Up to $150,000 is available from Inclusive Communities Grants to improve the social and economic participation of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals to enhance overall life-time wellbeing and community belonging.
Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities Grants
Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities Grants aim to increase the social and economic participation of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and families within their communities and enhance their life‑time wellbeing and sense of community belonging.
Funding will only be available to eligible organisations to deliver one-off, time-limited, projects that support the social and economic participation of people in their communities in the ways outlined below. The projects may include a trial project, seed or start-up funding to establish new activities, and/or short term interventions to resolve a particular issue.
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 Inclusive Communities 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.
The types of projects that will be funded are:
- projects directed at children and youth under 18 years to:
- support the development of disengaged and marginalised children and youth through early intervention, mentoring, sport or recreational activities;
- support the development of children at risk of marginalisation or poor educational outcomes through activities that encourage school attendance and retention;
- support the development of children at risk of marginalisation or poor educational outcomes through mentoring and support programs.
- projects directed at unemployed people to:
- provide them with technical and vocational guidance and training programs, including opportunities which will provide them with a pathway to paid employment and improve work skills.
- projects directed at addressing issues of racial, cultural or ethnic discrimination within the community through:
- educational and awareness activities, community workshops or forums for the purpose of eliminating this discrimination.
- projects directed at addressing issues of discrimination against women to:
- support women in exercising their rights and freedoms on an equal basis with men.
- projects directed at people with disability or mental health issues to support their full and equal participation in society on an equal basis with others to:
- support them to become and remain independent and participate fully in the community, including through skills training.
- projects directed at non-Australian citizens, which would generally include humanitarian entrants or newly arrived migrants from culturally diverse backgrounds, to support the social and economic participation of these non-Australian citizens in their communities. This could include but is not limited to:
- referral to training and work experience opportunities within mainstream organisations to improve language, social and work skills;
- empowering women through leadership training.
- projects delivered online to support the social and economic participation of people within their communities. This could include but is not limited to:
- an online service that increases community participation for individuals experiencing or at risk of social isolation;
- an online service to deliver information and support services to people living in regional and remote communities.
- projects to support the social and economic participation of Indigenous Australians within their communities. This could include but is not limited to:
- life skills, leadership training and entrepreneurial opportunities;
- information, training and referral to community activities to build self-confidence, skills and capabilities.
Your Inclusive Communities 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 pose a risk to Australia’s national security. Your multicultural arts and festivals event/s must not exceed more than $7,500 over the course of your Inclusive Communities 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 Inclusive Communities projects may include a Harmony Day event. This will help 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.
To be eligible to apply for an Inclusive Communities 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 local Government body;
- 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;
- be a permanent resident of Australia;
- be located in Australia;
- have an Australian bank account; and
- be able to provide supporting documentation as outlined in Item 9.5.
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.