FAQ

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  1. When does the Grants Round Open?
  2. When are applications due?
  3. My project will be documenting records relating to Stolen Generations, can I apply?
  4. What is meant by best practice access principles for records holders?
  5. Will I be funded for digitisation?
  6. How many staff can attend the Workshop?
  7. What type of information will be published on Find & Connect?
  8. My organisation holds records of a past provider but we’re not an eligible ‘not for profit’. Can we apply?
  9. Are state government held records eligible?
  10. I’m having trouble with the SmartyGrants website
  11. Do we have to expend the funding by a certain date?

 

1. When does the Grants Round Open?

You can apply for a RAD Grant online from 9am, Wednesday September 12th AEST at https://RADGrants.smartygrants.com.au/

2. When are applications for funding due?

Applications must be submitted online by 9am Monday October 22nd AEST

3. My project will be documenting records relating to Stolen Generations, can I apply?

Yes, if the records document children in ‘care’ between 1920 and 1989

4. What is meant by best practice access principles for records holders?

Best practice access principles are those that make it easier for people who were in care to access their records. For more information, you can see Access to Records by Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. Be aware that some organisations have even higher standards of access than are detailed in this document.

5. Will I be funded for digitisation?

If your project includes digitisation, you must provide a quote. Organisations WILL NOT BE FUNDED to do digitisation themselves (in-house). Digitisation must be outsourced to a professional company. Digitisation of collections must take place as part of a broader project to document and describe records.

6. How many staff can attend the Workshop?

One person from each successful organisation will be fully funded to attend the workshop, including travel and accommodation. Any number of staff are welcome to attend the workshop, however the organisation is responsible for the costs of any additional attendees.

7. What type of information will be published on Find and Connect?

Not all of the information documented in your project can or should be public. The Find and Connect website publishes information about what type of records an organisation holds, not the records themselves. For more information see Guidelines – Providing information for www.findandconnect.gov.au

8. My organisation holds records of a past ‘care’ provider but we’re not an eligible not-for-profit. Can we apply?

Not directly, but your project may still be eligible for funding. Eligible organisations must be Australian not-for-profit organisations that are legal entities.

However, organisations that are ineligible are welcome to apply under the auspices of an eligible organisation that created or held the records prior to them being transferred to the ineligible organisation.

If you hold records that were created by an eligible organisation, you can partner with them to apply for a grant. The grant application will need to be submitted by the eligible organisation. For example, if a library holds records from a former home, a not-for-profit affiliated with that home can apply for a grant under an auspice arrangement.

Similarly, if your organisation created records that are now in the custody of an ineligible organisation, you can partner with them in order to apply for a grant to document the records.

9. Are state government held records eligible?

Government-held records are not the focus for the grants, and for the most part projects focused on these records will be ineligible for funding. However, there may be some exceptions where a government department or state archive is the legal custodian for the records of a non-government past provider.

If this is the case, these projects may be eligible if the non-government organisation that created or held the records prior to them being transferred to the state government organisation is an auspicing partner to the project.

10. I’m having trouble with the SmartyGrants website

11. Do we have to expend the funding by a certain date?

Yes. All funding will need to be expended by 13 September 2019. If you’re not sure how to acquit your grant, see Guidelines – How to acquit the project


CONTACT US : rad-grants@unimelb.edu.au