Up to $150,000 is available from Community Resilience Grants to address potential or early signed of low social cohesion and/or racial, religious and cultural intolerance.
Strong and Resilient Communities – Community Resilience Grants
The Strong and Resilient Communities – Community Resilience Grants aim to build strong, resilient and cohesive communities to help make Australia more secure and harmonious as a whole. This will be done through providing grants designed to address issues in communities that show potential for or early signs of low social cohesion, and/or racial, religious or cultural intolerance.
The Strong and Resilient Communities Activity is an element of the Families and Communities Program. The Families and Communities Program aims to strengthen relationships, improve wellbeing of children and young people, reduce the cost of family breakdown, strengthen family and community functioning and facilitate the settlement of migrants and humanitarian entrants in the community.
Grants will be available to eligible community organisations to build and sustain social cohesion and community resilience, whether through employment, education or broader community life. Funded projects will provide individuals with a sense of belonging and communities with the building blocks for community harmony.
The Strong and Resilient Communities Activity will comprise three grant programs:
- Community Resilience;
- Inclusive Communities; and
- National Research.
The Australian Government has allocated $12.3 million a year for the Strong and Resilient Communities Activity.
For Community Resilience grants, applications for a minimum of $20,000 up to a maximum of $150,000 a year for up to three and a quarter years will be considered. The funding will be available from 1 April 2018 to 30 June 2021.
Funding will be available for one-off time-limited projects. There is no limit on the number of applications an eligible organisation is able to submit.
The types of projects that will be funded include projects aimed at:
- helping people connect with government and non-government services;
- strengthening community leadership to foster greater community cohesion;
- promoting mutual respect, understanding and fair treatment for all Australians;
- promoting understanding of Australia’s democratic principles, rights and obligations and the unifying value of citizenship;
- leadership training to empower women in new and emerging community groups;
- addressing racial, cultural or religious tensions between particular groups in the community through educational, social, cultural or sporting activities that bring people of different cultures or faiths together;
- facilitating increased participation in social, economic and community life;
- facilitating initiatives and activities to better build understanding of Australia’s cultural diversity;
- providing youth at risk of marginalisation with welcoming and non-threatening access to services that aim to build trust and increase their community participation; and
- an online platform that aims to provide information for marginalised youth and will help to challenge extreme views.
Your Community Resilience project may include a multicultural arts or festivals event as a sub component of your project proposal. A multicultural arts or festival event will provide an opportunity for Australians of all backgrounds to come together and experience different cultural heritages and traditions, and promote mutual understanding between people of different racial or ethnic backgrounds, and assist in eliminating discrimination. Low social cohesion can have long term implications for community productivity, prosperity, harmony and could ultimately pose a risk Australia’s national security. Your multicultural arts and festivals event/s must not exceed more
than $7,500 over the course of your Community Resilience project. Your organisation is able to collaborate with other organisations and community groups if you decide to hold a multicultural arts or festivals event as part of your project.
All Community Resilience projects must include a Harmony Day event. This will help to increase exposure within the community of the issues being addressed by your project. Harmony Day, held on 21 March each year, is a celebration for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. More information about Harmony Day is available on the Harmony Day website. Applications that do not indicate the project will include a Harmony Day event will be deemed non-compliant and will not proceed to assessment.
You must use the grant to deliver an approved project that meets the aims and objectives of the funded activity as defined in your grant agreement.
You can use the grant to pay for:
- staff salaries and on-costs that can be directly attributed to the provision of the grant program in the identified service area or areas as per the grant agreement;
- employee training for paid and unpaid staff including Committee and Board members, that is relevant, appropriate and in line with the grant program;
- operating and administration expenses directly related to the project as per the grant agreement, such as:
- rent and outgoings;
- computer/ IT/website/software;
- stationery and printing;
- accounting and auditing;
- travel/accommodation costs; and
- assets as defined in the Terms and Conditions that can be reasonably attributed to meeting agreement deliverables; and
- up to 10 per cent of the grant can be used for evaluation of the funded project and/or to explore options for future sustainability and ongoing viability of the funded project.
To be eligible to apply for a grant you must be a not-for-profit organisation and:
- be one of the following entity types:
- a company incorporated in Australia;
- a trustee on behalf of a trust;
- an incorporated association;
- a partnership or consortium, with a lead organisation;
- a registered charity or not for profit organisation;
- an Australian statutory authority
- an Australian local government body; and
- an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006.
- be a legal entity, able to enter into a legally binding agreement;
- be registered for the purposes of GST;
- permanently reside in Australia;
- have an Australian bank account; and
- be able to provide supporting documentation
Applications from consortia are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.
Applications close 23 August 2017.