Community Grants

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For many years Cadbury Fundraiser has helped community organisations across Australia raise millions of dollars for their fundraising activities.

Cadbury Fundraiser is pleased to announce that the Community Grants program continues in 2017. Grants are open to Cadbury Fundraiser customers who meet grant application criteria and are selected by a judging panel.

The intention of the grant program is to support a wide range of community-based projects that increase social inclusion and enhance community engagement in Australia.

Grant Categories:

Live Well: Initiatives promoting increased opportunities for participation in sports and recreation or general community collaboration.

Learn Well: Initiatives promoting increased opportunities for learning and development.

All grant applicants must be a Cadbury Fundraiser customer. Please read the application conditions


Jetstar’s Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.


Every day Jetstar flies thousands of people, helping unite family and friends to share special holiday experiences with their accessible and affordable fares.

Our staff do their very best, every day to get you where you want to go, and to ensure every Jetstar experience you have is as enjoyable as possible.

But there are some people who need more from us than just low fares.

Tell us your project story and you could receive a $30,000 grant.

What the grant includes:

  • $15,000 Cash
  • $15,000 worth of travel with Jetstar anywhere on the Jetstar network
  • Promotion of their community group or organisation on Jetstar’s website and Facebook page
  • National and local level media leverage to be facilitated by Jetstar PR agency partner

All grants will consist of the same elements, to ensure fairness and transparency.

Each grant will be worth $30,000, comprising $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of Jetstar travel.


Entry is open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community; and can be classified into one of the following categories.

  • Charity
  • Educational group or organisation
  • Health group or organisation
  • Sporting group or organisation
  • Arts group or organisation

The community group or organisation should have a specific project in mind for how the grant will be used to benefit their local community.

Each quarter we will be accepting entries from a different Australian state or territory.

Applications / Guidelines

Each year through ClubGRANTS, clubs across NSW provide support to tens of thousands of local community organisations, sporting groups, and charities that make a difference in their local area. With more than $1 billion in funding provided since the program’s inception, including a record $100 million in 2014, ClubGRANTS is without doubt one of the largest and most effective grants programs in Australia.

How to Apply
Giving back to the community is in every local club’s DNA – it’s the reason why clubs exist and it’s something they’re extremely passionate about.

Applying for ClubGRANTS funding is quick and easy. All funding is processed locally and community groups can contact their local clubs easily and at any time for information and advice. ClubGRANTS is also flexible, allowing clubs to provide support quickly, efficiently, and often as soon as a need emerges.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a not-for-profit organisation and provide the following project and/or services: community welfare or social services, community development, community health services or employment assistance activities. You are also eligible if you or your organisation is involved in community or professional sport.

The ClubGRANTS Application Guide has been prepared to assist prospective applicants navigate the Scheme. The Guide provides general information on the various funding categories, who can apply, how to apply, and reporting requirements. It also provides advice to applicants on how to stand out from the pack and how to say thanks.

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Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation – Ongoing

Overview / Purpose
This program considers requests under four themes, seeking to support organisations whose work benefits education, agriculture, Christianity and community wellbeing in Australia.

Funding available are as follows:
– Requests between $20,000 and $50,000 may be submitted at any time throughout the year.
– Requests over $50,000 must first submit a preliminary enquiry. This can be submitted at any time throughout the year. Upon a successful enquiry, organisations will then be invited to submit a detailed grant application.

For further information visit the website

“Real humanity is shown when we care for others” – Professor Fred Hollows

Do you know a brilliant Year 6 student who embodies humanity and community service?

Then nominate them for The Fred Hollows Humanity Award, which recognises students in the ACT and NSW who follow in Fred’s footsteps, by showing outstanding care and compassion for others.

The aim is to recognise students who show:

Humanity – The quality of what it means to be human, to be kind.
Care – To be concerned for and look out for someone other than yourself.

Compassion – To be conscious of and respond to the needs and concerns of another person.

Community service – To engage in an activity solely for the benefit of the community

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The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation’s Community Futures Grant Program is now open for applications!

