A New Way of Working for Grants


30 January 2015

The Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP has announced bridging funding to ensure critical front line community services are not interrupted while outcomes from the recent grants selection processes are implemented. The Minister also announced that from today, DSS will begin negotiating new funding agreements with organisations successful in recent grant funding rounds.

View the Media Statement issued by The Hon Scott Morrison MP.

Further information is available on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

23 December 2014

The Department of Social Services has advised applicants of the outcomes of the grant funding rounds announced earlier this year. View the Media Release issued by The Hon Scott Morrison MP.

Due to budget considerations, three grants programmes will no longer be going ahead. These are:

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

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

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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