Funding

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Funding

There are several ways in which community groups can secure funding for their activities. They include:

Grants

Current and Future Grants Available

We do our best to provide up to date information regarding funding opportunities relevant to natural resource management groups in SEQ. However, If you are aware of a funding opportunity you think should be listed on this page, please contact the Regional Landcare Facilitator.

Canon Australia Environmental Grant
Can you demonstrate that your group can use $5,000 worth of Canon equipment to facilitate an environmental project that will benefit your local community and the Australian natural environment? Then apply for an Canon Australia Environmental Grant! The next round will be open early 2015. Click here for more information.

Norman Wettenhall Foundation Small Environment Grant Scheme
This fund supports Australian biodiversity projects covering monitoring, collecting and record data, community education, research and science or community capacity building. There are no closing dates for Norman Wettenhall grants. The next grant round will be reviewed in May 2015. Click here for more information. 

Layne Beachley and Aim for the Stars 
This Foundation, is inviting all Australian females aged 12 – 26 years who need funding to achieve goals in their sporting, academic, community, business, environmental or cultural pursuits to apply for support. Keep a look out for opportunities next year. Click here for more information. 

Gambling Community Benefit Fund 
The Gambling Community Benefit Fund provides one-off grants of up to $35,000 to approved not-for-profit organisations to help them provide services or activities that benefit the community. The next rounds close 31 May 2015. Click here for more information. 

Australian Geographic Society Sponsorship
Each calendar year, the Society donates approximately $150,000 to maintain its programme of sponsorship of Australian adventurers, scientific and environmental research and community projects. Over the years it has spent more than $8 miilion supporting Australian endeavour in all these fields. Australian scientists, community organisations and individuals developing projects in Australia and abroad are welcome to apply for Society sponsorship. Click here for more information.

Queensland Government Supporting Women Scholarship 
The Supporting Women Scholarships focus on boosting support for women in non-traditional fields and skills shortage areas. The program provides scholarships for qualifications in the following fields of study: Agricultural and Environmental studies, Architecture and Building, Engineering, Earth Sciences and Information Technology. The next funding round opens in August 2015. Click here for more information. 

SEQ Catchments Member Association Small Grants
SEQ Catchments Members Association Inc (SEQCMA) was formed in 2009 to bring together people from all sectors of the community to work towards the achievement of common goals for the natural assets of South East Queensland. Upon joining the SEQCMA, community groups are eligible to receive up to $500 cash grants for project related expenses. Click here for more information.

For a comprehensive list of community grants (across all sectors), sign up to the EasyGrants Newsletter, or check out the Australian Grants and Awards Facebook page here.
 

Grant Writing

If you are an SEQ based Landcare or natural resource management focused community group, get in touch with your local SEQ Catchments Area Manager. These staff can assist your group to develop funding proposals, and will inform you of opportunities for members of your group to attend free grant writing workshops sponsored by SEQ Catchments.

Landcare Queensland has developed the GrantWriting workbook which is a guide for developing successful community projects and securing funding and support.

The Our Community website also has useful information on fundraising, how to write a successful grant submission and tips on developing corporate sponsorship. A number of help sheets are available. Click here for more information.

To keep up to date with different grants available, you can also sign up to a Community Australia’s Grants Newsletter (for a fee of $55 for not-for-profits), which provides a comprehensive list of all government, philanthropic and corporate grants funding available in Australia. Click here for more information.

The Queensland State Government has a search tool for finding grants by Name, Category or Department. Click here for more information.

The Australian Government provides grant funding for Community Focus Grants and Volunteer Grants. Click here for more information.

You can also order a ‘Winning Grants Funding in Australia – Step by Step Guide from Our Community, a valuable resource for groups in developing grant proposals. For tips on writing influential and effective letters, whether you are writing for a public appeal, approaching large donors, or getting in touch with your local member, this guide has tips and tricks for getting your message across effectively.

Corporate funding

There are four types of corporate funding resources for not-for-profits:

  1. Just Because:
    Some companies might donate to your not-for-profit because it’s the “right thing to do”, because they’ve always done it, or because the CEO has communicated that he/she believes in it. The best way to encourage funding from these companies is to find a way to move the emotions of the CEO and enlist their support.
  2. Brand Awareness & Exposure:
    Companies that have highly visible products that require broad exposure to reach their target audience will want to sponsor events to increase their profile. If you have an event that attracts a lot of people or
    you have a deep network, you’ll be more successful in approaching these companies for event sponsorship (not necessarily donations).
  3. Impact Focused Giving/Strategic Philanthropy:
    Some companies are very purposeful in their giving and want to see a real impact. You’ll stand a better chance of getting funding if you have a specific program that engages the employees of these companies or appeals to the company’s motivation to make an impact. For example environmental activities that their employees can participate in such as tree planting or litter clean ups.
  4. Relationship & Reputation Building:
    Companies understand that a positive reputation in their local community is paramount for its bottom line. Therefore, it’s important to remember that your board or not-for-profit has to offer the company something important to them which is, a way to develop a relationship with key stakeholders in the community.

Landcare Queensland has developed some notes on corporate sponsorship for environmental projects. Click here for more information.

Our Communities have developed 50 of the Best Model Letters to Help Community Organisations Fundraise, Connect, Lobby, Organise & Influence. Click here for more information.