•Do you have an idea or project in need of funding that will inject life into your local town?
•Are you aged 35 or under?
•Do you have a local organisation you can partner with to deliver your project?

If YES – you are eligible to apply or visit us on Facebook

The RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant Program encourages and champions rural youth leadership through the provision of up to $25,000 to fund community projects that address a need or issue in your town. RAS fund projects in rural and regional NSW that will result in enhanced social and economic outcomes for the wider community.

The Community Giving Fund was established to provide support to our communities in the areas of Health & Wellbeing, Community Safety, Environment and Education. Since 2011, we are proud to say that we have helped more than 180 charities and community groups around Australia. It doesn’t matter how big or how small the charity or project is, if it benefits our communities, we want to help it succeed.

The next round of funding opens March 2016

More information

The Foundation is a small organisation that seeks to fund incorporated organisations involved with supporting relationships between young children and their families/carers, in particular, children from pre-birth to primary school entry (0-5) within Australia. Preference is given to those from disadvantaged communities. The Foundation’s objective is to promote children’s health, welfare and development.

The Foundation may offer financial assistance for:
– Early intervention programs
– Family support programs
– Resources
– Training required for implementation of program

The Foundation seeks to support programs for specific and unique projects. The Foundation requires assurance that other funding is available to complete the project or program when partial funding is approved. Funding of up to $5000 may be granted. Assistance to grantees is limited to once every three years. The Foundation does not have a standard application form. Submissions should include: – Brief description of the organisation – Program/project outline – Target group – Breakdown of funding requested – Any contribution to the project/program from the organisation or other sources – Any previous grants from the Inger Rice Foundation Submissions are considered at meetings of the Foundation which occur approximately every six to eight weeks. Please provide seven copies of the submission. The Foundation is a small organisation and does not have fax or email facilities.

Applications should be forwarded to the following address: Hon. Secretary
Inger Rice Foundation
PO Box 307Civic Square

Applications are ongoing

The Multicultural NSW Grants Program invests in community projects and activities that foster community engagement, build community harmony and social cohesion and celebrate the unique riches of our culturally diverse state.

The program delivers on our principles for action to:
Engage with all sections of society and break down barriers to participation
Enable equitable access to services and programs
Enrich social and economic capacity through cultural diversity as an asset of our state.

The Grants Program has four grant categories:
Unity Grants – Open, May 2nd & 1 August 2016
Celebration Grants – Open May 2nd 2016, & 6 February 2017. 1 May 2017
Support Grants – Open 6 February 2017
Partnership Grants

A $1 million funding package is available to upgrade or install war memorial plaques and refurbish community halls used by veterans groups.

Community groups are encouraged to apply for individual grants up to $60,000 to preserve important pieces of local military history and put them back on display.

The NSW Government is committed to conserving and improving important military history that will ensure the Anzac legacy lives on.

It is anticipated that local RSL sub-branches, community groups and councils will apply for projects to ensure Australia’s servicemen and women continue to be remembered.

Examples of how the grants could be used include plaques at places of historical significance in the state’s wartime efforts, or restoration and display of honour roles with the names of men and women who fought and died in war.

The NSW Government is committed to preserving and displaying our military history, so that the bravery and sacrifice shown by so many in the past can been seen and reflected upon by generations to come.

Community halls would be eligible for funding.
The allocation of $1 million is from uncollected gaming prize money and will be administered by Liquor & Gaming NSW in consultation with the NSW Branch of the RSL of Australia and the Office of Veterans Affairs.

It is anticipated applications will open in May and an independent panel will assess the projects and make recommendations to Government.

Further details including how communities can lodge expressions of interest for funding will be published on the Liquor & Gaming NSW website at

The funding is in addition to the NSW Community War Memorials Fund which provides grants of up to $10,000 to help repair, conserve and restore war memorials across the state.…/community-war-memorials-fund/

nib foundation’s Community Grant program supports community initiatives that will make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of Australian communities, with a focus on the health of young people, and carers.

