MMAPSS 2020 - 21 

2020 support for bushfire affected organisations:
In support of those organisations affected by the summer of 201920 bushfire crises across the country, a priority weighting will be given by the Selection Committee to applications submitted by these organisations.  

To demonstrate that your organisation has been affected by the summer of 201920 bush fires, please include details in the letter of support from the Head of your organisation which outline how the bush fires have affected your organisation. 

If in the judgement of the Selection Committee the organisation submitting an application has been affected by the summer of 201920 bush fires an extra point will be given against each of the following selection criteria: 

• Relevance to a specified target audience & the community in general
• Quality of the project in terms of its aims, content, rationale and likely benefit

Projects and applications will still need to abide by the MMAPSS eligibility criteria.
As always, MMAPSS is open to applications for cash grants, in-kind (non-cash) support and internships. 
 
Applicants from organisations which have not been affected by the summer of 201920 bush fires are strongly encouraged to apply as usual.

For more information, a Q&A about this is available at: www.sea.museum/grants

Is it worth applying if our organisation has NOT been affected by the bushfires? 

Absolutely, applicants from organisations which are not in bushfire affected regions are strongly encouraged to apply as usual.

Call the MMAPSS Coordinator to discuss your project!

All applicants are encouraged to call the MMAPSS Coordinator on 02 9298 3743 to discuss their project.  This will provide an opportunity to use the MMAPSS Coordinator as a sounding board to discuss:
• If your organisation is eligible to apply.  
• Whether the types of expenses you are asking for funding for are in fact eligible. 
• The details of your project focus to confirm if it is one that is likely to be supported and / or if there are some contacts in the ANMM that might be worth speaking with prior to submitting your application i.e. to get advice and encouragement about the way forward. 

How will the priority weighting for bush fire affected areas work? 

The MMAPSS Selection Committee, as per the MMAPSS Guidelines, evaluate each project application against the following selection criteria:
• evidence of the project’s maritime significance;
• quality of the project in terms of its aims, content, rationale and likely benefit;
• evidence of sound planning, appropriate management and financial administration;
• relevance to a specified target audience and the community in general; and
• demonstrated viability of the organisation and the proposed project.

If in the judgement of the Selection Committee the organisation submitting an application has been affected by the recent bush fires an extra point will be given against each of the following criteria: 
• relevance to a specified target audience & the community in general
• quality of the project in terms of its aims, content, rationale and likely benefit

How does our organisation demonstrate that we have been affected by the bushfires? 
Please include details in the letter of support from the Head of your organisation which outline how the bushfires have affected your organisation for consideration by the Selection Committee. 

Is the relative success of a bushfire affected organisation’s application ‘area dependent’ (i.e. does your application carry more weight if you demonstrate that you were in a fire zone)? 
No the impact of the bushfires on an organisation will be assessed by the organisation being able to demonstrate the impact that the summer of 201920 bushfires has had on them. This will be considered in the judgement of the Selection Committee along with the quality of the application to achieve the aims and objectives of the MMAPSS program.

If we are submitting an application as an organisation which has been affected by the bush fires, does our project have to relate to the bush fires? (i.e. does it have to be for conservation work, interpretive projects or activity related to the bushfires such as recording oral histories etc.?)
No, as long as in judgement of the Selection Committee your organisation can demonstrate that you have been affected by the bush fires, a priority weighting will be given to your application regardless of whether your project relates to the bush fires. 

More Information

If you have any questions about MMAPSS please contact the coordinator:

The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.