With One Voice Start-Up grant application
To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Creativity Australia is offering grants of up to $10,000 to people or groups who are wanting to start their own With One Voice choir. Only 10 of these grants are available, and all must be awarded before 30 June 2019. Applications for the With One Voice grants are NOW OPEN and will be assessed on a first-come basis. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. We look forward to partnering with as many of you as possible to change your community, and the world, through the power of singing and our innovative With One Voice model.
To apply to join the With One Voice movement and run your own community choir, please complete the following application form:
Your Organisation Name (if applicable)
Phone - landline
Phone - mobile
BEFORE YOU START - Please ensure you have read and understood the 2 documents below.
Selection Criteria -
Social Franchise Information Kit -
All parts of this form MUST be completed in order for your application to be considered.
1. UNDERSTANDING OF OUR MODEL
1a. Why do you want to start a With One Voice choir in your local community?
1b. What is it about the With One Voice movement that appeals to you, and why?
2. YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
2a. Why do you believe the With One Voice movement will be successful in your local community? In your answer, tell us about your local community – who lives there, what issues are the community members facing, and how could a With One Voice choir make an impact?
2b. Are you aware of any similar programs to With One Voice that are being implemented in your community? If so, how will the With One Voice program be successful?
3. KEY OPERATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS - PEOPLE
Establishing a high-quality and sustainable With One Voice choir requires the involvement of a committed, engaged and motivated group of volunteers who form the choir’s Organising Committee, and the involvement of a support organisation.
The Committee, led by a committed Co-ordinator and made up of ideally 7-8 people, should consist of diverse leaders from different sectors within your community, such as representatives from local governments or councils, schools or universities, community centres, businesses, emergency services, social clubs, community foundations and health, employment, migrant and wellbeing services.
Please tell us about your committee's capabilities and experience. List their skills/talents/ knowledge and reasons for involvement. List the roles they will undertake if successful.
3a. Please tell us about your support organisation's capabilities and experience.
3b. Please tell us about your Coordinator's capabilities and experience.
3c. Please tell us about the capabilities and experience of each member of your Organising Committee, including the roles they will undertake on the Committee and their contact details (email and mobile phone contact).
4. KEY OPERATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS - FINANCIAL VIABILITY
To ensure the sustainability of the With One Voice movement, we favour applications where 50 percent of the choir’s annual operating budget is provided by the supporting organisation and/or by the local community, with the other 50 percent being provided by the start-up grant. This partnership funding model enables us to provide support to more choirs in more locations. We encourage you to seek funding support from your local businesses, councils and clubs/foundations in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of your With One Voice program.
4a. Does your supporting organisation have the capacity to independently contribute to the necessary start-up funds needed to start and run your choir? We will favour applicants who can demonstrate a genuine capacity to contribute to the program from Day One.
4b. Can you outline financial support that you have secured from the business/local community in order to assist with the future financial viability of the choir? Letters of support are useful.
4c. What in-kind support can your organisation provide towards this program in the first year and subsequent years?
4d. What local partnerships have you secured to assist in your choir's establishment and on-going delivery?
4e. Please explain your understanding of With One Voice's unique member contribution model. How will you go about implementing this?
5. ACHIEVING DIVERSITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
As a movement of inclusive choirs, our first priority is to ensure that everyone is able to participate, regardless of whether or not they’re able to pay the membership contribution. The challenge for each choir, in order to ensure its long-term viability, is to recruit enough members who can and do contribute, to cover those members who are not in a position to contribute due to financial strain.
5a. How do you plan on ensuring that diversity/ inclusion exists in the choir and that it is not just focused on a particular group of people?
5b. What is your plan for creating a choir that appeals to a diverse range of community members, including people from different and varied age groups, socio-economic backgrounds and cultures, ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’?
6. ACHIEVING GROWTH and VIABLE MEMBER NUMBERS
A well operating With One Voice choir will have more than 100 diverse people participating actively in the group. This group will save and change lives and reach out to thousands in their community through performances at festivals, concerts and special events
6a. What strategies will you employ to grow your choir to 100 members or more (using our sliding contribution scale) within 12 months?
7. PLAN AND TIMELINE - Mandatory. Please click on the link below to download our Choir Planning tool. Once complete, please email it to
Choir planning tool -
8. YOUR CHOIR REHEARSAL DETAILS
An important part of attracting community members to join your choir is ensuring that the weekly rehearsals happen at a convenient time and place, and that there is a great conductor on board and a yummy supper provided. We expect choirs to secure a free, centrally located, accessible venue for rehearsals and donated suppers. Not only will this contribute to the sustainability of your choir, but it also demonstrates the commitment of your wider community to support your program.
8a. Your conductor: Pease tell us about your conductor – who is he/she, what background and experience does he/she bring, and why is he/she passionate about conducting a With One Voice choir?
8b. Your Rehearsal: With One Voice choirs rehearse once per week on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday to allow all people, including those who work, to attend. What day and time will your choir rehearsals take place?
8c. Your venue: Rehearsals must take place in a location that can accommodate 100 or more people, is close to public transport and accessible for all, including those with disabilities. The venue should be donated free of charge. What is your proposed venue and where is it located? Is it accessible for all? Which public transport options is it close to?
8d. Your supper provider: Supper is an important part of each weekly rehearsal as people get to know one another over a shared meal. Supper should be donated. What are your plans for sourcing or organising supper? Who will be involved?
9. Anything further to add?
Please outline anything else you think is important or unique about your application to start a With One Voice program in your community.
Melbourne With One Voice Choirs Performing at the Creative Innovation Global Conference 2015
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