A Community Grant round is held each year and applications are invited from eligible organisations across Australia.

Funding of $5,000 to $50,000 will be provided to 10-15 organisations each year to undertake projects that run for approximately 12 months.

Key dates for 2017

  • 1 April 2017 – Community Grant Guidelines and application form will be available
  • 1 May 2017 – Community Grant round opens
  • 31 May 2017 – Community Grant round closes
  • Mid-September 2017 – Applicants will be notified of grant round outcomes
  • November 2017 – Successful projects can commence from November, however many applicants prefer to apply for a calendar year project commencing January 2018.

Before you apply, check your organisation’s Eligibility and read the assessment criteria on our Community Grants page.

For more information about our previous community partners please see the Community Partners page or view our latest Community Report.

The Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) provides $20 million over three years (2015/16 – 2017/18) to improve the liveability and amenity of social housing communities.

The SHCIF aims to create better and stronger social housing communities by improving local amenities through the provision of one-off grants to undertake physical improvements on or near to social housing.

Recently $4.2 million was awarded to over 120 successful applicants for meeting places, community facilities, communal gardens and recreational spaces as a part of the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund Round One.

Examples of successful Round One projects include:

A children’s playground and garden designed and built in collaboration with local families.
Safety and security upgrades within a community housing property.
A communal garden and seating areas for residents to enjoy and use for social events.

Applications Open for Round Two

The NSW Government is inviting organisations to apply for grant funding under Round Two of the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund. Applications close 9 June 2016.

Grants are available to local councils, incorporated not-for-profit organisations and private sector organisations.

Many successful organisations in Round One either asked their communities what they wanted or responded to requests to bring residents’ project ideas to life.

What would your organisation and local residents like to see happening in your social housing area? Projects are required to be completed before the 30 September 2017.

All applications must be made online at

Essential Energy are committed to easing some of the financial hardships on community groups through the Essential Energy Community Hall Scheme.

The scheme is designed to ease the financial burden on not-for-profit halls run and used by communities and community groups.

Through the scheme, eligible groups save a standard, flat rate of $200 to offset the Supply Availability Charge (SAC) component of accounts.

Who is eligible?
The scheme is open to all community halls in Essential Energy’s network area that apply
They must be a non-profit, non-funded hall used by the general community and at least two groups (as main purpose)
The main use of hall can include community functions/events, scouts/guides, church meetings, sports, service groups (e.g. CWA, Rotary, and Apex) and other community activities
The hall must not be receiving ongoing government grants or other funding (not including hire fees charged strictly for the day to day running and maintenance of the hall).

Who is NOT eligible?

Halls located outside of Essential Energy’s network area
Halls that are NOT used by the general community (for main use/purpose of hall)
Venues that receive ongoing government or other funding
State Emergency Services, Rural Fire Service and Volunteer Rescue Association halls – these services receive ongoing government funding.

Download the application form (PDF, 324KB) and send it to your local Manager Community Relations.

Find out more Contact your local Manager Community Relations or call us on 13 23 91.

Chosen – Expression of Interest

Chosen allows Indigenous communities to take control and plan for how they will nurture younger people from their community/sector in the arts and/or culture. Chosen sets out to reinvigorate the cultural practice of master apprentice relationships within the arts community and sector, successful projects will facilitate intergenerational transfer of knowledge.

Funding – Amount: $200 to $1,000


We’re giving Bankwest customers the opportunity to apply for a grant to support a local community group that they’re involved with


The Easy Grants program is run in support of local community groups across Australia. This unfortunately does not cover charitable organisations such as those seeking donations or fundraising

We accept applications from all types of community groups such as sporting clubs, schools, scout groups, fire brigades, surf lifesaving clubs, dance schools, choirs… the list goes on. You will need to ensure that your group meets the entry criteria.

Some examples of grants include:

  • New team uniforms or training equipment for a local sporting club.
  • Provide a school award for a top performing student.
  • AV equipment for a choir to run an annual performance.
  • New training mitts and kick pads for a martial arts school.
  • New rescue board for a surf lifesaving club.

