New Grants

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace  Relations has just announced they are seeking proposals for innovative community, environmental and heritage projects that will create jobs and build skillls for the future.

The Jobs Fund is a $650 million Australian Government Initiative to support and create jobs and skills development through projects that build community and social infrastructure. The Jobs Fund forms part of the Australian Government’s Jobs and Training Compact and has been established to support families and communities most affected by the Global Economic Recession.

The Jobs Fund will also invest in one-off capital projects to improve community infrastructure and will provide seed funding for social enterprises.

$100 million is available in this first call for proposals under two of the three streams:

1) the Local Jobs stream

2) the Get Communities Working stream.

Funding will be in the form of one-off grants for projects up to $2 million, ready to commence from July 2009.

Timing

The closing time and date for proposals is 4.30pm EST Friday 22nd May 2009.

Eligibility

Non-profit organisations, employment services providers, industry associations, unions, peak bodies, regional development agencies, industry associations, local, state and territory governments, and community organisations will be eligible to apply for funding.

Priority will be given to projects in regions experiencing high levels of disadvantage and most affected by job losses.

What criteria will be used to select projects?

Jobs Fund projects must address at least one of the following four target areas:

• create jobs or retain people in jobs at risk due to the downturn

• build skills for the future

• build community infrastructure or improve community amenity which generates local jobs, or

• provide seed funding for social enterprises to start up, maintain or expand services, generating jobs and improving community services.

All projects must also meet a common set of gateway criteria:

• be in areas experiencing high unemployment, a significant rise in unemployment or vulnerability

• be viable and ready to start, and

• be self-sufficient and/or not require Commonwealth funding beyond 30 June 2011, as funding will not extend past 2010-11.

More Information

If you are interested in more information please visit the fund website at www.deewr.gov.au . If you wish to talk to Treadstone about our consulting services to help you submit your grant application please contact us on:  Office: (03) 9016 3575

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