Community Partnership Scheme – 2018 Round

Information for applicants

Nous actively contributes to the work of not-for-profit and community organisations through our Community Partnership Scheme. Through this scheme, we deliver discounted and pro-bono consulting services to organisations that otherwise may not have access to such opportunities.

Apply for the Nous Community Partnership Scheme 2018 Round

As part of the Community Partnership Scheme, Nous runs an application round each year to assist eligible organisations to deliver influential projects.

This year, we are seeking applications for consulting projects that build the capability of organisations to make evidence-based decisions to contribute to positive social, cultural, economic and/or environmental outcomes in Australia.

To this end, we are seeking application for the following types of projects:

  1. Program evaluations that support organisations to rigorously and comprehensively measure and communicate the impact of social programs.
  2. Strategic planning, review or strategy workshop facilitation that support organisations to understand their operating environment and develop, prioritise and implement strategies to deliver the best possible services to clients.
  3. Data-driven projects that help organisations analyse relationships and patterns in their data, understand the impacts of different scenarios and inform decision making.
  4. Other projects that help organisations to make evidence-based decisions that contribute to positive outcomes.

We will contribute up to $50,000 in consulting services to any one organisation for a consulting project in the 2018 Round. This is the Nous contribution and we ask successful applicants to co-contribute between 25% and 75% of the total value of the project. See the funding principles below for more information on the co-contribution requirement.

In total, we will commit approximately $250,000 in consulting services to projects (excluding the co-contribution from applicants) in the 2018 Round. This is in addition to other work Nous supports through the Community Partnership Scheme.

Funding principles

Nous requires that organisations co-contribute between 25% and 75% of the total market value of projects that are funded through the Community Partnership Scheme. For example, if the total market value of a project is $60,000 then the client is expected to contribute at least $15,000 (25%) towards the cost of the project. The client co-contribution must be a financial commitment; it cannot be an in-kind commitment. Applicants must co-contribute a minimum of $10,000 to the project.

This partnership approach helps establish a long-term commitment to the project and ensure outcomes are sustained beyond the project timeline.

Eligibility criteria

There are three eligibility criteria for the 2018 Round:

Criteria one – type of organisation

To be eligible for the 2018 Round, an organisation must be a non-government, not-for-profit or community-based organisation.

Criteria two – alignment with focus area

To be eligible for the 2018 Round, the applicant must submit an application for a project that aligns with at least one of the focus areas listed above (1. Program evaluation; 2. Strategic planning, review or strategy workshop facilitation; 3. Data-driven projects; 4. Other projects that help organisations to make evidence-based decisions that contribute to positive, social, cultural, economic and/or environmental outcomes).

The Community Partnership Scheme will not directly support projects that fall outside the scope of Nous’ service lines of work, including (but not limited to):

  • direct delivery of fundraising events or campaigns (support in the development of these is eligible)
  • capital equipment grants and motor vehicles
  • purchase of land or buildings
  • refurbishment, renovation and fit-out
  • core operating costs
  • activities which collect funds for redistribution
  • overseas appeals
  • expeditions or overseas travel
  • sponsorships, including sponsorships of conferences, events and festivals.

Criteria three – ability to co-contribute

To be eligible for the 2018 round, the applicant must co-contribute funds that total between 25% and 75% of the total market value of the project. The client co-contribution must be a financial commitment; it cannot be an in-kind commitment. Applicants must co-contribute a minimum of $10,000 to the project.

How to apply

Applications for the 2018 round open at 9am on 2 November and close at 5pm on 22 November.

To apply, please complete an application form and email to [email protected].

Download application form button

The application form can be downloaded via the button above. Applications can be longer longer than three pages.

Nous will assess all conforming applications and produce a short-list of applicants who will then be invited to a short phone interview. The successful applicants will be selected after all phone interviews have taken place.

Timeframes for projects

Projects will start between January and April 2019, depending on required timeframes for the organisations and Nous availability. Projects must be completed by the end of the 2018-19 financial year.

Community Partnership Scheme 2018 timeline

Assessment criteria

Each application is assessed against the following criteria:

Community Partnership Scheme 2018 criteria weighting

Nous maintains the right to determine successful applicants at its discretion.

Nous contact

For any queries regarding the Community Partnership Scheme 2018 round, please email [email protected].