A New Way of Working for Grants


17 April 2015

Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP has announced $3.9 million for seven organisations across Australia to provide specialised support services to people adversely affected by forced adoption practices.  Funding will also assist in the formation of a national telephone support line.

View the Minister’s Media Statement for further information, or visit the Closed Funding Round page.

More than $15 million funding has also been announced for the delivery of nationwide services that support children and parents experiencing family violence, alcohol and drug issues.  This will provide extensions of funding for providers of Specialised Family Violence Services and Kids in Focus activities.

View the Media Statement from the Hon Scott Morrison MP.

15 April 2015

An open selection process for Multicultural Arts and Festivals grants has been advertised.  Funding of up to $5,000 is available for individual projects for events to be held between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016.  Applications close at 2pm AEST on 26 May 2015.

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

14 April 2015

Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, announced funding for 54 organisations under the Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants. These national and state and territory projects will focus on supporting older Australians in our community.

View the Media Statement for further information, or visit the Closed Funding Rounds page.

The Australian Government is committed to working effectively with civil society 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) new arrangements streamline 18 programmes into seven. This will 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

Under these new arrangements, 21 funding rounds for grants opened for application on 19 June 2014 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.

Media Releases

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

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