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The DCS Community Grant Funded Partners Initiative

DCS is committed to strengthening strategic partnerships with community organisations through the provision of Community Grants.

These grants were introduced in 2013 and aim to provide additional innovative, imaginative and creative services and programs within both the custodial and community based settings.

DCS Community Grants aim to enhance protective factors of offenders in relation to their recidivism. Protective factors include addressing matter such as employment, health, housing, relationships, finance and budgeting, and a range of other key life skills. DCS recognises that connection to community and meaningful activity are important.

The DCS Community Grants programs should be aligned to the State Government’s Reducing Reoffending: 10% by 2020 strategy by building a safer community approach, based on preventing reoffending, by contributing to a number of strategies identified, including successful return to community, employment and industry, prioritising target cohorts and a strategy for Aboriginal offenders.


Grant funding is available through DCS annually. Two types of grants are offered for the provision of programs/services. They may be delivered in prisons, Community Corrections Centres, or in the community.

  • Community Grants (up to $10,000) – These may be short term and be specifically designed to address location or regional needs.
  • Community Program Grants (up to $40,000) – These may have longer delivery time frames or require significant investments by the funded organisation.

Grants are one-off for the programs/services specified and are not intended as a recurring funding source.  Both grant types require demonstration of meeting defined outcomes.

For all enquiries about the DCS Community Grants please email or phone (08) 8226 9319.