Flexible fund guidelines: Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvement Grants Fund

Guidelines for the Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvement Grants Fund.

Page last updated: 08 April 2014

Page last reviewed: 9 January 2015

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1. Introduction

The Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvement Grants Fund is an Australian Government initiative administered by the Department of Health designed to assist organisations supporting prevention of substance misuse and other national activities under the National Drug Strategy.



These guidelines outline the overarching parameters under which the fund will operate long term. Individual grant processes will contain detailed guidance and requirements for specific funding opportunities.

1.1 Fund objectives and priorities

The fund's primary objective is to support prevention of substance misuse and to promote service improvement within the drug and alcohol and related sectors.

The fund's specific priority areas are:
  • Enhance the capacity of the sector to undertake drug and alcohol research which informs national substance misuse prevention and service improvement efforts;
  • Provide an evidence base for drug and alcohol policy through targeted data collection particularly in areas of emerging national concern;
  • Support the development of national policy through providing support for national advocacy and representation of the drug and alcohol sector;
  • Prevent substance misuse and promote evidence based messages about alcohol and other drugs through credible and relevant information campaigns and early intervention activities; and
  • Support other national substance misuse prevention activity arising from the National Drug Strategy.
Fund priorities may be adjusted from time to time to take into account evidence about the effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of fund activities.

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