Applications for the Safe and Diverse Communities (SDC) grant program have opened, with recipients set to receive as much as six times more funding than the previous year following a $600,000 funding injection.
The significant one-off uplift in funding is on top of the $1 million that had already been committed over four years (2021-2025) and will further assist the prevention of domestic family violence (DFV) across Queensland.
The SDC grant initiative assists Queensland’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to recognise, respond to, and prevent DFV.
In 2024, which is also the third year of grants, the additional $600,000, will generate an enhanced SDC grants round totalling $850,000.
The Queensland Government has now committed $1.6 million over four years for SDC grants as part of an overall commitment of $6 million, also over four years, to facilitate partnerships to prevent DFV.
Successful applicants have previously received between $10,000 (small grants) to $25,000 (large grants).
This year’s funding increase will provide up to $25,000 for small grants and three grants of up to $150,000. It will also potentially allow for more organisations to access the grants.
The grants reflect the aims of the fourth Action Plan of the Domestic and family violence prevention strategy 2016–2026 that highlight the unique challenges CALD peoples experience when accessing DFV support services.
The grant program aims to create meaningful partnerships and engagement with people from diverse backgrounds to take proactive steps in improving women’s safety and through awareness and prevention initiatives to address domestic and family violence.
Applications are open until 5pm on 15 March 2024.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Yvette D’Ath, said that the State Government is committed to assisting those in the community who are at heightened risk of domestic and family violence in the community.
“We recognise that, for various reasons, some groups of people face either a higher risk of being subjected to DFV or have greater challenges accessing services to help them escape or recover,” Ms D’Ath said.
“These grants help ensure no one gets left behind in our efforts to assist victims, raise awareness, and prevent domestic and family violence.
“I encourage all organisations, who meet the eligibility criteria for this funding, to apply.”