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.
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.
No there are no guarantees, 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.
There will be approximately 220 LDATs funded over the next four years and these will be distributed proportionately according to population across Australia. Only 40 grants will be made in 2016/17.
A community action plan is a plan that includes:
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.
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.
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.
Yes you can.
Invoices and a spreadsheet tracking expenditure need to be kept. Further details will be provided as part of the application process.
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.
In year 1, we are looking for groups who have already conducted some community consultation as part of their work.
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.
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.
Yes we encourage your to apply through the next grants round. You will be provided with feedback on why your application was not successful.
There can be but, this is unlikely. We encourage community groups to work together and strengthen their impact together.
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.
Information can be found on our website adf.org.au.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
LDATs will need to demonstrate (but not be limited to):
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.
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.
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.
An independent panel will assess all applications and consist of representative with the following experience:
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.
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.
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.