Covid-19 Rapid Response Grant recipients announced
Please click here to see a full list of the Covid-19 Rapid Response Grant recipients.
About the Fund
The Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund was created in June 2018 with the objective to assist in meeting the social, economic, cultural, educational, environmental and other charitable needs of the community in the Australian Capital Territory (and the immediately surrounding region) for the public benefit. The ACT Government invested $5 million as seed funding to kick-start a long term commitment to our local charities and community sector to support their incredible work and also explore innovative solutions to meeting community needs. The Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund Grant Program is aimed at addressing the needs of vulnerable people by supporting and working with charitable organisations and social enterprises. The fund is managed by Hands Across Canberra.
The grants program in 2020 - introducing the Covid-19 Rapid Response Grant Round
The Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund Grant Program (CMCF Grant Program) is aimed at addressing the needs of vulnerable people by supporting and working with charitable organisations and social enterprises.
For the current grant round, we have joined forces with the Snow Foundation and the John James Foundation to deliver a collaborative, community response to deploy resources to local non-profit organisations affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. While each foundation has its own process we are collaborating to ensure the most effective response to the crisis, and are actively seeking grant applications together for work related to the emerging crisis.
As a response to the current social pressures, we are introducing a Rapid Response Grant Round with the aim of supporting organisations to continue to deliver important and much-needed services to the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. This Covid-19 Rapid Response Grant Round which pools funds from the Chief Minister's Charitable Fund, the Snow Foundation and the John James Foundation will be administered by Hands Across Canberra.
While each foundation has its own process we are collaborating to ensure the most effect response to the crisis, the three foundations are actively seeking grant applications for work related to the emerging crisis.
As a response to the current social pressures, the Consortium is pooling funds and introducing a Rapid Response Grant Round with the aim of supporting organisations to continue to deliver important and much needed services to the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Applications will be accepted from 27 March 2020 with an initial 2-week grant round ending 10 April 2020. We will do a comprehensive and rapid assessment of the need for and scope of further grant rounds shortly thereafter.
Applications are open to community organisations working with vulnerable people in Canberra and the nearby region. Whilst the consortium will access all applications the grant round is being administered through the Hands Across Canberra grant system and requires you to register before applying. Registration will only take 5 minutes and is free.
Please read the below application guidelines carefully before completing your application form online. We have shortened the application forms due to the urgency of the situation.
- approximately $500,000
- a majority of grants in the $5,000-$15,000 range, with a few of up to $25,000. Smaller grants for as little as $1,000 are also welcome.
- funds expended within a 3-6-month period
- Community organisations and social enterprises working with socially disadvantaged and vulnerable groups
- Location: projects delivered in Canberra and the nearby region
- Exclusions: funding will not be considered for overseas study, or travel, advocacy, political activities, completed projects for expenses that have already been acquitted or salaries for regular staff, including those on leave due to Covid-19. To avoid duplication, activities that receive funds from the ACT government’s Covid-19 stimulus package will not be eligible.
 At-risk children, youth, young people, women, men and elderly persons; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, refugees, migrants, precariously employed people, unemployed people, prisoners, domestic violence victims and perpetrators, homeless people, persons with a disability, persons identifying as LGBTIQ+ amongst others.
The following outlines the three funding priority levels attached to the Covid-19 Rapid Response Grant Round:
(1) Front-Line Grants fund community organisations that have increased demand for services due to Covid-19 i.e. those that provide services to financially vulnerable people who work in industries without sick leave and/or health care; homeless people; and health-challenged vulnerable people. This category is designed for the dissemination of direct relief to vulnerable people (specific examples include food, basic necessities, organisational expenses to facilitate service delivery, food bank & food pantries; meals delivery programs; homeless programs etc.).
(2) Capacity Grants fund non-profits that are modifying their in-person service delivery modes extremely rapidly due to Covid-19, and need assistance to do so i.e. upgrading sanitation protocols and obtain cleaning supplies, protective equipment & personnel or upgrading technology to enable remote programmes (youth centres, recreation centres, senior services, community-based programs).
(3) Service Disruption Prevention Grants to fund organisational activities to prevent disruption to their services. (examples: casual staff to fill positions vacant as a result of Covid-19; utilities and operational costs associated with Covid-19).
Grant proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:
- Aligns to the purpose of the grant round
- Clarity of project description and activities
- Achievable timeline that corresponds to the key activities, realistic project budget; funds spent within 3-6 months of receiving them
- Organisational capacity to deliver proposed activities
- Established track record in specific program content area or potential to achieve needed content expertise, alignment with organisation's mission
- Benefit to the community/needs addressed - evidence of needs
- Consultation and/or collaboration with other community organisations
- The proposed project should not overlap with or replace government activities/projects/services, but rather complement these.
