WA Hiking Participation Grants 2021/22

Guidelines

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The WA Hiking Participation Grants program is aimed at growing participation in hiking in Western Australia through the development and delivery of new opportunities for participation, skill development and/or building the capacity of leaders (including guides, instructors and volunteers). Applicants are encouraged to be creative and innovative in the development of their projects. Projects should align with the WA Hiking Strategy, encourage participation and capitalise on the benefits of trail running and bushwalking.

Objectives

  • Increase entry level opportunities to engage new participants of all ages, cultures, abilities and demographic backgrounds in hiking pursuits.
  • Expand the skill development opportunities for participants to develop towards independence.
  • Grow the leadership base of hiking (including guides, coaches, instructors and assistants).
  • Grow and support the volunteer base of hiking activities.

Definitions

Hiking is defined as bushwalking and trail running.

Funding available

  • Grants between $5000 and $25,000 are available via a competitive funding round.
  • Organisations are encouraged to contribute cash and/or in-kind support to the total project.

Eligible organisations

The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  • Local Government Authorities
  • community organisations
  • local active recreation clubs and associations.

In addition, to be eligible for funding applicants must:

  • be incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA), or an Indigenous organisation under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI), or a local government or a company limited by guarantee
  • possess an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have completed all outstanding grant acquittals for the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC). Grant payments may be withheld until outstanding acquittal documentation is received
  • not have any outstanding grant acquittal requirements with the Sport and Recreation Service Area of DLGSC
  • maintain appropriate and sufficient insurance cover for the duration of the project. A certificate of currency of insurance/s for the coming year should be provided upon application. Please note, for Public Liability Insurance, a minimum value of $10 million per claim or occurrence giving rise to a claim is required.

Ineligible organisations

  • other State Government departments
  • public companies.

Eligible projects/initiatives

The WA Hiking Participation Grants are aimed at growing participation in hiking in Western Australia through the provision of opportunities for:

  • participation; and/or
  • skill development in participants and/or leaders (including guides, coaches, instructors and assistants).

Applicants are encouraged to be creative and innovative in the development of their projects.

  • Projects must be new or an expansion of an existing project. Funding will not be provided to deliver activities that the organisation has previously delivered, unless it expands the reach (e.g. into new regions or different target markets).
  • Projects must not commence before approval has been granted by DLGSC.
  • No retrospective funding will be considered..

Projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • hosting 'have-a-go' activities for bushwalking and/or trail running
  • engaging Aboriginal people with training opportunities in hiking leadership
  • delivering hiking expedition activities to culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities
  • delivering training in navigation, bushcraft, trail maintenance, first aid etc
  • establishing new hiking clubs and groups in regional areas
  • designing and delivering hiking programs of increasing levels of self-reliance
  • developing training products for hiking leaders.

Funding may be used for

  • personnel costs (e.g. employment of trainer etc.)
  • training of volunteers (e.g. attainment of skills/qualifications, Working with Children Checks, first aid training)
  • venue and equipment hire (not owned or occupied by applicant)
  • training and workshops
  • marketing/communication costs that are directly related to the project
  • administration (e.g. telephone, postage, stationary etc.)
  • catering
  • provision of interpreting and translating services
  • transport/travel (e.g. participant bus transport, facilitator travel to regional locations etc.)
  • insurance (for applications not greater than $5000 only).

Funding may not be used for

  • existing or ongoing organisational costs
  • programs/activities that have already commenced or taken place
  • projects or activities that have already been funded by DLGSC
  • purchase of merchandise or equipment (e.g. clothing, water bottles, navigation equipment, first aid equipment, etc.)
  • trophies, prize money or gifts
  • individual membership fees
  • capital works
  • projects undertaken outside of Western Australia.

How to apply

Application information

  • Read the WA Hiking Participation Grants guidelines in full.
  • Contact DLGSC to discuss your project and request an application form (refer to further information for contact details).
  • Complete the application form.
  • Provide a copy of the organisation’s current insurance certificates including public liability.
  • Submit your application by no later than 5 pm on Friday 5 November 2021.

