Community Grants Information
Eligibility is determined based on a set of criteria
Grants of up to $5000 (GST Inc.) are available to eligible applicants to support a wide range of community group or activities that benefit the communities surrounding the mine at Fosterville. The aim of these grants is to support projects that provide specific sustainable outcomes which have long lasting benefit/s to the wider community
To be considered, projects must address at least two goals defined under the five pillars of social responsibility. These pillars include;
- Economic Development
Not for Profit, sporting and recreation, and community organisations are eligible to apply.
Community Organisations must be located within the area surrounding the Fosterville Gold Mine.
This area is approximately bounded by the townships of Lockington, Milloo, Raywood, Marong, Lockwood, Sedgwick, Redesdale, Heathcote, Toolleen, Colbinabbin, Rochester and Elmore and is inclusive of Bendigo.
- Political organisations or campaigns.
- Religious organisations for religious purposes.
- Projects which, in the opinion of the administrators/company, are the responsibility of Federal, State or Local Government.
- Organisations who have previously received grant funding but have not properly acquitted the previous funding agreement.
- Appeals on behalf of auxiliaries or foundations undertaking capital appeals of a general nature.
- Applications submitted after the closing date.
- Projects that are for commercial benefit.
- Ongoing core operational costs such as salaries, training, facility maintenance, insurance, rent, utilities etc.
- Retrospective activities or events (activities or events that have already occurred).
- Projects must provide benefit to a significant number of community members.
- Applicants must detail how the project will be funded and delivered.
- Organisations must obtain all planning and/or building permits and any other authorisations including public liability insurance associated with the project.
- The project must be completed within one calendar year. This may be extended if it is demonstrated that COVID 19 restrictions have resulted in a delay in delivery of the project.
- Organisations must agree to expend grant monies only in accordance with the successful grant project application.
- The project must be based within the local community as described above.
- The project must address at least two of the goals outlined in the Social Responsibility Strategy.
- A detailed budget and schedule of works must be submitted with the application. This must include all quotes and where possible at least two quotes should be provided.
- All required authorisations must be outlined in the grant application and supporting documentation must be provided such as permit applications, letters of support/permission. Failure to do so will make the application invalid.
- The project must demonstrate forward planning, be well organised, and include ongoing support from the group.
- Any unspent grant money must be returned to the program at the end of the grant period unless prior approval has been sought.
- Offer of grant by the program in no way implies any ongoing fundingw commitment or obligation.
- No information will be divulged regarding progress of applications prior to grant announcements.
- The administrators and/or company personnel will be entitled to view a grant project at any time.
- Environmental projects must consider the current regulations of relevant land managers and government authorities when preparing an application. Projects involving revegetation must submit a list of plant species.
- Organisations can submit only one application at a time and acknowledge that Fosterville Gold Mine may not necessarily fund the whole of the requested grant, depending on evaluation of the application and the funds available.
- Successful applicants must complete and submit an acquittal 12 months after grant funds are paid.