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Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee Grants

Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee Grants Funding Guidelines

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Funding guidelines


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.

Grants program objectives

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

  1. Raise awareness in the community of 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.
  3. 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 by meeting at least one of the program objectives.


Funding of up to $1,000 (plus GST) is available for projects through a 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
  • how the project provides significant benefit to girls and/or women
  • how the success of the project will be measured
  • the organisational capacity and experience of the Committee to deliver the project, including
    • project partners engaged in the initiative, including their contributions to the project (financial and/or in-kind), and
    • terms of reference (or other relevant operational information) of a recognised NSW based Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee responsible for delivering the project.

Excluded items

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

  • 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.

Assessment process

Applications close 5pm Thursday 14 December 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in January 2018.

Applications will be assessed on merit against the Project Criteria.


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

  • be a forum where organisations in a local area 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.

Funding will not be granted to any person or organisation that does not meet the criteria of a Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee, including but not limited to:

  • federal, state, and local government agencies
  • individuals
  • 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 invoice.

Projects must be completed within the 2017-18 financial year. A project report must be submitted by 31 July 2018 via the SmartyGrants portal.

To be eligible for future funding, projects must be completed, all funding acquitted and a project report submitted by 31 July 2018.

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:

  • cover grant funded activities
  • 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
  • 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.

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.

Please contact Women NSW at or on (02) 9248 0800.