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2020 Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee Grants Funding Guidelines

Introduction

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 $1,800 are available for Local Domestic and Family Violence Committees across NSW.

Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee Grants must deliver a project that assists committees to raise awareness about:

  • the impact of violence against women, and
  • local services and support available within their communities.

Funds can be used to:

  • develop educational and awareness raising resources,
  • print information booklets and promotional brochures and posters about DFV and /or local services suitable for community members, and
  • provide child care with an approved service provider to enable parents/carers to participate in activities.

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

COVID-19 (coronavirus) response

We recognise the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting providers both personally and professionally. Thank you for your continued efforts in supporting people in NSW. Services for vulnerable children, families and individuals are essential and should continue.

We realise that this may require flexible and different approaches so that you can keep staff, communities and clients safe and continue to provide services.

The NSW Government website https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19 is the most up-to-date source of information for COVID-19.It includes information about what COVID-19 is, social distancing and self-isolation, and public health orders.

You can download the Service NSW mobile app to get the latest COVID-19 information from the NSW Government.

For latest updates on the NSW Department of Communities and Justice’s COVID-19 response, including information on domestic and family violence, please visit: coronavirus.dcj.nsw.gov.au.

Additional Resources & Links
COVID-19 Safety Plan: https://www.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-06/Covid-19-safety-plan-general.pdf
COVID Safe Businesses: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe-businesses
Current NSW Government Guidelines: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
Advice for DCJ Service Providers: https://coronavirus.dcj.nsw.gov.au/services/service-providers
FAQ for DCJ-Funded DFV services (mainly aimed at SHS providers, but nevertheless useful): https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/providers/homelessness-services/updates/important-information-about-covid-19-for-shs-providers
NCOSS COVID-19 Community Sector Resource: https://www.ncoss.org.au/sector-hub/sector-resources/covid-19-community-sector-resource-buttons/

Program objectives

The Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee Grants 2020 program, has three key objectives:

  1. raise awareness in the community about the destructive impacts of domestic and family violence,
  2. 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, and
  3. increase awareness in the local community about 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

Funding of up to $1,800 (ex 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.

Project criteria

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
  • What the expected outcomes  to 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)
  • About how activities will align with current NSW Health advice about the COVID-19 pandemic

Excluded items

Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee Grants cannot be used to fund:

  • General operating and meeting expenses for the committee
  • Any activity of a commercial nature which is for personal profit
  • Capital works (i.e. building work)
  • Permanent salaries/wages (costs for temporary workers for your project can be included)
  • Reimbursement to committee members /organisations for time spent on preparation and administration of the project
  • Permanent equipment purchases (i.e. tables, computers, buses)
  • Events which encourage gambling, such as bingo, or the consumption of alcohol
  • Activities that breach current NSW Health COVID – 19 guidelines

Eligibility

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

  • be a formally recognised forum with documented terms of reference, 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, and
  • provide an up to date copy of agreed terms of reference (or other relevant operational information).

Funding will not be directly granted to any person or organisation which 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),
  • individuals,
  • private companies, and
  • non-government organisations which do not represent a committee.

National Redress scheme

NSW Government agencies will not award an agreement, contract or grant funding to a Non-government Institution (NGI) that do not join the National Redress Scheme (the Scheme), https://www.dcj.nsw.gov.au/home, unless exceptional circumstances exist.

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 to which the funds can be paid via the Department of Communities and Justice.

Projects must be completed within the 2020/21 financial year. At the conclusion of the project a brief project report and acquittal statement must be submitted by 31 July 2021 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.

Sponsoring body

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, and
  • ensure the required reports 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.

Publicity

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, and
  • 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 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 Communities and Justice (DCJ), will collect and store the information committees provide to enable processing of the grants.

The information will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected. Applicants must ensure people whose personal details are supplied with applications are aware 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 DCJ 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 DCJ. The successful applicant will be required to provide the completed and signed consent form/s to Women NSW with the acquittal.

Support

Women NSW staff are available to provide information to applicants regarding the grants and the types of projects eligible for funding. It is important successful recipients inform Women NSW of any project difficulties as they arise, so advice or assistance can be offered where possible.

Please contact Women NSW at WomenNSWGrants@dcj.nsw.gov.au.

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Last updated: 19 Oct 2020