Build a harmonious community in your OC.

At The Knight we encourage a sense of community in the properties we manage and the best way to do this is for residents to get to know more of their neighbours.

Whilst an Owners Corporation’s primary purpose is to manage and administer common property, we believe that an Owners Corporation can also assist with building a community.

To support this, The Knight offers grants to Owners Corporations to implement community building initiatives.

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Benefits of a strong community include:

  • Strong social interaction makes people happier
  • Friendship
  • Increased wellbeing for occupiers
  • Increased pride of the property
  • Reduction in tenant turnover
  • Increased property security

Some initiatives your OC could implement:

  • Community garden / gardening club
  • Recreational club (e.g. book, movie, painting, pottery, charity)
  • Health & Fitness activities (yoga, walking or running club, team sport)
  • Residents BBQ/picnic/potluck dinner
  • Residents party/celebration (Christmas in July, Halloween, Grand Final, Spring Racing)
  • Movie night
  • Board games evening
  • Wine tasting evening
  • Karaoke night

What makes for a successful application?

  • An effective community building initiative will encourage residents from across the property to participate, ideally on a regular basis (i.e. Monthly Book Club) in order to form connections and friendships with fellow residents
  • It will be appealing and accessible to a wide variety of people, not one age group or gender, and inclusive of tenants and owners alike.
  • Applications that demonstrate commitment from the Owners Corporation and property residents (i.e. petition) to continue with similar community building initiatives will be assessed favourably.
  • The initiative should use funds to get people together and facilitate interaction, communication & connection, rather than for purchases or repairs.
  • Initiatives which utilise the common property/facilities of the building, to increase pride in/enjoyment of these spaces, will be looked upon favourably.

Terms & Conditions:

  • New applicants will be prioritised over applicants from an Owners Corporation which has previously received funding
  • The maximum grant amount is $1,000
  • Successful applicants will be asked to sign a funding agreement form. Funding will be provided after the implementation of the initiative, unless otherwise agreed upon.
  • In some instances, applicants may be offered part funding for their initiative
  • A panel selected by The Knight will assess all applications and determine which ones are to be awarded grants
  • The application is required to be endorsed by the applicant’s Owners Corporation
  • The initiative must be implemented by 31.12.22 unless an extension has been granted by The Knight
  • By applying for a grant, you give The Knight permission to document the initiative for promotional purposes, this may include photography and filming as required

Apply for a Community Grant.

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