The NSW Government, through its agencies, provides grants to non-profit, non-government organisations and to local councils to undertake a range of community projects and to provide services to the community. A limited number of grants programs provide funds to individuals, for example to undertake research or to support an athlete. NSW Government grants programs can broadly be divided into two categories.
Grants for community projects
These grants programs support projects undertaken by community groups ranging from the conduct of local events, artistic pursuits, educational and cultural activities to contributing to the development and maintenance of sporting facilities. The grants programs distribute small amounts of money to a large number of community groups. The NSW Government's contribution is usually only a proportion of the total cost of the community projects which they fund.
Grants for service delivery
Most often called 'funding programs', these are the major programs through which the Government makes payments to non government organisations and local government councils to deliver a range of essential frontline services to the community.
During the past few years, there has been an international trend for governments to outsource and partner with non government organisations to deliver services previously delivered by government organisations.
In the February 2006 Economic and Financial Statement, the NSW Government committed to fund service delivery through 'performance-based contracts or service agreements'. Each contract or service agreement should specify the results to be achieved against agreed performance measures and where appropriate be put in place for 3 to 5 years.
The good practice, tools and resources provided in this guide also apply to agencies' management of funded service delivery. There are, however, additional requirements such as seeking expressions of interest and tendering where appropriate for the delivery of services. The Department of Community Services has developed Good Practice Guidelines for funded services.
Recipients of Grants
To apply, with limited exceptions, for any type of NSW Government funding the applicant must be an organisation incorporated in Australia. If the applicant organisation is not incorporated, it is required to be sponsored by an organisation that is incorporated. The term 'auspice' is normally given to the sponsoring organisation. The auspice organisation becomes the applicant for funding purposes.
For further information about defining the legal status of funding recipients, conducting free company and Australian Business Number searches, refer to the Legal Guide to Model Funding Agreement (Community Grants) prepared by the NSW Crown Solicitor's Office.
The main recipient organisations of NSW Government funding are:
Non-government organisations make a significant contribution to the delivery and management of services to the community, and a significant contribution to the development of policy and of local communities.
The agreement Working Together for NSW provides a framework for consultation and negotiation between the Government and NSW non-government human services organisations. The Department of Community Services, Communities Division, oversees the implementation of the Agreement.
Local government councils
Grants are provided to local government councils to support their delivery of a range of services, capital works and community projects.
The following link takes you to the Good Practice guide.