Buildings and facilities
Building and facilities are major assets and need to be managed well. When applying for a Work place or Community space grant, we need to be confident of sound building and facility management.
We may need to see your needs analysis and/or feasibility study as well as a project, business and asset management plan. Information on planning is provided in our Planning Resource Kit.
Advantages of building and facility management
- Protects and maximises the value of your building/facility
- Makes the most of what your organisation and community gets from using them
- Ensures responsibility, including appropriate maintenance as well as safety, insurance and other forms of risk management
Questions worth asking
- How will this facility be maintained?
- How will you ensure that it is best used to contribute to your organisation’s purpose and mission?
- How will you ensure that the facility is safe and accessible for as many people as possible?
- How will the facility’s value be protected?
- How will you measure how well it is performing and how will you respond to the results?
- Who is responsible for what tasks, and who is your organisation accountable to?
Things worth considering
- Accessibility, including parking and transport as well as disability access
- Security and safety, including occupational health and safety
- Condition of building
- Depreciation of the building, fittings and contents
- Operating costs
- Environmental sustainability, including energy and water efficiency
- Establishing a management committee
- Potential for sharing the facility (creating a community use policy)
- Leasing arrangements
- Communicating with neighbours, local government and other stakeholders
- Impact to cultural and natural heritage
If you are thinking about applying for a grant towards a building or facility please talk to us as soon as possible. We need to be involved from the outset. A member of our Grants team will be happy to explore your idea with you.