Aboriginal Community Grants Cervical Screening 2021

Expressions of Interest are now open to NSW Aboriginal Cervical Screening Network members only.

About the Grant Program

The NSW Cervical Screening Program aims to reduce the impact of cervical cancer by increasing the number of women having regular Cervical Screening Tests. To achieve this the NSW Cervical Screening Program needs to work with health organisations with excellent local networks and a record of delivering effective programs with priority communities.

The NSW Cervical Screening Program is offering funding to NSW Aboriginal Cervical Screening Network members to undertake evidence-based projects that have the potential to be embedded at a local level and to be sustainable past the funding period. The focus of these grants is community and service-centred initiatives and not research proposals.

To be eligible for funding in the 2021 Round, the lead applicant must be a NSW Aboriginal Cervical Screening Network member from a registered organisation working to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal women and be based in and providing services to the population of NSW.

Eligible organisations include:

  • Local Health Districts
  • Other government organisations 
  • Primary Health Networks
  • Community and non-government organisations


The Aboriginal Community Grants Cervical Screening aim to:

  • Support and empower the health workforce in their roles in providing/promoting screening for Aboriginal women in NSW
  • Improve Network members knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal women’s anxieties to screen and/or improve access to cervical screening
  • Provide opportunities to utilise and promote the Institute’s resources for Aboriginal women to encourage and increase screening rates
  • Through the Network, provide support to Network champions especially Aboriginal Health Worker members who are working in isolation and ensure they consider working collaboratively with other services in their area.

The purpose of these grants is to build the confidence and/or capacity of NSW Aboriginal Cervical Screening Network members to successfully implement their own health promotion activities to increase participation in cervical screening amongst Aboriginal women. We invite NSW Aboriginal Cervical Screening Network members with strong working relationships with local Aboriginal communities to apply for grant funding to:

  • Upskill staff within their organisations to provide health promotion activities on cervical screening (with support from the Institute); and 
  • Deliver cervical screening health promotion activities to Aboriginal women using the Cancer Institute NSW resource described below. This includes associated costs related to providing health promotion and evaluation.

To help promote and encourage improved uptake of the National Cervical Screening Program, the Institute is developing a co-designed resource How to Increase Cervical Screening in Your Local Area Guide (How-to Guide) to provide NSW Aboriginal Cervical Screening Network members with practical assistance for implementing their own health promotion activities. The How-to Guide captures previously successful models of care for engaging Aboriginal women in cervical screening. A draft of the How-to Guide will be provided to all applicants.


Applications must be completed and submitted in the Word template attached. Additionally, the signed application must be submitted as a PDF. Electronic signatures will be accepted.

Applications must be submitted by email to: CINSW-Innovation@health.nsw.gov.au

The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Thursday 23 December 2021.

The project must commence in the 2021/22 financial year. The grant timeframe is 12 months from execution of the grant agreement, with schedules outlined in the Expression of Interest Guidelines.

To apply for more than one grant, a separate application for each grant will need to be submitted.

Reporting requirements

In accordance with the Cancer Institute NSW Competitive Grants Agreement, successful applicants must submit a detailed project plan inclusive of an evaluation framework (template to be provided), as well as progress and final reports inclusive of financial reporting (to be completed online through the Grants Management System), according to the schedule outlined in their agreement.

Virtual Question & Answer (Q&A) Sessions

The Institute is making available the following virtual Q&A session times to give potential applicants the opportunity to interact with the Cervical Screening Program team and raise any questions to assist them in completing their applications.

  • Tuesday 23 November 2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Thursday 2 December 10.30am – 11.30am

To register, please email your preferred date to: CINSW-Innovation@health.nsw.gov.au

If you are unable to attend, questions can also be emailed directly to: CINSW-Innovation@health.nsw.gov.au

Note that all responses to questions (received either by email or at a Q&A session) will be made available to all potential applicants via this webpage.

Supporting documents and links


For enquiries, please email: CINSW-Innovation@health.nsw.gov.au