Monday, December 31, 2007

DOH's Christmas Gift. Don't blink or you'll miss it.

DH hears on the grapevine that tenant activists are somewhat cynical about DOH's new EcoWise and Community Development Resourcing Grants 2007/ 08

Announced in mid December, and with a closing date at the end of January, just when no tenant groups are active, it's down to individual local heroes with nothing better to do over the Christmas holidays than to sweat over a grant submission. And demonstrate that their project will "promote community awareness and skills development and can demonstrate through practical examples innovative ways to increase environmental sustainability within social housing communities". As the song says,

Dashing to the post, on EOI closing day
O what fun it is to write an expression of interest demonstrating that your project meets the following selection criteria, and its goals, objectives and KPIs *

*(not to mention either incorporate as an organisation, or find one to
sponsor you. If one is open over Christmas of course).

The usual tenant suspects who care about these things have been heard to wonder aloud whether DOH is hoping nobody noticed.
Still keen to do something for your community between now and the 31st?

On your laptops, Get ready, Steady. Go!

See the full list of criteria and the application form

Oh and dont forget to have ready the following snippets of information (p4 of 5)
Please attach the following documentation to your application:
 photocopies of 3 written quotes for the purchase of any equipment costing $1000 or more
 photocopies of insurance quotes
 a photocopy of incorporation certificate
 a copy of the most recent audited statement for 12 months of your group (or your sponsor, where relevant) showing income, including all sources of funding, and expenditure
 the current constitution or articles of association of your group or sponsor
 the most recent annual report, or the chairperson’s and treasurer’s reports from the last annual general meeting of your organisation or your sponsor. (Note: if the applicant is an unincorporated group but has an annual report or reports from its last annual general meeting, these should also be attached.)
 a letter of authorisation regarding financial or in-kind contributions that will be made to the project by the applicant or sponsor
 any other information to support your application.

Selection Criteria
Selection for Eco-Wise Community grants is a statewide, merit-based process. Eligible applications will be assessed by an Assessment Panel against the following selection criteria:
• Consistency with program aims and objectives: demonstrated alignment of project outcomes with the aims and objectives of the Eco-Wise Community Grants pilot, clear explanation of how the project addresses one or more of the program objectives.
• Demonstrated ability to deliver the project to a high standard: sound project planning and methodology, access to appropriate expertise in relevant field, demonstrated project management skills and experience of working in the housing sector and with social housing mmunities.
• Efficiency and effectiveness: stated outcomes are measurable, both qualitatively and quantitatively, extent of participation by social housing residents and other key stakeholder groups, demonstrated assessment of risk factors and identification of risk management approach, inclusion of realistic and achievable objectives and deliverables.
• Value for money: Extent to which the budget is viable for the project, sustainable outcomes of the project relative to the amount of funding sought.

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