Not for Profit News February 2017

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Information from State Government

Strategic framework for sport and recreation- Sport and Recreation Victoria

Sport and Recreation Victoria is developing a framework for sport and recreation with the aim of strengthening the system and detailing how the broader economic, health and community benefits can be maximised. A discussion paper and background information are now available and responses are now being sought. If you work in transport, health, disability, children/family services, education, this is relevant to you.

Responses close: 20 February 2017

Ricci Marks Award- Department of Premier and Cabinet

This award recognises the achievements and aspirations of young Aboriginal people in training, education, arts, sport, culture and community leadership.

Nominations close: 6 March 2017

Youth Crime Prevention Grants- Department of Justice and Regulation

The Youth Crime Prevention Grants program provides funding for community-led initiatives that address offending behaviour and recidivism by young people aged 10-24 years who have had contact with, or are at risk of involvement with, the criminal justice system.

One-off grants of up to $200,000 to community partnerships to develop and implement evidenced-based youth crime prevention strategies in areas of high crime and disadvantage.

Applications close: 4.00pm 3 March 2017

Information from Commonwealth Government

Social impact investing discussion paper- The Treasury

A discussion paper on social impact investing and the development of the social impact investment market in Australia has been released.

Social impact investments are investments made with the intention of generating measurable social and/or environmental outcomes in addition to a financial return. Social impact investing aims to bring together governments, service providers, investors, philanthropists and communities to tackle a range of social and environmental issues.

This discussion paper seeks views on a whole of government position on social impact investing including:

  • the potential role of the Commonwealth Government in the social impact investing market
  • principles for social impact investing to guide Commonwealth Government involvement in the social impact investing market
  • possible Commonwealth regulatory barriers to the growth of the market.

The Government invites all interested parties to make a submission.

Submissions close: 27 February 2017

Information from the Community Sector

Social enterprise grants- Westpac Foundation

The Westpac Foundations Social Scale-up Grant is designed to help scale-up not-for-profit social enterprises that are creating jobs and employment pathways for individuals who often face significant barriers to entering the mainstream job market or are often excluded from the workforce.

Social Enterprises must have a proven model to support those individuals in accessing jobs, training and qualifications, or work experience to be eligible.

Successful grant recipients will receive $300,000 over three years, as well as valuable non-financial support such as business mentoring through the More than Money Program, to help scale-up their operations, grow their business and increase their social impact.

Social Scale-up Grants applications close: 28 February 2017

Save the date- Communities in Control Conference- Our Community

When: 29-30 May 2017
Where: Moonee Ponds Melbourne
Cost: $325-$385

Free training programs for job seekers- Crown (Casino) College

Crown College is running the following courses free of charge as part of the 500 Places Program:

  • Certificate II in Security Operations
  • Certificate III in Hospitality

These courses are funded by Crown College. They have had 45 people complete the courses so far with 11 of these people then securing employment within Crown Casino and 31 people becoming employed in the hospitality and/or tourism industry. If you work with:

  • Retrenched workers
  • women in crisis
  • new immigrants
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders

or know people who do, please pass this course information on.

Volunteer National Standards Workshop- Volunteering Victoria

The National Standards for Volunteer Involvement are Australia’s best practice road-map for volunteering. This workshop will introduce managers of volunteers to the framework and explore ways that it can be implemented to suit your program’s needs. Participants will be introduced to a tool that will facilitate a self-audit against the standards and receive a copy of the Implementing the National Standards Guide and Workbook upon completion.

When: 9.15am-12.45pm 28 February 2017
Where: The Multicultural Hub 506 Elizabeth Street Melbourne
Cost: $115-$145

Board Builder Conference- Institute of Community Directors

Topics include:

  • Using Data for Good
  • Board Recruitment and Induction
  • Financial Indicators
  • Managing Risk
  • Better Decision-Making
  • Negotiating Change and more.

When: 9am - 5pm 6 March 2017
Where: Moonee Valley Racecourse Melbourne
Cost: $240-$335

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