The Family Support Funding Program (FSFP) provides grant funding to community organisations who can deliver support and services of value to Defence families and the community they live in.
FSFP provides funding to not-for-profit organisations to:
- Support Defence families to engage with their local communities by:
- facilitating learning opportunities and promoting personal growth, wellbeing, and support child and youth development
- creating opportunities to form new friendships and networks and share information and ideas to help them manage the demands of military life
- Support community capacity building and partnerships by:
- developing new initiatives in response to emerging needs and priorities identified within the Defence community
- identifying and nurturing partnership opportunities to support the delivery for a strengthened sense of community for Defence families
Any incorporated not-for-profit organisation can apply for an FSFP grant, provided they can demonstrate their commitment and ability to deliver local community programs or projects with a strong focus on supporting Defence families and the Defence community.
The FSFP provides single and multi-year grants. Multi-year grants are available in two or three year funding terms.
Single-year grants are the default arrangement. Organisations wishing to be considered for multi-year funding must have demonstrated track record of strong governance.
Applications will be prioritised according to how strongly they meet the aims and selection criteria.
The Department of Defence can only enter into a funding agreement with an organisation that is a legal entity. If an organisation is not a legal entity, an eligible sponsor organisation may apply for funding on its behalf.
Eligible organisations must be Australian not-for-profit organisations whose volunteers’ work supports families and/or communities in Australia and are legal entities, such as, but not limited to:
- Incorporated Associations
- Incorporated Cooperatives
- Companies – not-for-profit proprietary companies or public companies, incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 and
- Organisations established through a specific piece of Commonwealth or state/territory legislation (for example, many public benevolent institutions and churches).
FSFP grant funding for 2019 is limited and it should be noted that the process is highly competitive and applications will be assessed and prioritised against the selection criteria and according to merit. Meeting the selection criteria does not guarantee funding. Applications will be assessed based on the following selection criteria.
- Funded activities will meet one or more of the aims of the program
- Organisation maintains incorporation or registration as a legal entity
- Organisation has an appropriate committee structure and can demonstrate effective governance including financial management and risk and audit management
- Organisation holds appropriate public liability insurance (refer to insurance section)
- In the interests of probity, office bearers are not DCO staff or Defence employees in their official capacities
- Funded activities will not replicate services offered by DCO or the Department of Defence
- The grant request clearly demonstrates that the project will achieve value for money.
- The service meets the needs of Defence families in remote locations
- Work with Defence families to develop longer term meaningful engagement with others in their community
- Improving the community capacity, especially where there is identified gaps in the community to meet the unique needs of the defence lifestyle or
- Projects that show a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement and responds to community needs
Applications and guidelines
Completed applications forms are accepted via email at [email protected]
Submissions are ongoing.