Community Capacity Building grant funding - Fact sheet

Community organisations play a vital role in Australian society, providing support to vulnerable people and solving complex social problems.

Community Capacity Building grants assist community organisations to address local needs and create partnerships that lead to better services being delivered where the need is greatest.

These grants are delivered within the Families and Communities Programme. This program aims to support families, strengthen relationships, improve the wellbeing of children and young people and increase participation of people in community life to enhance family and community functioning.

What has been offered?

81 community organisations will share in over $20 million to support 94 time-limited projects and programs that address a significant need within a community. These organisations have been offered one-off funding of up to $100,000 per project or $300,000 for multi-year projects, through to 30 June 2017.

Examples of projects receiving funding include:

  • setting up an innovative E-Access counselling project in the remote locations of Roxby Downs, Andamooka and Coober Pedy in South Australia. E-Access will enable people to access counselling, family dispute resolution, education and support services at e-counselling hubs, or from their home computer
  • establishing a social enterprise gardening business for disadvantaged members of the local community at Wyndham Park, Victoria to help people prepare for employment and develop self-sufficiency skills
  • transforming a cottage industry that propagates and sells traditional bush products, into a financially sustainable business to support young unemployed Aboriginal people.

What services will be delivered?

Funded community organisations will provide programs and projects that respond to local needs and make a positive contribution to community development.

Priority has been given to one-off, time-limited programs and projects that provide services to people and communities experiencing significant disadvantage. Services will address the needs of people from Indigenous and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, people with disability and mental health issues and disengaged youth.

The new way of working for grants

The Department’s new grant arrangements provide greater certainty for social service providers to improve service delivery for the community.

As part of this new way of working for grants, service providers have the scope and flexibility to be responsive, innovative and creative in meeting the needs of, and achieving better outcomes for the Australian community.

These improvements will create a more efficient and effective way of delivering government funds to the community by reducing red tape and duplication for service providers and creating more streamlined, simplified and consistent reporting processes.

For more information on the new way of working for grants visit the DSS Grants page.

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