Safe and Diverse Communities Grants


The Not now, not ever report and the Domestic and family violence prevention strategy 2016–2026 (the strategy) identified groups of people who, for various reasons, face either a higher risk of being subjected to domestic and family violence or face greater challenges in accessing support services to help them escape, or recover from, the violence.

Through the Third action plan of the strategy, the Queensland Government has committed to strengthening responses to address the impact of domestic and family violence on Queenslanders from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The Queensland Government has committed additional funding of $6 million over 4 years to support the prevention of sexual, domestic and family violence in multicultural communities, and $1 million of this funding is committed to facilitating partnerships in multicultural communities through a grant program. This $1 million will be available over 4 years, with $250,000 available each year of the grant program.


The purpose of the Safe and Diverse Communities grants program (the grants program) is to support small, targeted, community-led projects to increase the capability of multicultural communities to recognise, respond and prevent sexual, domestic and family violence across Queensland.

The grants program aims to create meaningful partnerships and engagement with people from diverse backgrounds to take proactive steps in improving women’s safety, and through awareness and prevention initiatives to address sexual, domestic and family violence.

Target group

This grants program aims to target multicultural communities. This includes people from migrant or refugee backgrounds, as well as people who are born in Queensland and who self-identify as ‘being from multicultural backgrounds’. This applies to groups and individuals who differ according to religion, language and ethnicity and whose ancestry is other than Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, Anglo Saxon or Anglo Celtic.

Funding available

$1 million has been committed over 4 years with the total allocation of $250,000 for the 2021 grants program, with applications invited for initiatives seeking funding from $10,000 to $25,000.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must:

  • be a not-for-profit, legal entity, or
  • be a local government entity, or
  • have an auspice agreement with any of the above entities.

Additionally, applicants must:

  • have current Public Liability Insurance of a minimum $10 million, and
  • have no outstanding financial accountability, service delivery or other performance issues by any other Queensland Government agency that would impact on the delivery of your grant activity/initiative, and
  • be established in Queensland and be currently operational in Queensland.

The initiative must:

  • be completed by 28 October 2022, and
  • be delivered in Queensland, and
  • support the purpose of this grants program.

How to apply

This grants program will be administered through a 2-step process.

Step 1

Complete the online application form on the SmartyGrants website by 5pm on Friday 12 November 2021. The panel will then shortlist applicants, who will then be notified about the shortlisting outcomes.

Step 2

Shortlisted applicants will be provided an opportunity to discuss their project with the panel. The panel will contact shortlisted organisations to arrange a time to discuss their application. All applicants will then be informed of who has been successful in the grants round and successful applicants will be announced in December 2021.

You can find out more about how to apply for the grants round through the Grant application guidelines (PDF) (or DOCX).

Online community forums

To further assist grant applicants, 2 community grants forums will be held while grant applications are open. These forums are an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the grants program and we will also be presenting on how to write a grant application.

More information


If you have any questions about the grants program please contact 1800 177 577 or email