How the Fellowship is funded

This Fellowship is made available by and for Presbyterian Ladies’ College (Melbourne) Old Collegians’ (PLCOC) on an annual basis and is based on funding derived from the investments managed by the Presbyterian Ladies’ College (Melbourne) Old Collegians’ Association (PLCOCA). The amount available will be determined by the PLCOCA Committee on advice from the Treasurer on a bi-annual basis. Currently, the amount available is capped at AUS $2000. More than one smaller grant may be made with an aggregated value of $2000. 

The purpose of the Fellowship is to:

  1. Promote the values and commitment of PLC and its Old Collegians to service within their community
  2. Provide seed funding for projects that will promote community engagement and make a difference in the identified community
  3. Promote the work of PLCOC in their community. 

Selection of the Fellowship recipient(s) in any given year will be determined by a committee. The Fellowship Selection Committee will include at least 3 people, one nominated by the PLCOCA Committee, one elected at the AGM of the PLCOCA and a Chairperson who will normally be the President of the PLCOCA or nominated by the President.

The Committee will review the applications and rank them according to:

  • the articulated value to the community of the issue addressed by the project, 
  • the perceived viability for the success of the project as it is presented and
  • the relevance of the project to the aims of the Fellowship.

The committee will inform the PLCOCA through the President of the names of the successful recipient(s)and their project(s). The committee’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The President will formally notify the successful recipient(s). The successful recipient(s) must agree to the following:

Women Out There Fellowship Agreement

In accepting the Presbyterian Ladies’ College Old Collegians Association (PLCOCA) Women Out There Fellowship (The Fellowship), I agree to the following conditions:

1.    WOTF Report
A written report should be submitted to the President of the PLCOCA on the 1st of May of the year following the award of the Fellowship (unless otherwise notified) for inclusion in the PLCOCA AGM. “Fellows” should submit a report of no more than 1500 words for projects awarded up to $2000.

The report should include:

  • an introduction;
  • a statement of the targeted community issue the project will address;
  • the objectives of the project based on those included in the application;
  • an outline of the implementation process;
  • an evaluation of the effectiveness of the project in relation to the deliverables described in the application, and
  • an evaluation of the community response to the project with respect to how it added value.

An optional inclusion may be a statement about the way in which the project may be extended and how this might be implemented and funded.

2.    An Expenditure Statement (to accompany the WOTF report)
The Fellow should include a statement to indicate how the Fellowship money was spent over the tenure of the Fellowship. 

3.    A Presentation
The Fellow will be expected to address a PLCOCA Meeting by arrangement with the President. A short presentation should focus on the experience of the Fellowship and where this might lead the Fellow and the focus community. 

4.    Optional participation in:

  • Presentations to groups within the PLC school community
  • Publicity in the community press
  • Personal profile in PLC in Print.

5.    Agreed and signed:
Women Out There Fellow  President, PLCOCA
Date:                                  Date:

Applications

Completed electronic applications with all attachments must be submitted before the submission deadline of midnight (AEDT) on the last Friday of February in any given year taking into account time zone differences. Late submissions will not be accepted.

The application should clearly articulate the project’s boundaries specifically if it is part of a larger project. 

The Fellowship targets projects that require seed funding. Any application should emphasize this. (It may be that you require seed funding for the development of an extension of an existing project that otherwise would not be funded. Clearly differentiate the development aspect from the overall project in your application). 

The budget should not exceed the $2000 limit of the Fellowship(s). The judges do not wish to compromise a project by providing limited funds. It is your responsibility to ensure that the funds being sought through the Fellowship will enable you to meet the project goals.  Supporting documentation is required where resources ‘in kind’ are nominated in the application such as, the use of or access to facilities essential to the project’s success. 

Your referees (including one Old Collegian) will contribute to the success of the application. They should describe their knowledge of your skills and ability to meet the goals of the Fellowship and to implement the program described in the application.  Provide referees with a copy of your application and the Fellowship goals. Highlight the requirement to meet Fellowship goals to ensure they address this in their report.

How to apply

Please request an electronic Application Form available in November of the year before the February closing date from: plc.melb.oca@gmail.com Subject heading: “WOTF Enquiries”