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Working together: Strengthening family violence support with multicultural communities

Grants of up to $250,000 are available for projects that strengthen partnerships between multicultural community organisations and specialist family violence and sexual assault services.


$0 - $250,000

This grant program is available to Victorian multicultural community organisations and specialist family violence services to work together on a project.

Your project must be:

  • time-limited
  • culturally responsive and tailored to victim survivors and those who use violence.

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  • The grant program is aimed at organisations working with multicultural, faith and ethnic communities in Victoria. Organisations include but are not limited to:

    • ethno-specific organisations
    • faith-based organisations and institutions that are part of a multicultural community
    • settlement organisations
    • specialist family violence and sexual assault services for victim survivors
    • organisations working within The Orange Door Networks
    • family violence perpetrator intervention services
    • women’s health services
    • organisations with established experience in responses to family violence
    • organisations with new or limited experience in responding to family violence.

    Your organisation must:

    • have a current Australian Business Number (ABN)
    • have no outstanding accountability reports or final reports for any grant managed by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (please contact Family Safety Victoria if you are unsure if this is applicable to your organisation)

    Your organisation must be one of the following entity types:

    • incorporated associations (incorporated under state legislation, commonly have ‘Association’ or ‘Incorporated’ or ‘Inc.’ in their legal name)
    • incorporated cooperatives (also incorporated under state legislation, commonly have ‘Cooperative’ in their legal name)
    • a not-for-profit entity registered under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic)
    • a social enterprise incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001.

    If you are not one of the above organisations or entity types, you are encouraged to partner with an organisation that is.

    You are not eligible to apply if you are:

    • an individual and/or sole trader
    • a for-profit corporate entity
    • a Local Government Authority as a lead or independent applicant, or
    • an entity that has failed to comply with the terms and conditions of previously awarded grants.
  • Project relevance, including alignment with program – 25%

    The project design reflects the main goal of the Working Together program and demonstrates the community needs it is responding to.

    Feasibility and effectiveness – 25%

    The project as designed can achieve the stated outcomes.

    Monitoring impact and sustainability – 20%

    The outcomes will have positive consequences that continue beyond the period the project is funded for.

    Budget assessment – 30%

    The budget is appropriate for the activities and outcomes.

    During the assessment of applications, priority will be given to projects that have a focus on the priority areas. View Priority areas for more information.

  • Priority will be given to projects that focus on:

    • regional/rural multicultural communities
    • newly arrived or newly settled communities
    • people on temporary visas
    • older people from multicultural communities experiencing family and sexual violence in a range of relationships, including family-like members and intergenerational abuse (not just violence used by their child/ren)
    • children and young people from multicultural communities
    • people with disabilities within multicultural communities
    • LGBTIQA+ people from multicultural communities
    • women and girls experiencing or at risk of experiencing dowry abuse, female genital cutting and forced marriage
    • people from multicultural communities who have been trafficked and/or coerced to work in the sex industry
    • women from multicultural communities involved in the criminal justice system, including those exiting prison/custodial sentences
    • organisations who have not previously received funding are encouraged to apply.
  • You must submit your application by 3 pm, 3 May 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted.

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    Supporting documentation

    Attach your organisation’s most recent annual report and financial statement to your application.

    Applications that don't have these documents will be considered ineligible and not assessed.

    Note: if the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing currently funds your organisation, other relevant information may be obtained from your current service agreement.

    Application questions

    What is the problem you have identified and how will you address it?

    Your response should cover, but is not limited to:

    • What is the problem? Where is the problem? Why is it a problem?
    • Who will benefit from responding to this problem?
    • What is your project idea to respond to the problem? (what will you do?)

    What are the intended goals and outcomes of your project?

    Your response should cover, but is not limited to:

    • How will it achieve this change? (This may include a program logic or theory of change to be attached to the application)
    • How does your idea relate to your organisation’s goals, our goals and your partner’s goals (if applicable)?
    • What is in scope and what is out of scope of your project (what work are you not going to consider doing)?
    • How will we know the impact of the project? (What will be monitored, what data will be collected, how will you analyse it?)

    What is the intended impact of your project?

    Your response should cover, but is not limited to:

    • short, medium and long term outcomes
    • What is the intended impact of the project? (How will people experience the change, what will the change be beyond the organisations involved?)
    • How will the impact be sustainable? (How do you plan for the changes introduced through this project to continue after the project ends?)

    What is the program budget?

    A budget should be included in the provided template.

    • A budget description should be included. Your response should cover, but is not limited to:
    • total budget, including any funds not requested from the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
    • any non-financial resources being provided in-kind (including volunteer time)
    • explanation of costings of staff wages, administrative overheads, project activities, other line items in the budget.

    Only one application per lead organisation will be considered. The lead organisation can appear on multiple applications as partners of various other lead organisations.

  • All Victorians should have equal access to and be supported by the family violence and sexual assault service system. People from multicultural, faith and ethnic communities (multicultural communities) can face additional barriers to getting the help that they need which in turn, places them at greater risk of experiencing family violence.

    We want to make the family violence and sexual assault system easier to understand and access for Victorians from multicultural communities. We want family and sexual violence support to be easy to find when it is needed. We also want to make sure that wherever people who are experiencing or using family or sexual violence go, their needs will be met.

Reviewed 12 April 2022

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Family Safety Victoria Department of Families, Fairness and Housing