Funding and Resources

Apply for an Open Applications grant, now

The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) has opened the Social Sector Support Fund’s Open Applications grants.

What is this grant for?

This grant is to help charities and not-for-profits (NFPs) to remain viable and meet increased demand for their services during COVID-19 outbreaks and recovery.

It’s open to all registered charities and NFPs that deliver services in the social, health, disability and animal welfare sectors in NSW.

How can the payment be used?

The funds must be used for services your organisation would normally deliver to clients and communities in NSW.

Read the grant guidelines on our website.

How much is the grant payment and when will it be paid?

You’re able to nominate the amount your organisation requires.

We expect grant payments to be expended by 30 April 2022.

If your organisation applies and is confirmed eligible for the grant, we’ll issue a Funding Deed. Once you sign the deed we’ll make the grant payment to you.

How to apply for this grant

We’ve aimed to make the process of applying for this grant as straightforward as possible for your organisation, and based it on eligibility criteria. It’s not a competitive tender.

Your organisation is required to complete a form in SmartyGrants, confirming you’re able to meet the eligibility criteria and other requirements outlined in the grant guidelines.

You’re not required to submit a proposal or budget. The grant guidelines outline how DCJ will assess your application.

Even if your organisation registered interest for a Support Fund grant, you’re still required to formally apply for an Open Applications grant. The registration process wasn’t an offer of funding.

While you’re required to answer similar questions, the application requires you to provide more information and, in some cases, evidence to support your answers.


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