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Forced Adoption Small Community Grant Funding Announced - June 2017

RANT has allocated up to $5,000 for small community grants. This funding may be used for a range of peer support and advocacy activities which enable knowledge or skill building and enhance support for people affected by forced adoptions.

Relationships Australia NT (RANT) has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services to provide Forced Adoption Support Services (FASS) to Northern Territory residents. This support includes where possible, face-to-face support, casework, counselling, records tracing, reunion mediation and the administration of small grants.

This small grants component is to help build sector capacity and enhance group healing activities to support people affected by forced adoptions currently residing in the Northern Territory.

Available Funding

RANT has allocated up to $5,000 (plus GST) of FASS funding for small community grants. Multiple grants are available; however, maximum total amount available is $5,000. Only one funding round will be available for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications are invited from incorporated, not-for-profit organisations, support and advocacy groups and organisations based in the Northern Territory. Applications are also invited from unincorporated not-for-profit and community groups that are auspiced by an incorporated organisation.
Eligible Projects/Activities
Small grant funding may be used for a range of peer support and advocacy activities which enable knowledge or skill building and enhance support for people affected by forced adoptions.
These activities may include, but are not limited to;
  • Venue and group meeting costs for support and advocacy.
  • Group facilitation costs, including costs to engage a facilitator.
  • Group therapy fees (e.g. creative and expressive arts), including cost to engage a therapist.
  • Retreats, including travel, accommodation and activity costs.
  • Production of memorials.
  • Knowledge and skill building opportunities such as local and national training.
In addition to the above, applicants are encouraged to consider activities that will enable your organisation/group to continue to provide support to the community. This could include;
  • Training in mental health first aid.
  • Training in working with the media.
  • Web development.

Small Grant funding cannot be used for:


  • The employment of staff or associated staff costs.
  • The provision of individual counselling services.
  • Activities normally delivered as part of the Forced Adoption Support Service.
  • Activities that will benefit a sole individual.
  • Equipment and assets.
  • Recurrent operational costs.
  • Any activities not specifically targeted to people affected by past forced adoptions practices.
  • Any unspent funds may be required to be returned to Relationships Australia NT at the end of the grant period.


Assessment Criteria:

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria;


  • Clear and achievable project / activity outcomes.
  • A defined benefit to the target group.
  • An achievable and realistic activity schedule and delivery plan.
  • A detailed and reasonable budget, including any quotes obtained.
  • Relevant knowledge, skills and experience to deliver the activity to target group.


Conditions of Funding:

Successful applicants must agree to fulfill the following obligations;


  • A funding agreement with Relationships Australia NT must be signed.
  • The funding must only be used for the purpose outlined in the application.
  • The funded project must be completed within 12 months of grant being awarded.
  • A report outlining the activities and outcomes from the funded project must be provided within six weeks of project completion.
  • An acquittal report (audited report not necessary), including evidence of expenditure, must be provided within six weeks of project completion.
  • Relationships Australia NT and The Department of Social Services must be appropriately acknowledged for their support, in all promotional material, annual reports and other information relating to the project.
  • Relationships Australia NT must be given consent to produce any grant related information and photographs/images for Relationships Australia NT’s publication in either printed or electronic form including (without limitation) our Annual Report, Website, Facebook, twitter and Instagram pages.
  • Be compliant with Relationships Australia NT’s funding conditions with the Department of Social Services.


Application Process

Applicants must complete and submit the Small Grants Application Form by the due date. A separate application form must be completed for each activity/project. Any additional attachments relating to budget, delivery plan, and schedule are welcomed.

Relationships Australia NT will assess each application in relation to the assessment criteria. Applicants will be notified of their outcome within four weeks of the closing date.


Please see application form HERE

Submitting the Application

Submit your application and any additional documentation to Relationships Australia NT via one of the following means;

By email:

In person: 5 Shepherd Street

Darwin, NT 0800

Important Dates

Application closing date:               16th June 2017

RANT processing period:              23rd June 2017

Time frame to deliver project:       26/06/17 – 25/06/18

For further information


Crystal Keitaanpaa

Program Coordinator

Adult Specialist Support Services

8923 4999

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