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Try, Test and Learn Fund

Overview

This program aims to efficiently test new approaches, learn from them and expand the evidence base to inform future government policy, with the overall aim of improving lives by reducing welfare dependency.

It provides funding for both the co-development and delivery of projects. Co-development refers to collaborative activities to refine project design, for example through workshops with end users.

Tranche 2 of the Fund will finance small-scale trials of new or innovative approaches to support people at risk of long term welfare dependence. The four priority groups are:
- Newstart Allowance recipients aged 50 and over (with a focus on those who have been out of the workforce for longer than 12 months)
- Migrants and refugees aged 16-64 and receiving income support
- Carers aged 16-64 and receiving Carer Payment
- At-risk young people aged 16-21 and receiving income support

This tranche will also welcome ideas to support other vulnerable groups at risk of long-term welfare dependence.

A total funding pool of $79.6 million is available over four years with $50 million is available in Tranche 2.

The applications will be assessed in five batches. The cut-off dates are:
- Batch 1: 31 January 2018
- Batch 2: 30 March 2018
- Batch 3: 31 May 2018
- Batch 4: 31 July 2018
- Batch 5: 28 September 2018

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must:
- Be one of the following entity types:
a) Company
b) Indigenous corporation
c) Incorporated association
d) Co-operative
e) Incorporated Trustee on behalf of a Trust (signed Trust Deeds must be provided)
f) Local government
g) Partnership (signed Partnership Agreement must be provided)
h) Sole trader
i) Statutory entity
j) Person
- Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or be willing to obtain one prior to execution of the Grant Agreement.
- Be registered for the purposes of GST or be willing to register prior to execution of the Grant Agreement.
- Be a permanent resident of Australia.
- Have an account with an Australian financial institution.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete eligibility requirements.

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include:
- Staff salaries and on-costs which can be directly attributed to the provision of the grant activity in the identified service area or areas as per the grant agreement.
- Employee training for paid and unpaid staff including Committee and Board members that is relevant, appropriate and in line with the grant activity.
- Operating and administration expenses directly related to the project as per the grant agreement, such as:
a) Telephones
b) Rent and outgoings
c) Computer/IT/website/software
d) Insurance
e) Utilities
f) Postage
g) Stationery and printing
h) Accounting and auditing
i) Domestic travel/accommodation costs
j) Assets as defined in the terms and conditions of the grant agreement that can be reasonably attributed to meeting agreement deliverables
k) Payment to subcontractors to perform eligible grant activities

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete information on eligible activities.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Demonstrate the target group’s need for their project
- Explain how their project will address the target group’s needs.
- Explain how the implementation of their project will achieve the grant objectives.
- Explain how their project will achieve value for money for the Commonwealth.
- Demonstrate their organisation’s capability to successfully deliver the project and achieve the grant objectives, including its ability to deliver on time.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete information of the assessment criteria.

Restrictions

The following are ineligible for funding:
- State or Territory government.
- Unincorporated association.
- Overseas resident.
- Purchase of land.
- Capital expenditure.
- Subsidy of general ongoing administration costs such as rent, electricity and phone not directly related to the project being delivered as part of the grant agreement.
- Costs to attend and travel to conferences.
- Overseas travel.
- The covering of retrospective costs, that is costs incurred prior to the commencement of the grant agreement.
- Costs of business as usual activities that are not part of the project being delivered as part of the grant agreement.

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Documentation Uploaded
Guidelines -Tranche 2 2018-01-28 Download
FAQs 2018-01-28 Download
Terms and Conditions Comprehensive Grant Agreement 2018-01-28 Download
Sample Application Form - At-risk young people aged 16-21 and receiving income support 2018-01-28 Download
Sample Application Form - Migrants and refugees aged 16-64 and receiving income support 2018-01-28 Download
Sample Application Form - Carers aged 16-64 and receiving Carer Payment 2018-01-28 Download
Sample Application Form - Newstart Allowance recipients aged 50 and over 2018-01-28 Download
Sample Application Form - Other Project 2018-01-28 Download
Fact Sheet - Test Try and Learn Tranche 2 2018-01-28 Download
Fact Sheet – Migrants and refugees on income support 2018-01-28 Download
Fact Sheet – At-risk young people on income support 2018-01-28 Download
Fact Sheet – Working age carers 2018-01-28 Download
Fact Sheet – Older Newstart Allowance recipients 2018-01-28 Download
Project Plan Template 2018-01-28 Download
Unable to Attach Financial Statements Declaration Template 2018-01-28 Download
Special Conditions on Intellectual Property Template 2018-01-28 Download
Stakeholder Directory 2018-07-12 Download
Tablebuilder Overview - Hobart 2018-07-12 Download
Available Variable PIA Tablebuilder 2018-07-12 Download
Tablebuilder Overview Adelaide 2018-07-12 Download
Tablebuilder Overview Brisbane, Townsville, Alice Springs, Darwin and Cairns 2018-07-12 Download
Data Access Overview Melbourne, Bendigo and Perth 2018-07-12 Download
Data Access Overview Canberra, Western Sydney, Dubbo, Coffs Harbour, Wagga Wagga 2018-07-12 Download

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Dates
Status Pending
Opening Date 22 Nov 2017
Start By Date 14 Sep 2018
Closing Date 28 Sep 2018
Closing Information
The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Value
Funding Type Grant
Total Funding Pool $50M
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Activities
Innovation and R&D
Sector/SubSector
CommunityServices : Other
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Location
National
Region
Any
Industries
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Individual
Organisation
Difficulty Rating
Administrator
Tier Federal
Department
Department of Social Services
Contacts
Program Administrator
Department of Social Services
Telephone
1800020283
Email
support@communitygrants.gov.au
General WebsiteVisit
Program Website Visit