The NSW Government supports the prevention of domestic and family violence at the local level by providing annual grants to Local Domestic and Family Violence Committees across the state.
The NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for Reform 2016-2021: Safer Lives for Women, Men and Children sets out the directions and actions to reform the domestic violence system in NSW over the next five years. Under the Blueprint, the NSW Government approach to domestic and family violence increases the focus on prevention and early intervention. As part of this approach, grants of up to $1,000 are available for Local Domestic and Family Violence Committees across NSW.
Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee Grants assist committees to raise awareness about the impact of violence against women, and local services and support available within their communities.
Key activities for promotional events are best aligned with significant dates in the calendar for awareness of DFV such as the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. This event runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. Past successful community events include walks, candlelight vigils and community information days.
On International Women’s Day, 8 March, committees have previously highlighted the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women in their own communities by running community forums and events with inspirational speakers.
Funds can also be used by a committee to develop educational and awareness raising resources, print information booklets, promotional brochures and posters about DFV and /or local services.
Grants program objectives
The Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee Grants 2018 program has three key objectives:
- Raise awareness in the community of the destructive impacts of domestic and family violence.
- Reinforce messages about positive behaviours and social norms rejecting violence against women, and engage local organisations, especially men’s based organisations, groups and schools, in leading efforts for change.
- Increase awareness in the local community of services and assistance available for those experiencing domestic and family violence, or those responsible for it.
Grant applications must demonstrate how the proposed project will contribute to raising awareness of domestic and family violence in your community by meeting at least one of the program objectives.
Funding of up to $1,000 (plus GST) is available for projects through an on-line submission process.
Committees should, wherever possible, seek in-kind support and/or financial contributions from project partners. Committee contributions are encouraged and can include voluntary labour, use of existing facilities, equipment or other resources, and/or administration.
All projects are assessed on merit against the following criteria:
- how the project will effectively deliver at least one of the three grants program objectives
- how the community will benefit from the initiative
- how the project provides significant benefit to girls and/or women
- how the success of the project will be measured
- how project partners outside of committee membership are engaged in the initiative, including their contributions to the project (financial and/or in-kind)
Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee Grants cannot be used to fund:
- child care or children’s activities
- projects that provide professional development for committee members
- general operating and meeting expenses for the committee
- any activity of a commercial nature that is for personal profit
- capital works (i.e. building work)
- permanent salaries/wages (costs for temporary workers for your project can be included)
- permanent equipment purchases (i.e. tables, computers, buses)
- events that encourage gambling, such as bingo, or the consumption of alcohol.
To qualify as a Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee under this funding program, the committee must:
- be a formally recognised forum where organisations in a local area (government and non government) providing services to women, men and children experiencing domestic and family violence, can discuss issues of concern, and enhance inter-agency responses to women, men and children who experience domestic and family violence
- be a body with membership from both government agencies and non-government organisations
- have members with demonstrated expertise in addressing domestic and family violence.
- The committee must provide an up to date copy of agreed terms of reference (or other relevant operational information) of (see Eligibility for further information).
Funding will not be directly granted to any person or organisation that does not meet the eligibility criteria of a Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee. These include but are not limited to:
- federal, state, and local government agencies (although they may be a member of a local committee)
- private companies
- non-government organisations that do not represent a committee.
Payment of funds and project reporting
Successful applicants will be required to accept the terms of the funding guidelines.
To receive and acquit the grant, each successful Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee will need to nominate a sponsoring body. Funds will be paid via the FACS Contracting Online Management System
Projects must be completed within the 2018/19 financial year. A brief project report and acquittal statement must be submitted by 31 July 2019 via the SmartyGrants portal.
To be eligible for this funding round, projects previously funded by the LDFVCG must be completed with project report and funding acquittals submitted.
As Local Domestic and Family Violence Committees are not incorporated legal entities, Committees will need to nominate a sponsoring body to receive the grant funds on their behalf.
A sponsoring body must be an incorporated legal entity. The role of a sponsoring body is to:
- accept the grant monies on behalf of the funded committee
- pay grant monies to the funded committee in accordance with the grant conditions
- provide project management assistance to the funded committee
- for the purpose of this project the sponsoring organisation will cover the committee activities for adequate public liability and volunteer protection insurance
- ensure the required evaluation and financial acquittal information is provided to Women NSW after the project is completed.
Only one application for funding will be accepted per committee, however, sponsoring bodies may sponsor more than one committee.
Successful applicants are required to acknowledge the contribution and support of the NSW Government in:
- all media, literature and promotional activities associated with the project
- speeches during the course of any event
- all media releases and coverage concerning the event/project.
For example, the acknowledgement should state ‘The NSW Government through Women NSW supports the <insert project name> organised by the <insert committee name>’.Please note that since Women NSW is not involved in all aspects of your activity, it supports rather than endorses your event.
Privacy and disclosure information
Women NSW, Department of Family and Community Services, will collect and store the information you provide to enable processing of the grants.
The information will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected. Applicants must ensure that people whose personal details are supplied with applications are aware that the department is being supplied with this information and how it will be used.
Funded projects will be required to agree to information about the project being used for evaluation, promotional and media purposes. Should your application be successful, the department may need to provide certain information to the media and members of parliament for promotional activities.
Successful applicants will be required to obtain consent from project participants (where relevant), using the FACS Still and moving images consent form (event) for all still and moving images of participants captured by the applicant during the course of the project and provided to FACS. The successful applicant will be required to provide the completed and signed consent form/s to Women NSW with the acquittal.
Women NSW staff are available to provide information to applicants regarding the grants and the types of projects eligible for funding. It is important that successful recipients inform Women NSW of any project difficulties as they arise, so that advice or assistance can be offered where possible.