Grants

A New Way of Working for Grants

Update

26 August 2015

The Financial Counselling, Capability and Resilience Hubs Information Session presentation and a copy of the presenter script is now available on the DSS Website.

Questions and Answers from each session will be published within a couple of days following each session. Questions and Answers from the Perth sessions are already available. Please check the website for updates if you are interested in this information.

19 August 2015

Information Sessions:

The funding round for Financial Counselling, Capability and Resilience Hubs in targeted locations across Australia opened yesterday, 18 August 2015.  More information about information sessions has now been added to the DSS website, including locations and instructions on how to register to attend.

Information sessions will be held in WA, NSW, QLD and VIC.  If you cannot attend an information session, the presentation and questions and answers from the sessions will be made available on the website.

Funding Rounds Open for Application:

Commonwealth Home Support, APY Lands, Flinders and Far North Region, SA

The Australian Government is inviting applications from eligible organisations interested in delivering the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) in the locations of APY Lands and Flinders and Far North Region, SA.

The CHSP helps older people aged 65 years and over (50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) living in the community to maximise their independence and stay living in their own homes for as long as they can and wish to do so.  The focus of this funding round is on delivery of personal care, meals, domestic assistance and transport within the specified locations.

Applications close at 2:00pm AEST on 30 September 2015.  For further information about eligibility and how to apply, refer to the Funding Open for Application page.

Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care – Western Australia

The Australian Government is inviting applications from eligible organisations to deliver services under the Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants – Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) in Western Australia for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2017.

A PICAC Programme is funded in each state and territory with the aim of supporting aged care providers to deliver culturally appropriate care to older people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Applications close at 2:00pm AEST on 30 September 2015.  For further information about eligibility and how to apply, refer to the Funding Open for Application page.

18 August 2015

The following funding rounds have opened for application:

Financial Counselling, Capability and Resilience Hubs
The Australian Government is inviting applications from eligible organisations interested in delivering Financial Counselling, Capability and Resilience Hubs in targeted locations across Australia.

The Hubs will deliver more integrated and coordinated services including financial counselling and money management education and may offer no interest loans and other microfinance products.

Information sessions about this funding round will be held in NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia (Perth Metro region, Broome and Kununurra).  Further information about these information sessions and details on how to register to attend will be available on the website soon.

Applications close at 2:00pm AEST on 29 September 2015. For further information about eligibility and how to apply, refer to the Funding Open for Application page.

Community Development Financial Institutions – Microenterprise Development
The Australian Government is inviting applications for projects under the Community Development Financial Institutions – Microenterprise Development (CDFI) funding round, which is open to local community groups, not-for-profit organisations and companies.  It is a condition of funding that CDFI’s have a source of loan capital and comply with the relevant legislative requirements (including National, State and/or Territory requirements) to deliver this initiative.

The grants are designed to support the delivery of microenterprise solutions to low-income individuals and families.

Government funding is provided to meet the costs of service delivery and operational expenses and cannot be used for the purposes of providing loan capital.

Applications close at 2:00pm AEST on 29 September 2015.  For further information about eligibility and how to apply, refer to the Funding Open for Application page.

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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