Frequently Asked Questions

Can individual community members (general public) join an LDAT?

Yes they can. Individual community members can play an important role in supporting the work of the LDAT and facilitating the activities undertaken within a project. However, an LDAT, in order to get funding, must be auspiced by a community organisation and have a minimum of two community organisations as LDAT members. The LDAT member organisations should represent the local community and engage with them in such a way to build a clear picture of the projects that would be successful in their local context.

What is the ideal number of organisations to form an LDAT?

There needs to be at least two organisations that have committed to the work of the LDAT program and the community action plan in order to receive grant funding. In some instances having additional organisations involved with and supporting your initiative could increase your chance of securing funding and ensuring your initiative drives positive change.

Will our LDAT be guaranteed a yearly grant for the duration of the program?

No, they will not however, they can apply for multiple years of grants and will be required to meet agreed milestones to ensure this ongoing funding. You need to be able to demonstrate that work has been carried out according to your community action plan, that key milestones have been met and that there has been the appropriate acquittal of funds from the earlier grant round.

How many LDATs will there be in each state and territory?

There will be approximately 220 LDATs funded over the next four years and these will be distributed proportionately according to population across Australia. Up to 40 grants will be made in 2016/17.

What is a community action plan?

A community action plan is a plan that includes:

  • Local needs analysis/community profile
  • Goals and objectives
  • Identified partners/stakeholders involved in the delivery of the plan (with demonstrated commitment between agencies)
  • Clear action strategies that involve collaboration between agencies/community groups/community
  • Demonstrated approach to measure and/or evaluate success

What support will be provided to LDATs to develop and deliver their community action plans?

A broad range of support will be provided included relevant resources, mentoring of LDATs, assistance with ensuring readiness to receive funding, membership of the community leadership program and effective communication with other LDATs through the community practice.

Can a Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) apply to become an LDAT?

CDATs are encouraged to apply to become LDATs and apply for LDAT grants. Multiple CDATs may apply together for project funding if they share the same focus area/s and would like to deliver the same type of prevention project in their local area. All CDATs that become LDATs will be provided with the same support as other LDATs and will be expected to engage in all components of the LDAT program.

What type of individuals should be the delegated representative for the LDAT participant organisations?

It’s important to consider the breadth of skills on your LDAT team, as well as the type of experience and networks your particular activity requires. Think about what you are trying to do and the best people within the member organisations to support this.

Can we recruit other LDAT participant organisations once we get established as an LDAT?

Yes you can.

What is required in terms of acquittal of grants?

Invoices and a spreadsheet tracking expenditure need to be kept. Further details will be provided as part of the application process.

Can our LDAT purchase assets with the grant funding?

In some instances this may be appropriate but we would need to hear a strong case for support in the community action plan and grant application. All capital purchases over $500 must be clearly detailed in the budget template at the time of completing the grant application.

We haven’t completed community consultation, are we able to apply for a grant to do this work?

In year 1, we are looking for groups who have already conducted some community consultation as part of their work.

The projects we want to deliver require more funding than the LDAT grant can provide so can we source funding from additional organisations to deliver the projects?

Yes we encourage this if it means a high value project can be delivered. To be eligible for LDAT funding in year 1, you will need to have secured the additional funding you require to ensure that the LDAT project can proceed within 12 months.

How we will be notified about the outcome of our application?

For year 1 grants, you will be notified through email by the end of March 2017. We will also publish a list of successful LDATs on our website by the end of March 2017.

If we are unsuccessful, can we re-apply in the next application cycle?

Yes we encourage your to apply through the next grants round. You will be provided with feedback on why your application was not successful.

Can there be more than one LDAT in a given community or town?

There can be but, this is unlikely. We encourage community groups to work together and strengthen their impact together.

Can two LDATs get together to work on a project? Can they apply for two grants to collaborate on a larger scale project?

Provided there is a common agenda within the community action plan this is possible – we are looking for high impact projects – so if you can describe how working together will enhance outcomes we will consider this.