You can apply for one grant on behalf of one community group per calendar year. If multiple applications are received for one community group, the group will be eligible for public voting once only. If you are involved with multiple community groups, we encourage you to direct other members of those groups to this website so they can apply.

For all the applications received each month, twenty will be shortlisted by the Bankwest team. The public will be invited to vote for the group they believe should receive the grant. The three community groups with the most amounts of votes will be awarded with a $1000 grant each, and the remaining 17 groups will receive a $200 grant each.

  • Either yourself or the community group you are applying on behalf of must be an active Bankwest customer to be eligible to receive a grant ie, you must have made a transaction on your everyday account or credit card within the last 6 months or hold a term deposit, home loan or personal loan with Bankwest.
  • Your community group must not have previously received a Bankwest Easy Grant in the last year and you must not have applied on behalf of more than one community group.
  • Your community group must be an unincorporated association or not for profit group. Registered businesses and incorporations that operate for profit are not eligible.
  • Your community group must operate in Australia and remain within Australia.
  • The grant must not be of personal benefit to yourself or your family, e.g. academic funding and research.
  • Your community group must not involve activities linked to animal welfare or animal activism.
  • The grant must not be used for fundraising, a donation for a charitable organisation or to fund general charity overheads, e.g. staff salary, rent.
  • Your community group must not be a discriminatory, political or religious organisation.
  • The grant must not involve hazardous or dangerous activities.
  • The grant must not involve gambling.

Every day, thousands of Australians give up their time to make the world a better place for people and causes close to their hearts. Dreams for a Better World was created to help them and the grassroots causes they work so hard to support.


This Sunsuper initiative gives individuals, groups and organisations the opportunity to be awarded a $5,000 grant to help realise a dream for a better world.

  • There are four rounds of Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World this year, and each round has a different focus
  • Entrants choose a relevant round to submit their dream for a cause or charity they would like to help.
  • At the end of each round, the judges choose three finalists.
  • Each finalist’s dream wins a $5,000 grant for their nominated cause.
  • The three finalist dreams are posted on the Dreams for a Better World website for public voting.
  • The dream with the most valid public votes at the end of the round wins another $5,000 grant for their cause.
  • The winner of each round goes on to the annual awards event, where the grand final winner is announced.

$5,000 is granted to the three judge’s choice finalists in each round. An additional $5,000 is given to the dream with the highest number of valid public votes in their round. The four round winners will then each be allocated further grants of $25,000, $20,000, $15,000 or $10,000 depending on where they are placed overall at the Grand Final Awards Night.

Round Category/Theme, as specified below:

  • Open Category: Grantee nominated must be a registered charity, community group or not-for-profit organisation whose funds benefit the community as a whole.
  • Health & People: Grantee nominated must be a registered charity, community group or not-for-profit organisation whose funds are used to develop cures or advance treatment of medical issues faced by the wider community.
  • Sport & Education: Grantee nominated must be a registered charity, community group or not-for-profit organisation whose funds are used to benefit sporting or education based causes.
  • Animals & Community: Grantee nominated must be a registered charity, community group or not-for-profit organisation whose funds are used to benefit animal based or general community causes.

Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World is open to all residents of Australia, aged 18 years or older at the time of entry. You don’t need to be a Sunsuper member to enter.

If it’s about making the world a better place for a worthy cause that needs a helping hand, you’re on the right track. To qualify, your dream must aim to make a positive difference in the community, and it must also:

  • Benefit a registered community cause, charity group or not-for-profit organisation (and not an individual).
  • Be based in Australia with funds being spent in Australia (unless otherwise advised).
  • Be able to be undertaken in the next 12 months.
  • Fit with the round theme

A charity, not-for-profit organisation or community group that is located in Australia and whose funds are spent in Australia. Unless specified otherwise by the promoter, Dreams for a Better World grants will only be paid in Australia to an Australian-based cause.

