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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

1800 624 608

Family Support Funding Program (FSFP)

Through the Family Support Funding Program (FSFP) community organisations can apply for a grant to deliver support and services of value to Defence families and the community they live in. Any not-for-profit, incorporated group can apply for an FSFP grant, provided they can demonstrate their commitment to and ability to deliver local community programs or projects with a strong focus on supporting Defence families and the Defence community.

FSFP provides funding to not-for-profit organisations to:

  • Support Defence families to engage with their local communities by:
    • facilitating learning opportunities and promoting personal growth, wellbeing, and support child and youth development
    • creating opportunities to form new friendships and networks and share information and ideas to help them manage the demands of military life
  • Support community capacity building and partnerships by:
    • developing new initiatives in response to emerging needs and priorities identified within the Defence community
    • identifying and nurturing partnership opportunities to support the delivery for a strengthened sense of community for Defence families

Funding and program guidelines


Only one application per organisation will be assessed and will only be accepted by email via the FSFP group mailbox, Applications will be prioritised according to how strongly they meet the program aims and selection criteria and will be automatically assessed based on the information provided in the application form.

All applications received into the grants mailbox will be acknowledged by return email. It is advisable for groups if a response to their application has not been received within five days of lodgement, please contact the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.

Defence community groups who require a paid community support coordinator will be identified through the FSFP application process.


The Family Support Advisory Committee (FSAC) panel assesses and prioritises all applications received against the set criteria and recommends to the Minister for Defence, the amount of the grants and any terms and conditions under which they should be given.

If successful

Applicants will be advised as soon as approval is known. Groups may not receive exactly what they asked for and funds will not be released until:

  • Acquittal is complete
  • Letter of Agreement is returned
  • Good governance is being demonstrated

Variations may be sought once funding is released and anytime during the funding cycle.

More information is available at any time via email to the mailbox or through the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.

Closing date for applications: 07 February 2019

Download: Family Support Funding Program Guidelines