What is the program?

The Community Resilience Unit (CRU) of the Department of Premier and Cabinet is pleased to announce Round 3 of the Social Cohesion Research Grants Program is now open.

The Department is seeking innovative applications for research that will support more effective practice and decision-making relating to social cohesion, community resilience and factors which can prevent violent extremism.

The priorities for this third and final research round focus on the more challenging aspects of our local context that negatively impact upon Victoria’s social cohesion.

Approved grants will align with the Strategic Framework to Strengthen Victoria’s Social Cohesion and the Resilience of its Communities (PDF 431KB).

Proposed research should support the achievement of one or more of the research priorities which are included on page 4 in the Social Cohesion Research Grants Round 3 Guidelines (PDF 526 KB).

Partnerships are strongly encouraged between government, academic institutions, community groups and/or the not-for-profit sector for this round of research projects. Partnerships are important for fostering innovation, cross-sector collaboration and whole-of-community approaches.

What funding is available?

  • A total of $500,000 is available for proposals in the 2017-18 round.
  • Grants for research proposals up to $75,000 (excluding GST) and lasting up to 12 months.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must  meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply:

  • be a member of the Research Institute on Social Cohesion (RIOSC). You can apply for membership at the same time as the grant application
  • be part of an institution, organisation or government agency which undertakes research, or has a proven history of being able to undertake research
  • be based in a locality with a Victorian postcode and have their head office in Victoria
  • be a legal entity, such as an incorporated body or association, and be able to enter into legal agreements with the Victorian Government represented by the Community Resilience Unit, Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC)
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have at least $10 million Public Liability Insurance to cover all aspects of the project
  • have a partnership with other individuals or groups from research institutions, government agencies, community groups and/or not-for-profit organisations.

How do I apply?

Applications are now open and will close at 11:59pm on Friday 25 August 2017. Successful applicants will be notified of final outcomes in late 2017.

Follow the steps below to complete your online application.

Step 1

Read the Social Cohesion Research Grants Round 3 Guidelines (PDF 526KB) to see if your organisation and your proposal are eligible.

Step 2

Consider the research priorities and selection criteria in relation to your proposal. If you have any questions, discuss your application with the Grants Enquiry Line on 1300 366 356.

Step 3

Click here to access the online application form and apply now.

Further information

If you have any questions, please read the Q&A sheet (PDF 102KB).
You can also call the Grants Enquiry Line on 1300 366 356 to discuss any other questions.
For more information about the research grants program and RIOSC membership, visit the Research Institute on Social Cohesion webpage.