Applications / Guidelines

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund is giving amazing Australians doing great things the chance to share $1 million in grants. It’s open to individuals of all ages, walks of life, interests and abilities who have put a lot of time and effort into reaching a goal that will positively impact the community, but need help to take it to the next level.


AMP’s Tomorrow Fund is once again offering $1 million in grants to amazing Australians doing great things.

Now in its fourth year, this annual program supports talented and innovative Australians with grants of up to $100,000. We call these remarkable individuals AMP Tomorrow Makers. As diverse as Australia itself, they are pursuing goals across many fields – from art to athletics, science to social innovation, music to medical research and more.

What they have in common is a determination to contribute to the community – be it through an invention, social enterprise or an inspiring endeavour.

AMP is now seeking more talented Australians who are working hard on a project or passion but just need a financial boost to take it to the next level. Grants of between $10,000 to $100,000 can cover a range of activities, including training, travel and equipment costs, living expenses, rent and research.

While groups and organisations are not eligible, we would encourage you to tell your colleagues and community contacts to apply online at by 4pm (AEST) at 16 May.


Australian citizens and permanent residents of all ages, working in any field – from art to technology, science to social innovation and sport, film, fashion, music, medicine and more – can apply for a grant. We’re looking for Tomorrow Makers – individuals who can make a difference in the community, either by creating something special or inspiring others.

Applications / Guidelines
Application methods: Online

To improve access to philanthropy for regional communities, provide a simple application process, and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of Trusts and Foundations who wish to support small community organisations.


The Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program FRRR offers, opening twice per year.

In 2016, the SGRC program celebrated 30 rounds of grant-making. The program has supported hundreds of small communities in that time, investing millions of dollars into local projects.

It is a great example of a collaborative program supported by various partners, which has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities including projects that address the following:

  • Strong Leadership & Community Capacity: Investing and developing leadership, skills and capacity of individuals and organisations, enhancing inclusion and strengthening culture.
  • Sustainable Community Infrastructure: Projects focusing on improving local infrastructure, creating places which enable communities to connect and grow their identity.
  • Equitable Access to Opportunities: Ensuring equitable access to quality services and opportunities in the areas of culture, arts, education, health, wellbeing, communications, transport, food and the environment.
  • Vibrant Local Economies: Projects that enhance a sustainable economy, providing jobs, growth and wealth for the community.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.


What Can Be Funded?

  • Not-for-profit community based organisations from communities in rural, regional and remote locations in Australia can apply for funds to support projects and activities that offer clear public benefit (are for a charitable purpose) and clearly address a need in the community in the areas of social and community welfare, economic, environmental, health, education or cultural development.
  • Projects located in communities with a population of 10,000 or less will receive priority.
  • Organisations must have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.
  • Organisations and/or projects demonstrating community partnerships are preferred to multiple applications from one community (please submit only one application per organisation).
  • Projects with clearly defined objectives, timeframes and evaluation strategies will be given preference. (Projects should be undertaken from July 2017 to June 2018 as projects cannot be funded retrospectively).

What Can’t Be Funded? (If in doubt, please contact FRRR)

  • Regular operational and administration costs will not be funded (e.g. rent, utilities, regular wages, loan repayments).
  • Overseas travel and overseas projects.
  • Projects that benefit a single individual rather than a community.
  • Projects that support private / commercial business (NB social enterprise / local economic development is eligible).
  • Federal, State and Local Government core business and areas of responsibility.
  • The encouragement or advancement of sport, recreation and social activities is not considered a charitable activity by the Australian Taxation Office. Applications from sporting organisations need to clearly demonstrate benefit to the wider community.
  • If your project involves working directly with children / youth under 18 years, your organisation must have policies and procedures around working with children, Working with Children Checks, and the handling of child abuse complaints, or the project may not be funded. See the Community Group Resources section on our website for further information
Contact Details FRRR 1800 170 020
he Australian Government is inviting applications via an open process to apply to deliver services under the Strengthening Communities /Community Development Participation / Digital Literacy for Older Australians (DLOA): National Network Manager from 1 June 2017 to 30 June 2020. Funding will be offered to one organisation as a result of this process.

