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The Commonwealth and NSW Governments have allocated $9.1 million to support communities affected by the floods that commenced in August-September 2022. The NGO Flood Recovery Program is directed to organisations providing services to individuals and families in the four highly impacted DCJ districts of Western, Murrumbidgee, Far West and New England.
The NGO Flood Recovery Program is designed to embed social cohesion, support community-led social recovery and respond to community feedback about local decision making.
If you are looking for information on current NSW Government disaster assistance please visit the NSW Disaster Relief and Support webpage.
Applications open 25 July 2023
A total of $6.5 million is available under the NGO Flood Recovery Program – Open Competitive Grants. This stream of one-off grant funding is available to any eligible community and/or volunteer-based NGO in the four DCJ Districts that is affected by the floods and/or serving communities affected by the floods.
This Program will support NGOs to continue to provide critical human services to vulnerable communities, individuals and families that reside in one or more of the Local Government Areas (LGAs) subject to a disaster declaration under AGRN 1030 or 1034.
The grant will support NGOs to continue to provide critical services to vulnerable individuals and families.
Applications closed on Friday 8 September 2023.
The Commonwealth and NSW Governments have allocated $9.1 million under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement (DRFA) to support communities to recover from the floods that commenced in August-September 2022 (AGRN1030/1034). The Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Flood Recovery Program is directed to organisations providing services to individuals and families in the four highly impacted NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) Districts of Western, Murrumbidgee, Far West and New England.
A total of $6.5 million is available under the NGO Flood Recovery Program – Open Competitive Grants. This stream of grant funding is for any eligible community and/or volunteer-based NGO in the four identified DCJ Districts. The grant will support NGOs to continue to provide critical services to vulnerable individuals and families.
This Open Competitive Grant stream complements the $1.1 million in Closed Competitive Grants available to invited DCJ service providers that currently provide services to individuals and families in the four DCJ Districts.
The NGO Flood Recovery Program is designed to embed social cohesion, support community-led social recovery and respond to community feedback about local decision making. This funding is to be used in conjunction with, and does not replace, other NSW Government support services.
The Program Guidelines should be read in conjunction with the NGO Flood Recovery Program FAQs. This will provide further detail on the Program, the application process, and requirements.
To be considered eligible, applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
Applicants are not eligible if they are any of the following:
Eligible organisations are requested to submit an application that will be assessed against the following assessment criteria:
The assessment criteria applies to the lead applicant in a subcontracting arrangement. The lead applicant will be held accountable for all subcontracted organisations against the criteria above.
Application for funding does not guarantee funding. The assessment process will be managed by DCJ and supported by an independent probity advisor. An eligibility assessment will be based on how the applicant has addressed the core eligibility criteria. The delegated decision-maker (Deputy Secretary in DCJ) is the final decision maker regarding eligibility and awarding of funding.
The decision of whether to provide funding to successful Closed Competitive applicants through an Open or Closed Competitive grant will be at the discretion of DCJ.
The assessment process will prioritise organisations that primarily deliver services to:
Applications may also be prioritised to ensure equitable geographic distribution across the four DCJ Districts, and to target areas most affected by the floods that commenced in August-September 2022.
Eligible applicants can apply for one-off time limited grants from one of the four grant amounts:
All grants must be fully expended by September 2024.
DCJ may offer successful applicants a grant amount lower than the amount requested.
The Open Competitive Grant funds can be used flexibly by grant recipients in the following four DCJ Districts: Western, Murrumbidgee, Far West and New England to sustainably deliver services throughout the recovery and to adapt that support as needs change. Services funded through this grant must only be provided in LGAs subject to a disaster declaration under AGRN 1030 and 1034 (for more information and lists of LGAs see the Natural disaster declarations webpage).
This support to individuals and communities residing in these LGAs- external sitelaunch, to assist them in getting back on their feet, could include:
This list of eligible expenses and the exclusions listed below are designed to be compliant with the DRFA. DCJ approval of the proposed budget and plan for use of grant funding will be required as part of the application assessment process and establishing the Funding Agreement.
Successful applicants can use up to 25% of grant funding to reimburse costs directly associated with service delivery since the floods that commenced in August-September 2022 that was directed to individuals, families and communities residing in one or more of the Local Government Areas (LGAs) subject to a disaster declaration under AGRN 1030 or 1034 (for more information and lists of LGAs see Natural disaster declarations webpage).
Please note subcontracted organisations can also claim up to 25% reimbursement of their share of the total grant as per above.
Successful applicants cannot use reimbursements for capital works (including building repairs and construction), equipment and assets.
DCJ will only provide a grant to a single organisation. Organisations can work together through one lead organisation using subcontracting arrangements between them.
Visit the Subcontracting webpage for more information.
