We will apply these principles to provide some certainty to grant applicants, in particular the not-for-profit sector. The department aspires to apply these principles to all grant rounds. There will however be some instances where divergence from these principles is necessary to respond to unforeseen circumstances.
Timing of grants rounds
- Application processes will generally be open for no less than six weeks from the date of approach to market.
- Grant rounds will generally not be open to applicants over the Christmas period. In most cases grant rounds will close at least one week before Christmas. However, if the convening of a grants round over the Christmas period is unavoidable, we will generally allow extra time for the lodgement of grant applications and the grant round will generally close no earlier than late January.
- Grants rounds will generally not commence in the first three weeks of January.
- We will generally provide a three month transition period to current grantees that are unsuccessful in obtaining further funding (e.g. current grantees will be notified that they are unsuccessful by 31 March for agreements expiring on 30 June).
- We will not require current grantees that are short-listed for further funding to operate without a grant agreement in place (i.e. a new agreement will be executed prior to the expiry of the current agreement).