The 4ST Partnership Fund aims to mobilise the sector to develop solutions that promote innovation, collaboration and empowerment, with the end outcome of improving the quality of life of service users - including Families, Children and Youth, Persons with Mental Health Conditions and Caregivers, amongst others.
Who: Applicant must be a Social Service Agency (SSA), Social Enterprise (SE), or a Ground-up group collaborating with another entity or individual.
Inclusiveness: Non-NCSS members, including SEs and Ground-up groups without Institution of Public Character (IPC) or Charity Status can also apply*.*Where possible, the project should be fronted by an organisation that is an NCSS member with IPC status. (Please refer to the Seed vs Grow graphic below for eligible applicants for each category of funding). Non-Charity status agencies (regardless of registration type) are required to make a declaration on the not-for-profit nature of the programme, and that the beneficiaries are local communities.
Incorporating Innovation, Collaboration, and Empowerment: Your proposal should encompass elements of innovation, collaboration, and empowerment.
Active Participation in Interagency Collaboration: The applicant agency participates, contributes to, and promotes interagency collaboration with other organisations to provide needed services to the clients.
Alignment with NCSS Service Priorities: Applications should support key service priority areas identified by NCSS:
Partnerships for Better Outcomes: Solutions should feature partnerships either in the form of inter-organisation information sharing, or interaction through activities, between two or more parties for better service user outcomes.
Person-Centred and Empowering: Solutions should be person-centred and allow service users to have access to relevant information, gain skills to improve capabilities, provide feedback to improve the quality of service delivery, and participate in service design/delivery.
Targeted Solutions: These solutions should focus on addressing NCSS' service priority areas, and/or other emerging needs:
Partnerships for Better Outcomes: New and Value-Added Approaches: Solutions or its prototype/working model, should demonstrate that they are either new ideas/approaches to solve the identified problems or value-added to an existing solution that will significantly improve service user outcomes.
Type of Funding
There are 2 types of funding available. Please see below for the parameters of each fund before application.
To assist you in preparing your funding proposal, we offer a range of 4ST Partnership Fund Resources to support innovation, collaboration, and empowerment. Additionally, you can explore the following resources for guidance in creating a more robust proposal:
4ST Partnership Fund Info Session
NCSS conducted a 4ST Partnership Fund Info Session on 8 May 2023. You are encouraged to refer to the slides from the Info Session or watch the webinar recording for valuable insights.
View the session here.
How to Apply
When to Apply
There are two application windows each year, in April and October. To submit your proposal, click the "Apply Now" button below.
What to Prepare
As you prepare your application, please follow these steps:
For more information and assistance, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Download the 4ST Partnership Fund FAQs.