Community Partnership Scheme

Nous supports not-for-profit and community organisations through our Community Partnership Scheme (CPS), which delivers discounted consulting services to organisations that otherwise may not have access.

Over the years Nous has partnered with more than 100 organisations through our CPS, providing more than $5 million in consulting services and advice on more than 110 projects that deliver lasting positive change.

Spring 2021 Round

Applications are now open for the Spring 2021 Round of the CPS.

The CPS uses a partnership approach. Nous will contribute up to $60,000 worth of services to an organisation for a consulting project. Successful applicants must co-contribute the greater amount of $10,000 or 25% of project value. There is no upper limit to the size of the organisation’s co-contribution, so for example, an $90,000 project could involve $60,000 in services from Nous and $30,000 from the recipient organisation. This approach establishes a long-term commitment to the project and ensures outcomes are sustained.

Nous has prepared some examples of projects funded through the CPS including their price (value) to help you estimate the approximate value of your proposed work.

In past rounds, we have encouraged applications from specific themes. This round we do not have a theme and welcome all applications that match the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria for the Spring 2021 Round:

  • The applying organisation should be a not-for-profit organisation or a social enterprise. Not-for-profit arms of for-profit enterprises are not eligible.
  • The applying organisation should be prepared to contribute the required funding to the project (the greater amount of $10,000 or 25% of project value)
  • The proposed project should contribute to positive social, cultural, economic and/or environmental outcome.
  • The proposed project should be aligned with Nous’ service offers.
    • Strategy public policy, economics, transformation & implementation, organisational performance, leadership & capability, data & analytics, digital, design.
    • Projects outside the scope include:
  • direct delivery of fundraising events or campaigns (support for 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.

The Nous Community Partnership Scheme is competitive. Nous encourages applicants to think deeply about how we can best assist the applying organisation.

How to apply

Applications close at 9am (AEDT) on Monday 8 November 2021.

To apply, complete this application form.

Nous will assess all conforming applications and invite a shortlist of applicants to a phone interview. Successful applicants will be selected after these interviews. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by January 2022.

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

Timeframes for projects

Projects must be started in the 2022 calendar year.

Contact information

Direct queries to [email protected].