COVID-19 Grant - Tranche 2 funding guidelines

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rise in demand for sexual, domestic and family violence services, and an increase in the complexity of client needs.

The $9 million COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Grant program aims to support sexual, domestic and family violence services to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19. This would include:

  • Adapt service delivery, for example by making service adjustments or modifications to respond to changing client needs or social distancing requirements.
  • Expand service delivery, for example by increasing capacity to deliver more services to additional clients.
  • Introduce new services, in accordance with demand arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants available

Grants of between $20,000 up to $150,000 are available to eligible organisations to meet those objectives.

The grants are one-off, COVID-19 specific funding for up to 12 months duration only.

The $9 million COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Grant program is supported by funding from the Commonwealth Government.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for funding, applicants must:

  • provide a direct and frontline service to people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, sexual, domestic and family violence; or provide services or programs for perpetrators, as part of their overall service delivery model; and
  • be established in NSW and operational.

Eligible applicants may include not-for-profit organisations including community organisations and/or faith based organisations.

  • Applicants that received funding under the recent Commonwealth Government and NSW Government stimulus packages are eligible to apply. However, priority may be given to:
    • applicants that did not receive such funding.
    • Services which assist Aboriginal communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities (including people on temporary visas), people with disability, the LGBTIQ+ community.
    • Initiatives which relate to the NSW Premier’s Priority to reduce domestic violence reoffending, including working with perpetrators and/or victim-survivors.

Assessment criteria

Applicants are to submit a short expression of interest (EOI) via the SmartyGrants portal. The EOI should detail the initiative, including the identified need for the funds, the services the funds will assist, and the client base that will benefit from the funds. Applications include:

  • Details of the Initiative to be funded.
  • Description of the need for additional resources.
  • Details of the service and client base.
  • Provide evidence in support of the grant request.
  • Demonstrate how the additional resources will assist clients.
  • Detail how the initiative will be integrated into the applicant’s existing service.
  • Clearly state what other COVID-19 related funding the applicant has received, including from an industry body or private sector organisation, if any
  • Explain the way in which the initiative will be managed as a one-off, COVID-19 specific grant for up to 12 months duration only.

Assessment process

Organisations will have four weeks to submit an Expression of Interest.

EOIs will be assessed through a two-stage process:

  • An initial review of eligibility as per the eligibility criteria.
  • A review of EOIs against the assessment criteria, undertaken by an assessment panel comprised of senior representatives. A probity advisor will also be engaged to advise the panel.

Both successful and unsuccessful grant applications will be notified in writing.

How to apply

EOIs are only to be submitted via the SmartyGrants portal.

Applicants are required to register with SmartyGrants in order to access the online application form.

Applications open at 10am (AEST) on Wednesday, 26 August 2020 and close at 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday 23 September 2020. No extensions to the deadline will be permitted.

Further information

If you have any questions about the COVID-19, Domestic and Family Violence Grant program, or would like any further information, please contact Women NSW at

Terms and conditions


Submission of an application does not guarantee funding.

The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) accepts no responsibility for your project, irrespective of the funding provided by the agency to support the project, and irrespective of its listing on the Women NSW website or other DCJ publications.

Organisations are responsible for meeting their duty of care and all other obligations to project participants and other stakeholders.

NSW Government Brand Guidelines

Grant recipients are required to acknowledge the contribution and support of the NSW Government in accordance with the NSW Government Brand Guidelines.

Media and disclosure of project information

Grant recipients agree to information about the project being used for evaluation, promotional and media purposes. Should your application be successful, DCJ may need to provide certain information to the media and Members of Parliament for promotional activities. Grant recipients should not make public announcements about their project without prior approval from DCJ.

Grant recipients agree to obtain consent from Project Participants (using the DCJ Still and moving images consent form (event)) for all still and moving images of participants captured by project organisers during the course of the Project and provided to DCJ.

Grant recipients acknowledge that the information provided in the application, and any images of the project provided to DCJ, may be used by DCJ in media and promotional activities such as publishing case studies, social media and website content, and/or media releases.

Reporting requirements

Grant recipients are required to enter into a funding agreement with DCJ. Organisations funded by DCJ must operate in accordance with their contract and with legislation, policies and guidelines relevant to their program funding.

Grant recipients will be required to submit a progress report within six months of project commencement and evaluate their project within 12 months of commencing, to include a project acquittal and report focused on program deliverables and acquittal of their finances.

Privacy Policy

The NSW Government will collect and store the information you voluntarily provide to enable implementation of this grant program. Any information provided by you will be stored on a database that will only be accessed by authorised personnel and is subject to privacy restrictions. The information will only be used for the purpose for which it was collected.

The NSW Government is required to comply with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. The NSW Government collects the minimum personal information to enable it to contact an organisation and to assess the merits of an application.

Applicants must ensure that people whose personal details are supplied with applications are aware that the NSW Government is being supplied with this information and how this information will be used.

Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009

Information received in applications and in respect of applications is treated as confidential. However, documents in the possession of the Government are subject to the provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009. Under some circumstances a copy of the application form and other material supplied by the applicant may be released, subject to the deletion of exempt material, in response to a request made in accordance with the Act.

Last updated:

17 Oct 2022

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