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One of the most difficult things about grant writing isn’t actually writing the funding submission, it’s knowing where to go for information about grant opportunities. As a professional grant writer, I spend hours every week checking out any new funding opportunities, reading guidelines and criteria and being a bit of an investigative researcher, literally stalking potential funders online for anything that will help win funds. Next week I’m running three grant writing courses out in western Queensland. There’ll be about […]

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Wombat Creative is bringing its grant writing workshops to Mareeba, Georgetown and Normanton thanks to the support of local organisations and grant funding. The workshops are highly interactive and delivered in plain English with one goal: to give you the confidence to write more grants and win more funds. Mareeba, Monday 25 November, 8.30am – 1.30pm Georgetown, Tuesday 26 November, 8.30am – 1.30pm Normanton, Wednesday 27 November, 8.30am – 1.30pm RSVP is essential. Light refreshments provided. Supported by Gambling Community Benefit […]

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Wombat Creative is bringing its grant writing workshops to Weipa and Cooktown thanks to the support of local organisations and grant funding. The workshops are highly interactive and delivered in plain English with one goal: to give you the confidence to write more grants and win more funds. Weipa, Tuesday 19 November, 8.30am – 1.30pm Cooktown, Thursday 21 November, 8.30am – 1.30pm RSVP is essential. Light refreshments provided. Supported by Gambling Community Benefit Fund, Landcare Queensland, Cook Shire Council, Cape […]

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  So, you work in the environment or community development sector and you run events to help spread the message. But at the end of the day you’re standing in a room or a field and you’re looking at the waste – leftover food, piles of papers and plastic. How do you reduce your footprint when running events? We’ve put together our top 10 tips.   Choose a transport-friendly venue – that is, choose a venue that is centrally located […]

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Media Peace Awards, UNAA, 30 August Journalists and producers whose work has appeared in the Australian media between 2 September 2012 and 30 August 2013 are encouraged to nominate. The award recognises those whose work highlights and champions human rights and social justice issues. Applications close 30 August. More information at http://www.unaavictoria.org.au/awards-programs/media-awards/.   QLD: Community road safety grants, 30 august Community groups and local governments in Queensland are eligible to apply for funding that delivers road safety solutions in communities, […]

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More cool grants for you. Remember, we can help with grant-writing on a flat fee basis. Contact mel@wombatcreative.com.au if you need a hand. Here’s this month’s offerings:   ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program, 12 August Grants of up to $10,000 are available for community organisations to create education and employment opportunities, with preference to regional communities. Applications close 12 August and more information is available at http://frrr.org.au/seeds   Regional Achievement and Community Awards – Queensland, 23 August Several categories are […]

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New research released last month examines for the first time how and where philanthropic funds in Australia were distributed by cause, sector and region. Where the money goes: private wealth for public good, supported by the Myer Foundation and Telstra Foundation, provides a high level analysis of 4,119 philanthropic grants made over a three year period. Key observations include: Since the Global Financial Crisis there has been a reduction in the total monetary value of grants made by foundations down […]

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  Centuries past, when a person wanted to publish a book, they needed to seek commitments from people to buy it before it went to print. People effectively coughed up the cash to show their support. And then the publisher would send it to print.   Crowdfunding works on similar principles. You have an idea and people ‘buy in’ to the idea, with cash, to help get it off the ground. Effectively sourcing funding from what is termed the ‘crowd’. […]

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There’s a bucketload of worthy grants on the horizon. Get busy folks:     Management Excellence Awards: Queensland & NT, 15 July The Australian Institute of Management hosts awards which recognise owner managers, young managers, not-for-profit managers and professional managers. Nominations close 15 July and more information is available at http://www.aimawards.com.au/.   Thiess Care Grants, 19 July Thiess offers charities, not for profit and community groups funding of up to $10,000 for initiatives that provide a health, environment or education […]

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New Commonwealth Grant Guidelines, which began on 1 June, have come into effect. The guidelines establish the requirements and key principles that apply to all Commonwealth grants, whether one-off, low value grants or long-term, high-value activities. The guidelines provide some flexibility for Ministers and agencies to development grants administration processes, in consultation with stakeholders that are best suited and proportional to the specific granting activities. The guidelines can be downloaded at http://www.finance.gov.au/publications/fmg-series/docs/FMG-3-Commonwealth-Grant-Guidelines-June-2013.pdf.  

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