Innovative Workforce Fund – Final Round Now Open: Spotlight Funding News, Issue 13

29, May, 2017

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On 25 May, applications for the second and final round of the Innovative Workforce Fund opened. The purpose of the Fund, managed by National Disability Services, is to ‘encourage the development, and to promote efficient use of, people providing support in a paid capacity to meet the needs of the NDIS participants through targeted funding of innovative workforce projects’ (National Disability Services).

The Australian Government has identified four funding streams:

Stream 1: Redesign support worker roles and test new work roles
Stream 2: Streamlined operational and administration practices
Stream 3: Role of technology in workforce practices/
Stream 4: Workforce development in rural and remote areas.

This round of the Fund will prioritise projects in three areas:

Priority 1: The innovation process
Priority 2: Workforce utilisation
Priority 3: Participant-led perspectives.

The assessment criteria for projects to be funded include:

Project design
Value for money.

Applications close at 5.00 pm AEST on Thursday 15th June 2017. For further information, please see National Disability Services: Innovative Workforce Fund.


Stronger Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Grants: Spotlight Funding News Issue 12

24, May, 2017

Queensland Mental Health Commission logoQueensland local government, non-government and community organisations are invited to apply for up to $50,000 under our Stronger Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Grants Program 2017–18.

These grants are available to enable organisations to implement innovative, locally-led, collaborative initiatives that support the implementation of particular priorities under the Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014-2019.

This year’s round of grants will support evidence-based initiatives that promote social inclusion and reduce stigma and discrimination by encouraging community participation for people experiencing mental health problems, mental illness or problematic alcohol and other drug use, or who have been affected by suicide.

The Grants Program will also consider the needs of groups that are at a greater risk, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people living in rural and remote Queensland, people who identify as LGBTIQ and other groups at risk of marginalisation.

The total investment for this year’s Grants Program is $600,000.

Applications must be received by 3pm on Friday, 30 June 2017.

For further information, visit the Queensland Mental Health Commission.

Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program: Spotlight Funding News Issue 11

9, May, 2017

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The Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program provides funding for local projects and initiatives to enhance the age-friendliness of communities across Queensland.

Over 3 years from 2017-18, $1 million per annum will be made available through open funding rounds to seed fund community projects involving partnerships between local government, community and other organisations to co-develop, implement and promote innovative age-friendly projects.

Each year, the age-friendly community grants program will focus on 2 to 3 age-friendly domains. The 2017-18 grant round focuses on innovative approaches, responses and solutions to local issues with a specific focus on Transport, Outdoor Spaces and Buildings and Housing domains.

For further detail, including eligibility requirements, information for applicants and how to apply, visit the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services’ website.

Should you have any queries, please contact Karin Finsterle, Director, Community Engagement,  ph: 3037 2979, email: