OPEN: 4 February 2019 (9 am)
CLOSE: 5 March 2019 (5pm) (Eastern Standard Time)
Applications are open for individuals, organisations and education institutions to hold meaningful events in the lead-up to, during, or in support of the Reconciliation Day public holiday event on 27 May 2019.
Please read these guidelines carefully before completing your application form online.
The ACT Government is pleased to announce the opening of the ACT Reconciliation Day Grants Program (the Program) for 2019.
The Program has been established under the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement to support the key focus areas of Cultural Identity, Connecting the community and Leadership, and plays an integral part in achieving the shared vision of Stronger Families and self-determination.
Reconciliation is a holistic approach that encompasses rights, symbolic and practical actions. Reconciliation is not just about one day each year – rather it is a movement about addressing cultural change, attitudes and beliefs to raise our communities understanding of our shared history.
The inaugural Reconciliation Day initiative: Reconciliation in the Park was held on Monday 28 May 2018, in Glebe Park in the City. The event attracted more than 8,000 people, who were able to enjoy exhibitors, interactive displays and performances supporting a conversation about Reconciliation.
In 2019, the Reconciliation Day public holiday will be held on Monday 27 May, and it aims for all ACT (and surrounding regions including Wreck Bay) community’s and peoples to benefit from Reconciliation and recognition of the Reconciliation Day initiative.
The Program is provided to support individuals, organisations and education institutions to hold meaningful initiatives in the lead-up to, during, or in support of the Reconciliation Day Public Holiday event in 2019.
Preference will be given to individuals, organisations or education institutions that can demonstrate incorporation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities into their organisational structures (Designated Board membership, staff and senior management positions, advisory services). Specifically, the incorporation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is to assist the individual, organisation or education institution to work in a culturally appropriate manner and in recognition of the need for including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities in service design and delivery.
Education institutions are defined as a school, college, Canberra Institute of Technology or university, and are eligible to apply for a grant. However an application must detail how funding from the Program will support funding already provided by the education institution (dollar-for-dollar) for an initiative. ACT Government schools must outline how the initiative also supports the implementation of the Building Cultural Integrity in Canberra public schools policy.
For-profit organisations must detail how funding from the Program will support funding already provided by the organisation (dollar-for-dollar) for the initiative.
The 2019 Reconciliation Day Grants Program aims to support community organised events, which are held by individuals, organisations or education institutions, with a strong focus on Reconciliation, specifically:
- promoting understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the wider community;
- celebrating and raising the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the wider community;
- promoting understanding of, and the impact on, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of past policies and historical events;
- delivering opportunities for children, young people and elders to be involved and have the ability to participate in community events that promote Reconciliation; and
- developing seminars and/or panel discussions on the importance of Reconciliation for all Australians.
Total funding of $50,000 (GST exclusive) is available for the Program.
Individuals, organisations or education institutions can apply for a Reconciliation Day Grant for an amount up to $5,000 (GST exclusive).
Grants are one-off for the specified purpose and are not intended as a recurring funding source.
Please note: You can apply for a grant up to the amount specified above, however it is at the discretion of the assessment panel as to whether you will receive the full amount requested.
Preference will be given to individuals, organisations or education institutions who can demonstrate incorporation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities into their organisational structures (ie. Designated Board membership, staff and senior management positions, advisory services) to support the service design and delivery of culturally appropriate initiatives.
Eligibility for an individual
To be eligible for the Program, individuals must meet the following requirements:
- reside in the ACT or surrounding Canberra region including Wreck Bay (proof of ACT or surrounding Canberra Region residency must be attached with application);
- have not received funding from another source for the same purpose in 2019; and
- have no overdue reporting obligations for any previous ACT Government grant including: evaluations, acquittal reports and audited financial statements.
Please note: Lack of clarification and supporting evidence may deem your application ineligible. Only one (1) application per individual is allowed. Individuals that are applying for a Reconciliation Day grant must be 18 years or older. Individuals that are not 18 or older, must have a Parent or Guardian submit an application on their behalf.
Eligibility for an Organisation
To be eligible for the Program, organisations must meet the following requirements:
- be an incorporated entity (an organisation that is not an incorporated entity, must be auspiced by an incorporated entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN) and/or Indigenous Incorporation Number (ICN);
- provide an initiative in the ACT, for the benefit of ACT residents;
- have the qualifications, skills, experience and reputational standing to manage the proposed initiative;
- have a current public liability insurance policy with a cover of a minimum of $10 million;
- have no overdue reporting obligations for any previous ACT Government grant including evaluations, acquittal reports and audited financial statements; and
- for-profit organisations must detail how funding from the Program will support funding already provided by the organisation (dollar-for-dollar) for the initiative.