Fee for service activities or product sales

Revenue-generating activities can be a great way to build a sustainable nonprofit organization. Many nonprofits have found ways to create a revenue stream that flows from their program work.

There are two types of income-generating activities, delineated here by purpose:

  1. Cost Recovery (discrete)--a means to recuperate all or a percentage of the costs to deliver a nonprofit service or fund a discrete activity related to the organization's mission. Special events, conference fees, paid training, and fee-for-service are examples. Cost recovery activities are linked to programs; once a program ends, the related cost recovery activities are terminated.
  2. Earned Income (ongoing)--provides a stream of unrestricted revenue to the organization, generated through activities both related and unrelated to the mission. Membership dues, sales of publications and products, and consulting services are examples. Earned income activities are rooted in operations; they may progress into social enterprises when implementation is accompanied by a business plan.

The law sets no limits on the fees you can charge, although there are several factors to consider when establishing the fee for a particular service. First and foremost, the service being offered must be related to your mission. Otherwise, the revenues should be reported as unrelated business income.

You should also consider the environment in which a fee is being charged. Factors such as the availability of philanthropic or sponsorship support, the full cost of the product or service, market prices for similar services, and your constituents’ ability to pay should be taken into account when establishing a reasonable fee.

Rather than charge a fee, some nonprofits have "voluntary" donations. This is when you suggest that a user or client can help you provide services by giving a donation. Be careful that you do not coerce or shame anyone into making a donation. It has to be voluntary.

One way to do this is to post a fee schedule that provides information such as how much your service actually costs to provide, and inviting users to donate an amount of their choosing. Give ranges to make it easier such as $25-$50 dollars.

To set fees for service, follow these easy steps:

  1. Prioritize your objectives in charging a fee. Why do you need to charge for this particular product or service?
  2. Determine the service unit cost.
  3. Survey the market price of similar goods and services. What are your competitors charging?
  4. Determine a percentage of costs to be recovered by fees. How much do you need to make to cover your costs?
  5. Define the fee structure and discounts. For example, will you offer discounts based on a sliding scale?
  6. Assess the target market’s reaction to the fee. Test your pricing with your constituents.
  7. Adopt a fee policy. Use this policy moving forward with additional products and services.
  8. Develop implementation/collection procedures.
  9. Evaluate and revise, as appropriate.

Adapted from: Charging a Just Fee: A Guidebook for Nonprofit Organizations, by Walter Moreau.

Local government grants in SEQ (as of March 2015)

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Sunshine Coast Regional Council runs several grant programs under the Environment Levy Grants program. The Environment Levy Partnerships supports community environmental organisation general administration and operational expenses. Environment Levy Landholder grants provide project funding for private landholders. Environmental Levy Grants provide project funding for community based no-for-profit groups. Grant rounds are run annually and are of a competitive nature. Click here for more information.

Moreton Bay Regional Council

Moreton Bay Regional Council is offering a variety of community grants for the region’s eligible sporting and community groups under categories of: Community Project Funds, Community Events Fund or Organisation Development Funds. Click here for more information.

Brisbane City Council

Brisbane City Council's Lord Mayor's Community Sustainability and Environmental Grants Program provides funding to groups and individuals across Brisbane to carry out projects that improve Brisbane's environment. There are four sub-categories: Environmental Grants; Native Wildlife Carer Grants; Sustainability Grants; and Cultivating Community Gardens Grants. Click here for more information.

Redland City Council

Every year, the Redland City Council awards grants to individuals and community groups. Grants and sponsorship are offered across the arts, cultural heritage, environment, community development, enterprise development and sport and recreation. Click here for more information.

City of Gold Coast

City of Gold Coast Community Grants Program is an annual program that provides financial assistance to incorporated, not-for-profit community organisations that service the needs and priorities of the Gold Coast community. The Program aims to support and stimulate projects and activities with a whole of city focus. Click here for more information.

Logan City Council

Logan City Council offers several grant programs with the most applicable for Landcare being their EnviroGrants program. The EnviroGrants program aims to, through community awareness and participation, enhance and protect Logan's natural environment and foster environmentally sustainable practices in Logan. Click here for more information.

Ipswich City Council

To acknowledge and recognise the important and valuable role that community organisations play in contributing to Ipswich city's community spirit, the Community Development Grants Program provides funding to not-for-profit incorporated community based organisations for projects which respond to local needs and issues. Click here for more information.

Noosa Council

Noosa Council offers several grants throughout the year. The Community Project Grant has two rounds per year and there is one round per year for the three Community Facilities Grants and also for the Community Organisation Operational Expenses Grant. Click here for more information. 

Scenic Rim Regional Council

Scenic Rim Regional Council offers several grant programs with the most applicable being the Community Grants Program which provides financial support to community groups for projects and events which benefit the region. Not-for-profit community groups can apply for funds that benefit the local community. Grants are administered in quarterly rounds. Click here for more information. 

Somerset Regional Council

Somerset Regional Council offers a Community Assistance Grant for Academic, Cultural and Sporting Bursary. Council may decide to make a grant to community organisations by either: refunding Council’s fees/charges previously paid by the organisation; or providing assistance to organisations for various projects, events or services that provide community benefits. Click here for more information

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