VSO Funding

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Applications are now closed.

Volunteering Victoria recently secured $300,000 of state funding to support Volunteer Support Organisations (VSOs) through COVID-19. The conditions of this funding are that:

Volunteering Victoria will identify 13 Volunteer Support Organisations to provide targeted practical assistance with engaging volunteers, in the context of COVID-19.

Successful VSOs will be provided with $25,000 in funding to be used over a six month period to achieve the State Government’s objective.

It is important to note that this funding is not designed to support business as usual activities and/or current daily activities already in place to support volunteers locally during COVID-19.  As a result, we are requesting that organisations wishing to participate identify their number one local COVID priority and detail how they will address this within the scope of the $25,000 funding available.

If you have any questions about the funding and/or the application and selection process please contact Tanya Di Michele at Volunteering Victoria by clicking the ‘contact us’ button.

Selection

Process

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Selection

Process

To ensure transparency and accountability in the application selection process, Volunteering Victoria has convened a judging panel to include Anthony Carbines MP together with representatives from DHHS and Volunteering Victoria.

The panel will assess applicants’ eligibility based on the selection criteria and weighting scale proposed.

Additional scoring is also available for collaborative applications submitted by more than one VSO and where outcomes support the engagement of CALD communities and/or people with disability.

Funding

Timeframe

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Funding

Timeframe

Applications open 2-Sep-20
Applications close 15-Sep-20
Successful applicants notified 30-Sep-20
Funding distributed to successful VSOs 1-Oct-20
Project end + final report/recommendations submitted 30-Apr-21

Selection

Criteria

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Selection

Criteria

Scoring of VSO funding applications will be completed by a judging panel using the metrics listed under each criteria.  The 12 applications with the highest overall score will be selected to receive the state funding available.

In addition to the selection criteria, additional points will be awarded for expected outcomes and/or perceived benefits outlined in the application that support:

Score
(if yes)
A collaborative application with one or more VSOs to achieve the project objective 10
The engagement of CALD communities and/or people with disability 10

Criteria

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Criteria

1

Scoring of VSO funding applications will be completed by a judging panel using the following metrics across all three criteria.  The 12 applications with the highest overall score will be selected to receive the state funding available.

Criteria 1:
40%

Outline your number one priority, including the expected outcomes and how they provide targeted practical assistance to support local volunteer engagement through COVID-19.

Judging matrix

Exceptional 21-30 Outcomes are clearly defined and show strong links to supporting volunteer engagement through COVID-19.
Good 11-20 Outcomes are clearly defined and show some links to supporting volunteer engagement through COVID-19.
Poor 0-10 Minimal outcomes defined for supporting volunteer engagement through COVID-19.

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Criteria

2

Scoring of VSO funding applications will be completed by a judging panel using the following metrics across all three criteria.  The 12 applications with the highest overall score will be selected to receive the state funding available.

Criteria 2: 40%

What are the perceived outcomes of addressing your number one priority to:

  • Your organisation
  • Local volunteers
  • Other local volunteer involving organisations

Applications should provide a proposed method of evaluation for determining project success.

Judging matrix

Exceptional 21-30 Significant benefits to the organisation and/or local community, including a well-defined method of evaluation for determining project success.
Good 11-20 Some benefits to the organisation and/or local community, including a method of evaluation for determining project success.
Poor 0-10 Minimal benefits to the organisation and/or local community.

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Criteria

3

Scoring of VSO funding applications will be completed by a judging panel using the following metrics across all three criteria.  The 12 applications with the highest overall score will be selected to receive the state funding available.

Criteria 3: 20%

Engagement of Community Activation and Social Isolation (CASI) community connectors.

Engagement with CASI community connectors ensures that volunteer engagement initiatives are directly supporting the needs of local communities through COVID.  For more information on CASI please visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/community-services-all-sector-coronavirus-covid-19.

Judging matrix

Exceptional 21-30 Engagement of community connectors directly supports the achievement of one or more expected outcomes.

 

Good 11-20 Engagement of community connectors shows some influence for supporting the achievement of one or more expected outcomes.

 

Poor 0-10 Engagement of community connectors shows minimal influence for supporting the achievement of one or more expected outcomes; or there is no evidence of proposed engagement.