Empowerment Fund

The Empowerment Fund is now open for applications.

Lodgement of applications

DTF will accept applications until 5.00pm on Friday 29 March 2024. After that time and date, the Department reserves the right to not accept any further applications.

All applications must be submitted through the below 'Empowerment Fund online application portal'.

Empowerment Fund online application portal

The ‘Empowerment Fund - Application Form’ document is to be submitted via the online application portal, along with any attachments to support the application.

Instructions on how to apply are contained in Section 5 of the Program Guidelines.

Interested parties are to consider the Program Guideline carefully as they prepare applications, as well as the ‘Funding Agreement – Terms and Conditions’ and ‘Funding Agreement – Schedule’. These documents are contained in the ‘Program documentation’ section below.

Program documentation

If you have any questions on the application process or the Empowerment Fund generally, please send your question to: earlyintervention@dtf.vic.gov.au.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The following document provides a record of the type of questions received on the Empowerment Fund and responses provided by DTF.

Please note this FAQ document will be progressively updated by DTF as questions are received.

Context for the Empowerment Fund

The Empowerment Fund seeks to address barriers the social service sector faces relating to data and evaluation capability, and enable greater sharing of useful evaluation findings and improved data collection and management processes.

The Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) will manage the Empowerment Fund and will provide grants to assist eligible applicants with collecting and using data, measuring outcomes, and evaluating their programs.

Government provided seed funding of $2 million in the 2023-24 Budget through the Maximising outcomes from social investment initiative to trial the Empowerment Fund. The Fund complements early intervention and social investment reforms that DTF is already delivering for Government.

A Fact Sheet on the Empowerment Fund is provided below.

Market sounding

DTF undertook a market sounding on the Empowerment Fund during October 2023 (previously referred to as the 'Enabler Fund'). Feedback has been considered and has helped finalise the design of the scheme. DTF thanks all parties who provided input.

Responding to the market sounding was optional. Interested parties’ engagement with the market sounding will not impact the assessment or potential success of any future application.

Reviewed 29/01/2024
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