The NSW Government 2020–21 Budget announced the Social Sector Transformation Fund with an allocation of $50 million.

The Fund will provide grants to small and medium-sized charities and not-for-profits working in health and social service to help them modernise their operations — with a focus on capacity building, better digital service delivery, remote working capabilities and improving business strategies — so they can remain efficient, effective and viable.

DCJ is working closely with the NSW Council of Social Services (NCOSS) and community services organisations to design and implement the Social Sector Transformation Fund. A grants process will open in early 2021.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the grants, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Not-for-profit organisation as defined by ACNC, NSW Fair Trading, Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) or equivalent regulatory bodies.
  • Small or medium sized organisation with a total revenue under $5 million (2019/20).
  • An organisation that deliver services to people in NSW in the health and human services sectors.

Grant categories

There are 10 grant categories available as follows:

  • Personal technology and equipment for a flexible workforce
  • Organisational infrastructure for a flexible workforce
  • Technology training and support for a flexible workforce
  • Organisational business improvement
  • Technology training and support for clients
  • Service delivery or models of care improvement
  • Data and information (cyber) security
  • Client relationship or information management system
  • Organisational capacity building
  • Online engagement

Funding amounts available

There are 500 grants of $20,000, up to 300 grants of $50,000, and 3 grants of $200,000 available.


The overall objective of the SSTF is to modernise the operations of small to medium not for profits so they can remain efficient, effective and viable. SSTF objectives are to:

  • improve the capability of the not for profit’s staff and organisational processes
  • improve efficiencies and effectiveness in service delivery
  • improve business strategies.

Assessment criteria

All applications will have an eligibility assessment and if they are successful they will then be assessed using the following criteria:

  1. Aligned with one or more of the three short term outcomes of the SSTF and one or more of the ten grant funding categories,
  2. Meets a critical business need, improves services for clients and/or there is a community benefit
  3. Be technically feasible and can be delivered on time and on budget (ie projects must be completed on or before 30 June 2022)
  4. The organisation must have the capacity and capability to deliver on the project(s) outlined in the application
  5. Shows value for money

The grants close on Monday 26 April 2021 at 5.00pm AEST

For more information including the information required when submitting a grant application, or to apply for a grant, please visit the NSW Government Communities & Justice page here.