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I’D LOVE TO MAKE MY NEIGHBOURHOOD BETTER BY: ______________________________

MAKE IT HAPPEN WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PROJECT BOOTCAMP

Get a project off the ground (or in the ground) with a free bootcamp of training, mentoring, and funding for communities.

Want to run community projects on underutilised land in your area – whether that’s veggies in the verge, public art, a regular market, or more – but don’t know where to start?

Apply for the Neighbourhood Project Bootcamp, which is championing five local projects in the greater Melbourne area this year.

You and a friend could receive training, expert mentoring, and access to funding and contacts to help make it happen – and best of all, it’s free.

What does the program involve?

Community bootcamp

Build local connections, develop an idea, and get a project rolling!

Includes support and mentoring from CoDesign Studio and community leaders who’ve done it before, access to materials, and access to funding opportunities.

• Build local networks and meet people
• Uncover local skills and materials
• Identify land and opportunities
• Develop an idea
• Test the waters with a small community event
• Pitch for your share of $100,000
• Build relationships with council staff, who will guide you through any permits and requirements
• Bring a project to life in your neighbourhood!

Council bootcamp

Staff from your council will receive a program of expert support to make community-led projects easier.

Includes consulting and mentoring from CoDesign Studio and previous participants, and access to specialist support, promotion, and materials.

• Work collaboratively between departments, and with the community
• Build support within their organisations to try new ways of working
• Review internal process with expert support
• Be supported to manage risk and compliance for community-led projects
• Help communities make a difference and access funding opportunities

Make it happen!

It’s not just training – after pitching for funding, your group will bring a neighbourhood project to life!

We are on hand to troubleshoot and mentor during installation, and to help you plan for the long term.

KEY DATES

   Applications open: 1 June

   Info sessions: 5-18 June

   Applications close: 30 June

  Participants selected: 1 August

  Round 2 delivered: September 2017 onwards

 

Please note that a final round of applications will open in early 2018.

How to apply

STEP 1

Download the info pack, and talk to your neighbours or colleagues.

STEP 3

Submit your application by 30 June 2017.

The application form will be available on this website from 1 June.

Community eligibility

We encourage applications from all sorts of local groups and communities, whether you’re just a few dedicated local mates or a formally incorporated group.

You must commit to sending two people to the bootcamp, and be willing to collaborate with other locals and groups to develop an idea and install a trial in public space in your neighbourhood. This is about benefiting your neighbourhood, not just you or your group.

You do not need a specific project idea to apply.

Can councils apply?

This year, only communities can submit an application. Interested councils should send this page or the info pack to local community groups and encourage them to apply.

Councils’ commitment to the program is a criteria for community selection.

Read more below, and please contact CoDesign Studio with any questions.

Learn more from those who participated in Round 1!

Who’s behind The Neighbourhood Project?

 

The Neighbourhood Project is a movement of people just like you – local citizens, passionate professionals, and curious governments – shaping places that thrive.

It is run by CoDesign Studio, a social enterprise design consultancy that inspires people to shape their neighbourhoods, with the generous support of the Myer Foundation. Thanks to our program partners Resilient Melbourne and the Municipal Association of Victoria, and supporters city2050 and Think Impact.

The Neighbourhood Project is a three-year trial program to make community-led placemaking easier. By 2019, based on participants’ projects and experiences, we will release a tried and tested model that can be rolled out across Australia and adapted for use around the world.

Learn more about the program on our About page, and if you’re interested in becoming a program partner, please get in touch.

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GET IN TOUCH

General enquiries, including applications, partnership or sponsorship:

+61 (0) 3 9417 0020
theneighbourhoodproject@codesignstudio.com.au

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Work for council?

Join the movement for community-led placemaking

Do your communities want to run community projects on underutilised land – whether that’s veggies in the verge, public art, a regular market, or more – but don’t know where to start?

Encourage them to apply for the Neighbourhood Project Bootcamp, which is championing five local projects in the greater Melbourne area this year.

They could receive free training, mentoring, and access to funding and contacts to help make it happen, and your council will be eligible to gain access to this nationally leading program and expert support.

Community-led, council-supported

In Round 2, only communities can submit an application. Interested councils should read the upper part of this page and the info pack, then send these to community leaders/groups and encourage them to apply.

Application process

1. Communities apply to participate
2. The selection panel asks applicants’ councils about their commitment to take part in the program
3. Up to five communities are selected, taking council commitment into account
4. Participating councils undertake a community-led placemaking bootcamp (an abbreviated version of the Round 1 council program)
5. Participating councils help their communities navigate scope, permitting, and risk management, with support of CoDesign Studio and previous participants.

Councils will not deliver the community training or projects.

Why can’t we apply directly?

During The Neighbourhood Project’s three-year trial, we are testing several different approaches including council-led applications, community-led applications, and different forms of collaboration. We’re curious to see how people, process, and place interact, and how to best embed sustainable change in the sector.

Round 1 had a strong process angle and applications were led by councils; for Round 2 we are taking a stronger community angle, although there is still a critical role for councils to play.

Checklist to get ready

• Send the info pack to community members, community groups, and local leaders who you think would benefit, and encourage them to apply
• Think about which of your colleagues from other departments would be best placed to participate in the cross-council Urban Leadership Team
• Take the info pack to a meeting with these colleagues for a brainstorm
• Chat with your general managers to gauge their interest

What’s involved?

What’s required?

Councils commit to providing:

• Funding of up to $10,000 to match a community grant provided by The Neighbourhood Project.
• Time for at least four staff from different departments to form an Urban Leadership Team which will participate in the bootcamp and support the community’s project. This cannot be covered by the matched funding above.
• The commitment of one officer to be the community’s primary contact, and to help them navigate council processes.
• Participation in program monitoring and evaluation.

What do we get?

In return, councils receive a program worth $80,000 to make community-led placemaking and cross-council collaboration easier.

This includes consulting and mentoring from CoDesign Studio and previous participants, and access to specialist support, promotion, and materials.

Officers in the Urban Leadership Team will:

• Work collaboratively between departments, and with the community
• Build support within their organisations to try new ways of working
• Review internal process with expert support
• Be supported to manage risk and compliance for community-led projects
• Help communities make a difference and access funding opportunities

KEY DATES

   Community applications open: 1-30 June

   Councils contacted by selection panel: 1-15 July

  Participants selected: 1 August

  Round 2 delivered: September 2017 onwards

 

Please note that a final round of applications will open in early 2018.

Not ready just yet?

Get ready for Round 3 in early 2018

If you’re keen but not quite ready, you can lay the groundwork now for the Neighbourhood Project’s final round in early 2018.

• Speak with your CEO and colleagues to see if community-led placemaking is supported in the council plan, or if it could be.
• Speak with community groups and local leaders about community-led placemaking, to assess the level of interest. Think beyond your usual community groups – are there others in the area who’d be interested too?
• Download and share Tactical Urbanism Vol 4 (pdf), which is full of ideas for placemaking projects.
• Is there something else that would help you get ready, but don’t see it here? Contact us, we may be able to find a resource that can help.

Training and consulting

CoDesign Studio offers a range of training programs and consultations, from one-hour assessments to full-day staff workshops.

Download the training brochure below for more information, or contact us for an option tailored to your needs.