The provision of assistance to services that provide support to victim survivors of sexual, domestic and family violence is more important than ever. Sexual, domestic and family violence can have wide-ranging and long-term effects, which is why support for sexual, domestic and family violence services is a priority for the NSW Government.

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. This makes ensuring the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable, children, young people and families, and protecting them from the risk of harm, abuse and neglect an even bigger challenge for frontline service providers.

The $8 million COVID-19 Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Infrastructure Grant Program aims to support sexual, domestic and family violence services, including organisations working with perpetrators, to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19.

This one-off capital infrastructure grant funding is available for projects that fall within the following categories:

  • Acquisition of land or buildings suitable for the provision of frontline services.
  • Construction of new accommodation suitable for the provision of frontline services.
  • Refurbishment, repurposing and improvement of buildings from which frontline services are delivered. This may include projects such as;
    • improving access for people with disability,
    • creating spaces for children such as outdoor areas, playgrounds, games rooms or healing and wellness rooms,
    • upgrade to existing kitchens, bathrooms, living areas/ bedrooms, office,
    • constructing or installing new spaces or demolishing existing buildings,
    • building additions or upgrades at women’s shelters and other frontline,
    • expansion of existing dwellings, including refurbishments and repurposing buildings, and land clearance and site works
    • construction of ramps or parking spots/spaces etc., and
    • painting, plumbing, roofing or electrical services.

The funds cannot be used for non-infrastructure initiatives, staffing (except as part of the delivery of the infrastructure e.g. for trades persons) or ongoing operational costs.

Grants are available to eligible organisations to meet those objectives.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for funding, applicants must currently;

  • 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 may be prioritised for funding with consideration to the following:

  • Services that assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, People with disability, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) people, male victims or people living in regional or remote parts of NSW.
  • Services that aim to reduce domestic violence reoffending, including working with perpetrators.
  • Applicants that received funding under the recent Commonwealth Government and NSW Government stimulus packages are eligible to apply, as are applicants who received funding through the 2020 COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Grant Program.

The grant round will close 5PM, Friday 23 April 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in June 2021.

To apply, please read the Funding Guidelines, and submit your application using the SmartyGrants Portal

For more information visit the Women NSW website here.