Strong and Resilient Communities – National Research Grants

Up to $150,000 is available from National Research Grants to support projects that impact on community resilience and social cohesion in Australia.

Strong and Resilient Communities - National Research Grants

Strong and Resilient Communities – National Research Grants

The Strong and Resilient Communities – National Research Grants will help to build the Government’s understanding of existing and emerging issues and increase the evidence base to inform Commonwealth Government policies and programs.



The aim of the National Research Grants is to ensure Government will have up to date advice and information to respond to issues that impact on the ability of individuals, families and communities to thrive, and to be free from intolerance and discrimination.

Funding will be available for one-off time-limited research and advice projects that impact on community resilience and social cohesion in Australia and reflect current Government priorities, address emerging issues and/or provide innovative solutions to issues of national significance.



The Australian Government has allocated $12.3 million a year for the Strong and Resilient Communities Activity. This funding will be allocated flexibly among the three SARC grant programs.

For National Research Grants, funding of a minimum of $20,000 up to a maximum of $150,000 a year will be available depending on the scope of the research project and its complexity.


Eligible Projects

The types of projects that will be funded are strictly limited to research and advice projects and should relate to the objectives of the Strong and Resilient Communities Activity Projects could include, for example:

  • increasing the understanding of factors that impact on social cohesion in Australian communities
  • factors and strategies for successful integration and harmony in communities, in particular practical ways to engage marginalised or at risk children and youth
  • empowerment of culturally and linguistically diverse women, in particular humanitarian entrants and women experiencing domestic violence or isolation
  • place-based approaches to build capacity of disadvantaged communities and increase self-reliance
  • the efficiency of funding in a particular sector, community or target group.

Funding recipients will be required to comply with reporting requirements and provide the results of their research to the Government.


Eligible Applicants

Only the organisations shown in the Invitee List below are invited to apply. To be eligible to apply for a National Research Grant your organisation must:

  • 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
    • a publicly funded research organisation
    • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006.

To be eligible to receive a grant you must:

  • be a legal entity, able to enter into a legally binding agreement
  • be registered for the purposes of GST (if applicable)
  • be a permanent resident of Australia
  • be located in Australia
  • have an Australian bank account

Applications from consortia are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is:

  • the main driver of the project
  • is an invited organisation and
  • is eligible as per the list above.

The following organisations are invited to apply for a National Research Grant:

  • Midnight Basketball Australia
  • Women’s Health and Family Services
  • Bravehearts Foundation
  • Community Hubs Australia
  • Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania
  • Friends for Good
  • Study of the Economic Impact of Religion on Society (SEIROS).
  • School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology
  • College of Business, Government and Law, Flinders University
  • Multicultural and Migration Research Centre, Department of Sociology and Social Policy – University of Sydney School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Centre for Multicultural Youth – The Knowledge Hub
  • Centre for Participation
  • Centre for Global Research, RMIT University
  • Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia
  • All Together Now
  • Public Law and Policy Research Unit
  • School of Law
  • University of Adelaide

Each of these organisations has the expertise and capability to conduct a research and advice project to inform Government about issues that impact on community resilience and social cohesion in Australia and reflect current Government priorities, address emerging issues and/or providing innovative solutions to issues of national significance.



Applications close 26 October 2017.


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