Up to $3,000 is available to support projects or activities that promote domestic and family violence awareness and encourage communities to take action.
The Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month Community Grants support and complement the Queensland Government’s response to the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ – Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland (Taskforce) report.
Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is held during May each year to raise community awareness and send a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated.
The purpose of the Community Grants is to fund activities and/or events during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month that aim to:
- promote partnerships and collaboration across the community
- raise awareness about the occurrence and impacts of domestic and family violence in the Queensland community and provide information about help available
- engage and educate Queenslanders to create a community that supports respectful relationships, practices positive attitudes and behaviours and promotes a culture of nonviolence
- challenge Queenslanders to consider their attitudes towards domestic and family violence and recognise that a whole of community response is needed
- empower family, friends, neighbours and colleagues of victims to take steps they might not otherwise take to respond to domestic and family violence.
Funds available for the 2016 Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month Community Grants are provided on a one-off basis only. The maximum amount available is $3,000 per event, project or activity. Applicants are encouraged to supplement their budget with corporate or business sponsorship.
Eligible costs include:
- running expenses (e.g: hire of premises, gas, electricity, etc)
- administrative expenses (e.g: postage, stationary, printing, telephone, cleaning)
- travel/transport expenses (e.g: fares, vehicle allowances)
- advertising and publicity costs to promote community awareness and involvement
- catering costs
- guest speaker, entertainment, sessional worker or consultant’s fees.
Organisations receiving funding to support events, projects or activities under this Community Grant will be required to promote the department’s domestic and family prevention campaign message and branding and will be supported to do so through the provision of templates and promotional resources. Organisations are encouraged to form partnerships with other local community organisations and businesses.
Possible activities or events for the 2016 Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month that use the Queensland Government’s campaign branding and messaging may include (but are not limited to):
- a sports day (athletics/football/hockey/netball) targeting local sporting clubs and the community to promote awareness of domestic and family violence and challenge people’s behaviours and attitudes.
- a music and dance event that celebrates diversity and brings the local community together to raise awareness of domestic and family violence
- a community barbeque that provides information on local services available in the community, and promotes campaign display posters, banners and domestic and family violence information resources to the public
- an information workshop, forum or training that promotes community or workplace action on domestic and family violence prevention using the campaign message, or
- an art workshop in partnership with local schools to promote respectful and healthy relationships using the campaign message.
These are just a few examples of how to engage the community and promote efforts towards the prevention of domestic and family violence.
To achieve this, events, projects and activities funded through the 2016 Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month Community Grants will target:
- people in urban, regional, rural and remote communities across Queensland. Funded activities should reflect the demographics of the local community and be inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,
- people directly affected by domestic and family violence,
- individuals who can play an important role in supporting others affected by domestic and family violence such as family, friends, neighbours employers and work colleagues.
Eligible applicants include organisations that must:
- Be community based.
- Provide evidence of incorporation.
- Have no outstanding financial accountability, service delivery or performance issues for funding previously provided by the department.
- Hold a minimum of $10 million public liability insurance, or provide plans to obtain insurance.
Local Government Authorities are not required to provide evidence of incorporation.
State run entities such as schools and hospitals are not eligible to receive assistance. However, under the Education Act 2006 Parents and Citizens Associations are able to apply for assistance.
Application closes 6 November 2015.