Community Partnership Scheme

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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.

Applications for the autumn 2021 round are now open

Applications are now open for the autumn 2021 round of the CPS. This round is open to Australian not-for-profit and community-based organisations. In this round we encourage applications for consulting projects that will have an impact on gender inequality in Australia.

This is not restrictive however, and we encourage a diversity of project applications. Consulting projects not directly aligned to this theme will still be considered.

The Nous CPS offers support in the form of discounted consulting services; it is not a cash grant scheme.

How to apply

To apply, please complete this application form. Applications close at 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday 28 April 2021.

(To help you prepare your response, a PDF version of the application form is available here. Please ensure your answers are entered into the application form in the above link.)

Nous will assess all conforming applications and invite a shortlist of applicants to a video interview. Successful applicants will be selected after these interviews. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by June 2021.

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

Eligibility criteria

There are three eligibility criteria for autumn 2021 Round:

1. Type of organisation

Applicants must be non-government, not-for-profit and community-based organisations. The organisation cannot be the charity arm of a for-profit company.

2. Alignment with Nous’ work

Projects must fall within the scope of Nous’ consulting work (browse our website to learn more about this scope). Projects outside the scope include:

  • 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.

3. Ability to co-contribute

Applicants must make a financial co-contribution to the project, rather than an in-kind contribution. This approach helps establish a long-term commitment to the project and ensure outcomes are sustained beyond the project timeline.

Nous will contribute up to $60,000 worth of services to any one organisation for a consulting project with the requirement that successful applicants co-contribute the higher of $10,000 or 25 per cent of the total project value.

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.

Timeframes for projects

Projects must be started in the 2021 calendar year.

Contact information

Direct queries to [email protected].

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