The digital grant clinics were born out of the experience of researchers at Action Lab working closely with multicultural communities in Australia and overseas. We saw the funding opportunities made available by the state government for local organisations but noticed the challenges faced by new and emerging communities in putting forward bids for these funding programs.
When the Victorian Government’s Department of Fairness, Families and Housing (DFFH) announced the MCOP grants scheme in September 2021, Action Lab offered to support individuals and organisations thinking of applying. At 5 days’ notice, 60 applicants turned up to these clinics, exceeding all expectations! Due to this overwhelming demand and based on requests from the DFFH, we decided to design a digital grant clinics model that can be set up for future grant programs.