"Auspice" might be an unusual word, but its meaning is simple. It just means to lend support to someone. In the context of grant applications, an auspice organisation is one that actually gets given the grant money on your behalf. They also have the responsibility for making sure that the project gets completed on time.
Sometimes grants are set up so that only organisations, and not individuals or groups of individuals can apply for them. That doesn't mean that they have to give up on the idea of applying for a grant though. MACS Inc. recognises that many cultural communities and organisations are not incorporated and as such, as part of its community development role, MACS Inc. are able to auspice unincorporated not-for-profit community groups or projects.
This involves MACS Inc. taking on a degree of legal and financial responsibility for the group/project and an auspicing contract reflects a clear understanding and agreement between MACS Inc. and the auspiced group/project.
This auspice policy applies to general auspicing of groups/projects as well as auspicing of funding from government or philanthropic sources.
Groups or projects looking to be auspiced by MACS must fill out a ‘MACS Auspice Application Form’ (available upon request), providing an overview of the group/project.
Applications where the projected income is over $5,000 will be assessed by the MACS Inc. Management Committee. A formal agreement will be entered into between MACS Inc. and the group/project in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). MACS Inc. will nominate a liaison person who will be the group/project’s point of contact within MACS Inc.
Where the group/project is requesting that MACS Inc. extend its public liability or other insurances to the group/activity, the application is also assessed by the MACS Inc. insurance broker. Additional charges may need to be passed on to the group/project (but will be a more cost effective than the group purchasing their own insurance).
Grant Writing We can help you to complete your grant application and provide information and support to assist you to profile your activity or event.