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.
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.
You have until 11:59pm Sunday 28 November 2021 to apply.
Attend the online forum – mark the date in your calendar
We’ll be holding an online forum to go through the guidelines and grant process with you, as well as give you the opportunity to ask questions. In addition, we’ll explain this grant in relation to other Support Fund grant streams, JobSaver, and the other government assistance that’s been available to charities and NFPs.
The 1-hour forum will be held at 12pm on Thursday 11 November 2021. Save the link to join the forum in your calendar.
Spread the word
Please promote this grant and forward this email to other organisations you think may be interested. We want to ensure the funds get to where they’re needed.
If you have any questions, please contact the Social Sector Support Fund mailbox.