Poverty & Disadvantage

Capacity Building

The Capacity Building Stream of the Poverty and Disadvantage Program is based on a definition and understanding of capacity building that emphasises organisational effectiveness and impact, and seeks to enhance grant recipient organisations’ ability to achieve their missions.

Grants for capacity building will be made to community-based and not-for-profit organisations that are working with young people aged from 12 to 23 years living in or transitioning out of out-of-home care.

Grants have been awarded to the following organisations through the Capacity Building Stream for 2014-2015:

Cara Incorporated – Victoria
• CREATE Foundation – New South Wales
• Foster Care Association of Victoria – Victoria
• Permanent Care and Adoptive Families– Victoria
The Mirabel Foundation– Victoria

Expressions of Interest for the Capacity Building Stream for 2015-2016 have now closed. Applicants who have submitted a detailed application will be advised of the outcome of the application in late June 2016.

Grant Size and Duration

Grants of between $25,000 and $100,000 will be available. Grants may be paid in one or two instalments, depending on size, and may be expended over up to two years.

Eligibility Criteria

Not-for- profit and community-based organisations located and headquartered in Australia are eligible to apply,
Applicants MUST be working in this Program’s single focus area,
Applicants must have annual revenue of less than $15 million,
Applicants may be in current funding with The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund however this is not a requirement. Nor does it exclude applicants from eligibility

Organisations currently in receipt of a Capacity Building Grant through this Program are not eligible to apply. 

Recipients of grants from the Sidney Myer Fund or The Myer Foundation received prior to 1 July 2013 must have acquitted the grant to be eligible to apply.

Eligible Activities

1. Strategy, governance and leadership

Strategic and organisational planning
Development of strategic relationships
Leadership development, board development and succession planning

2. Management capacity

Financial management and systems
Staff development, human resource management
Strengthening volunteer programs
Deepening community connections
Compliance and legal issues.

3. Operational and resource development capacity

Fundraising, income diversification
Communications and marketing
Information technology.

4. Programs and Impact

Program design and development
Program analysis, outcomes measurement and evaluation.

5. Change management

Strategic restructuring
Partnership development

Capacity building grants will not support program delivery or the everyday operations of an organisation.

Application and Selection

Projects will be selected for funding through a two stage process:

  • Expressions of Interest
  • Detailed applications invited from shortlisted candidates


2 Nov 2015 Expressions of Interest open
15 Jan 2016 Expressions of Interest close
1 Feb 2016 Shortlisted candidates invited to submit a detailed application
4 Mar 2016 Closing date for detailed applications
20 Jun 2016 Applicants advised of detailed application outcome


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