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Building Governance Capacity for Ballarat's Community Groups

Starting in mid-2022, through a four-year strategic partnership grant with the City of Ballarat, the four Neighbourhood Houses in Ballarat will build capacity for local groups through training workshops and resources.

The project involves delivery of training on governance, grant writing, financial management, running effective meetings, managing volunteers and applying for incorporation.

Community Governance Officer Role

The Community Governance Officer Role is a 15 hour/week position (0.4 FTE) based at the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House and working across the Ballarat community through all four Neighbourhood Houses in Ballarat.

The Community Governance Officer Position Description is now available.

Applications will be open until Wednesday 4 May (extended by 1 week from Wednesday 27 April as initially advertised).

To apply, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a cover letter, your resume and response to the Key Selection Criteria. 

Online Training

Not-for-Profit Law

Not-for-profit (NFP) Law is a specialist legal service for community organisations. NFP Law is a program of Justice Connect a social justice organisation and community legal service and is itself a not-for-profit community organisation and registered charity. They provide free or low cost, high quality practical legal help for not-for-profit community organisations and advocate for improved standards and legal frameworks.

See their free and low-cost live and on demand webinars: https://www.nfplaw.org.au/training/webinars

They have a range of great resources available to support not-for-profit groups: https://www.nfplaw.org.au/

Neighbourhood Houses Working Together

On Wednesday 27 October 2021 at the City of Ballarat's Council Meeting a four-year Strategic Partnership proposal from the four Neighbourhood Houses in Ballarat was approved. 

This project sees the four Ballarat Houses working closely together to support community groups across our city. 

Building Governance Capacity for Ballarat's Community Groups

Ballarat’s four Neighbourhood Houses will build capacity for local groups through training workshops and resources.

The project involves delivery of training on governance, grant writing, financial management, running effective meetings, managing volunteers and applying for incorporation.

Costs are for 0.4 FTE Governance Officer, Project Management and Administration, Minor Project Costs such as marketing and publicity.

To find out more:

City of Ballarat Council Meetings

City of Ballarat Council Meeting, Wednesday 27 October: Agenda (scroll to the bottom of the page to the file: '27 October 2021 Council Meeting Agenda with attachments_Part2'. Item 8.4 starts on p.228 (PDF p.25) and finishes on p.237 (PDF p.34)).

From the Council Meeting Agenda:

The Officer Recommendation is that the Council: "16.2 Endorse funding Ballarat East Neighbourhood House Inc. a total sum of $333,784 over four years (2021/2022, 2022/2023, 2023/2024 and 2024/2025)"

ALIGNMENT WITH COUNCIL VISION, COUNCIL PLAN, STRATEGIES AND POLICIES

  1. The purpose of the Strategic Partnerships Program is to provide funding to organisations or businesses to deliver initiatives that meet Council’s strategic objectives outlined in the Council Plan, Health and Wellbeing Plan and other relevant plans and strategies that have been endorsed by Council.
  2. The delivery of the Strategic Partnerships Program is explicitly included in the annual Council Plan Action Plan under:
    a. Goal 2: A healthy, connected and inclusive community
    b. Objective 2.1: Provide a socially equitable response to municipal growth and change
    c. Strategy: Administer the Community Impact Grant and Strategic Partnership Grant programs

COMMUNITY IMPACT

  1. Funded Strategic Partnerships must deliver on Council objectives that are broadly based around the following goals, all of which are designed to create positive community outcomes:
    a. An environmentally sustainable future
    b. A healthy, connected and inclusive community
    c. A city that fosters sustainable growth
    d. A city that conserves and enhances our natural and built assets
    e. A strong and innovative economy and city
  2. The proposals recommended for funding have community impact in creating strong community organisations and networks, aiding the local economy to recover from COVID and promoting active living and visitation to the city.