Funding and Resources

Kiama Council Health & Sustainability Grants – Round 6 are now OPEN

Closing date 10 September 2020

Kiama Council is offering up to $1,500 to not-for-profit incorporated groups or incorporated school P&Cs to drive small projects aiming to improve the health and environmental outcomes for the Kiama Community.

We are looking for ideas that will provide and promote opportunities for the community to:

  • Engage in regular physical activity
  • Improve the health of the natural environment
  • Develop knowledge and skills in healthy eating or active living
  • Develop skills in sustainable food practices (excluding community gardening)
  • Improve the mental health and wellbeing of residents in the LGA.

Projects can come in various forms and can include workshops, programs, expos etc.

For more information on eligibility, guidelines and application form, visit Councils website or contact Council’s Health Promotion Officer on 02 4232 0444.

Anyone can join the list, for free, at

Not-for-Profit Finance Week: FREE training to help get your finances back on track

With JobKeeper payments soon to be rolled back and fundraising under pressure, not-for-profits are rightly concerned about their financial future.

So you won’t want to miss Not-for-Profit Finance Week, August 3-7, featuring free training worth hundreds of dollars.

Our Community, in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank, will be offering FIVE free webinars exploring answers to these questions and more:

  • What questions should our board ask about the finances?
  • What’s the outlook for the sector?
  • What is our balance sheet telling us about our financial health?
  • What are some out-of-the-box options for our organisation?

Expert presenters include:

  • Adj Professor Susan Pascoe AM, Chair of the Australian Council for International Development and the Community Directors Council
  • Denis Moriarty, Group Managing Director, Our Community
  • David Crosbie, CEO, Community Council for Australia
  • Professor David Gilchrist, Co-convenor, Not-for-profits UWA, University of Western Australia
  • Stephen Halmarick, Chief Economist and Head of Global Economic &Markets Research, Commonwealth Bank
  • Eloise Newbury, Innovation Manager, Schools and Not-for-Profit Sector Banking, Commonwealth Bank

We’ll also launch the Not-for-Profit Treasurers Awards and a bunch of great new resources (also free), including Damn Good Advice for Chairs.

 Find out more and register for sessions now 

More webinars to help you adapt

These webinars are very affordable at $80 (or just $70 if you’re a member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia).

Setting an effective course for your organisation

1pm AEST, Wednesday, August 26

 Register now 

Understanding your constitution (for sporting groups)

1pm AEST Wednesday, August 26

 Register now 

Webinars on demand

Managing termination and redundancy (free)           Watch now 

Perfect your financial reporting ($80/$70)                 Watch now 

Diversify your funding with the 7 pillars (free)         Watch now 

Engaging with funders during a crisis (free)            Watch now 

Managing your return to the workplace (free)          Watch now 

Find more webinars on the Save Our Sector page.

 View past webinars 

GiveNow donations growing despite COVID-19

In a positive sign for NFPs seeking funds, figures from Our Community’s donations platform, GiveNow, show donation levels have kept growing in the past financial year. That’s because even though average donations dipped, more people are giving than ever. June donations also held steady amid growing pressure on pandemic-affected budgets.

GiveNow general manager Jarred Slomoi explains: “While the recession seems to have affected the amount people give, we’ve noticed a significant increase in the overall number of donations in the past few months to causes including bushfire victims and COVID-19 support.”

The figures also show growing “stickiness” for support for local groups, while Indigenous causes are now the second highest fundraisers on the platform.

The figures could be partly a result of the growing popularity of Australia’s oldest and lowest-cost fundraising platform, which has raised $131 million for good causes since 2000, including $21 million in the past year.

The longer-term impact of COVID-19 on fundraising continues to be a major concern for Australia’s charity advocates, with surveys predicting a slump of 7-20% in donations this year.

 More about GiveNow 

Help your cause with the Generosity Registry

The COVID-19 Generosity Registry matches not-for-profits with donors who want to help. To start your own fundraising effort, add your campaign to the other great causes on GiveNow.

 Generoisty Register 

 COVID-19 causes on GiveNow 

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