The Records Access Documentation Grants are to improve access to records for people who spent time in institutional care between 1920 and 1989.
They are open to not-for profit organisations that hold records that are important to people who spent time in “care” as children.
Information about records that have been documented as a result of the grants round will be included on the Find & Connect website to assist Care Leavers in finding out what documents exist and where they can be found.
To be eligible, organisations must be not-for-profit and hold records about Forgotten Australians, Stolen Generations and/or Former Child Migrants. Eligible organisations can also auspice projects that will make records held by organisations such as libraries made available to Care Leavers.
Before applying for a RAD grant, first check the Guidelines.
Any questions you have can probably be answered by checking the FAQ page.
After you’ve gone through the Guidelines and the FAQs, you’re ready to apply.
Applications are open at 9am Wednesday 12th September and close at 9am Monday 22nd October.
The Find and Connect web resource has previously administered two rounds of Records Access Documentation grants, funded by the Department of Social Services.
These grants saw new files being made available to Care Leavers, significant decreases in the time taken to provide records after they are requested, and record-holding organisations making improvements in providing supported access to records.
The first round ran in 2012-13 and 30 organisations were funded.
The second round ran in 2016-17 and 17 organisations were funded.