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FAQs about the Living Safe Together Grants Programme

About the Living Safe Together Grants Programme

Eligibility

Applying for funding

Funding process


About the Living Safe Together Grants Programme

What is the Living Safe Together Grants Programme?

The Living Safe Together Grants Programme aims to support community-based non-government and local government-organisations build capacity to deliver services to help radicalised individuals move away from violent ideologies or extremism.

The grants programme is designed to support established and/or community organisations develop their capability to help individuals move away from violent extremism—either by building on existing programs or developing new capability.

For information about the grants programme, refer to the programme guidelines on the Living Safe Together Grants Programme page. All applicants should note that this is a one-off funding round— funding is not ongoing and there will be no further rounds available in coming years.

How is this grants programme different to other social policy grants programmes?

The Living Safe Together Grants Programme is strongly focused on developing organisational capability to develop and deliver services to help radicalised individuals move away from violent ideologies or extremism. Proposals about activities that deal more generally with supporting vulnerable communities may be more relevant to broader social policy programmes offered by other Australian Government agencies.

Applicants should carefully consider the assessment criteria outlined in the grants programme guidelines to ensure that their proposal best meets this objective.

Is the grants programme specifically targeting religiously inspired extremism?

No. Violent extremism can be manifested in a number of different ways and can be based on different motivating factors. Currently the most prominent form of violent extremism globally is expressed by people who follow a militant interpretation of Islam. However, grant applicants may wish to submit proposals that address violent extremism in all its forms, whether it is ideologically, politically or religiously inspired.

What kinds of activities would be considered under this programme?

To be eligible for grant funding, applications must strongly address the assessment criteria outlined in the programme guidelines. The first criterion is particularly important, detailing how an organisation's proposal will use funding to build or enhance its capability to deliver services aligned to the programme objective of helping radicalised individuals move away from violent ideologies or extremism.

Applicants may propose activities that cover social, ideological or behavioural approaches, for example:

  • religious and multi-cultural mentoring
  • specialised mental health services
  • education and employment counselling
  • youth and community work
  • case management
  • telephone and/or online counselling.

The examples above are not intended to be an exhaustive list—proposals may fall outside of the list of examples and still be eligible for a grant. Please note that the grants programme is a competitive process which could be oversubscribed, and funding is not guaranteed for all proposals.

For which individuals are the proposed services intended?

Services are intended for radicalised or radicalising individuals and/or their families who are assessed as suitable and who agree to participate. These individuals could be referred to these services by:

  • family, friends, community or school
  • law enforcement agencies.

Are there any proposed services aimed at certain categories of individuals that would not be considered for funding?

Yes. Proposed services aimed at individuals not residing in Australia would not be considered for funding. Proposed services aimed at groups or communities more generally (rather than individuals) will not be considered for funding. All future service delivery associated with the grants programme must occur within Australia.

Where can I obtain more information?

For more information about the grants programme, refer to the Living Safe Together Grants Programme page.

These FAQs will be regularly updated to cover responses to any additional questions sent by email to LSTgrants@ag.gov.au. The department will endeavour to respond to all queries in a timely manner. To ensure a fair and transparent selection process, departmental officers are not able to discuss or advise directly on the merits of individual proposals.

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Eligibility

Is my organisation eligible for funding?

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be not-for-profit organisations (including community organisations and local government associations) with an Australian Business Number (ABN). Applications will not be accepted from:

  • individuals
  • political organisations
  • Australian Government, state or territory government entities
  • commercial or for-profit organisations.

Are church groups and religious organisations eligible for funding?

Yes.

Are schools and universities eligible for funding?

Yes, while noting that this programme is not intended to fund academic research activities. For those schools and universities considering undertaking a project in partnership with another organisation, please note there must be a single lead organisation applying for the funding. The Attorney-General's Department will only enter into a funding agreement with a single, lead organisation.

Are Australian, state or territory government organisations eligible for funding?

Local government organisations are eligible to apply for a grant, but Australian, state or territory government organisations are not. Separate funding opportunities may be available for state or territory government organisations through jurisdictional arrangements.

My organisation is not incorporated. Can we apply?

If an unincorporated association wishes to apply for grant funding, it must seek the agreement of an eligible organisation to sponsor the proposed project. That eligible organisation must be the entity named on the application form and, if successful, will be the entity that enters into a funding agreement with, and will be responsible to, the Attorney-General's Department for the proper expenditure of the grant funds and the completion of the project.

Can organisations submit joint applications?

Applications will only be accepted from a single lead organisation. That organisation will be required to enter into a legally binding funding agreement with the Attorney-General's Department, and will be solely responsible for the proper management and expenditure of grant funding.

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Applying for funding

How should I submit an application?

All applications must be submitted on the official application form available on the Living Safe Together Grants Programme page and submitted via email to LSTgrants@ag.gov.au. All questions and fields in the application must be completed, including 'N/A' where a field is not relevant to your proposal.

Before completing your application, please read the Living Safe Together Grants Programme Guidelines available on the Living Safe Together Grants Programme page to ensure that you understand the programme objective and that you are eligible to apply.

Are any assessment criteria more important than the others?

All applications will be assessed against the assessment criteria set out in the grant programme guidelines. All criteria need to be fully addressed and answered within the specified word limit of 500 words per criterion.

The relative importance of each criterion is indicated by their weighting. Criterion 1 has the largest weighting of 40%, while the remaining criteria have individual weightings of 20%. Applicants should pay particular attention to responding to the criteria in their application and associated weightings. Please note that if a proposal does not satisfactorily address and meet Criterion 1, the application will not be assessed against the remaining criteria.

A budget for your proposal needs to be included in the application.

