Apply for a grant

The grants will provide funding for small community groups to run events in their community to address mental health. Events must adopt a whole community approach and be held within Victoria. Events that will be funded must address one or more of the following areas:

  • Social inclusion
  • Mental health associated Disability
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Mental health stigma
  • Mental health education
  • Mental health carer support/respite
  • Gender diversity
  • Domestic violence

RFDS Victoria is calling on recognised small Community Groups in Victoria to apply for grants.

For the purpose of LOTFG, ‘Community Group’ is defined as a local, grassroots society, association or club engaged in charitable or other community-based activity operating under Australian law and not for the purpose of making a profit. The aim of the group is to work for the public benefit. Community Groups may include those who are incorporated, unincorporated, co-operatives or registered charities. Examples of Community Groups LOTFG is targeting are (but not limited to):

  • Rotary clubs
  • Lions clubs
  • Women’s associations
  • Men’s sheds
  • Sporting and cultural clubs
  • Neighbourhood or community houses

All Community Groups must be located in Victoria, be recognised and have a bank account in the Community Group’s name and be able to provide a copy of the treasurer’s most recent financial report.

RFDS supports small community groups partnering with local health services.

Community groups that are successful in receiving a grant will be required to:

  • Enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with RFDS Victoria, to be signed by the President or formally nominated representative of the group
  • Provide a confirmed event date within 3 weeks of funding notification
  • Submit invoices within 2 weeks of the event
  • Provide an acquittal report within 2 weeks of the event
  • Demonstrate the benefit of the event to the community
  • Provide an event report and participate in evaluation of the program

Each grant application will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • Ability to articulate why this/these problems are an issue for their community
  • The objectives for the event are clear and achievable
  • The proposal articulates how the event will address the identified need
  • The proposal articulates how the event will benefit the community
  • The event is aligned with RFDS Victoria’s values and goals
  • The proposed budget is realistic
  • A letter of endorsement supporting the event is provided from either the local council or local health service

Groups or activities that meet the following criteria will not be funded by RFDS Victoria for a ‘Look Over the Farm Gate’ event:

  • Normal operational costs
  • For profit organisations
  • Existing activity or programs
  • General fundraising appeal
  • Deficit funding
  • Duplication of existing services, programs or events in the target community
  • Projects that do not align with RFDS Victoria values and goals
  • Projects outside Victoria
  • Projects that do not have a whole community focus

Here are some suggestions of events that you could run in your community with a Look Over the Farm Gate grant. These are just some suggestions to get you thinking, and are not prescriptive. We want to see events that reflect the needs of your community.

If you have an idea that you want advice and feedback on, contact the Look Over the Farm Gate Team on 03 8412 0444 or email lotfg@rfdsvic.com.au

Women’s luncheon with a guest speaker

A luncheon for local women to attend with a guest speaker to present on managing stress and supporting family and community through tough times.

Mindfulness workshop

A mindfulness workshop for teens to deal with mental health, as well as school and exam stress, facilitated by a local mental health worker.

Local Art Competition

Have a local art competition with the theme “Look Over the Farm Gate”. There could be several categories with one for school aged children, adults and artists, with prizes available for each category. At the opening night of the exhibition, there will be a local speaker who will talk about lived experience and the importance of accessing services.

Fashion Parade

A local fashion parade that is curated with the theme of “community togetherness”. The event will be an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate local talent, as well as being made aware of local service that exist to support mental health.

Applications Open: 19th February 2018
Applications Close: 9th March 2018
All events are to be run prior to: 30th June 2018
Applicants will be notified of their result: 23rd March 2018

*Successful applicants must complete their Acquittal Report within TWO weeks of completion of event.