Over $50 M available per year to support operational and research needs of health organisations.
The Health System Capacity Development Fund is an Australian Government initiative administered by the Department of Health and Ageing designed to support activities that strengthen the capacity and understanding of the Australian health care system.
The Health System Capacity Development Fund’s primary objective is to build an understanding of the health needs of population groups and approaches to addressing those needs that strengthen primary prevention in Australia.
The Health System Capacity Development Fund’s priorities are:
- supporting health, consumer, student and community organisations, including rural and remote organisations, to support policy development and safe, high quality health care systems and services;
- supporting targeted research in the field of primary health care, promulgating targeted research and conducting research translation activities to develop a robust evidence base; and
- supporting population health improvements through a focus on the social determinants of health, including through national activities in relation to key population groups such as men, women and children.
The total value of funds available under the Health System Capacity Development Fund, as announced in the 2011 Federal Budget, is $117 million over the four years ending 30 June 2015. This amount includes funding that has been committed to the existing activities that were consolidated into the Fund.
On an annual basis, the Department will provide the Minister with an opportunity to set the priority areas for funding through the Health System Capacity Development Fund. These priorities will be used as the basis for allocating uncommitted money each year, and will allow for the adjustment of the funding allocation against priorities and to ensure that emerging population health challenges are being addressed.
Grants values range from approximately $5,000 to $12 million per annum. Applicants seeking smaller or larger grants are welcome to apply, but should note that the total funding available to support all three priorities of the Fund, is up to $2.7 million in 2012-13, up to $8.2 million in 2013-14 and a similar amount in future years.
Applicants from a wide range of non-government and government organisations are encouraged to apply for the Health System Capacity Development Fund. Applicants may be able to apply for funding from more than Flexible Fund, and are also encouraged to apply to the Department for other, non-Fund activities.
To be considered for Health System Capacity Development funding, applications must propose to undertake activities that meet the objectives and priorities of the Health System Capacity Development Fund including:
- Supporting health, consumer, student and community organisations
- Supporting primary health care research
- Supporting population health improvements
Supporting health, consumer, student and community organisations
This includes rural and remote organisations, to support policy development and safe, high quality health care systems and services
To provide support for health, consumer and community organisations to support policy development and safe, high quality health care systems and services, the Department may fund a range of activities which may include, but are not limited to:
- Providing an interface between the Government, health professionals and consumers;
- strategic, priority driven evidence-based research;
- knowledge exchange, research translation, information sharing and dissemination of evidence-based research and data;
- health professional and community education and training and support;
- telephone and other support services;
- advocacy, including direct advice on policy and future ideas on the health of Australians and the health workforce; and
- supporting workforce development including through fellowships and scholarships, information education and training and the provision of networking opportunities.
Supporting primary health care research
Supporting targeted research in the field of primary health care to develop and promulgate a robust evidence base.
In order to support research activities in the field of primary health care, the Department may fund a range of activities which may include, but are not limited to:
- development of strategic, priority driven evidence-based research;
- dissemination of evidence-based research, through presentations and other mechanisms;
- translation of research for community, consumer, and policy audiences;
- development of evidence-based guidelines;
- knowledge exchange, research translation, information sharing of research; and
- publication of research.
Supporting population health improvements
Through a focus on the social determinants of health, including through national activities in relation to key population groups such as men, women and children.
In funding activities that meet these priorities, the Fund will take account of activities targeting populations experiencing health inequalities or social disadvantage including that based on gender, culture, age and disability. In order to support activities that promote population health improvements, the Department may fund a range of activities which may include, but are not limited to:
- Support activities to promote women’s health;
- Support activities to promote men’s health;
- Support activities to improve the evidence base for women’s and men’s health, including sexual and reproductive health, and/or provide policy/program evaluation support for gender specific health activities;
- Activities to support breastfeeding including research, evaluation, training and telephone support services; and
- Support activities to improve the evidence base on maternity services and/or provide policy/program evaluation support for maternity services activities.
To be considered for Health System Capacity Development funding, applications must propose to undertake activities that meet the objectives and priorities of the Fund, and where applicable comply with the terms of the application documentation.
Matters such as:
- project activities/items that will be considered eligible;
- any funding caps (minimum and/or maximum limits);
- any restrictions on start/end dates for activity, for example all projects must be completed within the stated Financial Year/s;
- any restrictions around whether funding will be provided only for new or additional work; and
- any restrictions on when funding must be expended by, for example, all funding will be available from [insert date] and must be expended by
Writing a good quality grant application is a critical element in the application process. An application needs to be well thought through, written concisely, have clear objectives and purpose, and show clear links to the objectives of the grant guidelines.
The grant application must answer all questions, provide all required information and respond to the merit criteria. It should also reflect your organisation’s business strategy.
Writing a good application takes time and effort, and requires particular writing skills.
Bulletpoint are expert grant consultants and can assist with all aspects of grant preparation.
Call us on (03) 9005 6789 or email to discuss further.
We have significant experience in applying for health grants. Typical areas where we can be of assistance include:
- Demonstrating the identified need;
- Highlighting the relevance to current government policies and priorities;
- Complete the Project Plan and Budget Projections;
- Identify Outcomes that are measurable;
- Detail the applicant organisation’s experience or expertise in undertaking the project/s;
- Calculating the value for money; and
- Demonstrating capacity to deliver quality outcomes
There is no official advice on the timing of the next round of the Health System Capacity Development Fund. Sign up to receive the latest grant announcements.
The following information is provided as a guide only and may not reflect the actual Health System Capacity Development Fund requirements.
- Health System Capacity Development Fund Guidelines
- Health System Capacity Development Fund Invitation to Apply (ITA)