Our Tips For Applying for grants

1. Read the relevant fact sheet to ensure you are eligible to apply for the grant.
2. Read the guide to submitting applications on line
3. Read the grant application questions carefully and start to gather your data, including:

(a) Gather letters of support
(b) Budget
(c) Plans
(d) Permissions required

4. Use clear language and avoid jargon
5. Ask questions.
6. Take time to write the application. There are no additional marks received for early entries!
7. Get together in a group and brainstorm the important factors of your project. Make sure you can describe each feature of the project succinctly and accurately.
8. Stick to the word limits that have been provided. That doesn’t mean that answers should be only a few words, but means that you can clearly communicate the most important aspects of the project.
9. Sometimes research is required to address questions in the application, so be sure to collect all the relevant information prior to writing the application and well before the due date.
10. Proof read and spell check, edit, revise, seek a second opinion.


Who's Eligible

Grants supporting the Medium to Long Term Recovery of our Bushfire affected Communities throughout the Mitchell Shire.  Applications are invited from the Community across the Mitchell Shire and surrounding areas.

To be eligible for a grant the project must be:

  • Located within the Mitchell Shire
  • For the benefit of a Community or part of a Community that has been directly affect by the 2009 Victorian bushfires

Grants can be provided under four categories:

Category 1:

Improving Community Connectedness and Social Wellbeing – intended to improve wellbeing and support the ongoing recovery needs of communities (for example – activities and events that bring people together, activity based workshops and programs, psychosocial support programs and projects)

Category 2:

Community Capacity Building for Future Disasters – intended to build the capacity of the community to manage bushfires and other potential disasters in the future, helping to address the anxieties evident in bushfire affected communities regarding the threat of future bushfires.

Category 3:

Community Events and Arts Programs – intended to help relieve distress through events and programs that allow people to share their experiences, commemorate their recovery progress and build, promote and strengthen a sense of community identity.

Category 4:

Reconnecting Community with Nature – intended to provide relief by establishing informal support networks, allowing communities to engage and share experiences of bushfire recovery and gain a better understanding of their local natural environment through active participation in environmental projects.

Grant Checklist 

All project / programs must comply with the following requirements:

1. The project / program must be related to bushfire recovery.

2. The project / program must directly assist those individuals and communities who

have been affected by the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.

3. The project / program must identify a specific distress/hardship caused by the

bushfires of which the activity intends to relieve.

4. There must be no commercial benefit or activity associated with the event.

5. The project / program must not involve the purchase of alcohol.


Funding MUST NOT be provided:

* to support businesses

* for any profit making activities

* for commercial interests

Funding MUST NOT be provided:

* for any activities that are core services and/or responsibility of government

to substitute ordinary government funding

* for the relief of distress that is not a result of the bushfires

* for people outside Australia

* for activities that are not for the relief of people, e.g. assisting animals is not permitted

* for activities unrelated to the disaster

Got a question?  Please contact Sarah Matthews on 0475 738 545 or email sarahm@mcrag.net 


Budgets and GST

MCRAG Grant Budgets and GST (pdf)