Strong and Resilient Communities

The Strong and Resilient Communities (SARC) Activity helps vulnerable and disadvantaged people feel connected with their local community.

SARC funding helps build strong and resilient communities. It supports organisations find local, community-driven solutions to:

  • overcome disadvantage
  • provide greater community engagement
  • promote participation and belonging
  • build self-reliance and empowerment.

SARC Activity – Inclusive Communities Grants

SARC Activity – Inclusive Communities Grants (SARC – IC) is funded from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2027. The $63 million SARC Activity – Inclusive Communities Grants (SARC – IC) will run over 5 years from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2027. It aims to improve the social and economic participation of four target groups:

  • young people aged 12 to 18 years who are, or are at risk of:
    • being disengaged, marginalised
    • having limited engagement with education/training
  • people with disabilities and/or mental health issues
  • vulnerable women who may be socially isolated
  • unemployed people who face individual barriers to employment to engage with existing employment/training services.

SARC – IC supports one-off, time limited projects for up to 2 years. It does not assist ongoing service delivery.

The first SARC – IC grant opportunity closed in November 2021. There were 38 not-for-profit community organisations funded. They will deliver projects in metropolitan, regional and remote areas across Australia.

Before 2021, SARC comprised 3 streams:

  • Community Resilience grants
  • Inclusive Communities grants
  • National Research grants.

SARC evaluation

In January 2020, the Social Research Centre conducted an evaluation of the SARC grant activity. The evaluation found that SARC was promoted effectively and targeted a diverse range of groups. It also positively contributed to:

  • community cohesion
  • economic participation
  • engagement with services
  • positive community attitudes.

We have improved the design and focus of the SARC Activity based on the findings of the evaluation.

More information

See to learn more about Australian Government grant opportunities and grant awards.

Visit the DSS Grants Service Directory to find a service near you. Remember to search for Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities grants.

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