A New Way of Working for Grants


16 July 2015

The Australian Government is inviting applications for projects under the Building Safe Communities for Women funding round which is open to local community groups, not-for-profit organisations and local governments.

The grants are designed to support communities to develop and implement practical solutions to reduce violence against women and their children in their own community; to help prevent this violence into the future; and to make a positive difference for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children grants can also be used to better understand the prevalence and impact of domestic violence in the community.

Applications close at 2pm AEST on 27 August 2015.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply, refer to the Funding Open for Application page.

11 June 2015

The Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison yesterday announced an extra $40 million funding to address gaps in frontline community services. View the Minister’s Media Statement for further information.

To assist people with locating services of interest to them, the DSS Grant Service Directory has been launched on the Department’s website. This directory is an easy to use online tool that allows services funded through this process to be searched by type or location.

5 June 2015

The Severe Behaviour Response Team (SBRT) grant funding round has now opened. This funding round will support the establishment of a mobile workforce of clinical experts who will provide timely and expert advice to residential aged care providers that request assistance with addressing the needs of people with very severe and extreme behavioural issues and Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). A total of up to $12.67 million in funding is available in 2015-16 for this programme.

Applications close at 2pm AEST on 15 July 2015.

Information on the application process is available on the grants open for application page of the Department’s website. Please follow the links on the website if you have any questions or email

The Australian Government is committed to working effectively with organisations 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 plan to boost productivity and remove unnecessary red tape for community organisations, the Department of Social Services (DSS) has seven streamlined grant programmes aimed at enhancing service delivery and providing greater freedom for service providers.

DSS grant arrangements include:

  • grant programmes that 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 streamlined approach to programme performance reporting which is mutually beneficial
  • simplified financial acquittal reporting to cut down on administrative costs for providers

DSS funding rounds currently open for application are advertised 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.

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For information about DSS Budget measures, visit the DSS Budget page.

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