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The NSW Government 2020–21 Budget announced the Social Sector Transformation Fund with an allocation of $50 million.

The Fund will provide grants to small and medium-sized charities and not-for-profits working in health and social service to help them modernise their operations — with a focus on capacity building, better digital service delivery, remote working capabilities and improving business strategies — so they can remain efficient, effective and viable.

DCJ is working closely with the NSW Council of Social Services (NCOSS) and community services organisations to design and implement the Social Sector Transformation Fund. A grants process will open in early 2021.

Read the media release.

If you have any questions about the Social Sector Transformation Fund, please send us an email.

Social Sector Transformation Fund January 2021 update

On 16 November 2020, NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced the Social Sector Transformation Fund (SSTF) with an allocation of $50 million.

The SSTF aims to support small and medium sized charities and not-for-profits associated with delivery of services in the health and social service sector in NSW to modernise their operations by providing grants to assist with:

  • capacity building
  • better digital service delivery
  • accessible remote working capabilities
  • improving business strategies

The grants will help organisations to remain efficient, effective and viable.

Establishment of SSTF Steering Committee

As part of the NSW Government’s commitment to work closely with service organisations to design and implement the SSTF, in late 2020 a Steering Committee was established to advise on the grant objectives, design and outcomes.

Chair of the Steering Committee is Eleri Morgan-Thomas, Executive Director, Partnerships, Department of Communities and Justice.

The SSTF Steering Committee is comprised of members of the NSW Government including:

  • Department of Communities and Justice
  • Ministry of Health
  • Treasury
  • Aboriginal Affairs
  • Multicultural NSW

Members of peak bodies representing the not for profit sector targeted by the grant are also on the steering committee. These include

  • the Local Community Services Association
  • the Network of Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies
  • the NSW Council of Social Services
  • the Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat.

The Steering Committee is working through the key design features, to determine eligibility to apply for SSTF grants and the allocation model for how the funds will be disbursed.

Further information about the grants process will be communicated in late February 2021.

Full SSTF Grant Guidelines including eligibility will be published soon. Please keep checking this page for future updates.

If you have  any questions please email us.

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Last updated: 25 Jan 2021