Apply now: NGO research and evaluation capacity building grants

Are you wanting to build the capacity of your organisation to undertake research and evaluation?

Applications are now open!

The Network of Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies (NADA) invites non-government organisations (including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations) that receive funding from NSW Health to deliver AOD prevention, harm reduction and/or treatment services (via the NSW Ministry of Health or Local Health Districts) to apply for funding under the NGO Research and Evaluation Capacity Building Program.

This funding is an initiative from the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug Ice which made several recommendations that are dependent on AOD services having the capacity to engage in research, evaluation and monitoring. However, a recent NSW Ministry of Health funded study of the research capacity of NSW non-government organisations AOD services identified lack of staff time and research skills as consistent barriers to research engagement.

The NGO Research and Evaluation Capacity Building Grants Program will target identified gaps in research capability and infrastructure, to help build the research capacity of the NGO AOD sector and improve outcomes for people accessing AOD services.

Eligible organisations are invited to apply for one-off grants as individual organisations (up to $80,000 ex GST) or as a collaborative project across 2 or more organisations (up to $120,000 ex GST) for costs related to staff time for research and evaluation, research infrastructure upgrades, training in research and evaluation amongst others. Please see the Guidelines for eligibility criteria and more information.

The total funding pool available is $400,000.

 Applications open: 30 August 2023

Applications close: 5pm, 11 October 2023

 Visit the grants and subsidies page to download the Guidelines for Applicants and the application form.

For questions about the application process or the NGO Research and Evaluation Capacity Building Grants, please contact Jo Penhallurick, Sector Development Grants Coordinator at

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