Application requirements

  • Application must address one or more of the funding objectives.
  • Projects must not commence prior to funding approval.
  • Provide proof that the organisation has sufficient current insurance cover including public liability insurance to the value of $10 million per claim or occurrence giving rise to a claim. A certificate of currency of insurance/s for the coming year should be provided upon application.
  • Demonstrate that all necessary approvals have been obtained (e.g. land manager’s approval).
  • One application per organisation will be considered.
  • Incomplete applications may be considered unsuccessful upon receipt.
  • Application must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 5 November 2021.

Tools and resources

Applicants are encouraged to review:

Important dates

The WA Hiking Participation Grants will be offered in one funding round in 2021/22.
Key dates:

  • Grant round opens: Tuesday 28 September 2021
  • Grant round closes: Friday 5 November 2021
  • Applicants notified: February 2022
  • Projects completed by: Friday 30 June 2023

Assessment and acquittal process

Assessment process

  • DLGSC will assess whether applications comply with the eligibility criteria.
  • A panel will assess eligible applications against the grant criteria.
  • The panel recommends grant recipients to the Minister for Sport and Recreation for approval.
  • Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified via email.

Assessment criteria

An assessment will be made to determine if the application is eligible by assessing it against the grant criteria. If approved, a grant agreement will be entered into which outlines the grant conditions and acquittal requirements. Once signed and returned, the grant will be paid directly to the applicant body (organisation/association).

Each application will be assessed against the following criteria:

Target audience

Describe the target audience, including measures to tailor the project to the needs of the target audience.

Development and participation benefits

Outline how the project will achieve development and/or participation benefits (only address the points that are relevant to the project):

  • describe how the project provides opportunities for entry level participation
  • describe how the project provides opportunity for participants to expand their skill base toward achieving independence
  • describe how the project builds the organisation’s capacity to provide participation opportunities e.g. increase in the number of accredited leaders, increase number of volunteers
  • describe how the project will grow the leadership base of hiking
  • describe how the project will grow and support hiking volunteers.

Project profile

Estimate participation numbers including number of sessions, hours/days of involvement, qualifications attained.

Financial sustainability

Demonstrate the organisation’s financial capacity to deliver the project:

  • provide a proposed budget for the project
  • provide evidence of organisation’s contribution (cash and in-kind) if applicable
  • provide evidence of other financial contribution commitments (cash and in-kind) from project partners (if applicable).

Note: In-kind support and/or funding contributions from the applying organisation and project partners will be viewed favourably.

Risk management

Demonstrate an appropriate level of risk management such as:

  • a risk management plan
  • qualifications and experience of trainers/leaders
  • appropriate levels of insurance considerations
  • relationship to the Australian Adventure Activity Standards.

Capacity and capability to deliver

Demonstrate capacity and capability to deliver the proposed project such as:

  • letters of support from land managers
  • experience in delivering similar projects
  • skills and experience of the project managers.

Acquittal requirements

Successful applicants will be required to enter into a grant agreement, fulfil deliverables identified within a key result schedule and undertake financial reporting obligations.

Your acquittal report must be submitted within 30 days of the project completion date as specified in the grant agreement.

Conditions of funding agreements

  • If your organisation has an ABN and is registered for GST, the grant will be 'grossed up' by 10 per cent of the grant amount.
  • If your organisation has an ABN and is not registered for GST, no GST will be paid.
  • Your organisation has completed all outstanding grant acquittals for DLGSC. Grant payments may be withheld until outstanding acquittal documentation is received. 

Further information

To discuss your project and request an application form, please contact:

Steve Bennett
Telephone 61 8 9492 9732
Email Steve Bennett

Suzie Andrews
Telephone 61 8 9492 9625
Email Suzie Andrews

Page reviewed 28 September 2021