Request for Tender | FACS Family Group Conferencing Facilitation Services – Panel of Service Providers

FACSThe NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has released an open Request for Tender for FACS Family Group Conferencing Facilitation Services.  Applications are invited from suitably qualified facilitation service providers (either individuals or organisations) with experience in a child protection or family-focused context, for appointment to a prequalified panel of family group conferencing facilitators.

Applicants will be appointed to the prequalification panel following an application, evaluation and selection process.  Successful applicants will be appointed for a period of two 2 years with an option to extend for a further one year.

Request For Tender  ID:      FACS.15.110                             
Request For Tender Title:
  FACS Family Group Conferencing Facilitation Services – Panel of Service Providers

Applications are to be completed and uploaded onto the eTendering site, by 4 December 2015  at 2pm.


To view tender documentation and lodge applications please follow this link:

Please follow the link if your organisation is a New User to the NSW eTendering website. This link allows you to set up a new registration in order to lodge your application. An eTendering registration guide is also attached for your information.

If you have any questions, you may contact Bernice Redman, Senior Project Officer, Programs and Service Design on 02 97162049 or via email


Community Strengthening Grants Program | Now Open

The Community Strengthening Grants program is a small grants program which provides for one-off projects to build capacity and resilience in communities across the Illawarra Shoalhaven District with a focus on disadvantaged groups within these communities, particularly families and individuals living in social housing.


Community Strengthening Grants are strictly one off grants with no ongoing funding options.

Under this Program you can apply for 1 year funding of between $1,000 and $25,000. All funds must be expended on the project, inline with the submitted application, within 12 months of the first payment being received.FACS

This is the first round of this grants program and there are limited funds available. A reserve list of suitable projects will be kept in case additional funds become available prior to the running of the next round.

Information on Eligibility and Selection Criteria can be found in the Community Strengthening Grants Guide.

Community Strengthening Grants Guide 2014-2016

Submitting an Application

Applications should be made on the attached form (word version) and emailed to by close of business 20 March 2015.

Application Form

When completing your application make sure all the information requested is provided.  Incomplete applications may not be assessed. Ensure the application authorisation page is printed, signed by the appropriate signatories and emailed back with your application.

If you are applying for more than one project, use a separate application form for each project.

If your require further information please contact Michelle Park,

2015 NSW Seniors Week Grant

Three weeks left to apply…

Every year, the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) provides funding for local government and community organisations to participate in NSW Seniors Week. The hundreds of projects that receive funding help make NSW Seniors Week a vibrant, diverse and exciting celebration of our state’s seniors.

If you have previously applied for a grant, you might be interested to hear that for the first time, grants of up to $5,000 are available in a second tier of funding.

You’ll also notice that for 2015, the application process has changed and is much easier.  NSW Seniors Week grants are now administered using SmartyGrants software, through a custom FACS grants portal. This is a secure and streamlined process for applicants and it means grant applications can be saved and revisited at any time.

In order to be successful, projects will need to align with one or more of the following objectives:

  • Provide seniors with an opportunity to participate in creative, sporting, recreational, and/or cultural activities;
  • Encourage seniors to embrace and enhance their technology skills;
  • Promote communities that are age-friendly, and where seniors participate in social and economic life;
  • Encourage healthy and active ageing of the body and mind;
  • Recognise and encourage the contribution of seniors to their community ;
  • Promote the self-expression of seniors; and
  • Promote the diversity and unique experience of seniors.

For more information and to apply for a grant, visit

Applications will be accepted until 5.00pm Friday 19 September.