Where can I go to find out more information or ask questions?

Information can be found on our website

Where does the legal liability lie for activities undertaken by an LDAT?

The LDAT needs to operate under the auspice of a ‘lead’ community organisation that has the appropriate governance controls including the appropriate public liability and professional indemnity insurance. To the extent permitted by law, the ADF will not be liable for any activities undertaken by an LDAT.

If we are awarded a grant and the project is delayed, can we carry over funds to the next financial year?

Yes, LDATs can request an extension of their project from the ADF. The ADF will consider progress on the LDAT’s community action plan and the steps that the LDAT commits to undertake to complete the project. In year 1, we are encouraging groups who are confident they can deliver their project within 12 months to apply.

Can a Primary Health Network (PHN) apply to be an LDAT?

PHNs have an important role commissioning alcohol and other drug treatment services and integration and coordination at the regional level. The focus of LDATs is community prevention and harm reduction activities in local communities. Participation in LDATs by health services and health providers in communities is encourages (including PHNs). The Australian Government Department of Health, which is funding this program, expects that PHNs will be best placed to support LDATs where appropriate rather than apply for LDAT funding at this stage. Future LDAT application processes may revisit the issue.

How will you decide which area gets a LDAT?

The decision will be based on the best application – decided by a rigorous selection process. Each application will be assessed by a selection panel that will include experts in a range of areas. Read more about the grant application process

Will you base your decision on which area gets an LDAT on statistics/evidence?

LDATs will be established in states and territories with a focus on regional and rural areas. Applicants will be asked to provide data on the profile of their community and demonstrate community need for the program.

An important criteria for an LDAT is the capacity and readiness of the group applying for funding.

What criteria does a community group have to meet to become an LDAT?

LDATs will need to demonstrate (but not be limited to):

  • Currently implement evidence-informed approaches
  • Are committed to the process of community consultation, as part of their approach
  • Have a sound, regular process to review their programs
  • Promote social inclusion and do not exclude sectors of the community
  • Work in a cost effective way that demonstrates value for money

The funding was specifically to fight ‘ice’, why are you also focusing on alcohol and other drugs?

The LDATs will focus on ‘ice’, alcohol and other drugs.

We are asking LDATs to apply for grants for programs that have a focus on prevention of alcohol and other drug issues – we need to look at how we educate and intervene at a community level before an individual picks up ‘ice’ or any other drug.

The underlying causes of someone’s substance misuse are very similar no matter what drug (including alcohol) they use – so we focus on the causes rather than the drug.

How much money can one LDAT get?

In year 1, grants of $21,000-40,000 will be available. The extensive range of resources and support offered through this program means there is significant value in being part of the program even if your don’t receive funding.

The maximum any LDAT can receive in total over the four year period is $160,000, but only a small number of LDATs are likely to receive funding of this size. The majority of grants received by LDATs will be on average $20,000 per year.

What happens if a group is not successful in joining the national LDAT program in the first round? Can they apply again down the track?

Unsuccessful applicants in the first year who meet the criteria will be encouraged to apply in the second round (opening in June 2017). An unsuccessful applicant may also apply for any of the subsequent years of the program. Read more about grants

Organisations approved as LDATs that have not been successful in funding rounds can still access all the LDAT resources and be part of the community leadership program.

Who decides who gets the grants?

An independent panel will assess all applications and consist of representative with the following experience:

  • Community development
  • Indigenous community development
  • Health prevention
  • Grant making or philanthropy
  • Public health research and evaluation
  • Alcohol and Drug Foundation staff

How will the program be evaluated and who will be evaluating it?

LDATs will need to demonstrate they understand the needs of their community and have a process to review their progress as they implement their community action.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation will also undertake its own evaluation of the LDAT Program.

What is the ideal number of organisations to form an LDAT? 

There is no ideal number. The group needs to meet a certain criteria in terms of experience and ‘readiness’ as well as demonstrate they are able to function effectively as a group.We would like to see a good cross-section of groups within a community involved in an LDAT.