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Becoming a Local Drug Action Team

For a group to be approved as an LDAT, and be eligible for funding, they need to fulfil the following criteria:

  1.    Have an organisation with capability, that can act as the lead agency and provide a convening and auspice role to the LDAT and to manage and administer any grant funds.
  2.    Have cross-sector support and membership from at least two other organisation across the community.
  3.    Have members with a demonstrated track record in successfully working in their community.

Your LDAT could include local government, local community groups, local traders/business associations, police, schools, and local not-for-profit organisations.

In year 1, the focus will be on supporting 40 foundational LDATs. It’s expected that rather than being new groups, many of these will be groups that are already working together on community development or harm prevention/reduction initiatives.

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LDAT purpose and values

It’s expected that LDATs and their participating members and organisations commit to:

  • Working together as one cohesive group
  • Promoting social inclusion and the process of community consultation
  • Working towards high value social impact initiatives using evidence-informed approaches

Which communities?

Over $8 million will be distributed between 2016 – 2020 through the community grants program to approved LDATs. In year 1, grants will only be given to communities that meet the program’s readiness criteria.

Communities with one or more of the following features will be prioritised for grants:

  • Above average levels of unemployment
  • Regional centres and geographical remoteness
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity
  • High population of Indigenous people
  • Areas of high population growth
  • Social disadvantage
  • Specific priority population group
  • High levels of alcohol and other drug harms

How to apply to become an LDAT

For the grant round closing on 8 February 2017, the process of becoming an LDAT and applying for grants has been been combined to reduce the time it takes.

The grant application consists of a two step process, starting with a review of eligibility. If eligible you will progress to the grant application stage. Please submit your application by close of business 8 February 2017.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by the end of March 2017.

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