The Queensland Government established the Dignity First Fund in 2016 to deliver innovative responses that help people experiencing homelessness to live with dignity.
The first $2.5 million funding round closed on 30 September 2016, with 24 applications receiving funding for a diverse range of projects that are delivering a wide range of essential services to homeless people in our community.
On 15 February 2017 a second, $2.5 million funding round was announced that opened on 15 March 2017.
This round seeks practical proposals that help and prevent homelessness or meet the immediate needs of people experiencing homelessness to live with dignity.
Preference will be given to proposals that:
- target services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, youth, women and children escaping domestic and family violence, older people
- respond to homelessness in regional and remote parts of Queensland.
Applicants must have an active ABN and deliver the funded service in Queensland.
How to apply
Applications are now open for the Dignity First Fund 2017 and will close on 10 May 2017.
When applying, please refer to the:
2016 Dignity First funding recipients
- Orange Sky Laundry Inc. will receive $165,800 for a mobile laundry van to operate in south east Queensland and $132,000 for a van fitted with two showers to service the Brisbane area.
- SecondBite will receive $310,000 for a van and truck to expand its food rescue operations and deliver approximately 1.2 million more meals annually for people experiencing homelessness, women and families in crisis, and youth at risk in Queensland.
- 139 Club will receive $259,000 to upgrade the existing 139 Club kitchen and transform it into the 3rd Space Cafe—providing a warm, attractive cafe that offers healthy, low-cost meals as well as the opportunity for engagement and interaction.
- YFS Logan will receive $55,000 to develop and deliver 8 secure mobile phone charging stations for use by people experiencing homelessness. The charging stations will be placed in homelessness services, homelessness hubs and outreach venues, enabling people to leave their mobile phones to charge while they undertake other activities such as seeing a support worker or having a health check.
- Roseberry Community Services Ltd will receive $65,627 to set up a new Community Dignity Hub in Gladstone, providing free private showers, laundry and tea/coffee facilities for people and families experiencing homelessness. The hub will also provide an early intervention program to help people reduce their risk of homelessness.
- Base Services Inc will receive $216,000 to buy and fit-out a food van to extend its food service to people experiencing homelessness in the Toowoomba region. The Soup for a Soup Kitchen initiative is also an employment program which will provide people experiencing homelessness with training and employment opportunities.
- The Haven Association will receive $58,190 for two initiatives to help those experiencing homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless. With Dignity Drivers, Haven plans to buy a second hand car and use it to help up to 10 young people learn to drive and get their driver’s licences. With Dignity Camp, it will provide opportunities for four to eight young people in transitional housing to develop life skills and build self-esteem through adventure-based camping activities in a supported environment.
- Share the Dignity Ltd will receive $60,000 to install Dignity Pack vending machines to provide free sanitary products for women experiencing homelessness. The 10 machines, which have an innovative timing seturity feature, will be placed in a variety of appropriate locations throughout Queensland.
- The Jack Reed Barber Shop on the Redcliffe Peninsula will receive $73,172 to provide 1000 haircuts for the homeless across north Brisbane and the Moreton Bay regions. The initiative is based on the premise that a good haircut can build self-image, and foster self-worth and dignity. Barbers will operate from a mobile trailer at regular, selected sites across the region.
- Communify Qld Ltd will receive $130,642 to upgrade the kitchen at the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre to deliver its Let’s Eat Together service, replicating a home meal setting. It plans to initially provide one dinner and two lunch sessions a week, as well as a traditional Sunday lunch. Each session will cater for 40-50 people experiencing homelessness.
- The Breakfast Club will receive $46,181 to buy a van so that it can help people experiencing homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless in Redcliffe. The Club will use the van for a variety of jobs including collecting and delivering donated furniture and bedding, assisting clients to move possessions as they find accommodation, and moving food from shops to the local CWA Hall to be stored prior to distribution or use.
- Footprints In Brisbane, with project partners Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group Inc and One Voice Inc, will receive $305,000 to buy and convert a bus so it can be used for a mobile shower and laundry service. The service will be provided in north Brisbane, covering areas such as Sandgate, Aspley and Geebung.
- North West Youth Accommodation Service (NWYAS) will receive $9,000 to provide Home Packs containing items such as bed sheets, towels and homewares for 30 young people entering NWYAS transitional housing in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. The home packs are not only practical, they are a symbolic starting point for young people starting to live independently from charities and hand-outs.
- Access Community Housing Company (AHCH) will receive $67,980 to provide 350 dignity bags to be distributed across homeless and support services in the Cairns region. The bags will contain basic hygiene products for people experiencing homelessness, as well as contact information about housing and other available support services. ACHC see the project becoming community supported as benefits roll out.
- Anglicare North Queensland will receive $46,200 so its Helping Hand Community Outreach program in Cairns can establish laundry and bathroom facilities at a local drop-in centre. The new services will provide people experiencing homelessness with increased dignity and access to personal hygiene, clean clothing and a haircut.
- The Salvation Army’s Samaritan House Shelter will receive $17,379 in Dignity First funding to help provide a covered outdoor barbecue and dining area in which homeless woman and children escaping domestic and family violence can safely gather in Mackay. The shelter promotes dignity and empowerment for women and children in need through shared meals, social activities and life skills training.
- We Care 2 Inc will receive $35,000 in Dignity First funding to help to double its daily capacity to serve hot breakfasts to homeless people in Hervey Bay, with a new mobile food service van.
- Wesley Mission Qld will be given $33,172 through the Dignity First fund to enable socially isolated and vulnerable people to charge their phones, use the internet or read a magazine or book at its Logan Street Library trailer. The library is an initiative of Wesley Mission Qld and Logan Housing and Homelessness Network.
- HAV’A’FEED Community Relief Ltd will receive $63,001 to reconfigure space it is using at the Mermaid Beach Community Centre to accommodate the growing demand for essential wrap around care and advice services it provides to people experiencing homelessness or people in danger of becoming homeless. The changes will also provide a secondary access to public toilets.
- The Gold Coast Homelessness Network Inc will receive $66,000 to produce a mobile phone app for people experiencing homelessness and those in danger of becoming homeless. The app will provide real-time information about services’ locations and availability on the Gold Coast, and will include push notifications and maps.
- The Lady Musgrave Trust, the State’s oldest charity, will receive Dignity First funding of $50,000 to help women experiencing homelessness to more easily find the essential services they need. The Trust will use the funds to develop and deliver an information app for the Handy Guide for Homeless Women, as well as to help expand the annual circulation of the booklet from 7,000 in Brisbane only to 18,000 across the state.
- Volunteering Qld will receive $90,995 to establish a Wynnum Community Hub at the Wynnum Community Centre. The hub is to be a “one-stop shop” to provide services to homeless people and people in danger of becoming homeless as well as to provide paths to social and community support networks.