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Substance misuse service delivery grants fund



The Substance misuse service delivery grants fund consolidates activities from a number of existing programs, and will provide a larger, flexible funding pool for services that treat substance misuse. The government has allocated some $559 million over the next four years to the fund. It includes all substance misuse programs targeting Indigenous Australians, and will support those services targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and vulnerable groups including people from rural and remote locations.

It is proposed that the Department of Health and Ageing will advertise an open grant round and call for applications under the fund in late 2011, with funding to commence from 1 July 2012. Further details about the proposed funding round will be widely advertised when available, and applications are encouraged from a wide range of non government and government organisations. Applicants are not required to have had a prior funding relationship established with the department, but must be a legal entity to be eligible for funding.

Access to funding from the Substance misuse service delivery grants fund will be available through a variety of means. The department proposes to undertake the following to achieve the aims, objectives and priorities for the fund:
  • open grant rounds
    • more competitive funding rounds which open and close to applications on nominated dates, with eligible applications being assessed by the department against the selection criteria set down for the initiative and then prioritised against competing, eligible applications for the available funding will be undertaken
  • targeted grant rounds
    • funding will also be made available through targeted or restricted competitive funding rounds from time to time to meet the aims, objectives and priorities for the fund. These grant rounds will be open to a small number of potential funding recipients based on the specialised requirements of the initiative or project under consideration
  • procurement
    • procurement will be undertaken in accordance with the Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines.
Application details: please refer to the contact details and links below for closing dates.


Australian Department of Health and Ageing
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: (02) 6289 1555 (Switchboard)
Freecall: 1800 020 103


Last updated: 24 October 2011
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