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We are currently experiencing technical issues with the application form receipts. You may not receive a ‘Form Received’ email with a copy of your application form. We are looking to resolve this as soon as possible. Please email support@communitygrants.gov.au with your submission reference to confirm receipt of your application. The department will respond to your inquiry during standard business hours.

Possible scam alert

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has recently received reports that members of the public have been contacted via phone and social media, by an individual or individuals offering government grant funding.

Examples of recent Scams

  • Some members of the public have reported the individuals claimed they were from the ‘Department of Social Services’, ‘Australian Grants Commission’ or the ‘Australian Government Grant Department’. Instructions were provided to the member of public on how to access their grant funding, which included paying a fee.
  • A member of public is contacted by someone advising they are from the Community Grants Hub and advised they had been successful in a recent grant round (caller may mention a specific round) and asked to provide specific personal or business information.

These claims are false and these individuals do not represent DSS or the Commonwealth.

DSS officers do not:

  • cold call members of the public to promise grant funding
  • contact members of the public seeking personal information, such as bank details, passport or license numbers.

It is a serious matter to impersonate a Commonwealth public official. It may even be a criminal offence carrying a penalty of imprisonment in some circumstances.

What to do if approached or if you need assistance

If approached in this manner, do not give any personal information. If you are uncomfortable with the nature of the call or approach, simply hang up.

We encourage you to report incidents of this nature. You can visit Scamwatch on www.scamwatch.gov.au to report to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and you can contact the DSS fraud reporting hotline on 1800 133 611.

If you contact DSS in the first instance, we will obtain as many details as possible from you about the incident, including your contact details. If appropriate, DSS will refer it to the police or other relevant authority including the ACCC.

If you have already provided information to a caller or are concerned that a crime has or may be committed, please immediately contact the police, your bank or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) if it relates to your passport details.

 

Open grants

Future Drought Fund: Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Program - Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs

Category

Drought

Closing Date & Time

The Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs Grant is an open and competitive grant opportunity to establish eight multidisciplinary and inclusive Hubs in major climatic and agricultural zones in regional Australia. View grant

Scholarships for Women in Finance and Economics: Administration Service

Category

Women

Closing Date & Time

The Scholarships for Women in Finance and Economics: Administration Service grant opportunity aims to encourage more women to study accounting, business, finance and economics, or to renew, upskill or refresh their skills in these areas. View grant

Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Economic and Community Participation Program – Economic Participation Grant Opportunity 2020-21

Category

Services for People with Disabilities

Closing Date & Time

The Economic and Community Participation Program aims to increase the social and economic participation, including employment outcomes, of people with disability. The Economic Participation (EP) stream is one of three streams used to implement the program. View grant

Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Economic and Community Participation Program – Social and Community Participation Grant Opportunity 2020-21

Category

Services for People with Disabilities

Closing Date & Time

The Australian Government is inviting applications from organisations via an open competitive process for grant funding for 12-month projects that help enable the participation of people with disability in community life. View grant

Seniors Connected - Village Hubs National Grants Manager

Category

Healthy Ageing

Closing Date & Time

The Seniors Connected initiative contributes to the Government’s 2019 election commitment ‘More Support for Older Australians’ from 2019-20 to 2023-24 to alleviate loneliness and social isolation experienced by older Australians. View grant

Intercountry Adoptee and Family Support Service (ICAFSS)

Category

Mental Health

Closing Date & Time

The Intercountry Adoptee and Family Support Service (ICAFSS) is a free, national service that provides post-adoption support, including counselling, information and education, to young and adult adoptees, adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents. View grant