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The NSW Government announced the $50 million Social Sector Transformation Fund (SSFT) in November 2020. The Fund is part of a number of economic stimulus measures announced in the 2020 State Budget.

The Fund provides grants to small and medium-sized charities and not-for-profits working in health and social service sectors to help modernise their operations.

The Open Grants are now open and eligible organisations across the sectors can apply for grants of $20,000, $50,000 or $200,000 through a competitive process.

Eligibility – you must meet these requirements:

  • Not-for-profit organisation as defined by ACNC, NSW Fair Trading, Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) or equivalent regulatory bodies.
  • Small or medium sized organisation with a total revenue under $5 million (2019/20).
  • An organisation that deliver services to people in NSW in the health and human services sectors.

There are 10 grant categories to apply for: 

  • Personal technology and equipment for a flexible workforce
  • Organisational infrastructure for a flexible workforce
  • Technology training and support for a flexible workforce
  • Organisational business improvement
  • Technology training and support for clients
  • Service delivery or models of care improvement
  • Data and information (cyber) security
  • Client relationship or information management system
  • Organisational capacity building
  • Online engagement

Funding amounts available:

  • Up to 500 grants of $20,000
  • Up to 300 grants of $50,000, and
  • 3 grants of $200,000.


The overall objective of the SSTF is to modernise the operations of small to medium not for profits so they can remain efficient, effective and viable. SSTF objectives are to:

  • Improve the capability of the not for profit’s staff and organisational processes
  • Improve efficiencies and effectiveness in service delivery
  • Improve business strategies.

All applications must be submitted using SmartyGrants. Applications submitted via email, in the post, by hand or by fax will not be eligible.

For more information go to: Social Sector Transformation Fund or Email:

The grants close on Monday 26 April 2021 at 5.00pm AEST