Integrated Services Fund 2019-20
The Victorian Government has committed $1.8 million in additional funding for Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal Legal Services to deliver integrated services within their communities.
The funding provides the opportunity to continue, enhance or extend integrated services, or build capacity to establish and deliver integrated services, with grants of up to $200,000.
Integrated services involve Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal Legal Services working with other services to support people in the community experiencing overlapping challenges in their life.
Victorians experiencing hardship and crises in their lives, such as health issues or family breakdown, also face clusters of legal problems that profoundly impact them. This may include debt problems, insecure tenancies, family violence issues or consumer scams. Evidence demonstrates that integrated and collaborative forms of service delivery better support marginalised groups and those experiencing disadvantage.
The objective of the Integrated Services Fund is to provide Community Legal Services and Aboriginal Legal Services that are members of the Federation with the opportunity to:
- continue, extend or enhance an integrated service;
- build capacity to establish an integrated service (exploring the possibility of a new partnership and starting to build relationships); or
- establish an integrated service (formalise and begin a new integrated service with a chosen partner).
The Federation will be administering the funding and appointing an external evaluation panel ensuring an independent, fair process for all.
Applications closed at 11am on Monday 5 August 2019.
Integrated Services Fund 2018-19
The Integrated Services Fund 2018-19 was established to provide Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal Legal Services that are members of the Federation with the opportunity to enhance or extend integrated services, or build capacity to establish and deliver integrated services.
Integrated services involve CLCs working with other services in the community to support clients with complex needs who are experiencing legal difficulties. By operating out of non-traditional legal settings, the integrated services improve the effectiveness of service provision for clients by providing streamlined, holistic support.
An independent assessment panel selected the following applicants to receive grants from the Fund:
- Consumer Action Law Centre
- Fitzroy Legal Service
- Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre
- Inner Melbourne Community Legal
- Law and Advocacy Centre for Women
- Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre
- Peninsula Community Legal Centre
- Seniors rights Victoria
- Social Security Rights Victoria
- Springvale Monash Legal Service