Successful applicants will need to submit a simple financial acquittal in October 2024. The acquittal will include an expenditure breakdown on:
Those that receive grants of $50,000 and above will also need to provide information regularly on the number of services delivered.
Service providers will also be required to participate in regular support forums during the grant period and regularly liaise with and provide information to local DCJ Flood Support Officers.
Due to Commonwealth and NSW grant program audit requirements you may be randomly selected to provide further information during the grant period or afterward, including appropriate evidence and documentation to demonstrate that your expenditure of grant funding aligns with the use of funds permitted in these Guidelines. This may include invoices, receipts, transaction listings, general ledgers, employment contracts and the like, which you will be required to retain for a period of seven years.
Grant recipients must maintain current and adequate insurance appropriate to the projects/activities funded under this grant to cover any liability of the grant recipient that might arise in connection with the performance of its obligations under a Grant Funding Agreement. This must include, but is not limited to a minimum of $10 million Public Liability Insurance.
The NSW Government will not award a Funding Arrangement to a non-government organisation with Redress Obligation (or to any of its Related Entities) if that non-government organisation:
Visit the C2021-13 NSW Government Redress Scheme Sanctions Policy webpage for further information about the NSW National Redress Scheme sanctions.
Projects must adhere to current NSW Government public health orders and advice on COVID-19. Up-to-date information is available on the NSW Government COVID-19 webpage
It is the applicants’ responsibility to provide correct banking details, including the authorised signature to verify the applicant’s bank details, in their application form. Funds transferred to an incorrect bank account may not be recoverable.
The application, Funding Agreement and acquittal for the grants will be managed using the SmartyGrants management system and DocuSign.
It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to keep DCJ up to date with any change in contact information, including the contact details of authorised signatories. Please email SPCGrantsTeam@facs.nsw.gov.au to update contact details.
DCJ is not responsible for any consequences should the successful applicant’s grant offer be withdrawn due to out-of-date contact details in SmartyGrants or failing to complete required documentation by specified due dates.
If your organisation’s application is successful you will be asked to execute a Grant Funding Agreement with DCJ, which will need to be signed electronically by two authorised officers using DocuSign. This agreement will include a copy of these Guidelines and your application.
For more information on who is authorised to sign on behalf of your organisation please refer to the following for further details: Authorised signatories and delegation
Once we receive the successful applicant’s signed Funding Agreement via DocuSign, the Funding Agreement will be countersigned and returned by DocuSign.
Any variation to the project as detailed in the application form must be agreed in writing by DCJ.
Your agreement will require that your organisation comply with all applicable privacy legislation, and that any personal information obtained be kept safe and secure, used only for the purpose of your funded activities and not disclosed to third parties (unless legally authorised or required). In addition, you will agree that we may disclose certain information in relation to the agreement in accordance with our obligations under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009
Successful applicants must acknowledge the Commonwealth and NSW Government’s support through the provision of funding.
All eligible organisations are invited to apply for a grant. Applications must be made online through the SmartyGrants online grant portal via dcj.smartygrants.com.au/ngofloodrecovery.
Applications close at 5:00pm on Friday 8 September 2023 and applicants will be notified in September/October 2023. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.
The first online information session to support eligible organisations with their applications and to answer any questions was held on Thursday 3 August, you can access the recording here. The second session was held on Thursday 17 August at 10:00am, watch the NGO Flood Recovery Program Online Information Seminar.
DCJ staff and NSW Reconstruction Authority staff in the four DCJ Districts will be available to assist organisations with their grant applications, or eligible applicants can contact the Grants team at SPCGrantsTeam@facs.nsw.gov.au.
For any questions about the grants and submitting applications, or to obtain a PDF copy of these Program Guidelines, please contact the Grants Team at SPCGrantsTeam@facs.nsw.gov.au.
$1.1 million has been allocated to providers currently funded by the Department of Communities and Justice to provide services in the four highly impacted DCJ Districts of Western, Murrumbidgee, Far West and New England for the continuing provision of critical service delivery to individuals and families that reside in one or more of the Local Government Areas (LGAs) subject to a disaster declaration under AGRN 1030 or 1034.
DCJ is directly inviting service providers to apply based on the following eligibility criteria, assessed by the Districts:
Providers eligible for these grants will be contacted directly via email and invited to apply in a competitive process for a one-off grant. Applications closed on Friday 8 September 2023.
For more information please refer to the NGO Flood Recovery Program - Closed Competitive Grants Program Guidelines (PDF, 206.7 KB) or contact the Grants Team at SPCGrantsTeam@facs.nsw.gov.au. The first online information session to support invitees with their applications and to answer any questions was held on Thursday 3 August, you can access the recording here. The second session was held on Thursday 17 August at 2.30pm, watch the NGO Flood Recovery Program Online Information Seminar.
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