How to Apply

2019 Community Support Guidelines and Expressions of Interest

The Community Support Program (CSP) was created as an integral part of the Sydney Latin American Film Festival (SLAFF) since its inception in 2006 to raise awareness and support communities fighting for justice and equity in Latin America.

Each year SLAFF invites organisations to apply for funds and selects 2 organisations as official CSP recipients to support throughout that year. This process usually begins in April and finalises in time for the Festival Launch. SLAFF has so far raised more than AUD$124,000 to support 28 projects from 20 different countries. You can view all previous CSP recipients and read about the projects supported.

Expressions of interest are now open for the 14th Sydney Latin American Film Festival (September 2019). Before completing the Expression of Interest form below, please read the guidelines thoroughly to determine your organisation’s eligibility.

Haga click aqui para descargar el Guia del Programa de Apoyo Comunitario en Español

Selection Process

In 2019 SLAFF is especially looking for organisations from Cuba and Belize. We are still considering ALL expressions of interest from organisations which meet the selection criteria from throughout Latin America.


Grant applications are by invitation only. To be considered for an invitation to submit a grant application, please complete the Expression Of Interest (EOI) form. If your EOI is successful, the CSP Coordinator will send you an Official Invitation Letter via email explaining how to apply and by when. If you are not apart of an organisation but would like to recommend one, you can still submit an EOI on their behalf. All EOIs will be looked into and carefully considered.

The grant application must identify a particular project within the organisation you would like to use the funds for. The CSP Coordinator will confirm receipt of your grant application and advise of when to expect notification of an outcome. The SLAFF Management Committee (MC) will review all grant applications against the eligibility criteria and select 2 organisations to receive funds raised through the Festival. The CSP Coordinator will advise of the outcome via email to all organisations. As part of its support, SLAFF also strives to raise awareness of the issues chosen CSP recipients are working with and raise their profile with the Australian public throughout the year.

Allocation of Funds

SLAFF commits to donating AUD$2,000 to each selected CSP recipient. Funds are transferred in November/December of the same year of the application. Funds donated need to be assigned to a particular project within the organisation which directly benefits the community identified and must be implemented within 1 year of receiving funds.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for selection in the SLAFF Community Support Program, the organisation must comply with the following criteria:

  • Be registered as a not-for-profit organisation in their country of operation, which must identify as part of Latin America.
  • Fall under the definition of ‘grassroots’; ie. works directly with communities to deliver a program which consults and drafts their work collectively and provides a framework for its members to become their own agents of change.
  • Be considered small scale. The maximum number of employees must not exceed 10 full time employees.
  • Must not align with a specific political party.
  • Must not identify the diffusion of any religion as one of its main goals. The organisation may have some religious affiliation but its services should not be exclusive to this.
  • May receive or have received some funding from government sources, but does not form part of a government body or agency.
  • Main aims and objectives of the organisation are to provide services and opportunities in line with community development principles for the community in which they operate. This could be in the field of health, housing, social justice or advocacy, welfare, poverty alleviation, education, environment, sustainability, arts and culture, indigenous rights or any other benevolent purposes as agreed by the SLAFF MC.

The current CSP Coordinator is Ana Lopez. If you would like more information about CSP feel free to flick us an email at If you would like to suggest an organisation to support this year, please fill out the EOI.

Si desea esta información en español escribenos a Ana López es la actual Coordinadora de CSP y esta a su disposición para explicar el proceso en español.

Expressions of Interest 2019/ Expresiones de interés 2019

14 + 6 =