Please note>: If you do not comply with the above eligibility requirements, your application will not be assessed for funding. Only one (1) application per eligible organization is allowed.
Obligations of Auspicing Body
An auspicing body is an organisation that accepts the legal responsibility including financial accountability for a project. If your organisation is not a legal entity you will need to arrange for an organisation that has legal status to act as an auspicing body.
The Auspicing Body will:
- Be the applicant for this grant funding and if successful contract directly with the Community Services Directorate for the receipt of grant funding, and comply with all grant funding contractual obligations, including the provision of progress reports, final reports and financial acquittal documentation.
- Be the entity that will accept the grant funding for the project and administer the funding in accordance with the Grant Guidelines and Letter of Offer.
- Disburse grant funding to the Auspiced party in accordance with the Grant Guidelines and Letter of Offer and not unreasonably withhold funding from the Auspiced party for the implementation of the project.
Please note: If you do not comply with the above eligibility requirements, your application will not be assessed for funding.
Eligibility for an education institution
Education institutions are eligible to apply for a grant, however an application must detail how funding from the Program will support funding already provided by the education institution (dollar-for-dollar) for initiatives. ACT Government schools must outline how the initiative also supports the implementation of the Building Cultural Integrity in Canberra public schools policy.
Please note: If you do not comply with the above eligibility requirements, your application will not be assessed for funding. Only one (1) application per eligible institution is allowed.
Exclusions on the use of Grant Funding
Funding will exclude (but not limited to):
- projects that do not contribute to the aim of the Program;
- ongoing/recurrent funding;
- projects where alternative sources of funding are more appropriate;
- projects that are a duplication of an existing service, program, project or event;
- retrospective costs — projects or purchases which have already taken place;
- salaries where the salary form part of the organisations/individual usual responsibility;
- recurrent operating or maintenance costs for day-to-day operations of the organisation; and
- prize money; and
- projects which are deemed to be inappropriate and offensive.
In the application, individuals, organisations and education institutions must address the aim of the program and the Assessment Criteria to demonstrate:
- Capacity. The proposal demonstrates that the individual, organisation or education institution has the capacity to deliver the initiative and manage the funding.
- Outcomes. The proposal must have a clear outcome for the initiative.
- Timeframes and Budget. The timeframe is realistic and clearly details the key milestones to achieve the outcome. For-profit organisations and education institutions must outline how funding from the Program will support funding already provided (dollar-for-dollar) by the organisation or education institution for the initiative.
- Collaboration. The proposal demonstrates collaboration where several entities collectively submit an application to achieve an initiative.
- Assessment Process
A Panel of Assessors (the Panel) will review all applications received against the Assessment Criteria.
The Panel will make its recommendation based on the information provided in the application within the available funding.
The Panel will consist of the following representatives:
- A representative of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body.
- A representative of the ACT Reconciliation Day Council.
- An officer from the ACT Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (OATSIA) who identifies as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person.
- An officer from the ACT Public Service who does not identify as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person.
All applicants will be formally advised in writing of the outcome of their Grant application.
Accepting a Grant
- Successful individuals, organisations and education institutions will be required to enter into an Agreement with the ACT Government setting out the terms and conditions for which funding will be provided, including acquittal requirements within the agreed timeframe; this Agreement will be either a Deed of Grant or Letter of Offer.
- Funds may be spent only on items and activities specified in the Agreement. Any unspent funds must be returned to the Community Services Directorate.
- Individuals, organisations and education institutions must ensure that the assistance provided by the ACT Government is appropriately acknowledged in any promotional or other materials. The ACT Government’s Branding Guidelines and “Supported By” logo are accessible at www.grants.act.gov.au/acknowledging
- If you wish to change your approved grant in any way, you must first obtain written permission from the Community Services Directorate.
- The names, project descriptions and funding amount of all successful individuals, organisations and education institutions will be posted on the Community Services Directorate website at http://www.strongfamilies.act.gov.au/ following the assessment process; by accepting a grant you agree to this requirement.
- The names and project descriptions of all successful individuals, organisations and education institutions will be provided to Events ACT for inclusion in a calendar of events.