What details are required about previous Australian funding?

All applicants are required to disclose whether they have any outstanding acquittals for previously received Australian Government funding—whether your organisation is in receipt of grant funding for a project that has not been fully completed and acquitted at the time of submitting your application. Applicants will need to provide details of this funding and an explanation as to why the funding remains unacquitted. Failure to disclose this information could result in your application being rejected.

What level of contributory funding is required?

There is no requirement that applicants contribute a minimum level of funds for their proposed project. However, as LST funding is one-off and not ongoing there is an expectation that applicants will be able to sustain their project and any service delivery beyond the duration of the LST funding. This implies that applicant proposals are likely to be supported by their own funding, in addition to that requested from government.

In addition, any financial contributions from the applicant or a third party must be outlined in the application form (i.e. Section 5 in the budget, under Income). This must include whether contributions from third parties are confirmed.

The total amount needed for the proposal must also be specified (in Section 1 and Section 5 of the application form).

Details of any financial contributions will be reflected in the legally binding funding agreement that must be entered into with the Australian Government by successful applicants.

Can grant funding be used to cover capital, administration and staffing costs?

Applicants may not seek funding for large capital costs such as purchasing or leasing buildings or for purchasing motor vehicles. In addition, operational or administrative costs that are not directly related to the development of the proposal will not be considered.

As LST grant funding is one-off and not ongoing, proposals that involve high staffing costs as a proportion of the overall funding request will not be considered favourably. In other words, if your application for LST grant funding requires LST contributions to salaries, the department will look for evidence in your application of other contributions from your organisation or a third party to support these salaries over the longer term (i.e. to deliver services over the longer term). It does not mean that your application will not be considered at all.

Can organisations submit multiple applications for more than one project?

Yes. Organisations may submit applications for multiple projects. However, each application will be assessed separately on its merits and the success of related applications is not guaranteed. Where multiple organisations are involved in an application the application must be submitted under a single lead organisation who will have responsibility for managing the project in the event that their application is successful.

Is there any support available to assist individuals or organisations in completing their applications?

Unfortunately the department cannot provide support, or referrals to support, for applicants. This is to ensure a fair and equitable process for all applicants competing for grants. Community organisations may wish to consult their own contacts and networks to get help completing their applications.

Refer to the LST grant programme guidelines and all supporting material available on the departmental website. The material available is designed to help applicants in understanding the LTS grants programme and preparing their applications. The Living Safe Together website is also a useful resource for reference.

Will applications be accepted after the closing date?

No. Unfortunately we are unable to accept late applications beyond the extended deadline of 5.00pm (AEDT) Monday 2 March 2015.

Applicants who are overseas during the application window should be able to access the application form and all supporting material online.

What information is required about referees?

Applicants are required to provide contact details for two referees who can provide information about the applicant and, where applicable, details of previous funded projects that the applicant has managed. The two referees should not be employees or officers of the applicant, but need to be familiar with the applicant and be able to write about the applicant's experience and ability to manage grant funded projects. For those applicants that have not received grant funding previously, the referees should be able to comment on the applicant's managerial and organisational capacity based on current and/or previous experiences.

The department may contact referees to obtain information. Referees should be available to be contacted during business hours. The department may exclude applicants from the assessment process who fail to provide referee information.

Are any attachments required with the application form?

Yes. Please attach signed letters of support from individuals, organisations, venues and other project partners who have agreed to be involved in the proposed project. Please note that these letters of support must be current and not solicited before 5 January 2015.

Excluding letters of support, please limit total attachments (e.g. previous project reports, risk mitigation strategy, conflict of interest declaration) to three.

How should I fill out the declaration page of the application form?

A person duly authorised to make an application on behalf of the organisation listed in Section 1 of the application should type their name or 'Yes' into Section 7 (Declaration) of the application form to accept the contents of the declaration.

What other types of checks will my organisation be subject to should I apply for funding?

These services are aimed at providing support to vulnerable people. As such, where applications are deemed suitable for funding, security checks will be an important part of the final stage of the assessment process. All short-listed applicants will have their details checked with relevant law enforcement and security agencies and/or the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Information provided for these checks will be handled in accordance with relevant privacy legislation.

Security checks will focus on the lawful background of applicants recommended for funding to ensure organisations have not been implicated in illegal actions, advocating the use of violence for political means, or other unlawful activities. Where an organisation fails a security check they will not be recommended for funding.

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Funding process

What happens if my organisation is successful in being awarded a Living Safe Together grant?

Successful applicants will receive a letter of offer detailing the process for commencing a funded project. Successful applicants will be required to enter into a funding agreement with the Attorney-General's Department.

What happens if my organisation is unsuccessful?

If your application is unsuccessful, you will be notified in writing via email about the outcome. Unsuccessful applicants may request feedback about their application from the Attorney-General's Department within four weeks of the notification being sent. This is intended to help unsuccessful applicants to improve their capacity and possible future applications for other grants being offered.

How will funding be disbursed to the successful organisations?

The department will determine an appropriate payment schedule on a case-by-case basis with the successful applicants. The department will negotiate funding arrangements, such as up-front payments on the commencement of the project, based on factors such as the amount of funding sought and the duration of the project. The final payment schedule will be captured in the funding agreement.

Which standard-form funding agreement should I expect if my application is successful?

All successful applicants will be expected to sign a funding agreement with the department that closely resembles one of the standard form templates available online.

Funding agreements will be applied based on the department's risk assessment of an individual project and organisation. Please note that the funding amount sought by the applicant is not the only factor in determining whether a short or long form funding agreement will be used. Applicants should review the terms of the long-form funding agreement if they are in any doubt about the full extent of the department's requirements.

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