Government programs fund many service types and activities. Funding may be available through a direct, restricted or open competitive selection process. Agencies reserve the right to source providers outside of an open selection process, including by direct selection, restricted selection or negotiating the expansion of an existing agreement with a current provider, to get the best outcome.
Open competitive selection process
Any providers operating in the market place can apply in an open competitive selection process. Open processes are advertised through the media, the Hub website, GrantConnect and other sources as required to attract as much interest as possible. Open competitive grant rounds have open and closing dates for applications, and eligible applications are assessed against set selection criteria.
Restricted selection process
A restricted (or targeted) selection process is used where there are few providers available in the market. This may be because of the highly specialised services or expertise required, geographical considerations or time constraints. A restricted grant round is competitive, but is only open to a limited number of potential grant recipients. Organisations are invited to apply and are assessed against selection criteria.
Applications may be submitted at any time over the life of the grant opportunity and are assessed individually against the selection criteria, with funding decisions in relation to each application being determined without reference to the comparative merits of other applications.
Where applicants are invited by the entity to submit applications for a particular grant and the applications or proposals are not assessed against other applicants’ submissions but assessed individually against other criteria.
These grants are determined on an ad-hoc basis. They generally do not involve planned selection processes, but are instead designed to meet a specific need, often due to an urgent matter or other circumstances. These grants are often not available to a range of applicants or on an-ongoing basis (12 months or less).