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Learning System Grants

We are excited to announce the 2019-20 learning system grants are now open.

The Roadmap for Reform: Strong families, safe children is the Victorian government’s strategy for reforming the children, youth and families services system.

The strategy requires organisations providing support to children, young people and families – including the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) – to become a learning system.

A learning system is an operational structure where outcomes are measured, and services are continually evaluated and improved.

Becoming a learning system requires the best evidence of what works, or shows promise, for children and families who are at risk in Victoria – and the ability to translate this into practice.

Grant recipients will need to demonstrate how they will disseminate project findings to:

  • strengthen the evidence base; and
  • directly apply those findings to improve services for children, young people and families.

The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare will administer the learning system grants.

The selection process will be jointly conducted by the Centre with direct input from DHHS.

Learning system grants are open to service providers who are registered as a community service organisation under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005, or eligible for registration under the Act. Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations delivering services to children, young people and families are eligible to apply.

Selection Criteria

Applications must address each of the selection criteria below to be eligible:

  • Addresses one or more of the grant themes.
  • Has a well-articulated and detailed methodology with desired outcomes and timeline.
  • Has experienced personnel (including qualifications, experience and time allocated to project)
  • Outlines how the project findings will be incorporated into practice
  • Describes how the project, once completed, will contribute to better services for children and families.

Applications for learning system grants close 5.00pm, Thursday 13 June 2019.

Applications must include the following information:

  • Response to selection criteria
  • Project description
  • Detailed methodology and timeline
  • Deliverables and how success will be measured
  • Costing of project
  • Details of personnel undertaking the project including qualifications, experience and time allocated to project

Frequently Asked Questions

For prospective applicants, we've prepared answers to the Learning System Grants FAQs

Further information

For information on the learning system grants and the application process, please contact:

 Dr Michele Lonsdale  Director – Social Policy and Research 

Phone: (03) 9094 3521

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