connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) through the Forced Adoption Support Service invites eligible groups and organisations to apply for grants to fund projects to support people affected by past forced adoption policies and practices. The small grant funding is intended to build capacity and enhance support for people affected by forced adoption policies and practices.

The small grant funding can be used for a range of projects, events or activities, including the following. 

  • Capacity building opportunities such as local or national training.
  • Production of memorials.
  • Venue and group meeting costs for support and advocacy.
  • Facilitation costs for retreats, including accommodation, meals and travel for facilitator and/or participants.
  • Forced adoption-related group facilitation costs, including cost to engage facilitator.
  • Forced adoption-related group therapy costs, including cost to engage a therapist.

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from peer support and advocacy groups, and organisations based in Victoria that are:

  • Incorporated not for profit organisations; or
  • Unincorporated peer support, advocacy or community groups that are auspiced by an incorporated organisation that has compatible aims and objectives. (See Section 5. Auspicing Arrangements of Guidelines).


Applications are currently open and must be completed using the supplied Application Form and submitted according to the Small Grant Guidelines. Please note that documentation is subject to change; the documentation for this round can be accessed below.

More information

Information on auspicing is available from the Justice Connect website.

Key dates and timelines

Round 11 applications open - 5 October 2020
Round 11 applications close - 2 November 2020

You will receive email notification of the receipt of your Small Grant within five working days. If you have not received notification, please call the Forced Adoption Support Service Coordinator on 1800 21 03 13, to ensure your grant has been recieved.

We aim to be able to provide notification within one week from the assessments occurring. However, if further information is required from any applicants, another week only will be allocated to provide it. This is to avoid unnecessary delays in the process.

Please be very thorough in your submissions to ensure all relevant and required details are supplied. Examples are provided within the application document, for your information.

Please note that funding is limited and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Funding is also reliant on the receipt of any due acquittal/s from prior small grants.

If you are aware of any other organisation, peer support group, or individual who may wish to apply for a grant, please direct them to the Forced Adoption Support Service website for further information.


Please do not hesitate to contact the Program Manager Therapeutic Services by calling 1800 21 03 13, with any queries or concerns, or for assistance with the application process.

Forced Adoption Support Services are funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

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