NSW Health NGO grant program update – May 2019
NSW Health can now advise that base funding for non-government organisations (NGOs) delivering services in 2019-20 has been approved.
For those NGOs whose funding agreements are due to expire at the end of 2018-19, an assessment process occurred between December 2018 and February 2019. This has now been completed, and the Minister for Health has approved recommended approaches for 2019-20.
NSW Health grant managers are expected to have communicated in writing with NGOs about the arrangements that will apply to their Ministerially Approved Grant from 1 July 2019.
NSW Health thanks NGOs it has worked closely with in 2018-19 and will continue to in 2019-20. For further information, please contact your relevant Ministry or local health district grant manager.
NGO grant program in 2018-19
In 2018-19, NSW Health committed over $162 million in Ministerially Approved Grant funding to NGOs across NSW.
Funding has enabled NGOs to deliver community-based activities that support the health and wellbeing of the public, in particular vulnerable or hard to reach populations.
Funded activities have contributed to the achievement of current NSW Health priorities, strategies and policies across Aboriginal health, aged care, chronic care and disability, community transport, drug and alcohol, children and families, mental health, palliative care, population health, women’s health and other priority areas.
In 2018-19, NSW Health has continued its focus on enhancing how it funds and works with the NGO sector to deliver these community based activities. Priorities have included:
- strengthening partnerships and service outcomes through longer-term agreements that promote greater sustainability of services
- aligning NGO activities funded by NSW Health with Government priorities
- enhancing performance frameworks
- demonstrating effectiveness and value for money.
Throughout this work, NSW Health has engaged with NGO peak organisations and grant holders and received guidance from its NGO Advisory Committee on how to optimise its strategic partnerships with the sector.