Support for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Fathers

Grant Category Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
Grant Status Closed
Delivered on behalf of
Selection process
State/Territory National
Closing Date/Time

The Australian Government is inviting organisations via a restricted process to apply to deliver services under the Families and Communities Program/ National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022/Support for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Fathers from 2017-18 to 2018-19. Funding will be offered to one organisation as a result of this process.

For all children, parents and caregivers are their most important role models. The way parents engage with and look after their children, and how they interact with each other, has a profound impact on children. It also influences how children will behave as parents and develop and maintain intimate relationships.

The transition to parenthood is a time of increased risk of domestic violence. Research indicates that becoming a father can have a transformational impact on men, particularly in regards to attitudes on gender equality. It is for this reason that strategies aimed at CALD young men and fathers have the potential to foster positive and respectful attitudes and behaviours in future or current relationships. This activity is focussed specifically on CALD young men and fathers as they may need specific support to adapt to different cultural expectations of fathers and families.

The aim of the Support for CALD Fathers activity is to contribute to a reduction in violence against women and their children, by engaging CALD young men and fathers to better understand and appreciate the importance of their (current or future) role as parents and partners; and provide them with evidence-based tools, strategies and knowledge to improve their confidence as both parents and partners in order to develop, maintain and role-model healthy and respectful relationships with family members. 

This grant provides one-off funding to develop and implement a National strategy targeting young men and fathers from CALD backgrounds in these ways, with a particular focus on engaging them through their interactions with existing service providers.

The strategy must be implemented through Commonwealth, state and territory providers who have contact with CALD young men and fathers across migrant resource hubs as well as other CALD-specific services. It is expected that the successful applicant will engage with these providers to build their capacity to engage young men and fathers to develop skills and knowledge in these areas. This could include materials for distribution to young men and fathers.

The successful applicant must be aware of existing as well as new and emerging work to engage young men and fathers throughout the life of the project, including the Support for Fathers activity (also supported by Department of Social Services). This is to ensure that messaging across projects is aligned and duplication of effort is avoided.

More information

More information about the Support for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Fathers Activity, as well as requirements for applicants, can be found in the following documents that form the Application Pack:

  • Program Guidelines Overview
  • Funding Round Summary

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Contacting the Community Grants Hub

If you would like assistance please call the Community Grants Hub Hotline on 1800 020 283 and/or

More information about the Community Grants Hub can be found at the Community Grants Hub website.

Please quote 2016-915 – Support for CALD Fathers when you phone or email the Community Grants Hub.