Frequently Asked Questions

2014 Grant Rounds – Outcomes and Funding Offers

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What is the current status of the large DSS grants process undertaken in 2014?

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How were providers selected?

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How long will providers receive funding for?

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Will I have to reapply for funding in two years?

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Can I appeal the decision in relation to the outcome of a selection process?

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Where can I find information about other DSS grant funding opportunities?

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How do I request feedback on my application?

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When will I know which organisations received the grant funding?

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My organisation’s contact details have changed, who should I contact?

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One of our consortium members has dropped out, what do we do?

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Who undertook the assessment/selection process? Were all applications for the 2014 selection processes assessed in Canberra or in the States/Territories?

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2014 Grant Rounds – transition arrangements and bridging funding

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What are the arrangements to transition services and clients to new providers?

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Which organisations received bridging funding to assist with transitional arrangements?

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How do I apply for bridging funding?

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Who can I contact for more information?

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DSS Grant Programmes

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What are the changes to DSS grants?

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What are the new programmes?

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Applications and Selections Processes

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How do I apply for a grant?

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When can I apply for funding?

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Can the department advise if I am eligible to apply for any of the funding rounds currently open?

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Can someone from the Department help me with my application?

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I have received an email from a business that has offered to assist in the development and submission of my grant application. Is this from the Department, or from an external firm associated with the Department?

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Why is the template for submitting applications limited to plain text formatting?

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How do I add attachments to my application?

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What type of attachments can I add to my application?

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How many attachments am I allowed to add to my application?

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Due to the size restriction on attachments, I’m having trouble attaching the documents I need to. Can you provide some tips on how I might reduce the size of my attachments?

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Who do I contact if I’m having trouble using or submitting the Application Form?

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Who should I use as a reference?

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Why has the Department asked about the legal entity situations that may apply?

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What documentation do I need to provide with an application to support the legal entity type of my organisation?

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How should SACS supplementation be treated in the Application Form? Should it be included in the budget at all? Will the Department add SACS funding on top of the base activity funding in the offer of funding? Should it be calculated by the applicant and included as a separate line item? Should it be calculated by the applicant as part of labour costs and included as a labour cost line item?

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Where do I find information on Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) and what they mean?

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Are there geographical limits to applying for funding? For example, when an organisation applies for funding, do they have to deliver that service for a region, town or suburb?

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Can I apply for funding as a consortia or subcontractor?

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Can an organisation who operates under the auspices of another organisation apply for a grant under an open selection process?

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How do service providers identify appropriate collaboration for competitive tendering? Will DSS help identify potential collaborators for service providers?

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Will you be looking for evidence of collaboration in applications for funding rounds?

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Does each member in a consortium need to meet the eligibility requirements or is it sufficient that the lead agency meets the eligibility requirements?

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Can the Department clarify how it will ensure that all organisations are aware of all the updates to ensure a fair process is followed?

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When you are assessing the application for funding, if there is a refusal of the application, would you refuse the entire application or is there room for partial refusal and partial acceptance?

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Will you contact me if there are problems/questions about our application?

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Can I make changes to or update my application?

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Can I check the status of my application after it has been submitted?

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Can I submit a late application?

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Can I withdraw my application?

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I haven’t been invited to apply for funding under a direct or restricted selection process, can I apply?

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When will new funding rounds be open in the future?

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Information Sessions

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What was the purpose of the Information Sessions held in November 2014?

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Questions and Answers from the Information Sessions held in November 2014

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What were the Information Sessions held in May and June 2014?

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Questions and Answers from the Information Sessions held in May and June 2014

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General

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Will the Volunteer Grants Programme be continued this year?

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Does everyone get a longer term agreement following a selection process?

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What is the definition of a high risk grant?

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Programme Reporting

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In relation to programme reporting, who is the ‘client’? For example, my organisation receives funding, but we use this to then fund state and territory associations to support local community groups to delivery support to the target group.

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2

The ‘Using SCORE to report outcomes’ Fact Sheet is referred to several times within ‘the Partnership Approach’ documentation section of the website. Where is this Fact Sheet located?

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3

In regards to the mandatory data items needed, what level of information will be required for CALD status and Disability status? Will it be a yes or no/basic level or a more specific level?

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