Strong and Resilient Communities Activity (SARC) – Cashless Debit Card (CDC) Support Services

Grant Category Employment Services
Grant Status Closed
Delivered on behalf of Department of Social Services
Selection process Open
State/Territory National
Closing Date/Time AEDT

Important Information

Section 3.1 of the Grant Opportunity Guidelines has been updated. Additional information about this change is available in the Questions and Answers document.

The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under the SARC CDC Support Services from February 2022 to 30 June 2023.

The SARC CDC Support Services grant opportunity aims to support vulnerable and disadvantaged people on pathways to self-reliance and empowerment through local community-driven solutions that strengthen economic participation. It will focus on supporting Cashless Debit Card participants in Cashless Debit Card locations of Ceduna in South Australia; East Kimberley and the Goldfields in Western Australia; Bundaberg and Hervey Bay in Queensland; and in the Northern Territory (NT).

Types of activities considered for the Jobs Fund and jobs ready initiative:

  • supports that uplift and upskill CDC participants to become employment ready
  • service system navigation 
  • assisting participants to stabilise their lives, including through basic financial literacy and other supports 
  • support both employers and CDC participants to improve recruitment and retention of CDC participants in employment
  • engaging with employers to identify and increase employment opportunities in the CDC region.

Types of activities considered for the NT Support Services:

  • capacity building for CDC participants 
  • basic financial literacy
  • digital literacy and safety 
  • community Champions
  • capability investments to strengthen service delivery.

More information

More information about the Strong and Resilient Communities – Cashless Debit Card Support Services, as well as requirements for applicants, can be found in the following grant opportunity documents:

  • Grant Opportunity Guidelines
  • Questions and Answers
  • Sample Commonwealth Individualised Grant Agreement
  • Sample Commonwealth Standard Grant Agreement General Grant Conditions

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If you would like assistance, please call the Community Grants Hub Hotline on 1800 020 283 (option1) or email

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Please quote 2021-6093 – Strong and Resilient Communities – Cashless Debit Card Support Services when you phone or email the Community Grants Hub.