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Applications for the 2021 Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee Grants are now open

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 Government is pleased to continue the grants program in 2021 with a total of $80,000. Grants of up to $1,800 are available for projects that raise awareness about the impacts of domestic and family violence.

Projects the NSW Government is looking to fund

promotional events for awareness of domestic and family violence. Past successful community events have included walks, candlelight vigils, and community information days;

  • projects that reinforce messages about positive behaviours and social norms rejecting violence against women,
  • collaborations with local groups, organisations – including men's organisations – and schools in leading efforts for change, and
  • educational and awareness raising resources, print information booklets, promotional brochures and posters about domestic and family violence and/or local services.


Given the COVID-19 pandemic, all activities MUST align with current NSW Health advice about social distancing, self-isolation, and public health orders.

For latest updates on the Department of Communities and Justice’s COVID-19 response, including information on domestic and family violence, please visit


Funding of up to $1,800 (excluding GST) is available per committee for projects through an online submission process. Committees wherever possible, should seek in-kind support and/or financial contributions from project partners. Committee contributions are encouraged and can include voluntary labour, childcare with an approved service provider, use of existing facilities, equipment or other resources, and/or administrative support.

Grants objectives

The grants have the following 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 groups, organisations – including men's organisations – and schools in leading efforts for change increase awareness in the local community of services and support available for those experiencing or perpetrating domestic and family violence, or those responsible for it.

Who can apply?

To qualify as a Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee for this funding, the committee must:

  • be a formally recognised forum where organisations in a local area (government and non-government) providing services to women and children experiencing domestic and family violence, can discuss issues of concern,
  • 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, and
  • provide Strategy and Programs with an up to date copy of agreed terms of reference (or other relevant operational information). See eligibility in the Funding Guidelines . A list of the successful applications from the 2020 grant round can be found here.

Projects that meet the project criteria as outlined in the Funding Guidelines are invited to apply.

How to apply

To apply, please read the Funding Guidelines and submit your application via the Smarty Grants Portal.


Please do not email additional attachments such as support letters or references – only your response to the application form will be used to assess your application. Applications will be assessed on merit against the assessment criteria set out in the Funding Guidelines. Late applications will not be accepted.

Application timelines

The 2021 grants round opens on 13 September 2021 and will close 17 October 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcome after this time.

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Last updated: 13 Sep 2021