A New Way of Working for Grants


Twenty-one funding rounds for grants commencing 1 January 2015 closed at 2pm AEST Thursday 24 July 2014. DSS would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this process.

Applications received after the closing time are considered to be late applications, which will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances. Requests to consider late applications need to be submitted in writing to The Department will communicate decisions regarding late applications to applicants on an individual basis.

Assessment of applications will take place between July and October 2014. The Department will notify applicants of funding decisions at the earliest possible time once all applications have been assessed.

There are a small number of direct and restricted funding rounds still open – please see the Funding Open For Application page for more information.

The Australian Government is committed to working effectively with civil society to deliver valuable services for individuals, families and the community. This includes providing greater certainty for service providers to improve service delivery and enable them to continue to deliver the critical work that they do.

As part of a broad deregulation agenda to boost productivity and remove excessive and unnecessary red tape for community organisations, the Department of Social Services (DSS) new arrangements streamline 18 programmes into seven which see significant improvements to grants funding, enhance service delivery and provide greater freedom for service providers.

The new grant arrangements include:

  • new grant programmes that better reflect the way community services are delivered
  • longer term grant agreements where appropriate, to offer certainty in service delivery
  • a move towards a single grant agreement for each provider to reduce administrative burden
  • a new and streamlined approach to programme performance reporting which is mutually beneficial
  • simplified financial acquittal reporting to cut down on administrative costs for providers

Minister for Social Services, the Hon Kevin Andrews speaks about these new grant arrangements in this video.

On 19 June 2014, 21 funding rounds for grants under these new arrangements were opened for application, and closed on 24 July 2014. A small number of funding rounds are still open and can be found on the Funding Open for Application page.

Organisations interested in DSS grants are encouraged to subscribe to receive alerts when new information is made available.  The Department accepts no responsibility to inform applicants of any changes if they do not subscribe to receive alerts.

To ensure service delivery continues while the new arrangements are implemented, DSS has offered funding extensions to the majority of existing service providers with agreements that finished on 30 June 2014.

Media Releases

Minister's speeches

For information about other DSS 2014-15 Budget measures, visit the DSS Budget page.

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