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Foundation Partner for National Centre for Place-Based Collaboration

ClosedGrant Closed: 3rd of June 2022 - 9:00 pm Value: Up to $2.5 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Social Services Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=9db9121d-609e-4597-a76c-e107424f7af0

The Department of Social Services (the department) is seeking to engage a suitably qualified and experienced supplier to undertake foundational work, in the role of a ‘Foundation Partner’, to undertake functions to inform the establishment of a Nexus Centre. Initial funding of $2.5 million (GST exclusive) to 30 June 2024 is available for the Foundation Partner to deliver the first phase of work prior to the establishment of a Nexus Centre.

Establishing a Nexus Centre is a multi-stage process. The detailed design the Foundation Partner develops under this grant opportunity will inform future funding of the next stage of implementing a fully operational Nexus Centre.

This is a single grant opportunity to one provider or a consortium.

The Foundation Partner will:

  • bring in key leaders across relevant sectors and government who can drive the Nexus Centre’s agenda through investment and partnerships
  • build consensus for, and design, a fully operational Nexus Centre based on the objectives and outcomes outlined in these Grant Opportunity Guidelines
  • deliver a range of foundational infrastructure activities
  • develop arrangements for the transition to a longer-term funding base and governance structure to ensure the Centre’s longevity beyond 30 June 2024.

The Nexus Centre is envisaged to be an independent, non-government entity established with bi partisan support that is focused on working with and across governments, communities and other stakeholders around Australia to amplify the effects of place-based initiatives and drive change at the systems level.
The values and benefits sought by a Nexus Centre have been described as:

  • acting as an independent voice with integrity, and having the sole interest in the success of place-based approaches
  • championing change, in both government and communities, by offering an external, independent view, and supporting and amplifying messages for change
  • acting as a relationship broker, being a voice to all parties, speaking truth from a more objective, external point of view, building and maintain communities of practice, share learnings, and translate between communities and government to build a shared agenda
  • providing expertise not available in government or communities for success across numerous relevant fields
  • providing support for communities in a culturally appropriate, flexible and adaptable way, including accommodating community-led governance styles and structures
  • providing long term continuity beyond government and communities’ cycles of change
  • offering project delivery assurance, to both government and communities, by being committed and held to outcomes
  • building capacity in collective impact and other skill areas across the system.
Last Updated: 19th of April 2022
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