- Ability to leverage financial, human and technical resources for greater impact
Once the grant round closes, the consortium will take approximately 1 week to assess applications and will inform applicants of the outcome thereafter.
Applicants may receive a telephone call and/or other types of communication from a Consortium member as part of the application review process.
Successful applicants will be emailed a Grant Terms of Agreement (contract) to be signed.
Payment will be expedited as much as possible. Grants will be fully paid out within a few days of receiving the signed Grant Terms of Agreement.
The Consortium may consult with other funding bodies in seeking complementary funding for a project.
A final acquittal report that includes financial statement and a narrative of the activities undertaken, number of clients serviced (if service-based activity) and certified by the Chief Executive Officer of the organisation will be required. If the organisation has a pre-existing format for the acquittal report, a sample can be provided with the application for consideration. Alternatively, Hands Across Canberra can provide a sample acquittal report. If other funding is being sourced/used for the project, please identify this in the grant application.
A final grant acquittal report as outlined above will be due within three months of project completion unless developments of the pandemic require otherwise.
Grantees may receive a site visit, telephone call and/or other type of communication from Hands Across Canberra, the Snow Foundation or the John James Foundation staff requesting updates as part of compliance monitoring processes.
Foundations may periodically request impact stories and/or photographs of project progress or completion for possible inclusion on its website, social media outlets or annual report (photographs that feature faces require permission from all individuals or their guardians).
This Grant Round will be administered by Hands Across Canberra which uses Smarty Grants to manage applications. All applications must be submitted via the online Grant Program Application Forms.
Interested grant applicants are encouraged to contact Hands Across Canberra before making a submission.
Please fill out the application form at the following link: https://handsacrosscanberra.smartygrants.com.au/rapidresponse1
Click here https://www.handsacrosscanberra.org.au/chief-ministers-charitable-fund/ to view the guidelines.
NAVIGATING (MOVING THROUGH) THE APPLICATION FORM
On every screen (page of the form) you will find a Form Navigation contents box, this links directly to every page of the application. Click the link to jump directly to the page you want.
You can also click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the application.
SAVING YOUR DRAFT APPLICATION
If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press 'save and close' and log out. When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and start where you left off.
You can also download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the 'Download PDF' button located at the bottom of the last page of the application form.
SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
You will find a Review and Submit button at the bottom of the Navigation Panel. You need to review your application before you can submit it.
Once you have reviewed your application you can submit it by clicking on 'Submit' at the top or bottom of the screen or on the navigation panel. You will not be able to submit your application until all the compulsory questions are completed and there are no validation errors.
Once you have submitted your application, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible.
When you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your submitted application attached. This will be sent to the email you used to register.
If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then you should presume that your submission has NOT been submitted.
Hint: also check the email hasn’t landed in your spam or junk email folder.
ATTACHMENTS AND SUPPORT DOCUMENTS
You may need to upload/submit attachments to support your application. This is very simple, but requires you to have the documents saved on your computer, or on a storage device.
You need to allow enough time for each file to upload before trying to attach another file. Files can be up to 25MB each; however, we do recommend trying to keep files to a maximum of 5MB – the larger the file, the longer the upload time.
COMPLETING AN APPLICATION IN A GROUP/TEAM
A number of people can work on an application using the same log in details as long as only one person is working at a time. Ensure you save as you go.
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For any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Your feedback is important to us. We value and appreciate receiving your compliments and suggestions so that we can improve the grant program and optimise our collective impact.
For feedback, please send an email to email@example.com
For formal complaints, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
(*please note the COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Round 1 closed on April 10)
We use SmartyGrants to manage applications. All applications must be submitted via the online Grant Application Form. You can access this by clicking on the "Apply Now" button below. Please ensure you have read our guidelines carefully. Interested grant applicants are encouraged to contact Hands Across Canberra before making a submission.
You will need to create a login to begin your application and you may begin anywhere in the Application Form. Please ensure you save as you go. If an error occurs or you have any questions, please email email@example.com
We encourage you to contact a member of the Consortium before submitting an application and for any questions you may have about the grant round.
Hands Across Canberra
Grants and Partnerships Manager
Hand Across Canberra
The Snow Foundation
Tel. 0430 198 567
The John James Foundation
Tel. 0432 395 106