in your community who are experiencing disadvantage.
Where does the grant money come from?
The Board of Uniting has placed a tax on itself and is setting aside a percentage of its operating budget for innovative community grants each year. It is part of the Board’s commitment to “Uniting for the Common Good”. Funds have been allocated to the regions based on the number of Uniting services, number of congregations and need in each region.
What happens if we run into difficulties and find that we need to make some changes to our project during implementation?
We understand that not all circumstances can be foreseen and that projects need to be flexible enough to respond to new opportunities. We also encourage you to try new things and learn from what works and what doesn’t work. If you find that changes are needed to reach your objectives please contact the Chair of your Uniting Council to discuss this and agree on what to do.
What is our responsibility for reporting on our project?
You will need to provide a financial acquittal and a final report outlining how well you achieved your objectives and any lessons you learnt at the completion of your project. If your project takes more than one year to complete, you will be required to provide an interim acquittal and report. A pro forma for these reports will be available from the Grant program page.
If you are having difficulty with reporting or setting up a system, we can arrange for someone to help you
How can we learn from others and share what we learn?
We encourage you to work with and talk to others in your community, and elsewhere. The Chair of your local Uniting Council and the Community Development Coordinator in your region are also available to support you to make contact with others, to set up systems that support you to learn from what you are doing and to share what you learn.