A New Way of Working for Grants


19 March 2015

As part of Harmony Day celebrations, the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells announced organisations receiving funding for Multicultural Arts and Festivals events from the funding round undertaken in late 2014.

View the Media Statement issued by the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary.

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.

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.

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

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