- All successful individuals, organisations and education institutions must expend the funds within the timeframes nominated in the Deed of Grant or Letter of Offer; this is normally 12 months of receipt of funds or at the completion of the activity, whichever is sooner
- An acquittal of the grant must be provided within 30 days of the completion of the grant activity, or by the date specified in the Deed of Grant or Letter of Offer, any unexpended funds are to be returned at the time of acquitting the grant. An acquittal form and reporting form (if required) will be supplied to successful individuals, organisations and education institutions with their Agreement.
- All successful individuals, organisations and education institutions are required to keep ALL receipts and submit them with the acquittal form.
Please note:To be eligible for funding in future grants rounds, individuals, organisations and education institutions must meet all acquittal and reporting requirements.
Failure to acquit grants will result in applicants being assessed as ineligible to receive any future Community Services Directorate grants.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to upload the receipts and complete the acquittal form template. Where an applicant is under an auspice arrangement, the applicant must take all reasonable actions to obtain a summary including the receipts from their auspice provider to ensure the acquittal is complete.
Important Information for Applicants
When to submit your application
Applications open at 9 am on Monday 4 February 2019 and close at 5 pm on Tuesday 5 March 2019 (Eastern Standard Time) for meaningful events in the lead-up to and/or during or in support of the Reconciliation Day public holiday event on 27 May 2019.
How to submit your application
All applications must be submitted via the online Reconciliation Day Grant Program Application Form
You will need to create a log in to begin your application and you may begin anywhere in the Application Form. Please ensure you save as you go. If an error occurs, please contact the Service Funding Support unit on (02) 6205 6008 during business hours, or email CSDService FundingSupport@act.gov.au.
Navigating (moving through) the application form
On the right hand side of every screen, there is a box which links directly to every page of the Application Form. Click on any page to jump directly to that page. You can also click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the Application Form.
Saving your draft Application Form and returning
You can press 'save' at any point and log out. When you log back in, your draft Application Form will be saved and you can start where you left off.
Submitting your Application Form
The submit button is on the final page. You will not be able to submit your Application Form until all the questions are completed.
Attachments and supporting documents
You may wish to upload/submit attachments to support your application. This is very simple, but requires you to have the documents saved on your computer, on a zip drive, or similar. If you are not able to upload a document, please contact the Program Officer on (02) 6207 8830 for support.
Completing an application in a group/team
A number of people can work on an application using the same log in details provided that only one person is working on the application at any given time. Ensure you save as you go.
Once you have completed your Application Form it will be submitted to the Grants Officer.
Please note: The Grants Officer is unable to view your application until it is submitted.
ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THE GRANT APPLICATION.
If your application does not include all required documentation it may be deemed ineligible. You can upload supporting documentation to your Application Form.
Smarty Grants provides an online help guide for applicants. This guide will explain the essential steps you need to take to complete and submit your Application Form. The help guide is accessible on the Smartygrants website
Any additional information provided by the Community Services Directorate as part of this Grant Program will be posted on the Strong Families
In addition all applicants that have started or submitted an online application form will be notified by email to the address that was registered with Smartygrants.
A complaint is defined as an expression of dissatisfaction in relation to the application process and/or an unsuccessful application for a grant.
You or your representatives have the right to raise your concerns. This information supports us to improve services and supports your right to ask questions about the grant application process as well as decisions made in relation to an unsuccessful application.
What you can expect in relation to a complaint
You can expect to:
- be treated respectfully, fairly and in confidence;
- have your concerns dealt with as soon as possible;
- be informed of progress; and
- be informed of the outcome.
Other funding sources
The Program is open concurrent with Round Two (2) of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Grants Program for 2018-19 (Cultural Grant Program), which aims assist a program or event within the ACT that will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to celebrate or strengthen cultural heritage, and/or promote wider understanding of the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT.
Round Two (2) of the Cultural Grant Program is available for culturally significant events held between May 2019 and July 2019, including National Sorry Day (26 May), Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum (27 May), Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June), Mabo Day (3 June), Coming of the Light (1 July), and NAIDOC Week (8-15 July).
The ACT Government provides a range of funding opportunities across a number of ACT Government agencies. Details of other ACT Government funding opportunities can be found at ACT Grants.
Important Information for Applicants
Assistance can be provided for applicants who require help with submitting their application online.
For more information or assistance with completing an application please contact the ACT Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs:
phone: (02) 6207 9784
If you are having difficulty in accessing the online application form or if an error occurs, please contact the Service Funding Support Unit for assistance:
Phone: (02) 6205 6008