DLOA builds on the existing Australian Government Broadband for Seniors program, which ceases on 30 June 2017, by adopting a wider family and community centred approach to supporting, coaching and teaching older Australians who have minimal engagement with technology. It will continue to draw on existing community infrastructure and expertise, but will also focus on the people trusted most by older Australians – their families, friends and carers. It will support a learning environment that is informal and personal, complementing the wide range of existing online and classroom training available to people who are already digitally engaged and skilled.

Not-for-profit treasurers have to get the basics right. There’s no room for flimflam, big talk, or massaging the figures. The money just has to be there – or everybody misses out. We owe treasurers a lot.

Most treasurers are untiring, painstaking, and efficient. They work long hours without asking for thanks or recognition. They keep the group afloat.

Every community organisation understands how much they owe to the person who keeps track of the finances. But they don’t often tell them so. Our Community and the Commonwealth Bank and their Not-for-Profit Sector Banking team believe Australia’s treasurers deserve some recognition.

The Commonwealth Bank Not-for-Profit Treasurers’ Awards are designed to provide that recognition.

This year the awards are split into two parts:

Category A: Nominate and recognise your treasurer:

Tell your treasurer you appreciate all that they do for your community organisation by nominating them to receive an official 2017 Not-for-Profit Treasurers’ Award Certificate of Appreciation. We will send you the Award Certificate with your treasurer’s name on it.

Who’s eligible: You can nominate anyone who has served as a treasurer of an Australian not-for-profit organisation at any time in the past 12 months.


Category B: Apply as a treasurer and win $5000:

Treasurers can enter by sharing their wisdom to help others working in the not-for-profit sector overcome similar challenges. This year we are asking treasurers to contribute and share their practical knowledge by creating one of the following resources:

  • A financial template
  • A financial policy
  • A summary and outline of a financial webinar

There are three $5,000 donations to be won, one for the best submission in each category. You can find out more about this year’s wisdom section and gain some inspiration for each resource category at

Who’s eligible: You may enter this section of the awards if you have served as a Treasurer of an Australian not-for-profit organisation at any time over the past 12 months. Note that you must nominate one organisation to receive the $5000 donation, though you may cite your experience with more than one.

AMP Tomorrow Makers come from all walks of life and locations, abilities and interest. What they share is a determination to positively impact our community.

Our 53 AMP Tomorrow Makers 2016 are made up of artists, athletes, social innovators, scientists, educators, entertainers, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, fashion folk, musicians and medical researchers, all working towards their goals across a huge variety of fields.

These determined individuals are sharing in $1 million in grants to help them take it to the next level.

The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. Applications for the Community Investments Stream open on 18 January 2017 and close at 5pm local time on 31 March 2017.


The $297.7 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

The program will fund projects in regional Australia outside the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra.

There are two streams of funding available under the program:

  • The Infrastructure Projects Stream will support projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.
  • The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities.


Sage Foundation’s Enterprise Fund is a new $1,000,000 (USD) fund available to non-profits and charities.

What are the aims of the fund?

Our fund is designed to support organizations who are looking to generate further income, create new initiatives or enhance existing and proven activity. Grants of between $5,000 – $35,000(USD) will be awarded, with a first round closing date of April 5.

Who can benefit?

Our new fund is open to applications that will deliver real change to young people, women and military veterans lives around the world, whilst also supporting your organization to thrive.

We are particularly interested in applications that demonstrate an enterprising approach and innovative solutions to issues in your community, which in turn inspires others. All applications that fulfil our eligibility criteria will be considered. However, we are especially keen to support organisations that are currently small but have ambitions to expand, grow and deliver sustainable change.

Who can benefit?

Our new fund is open to applications that will deliver real change to young people, women and military veterans lives around the world, whilst also supporting your organization to thrive.

We are particularly interested in applications that demonstrate an enterprising approach and innovative solutions to issues in your community, which in turn inspires others. All applications that fulfil our eligibility criteria will be considered. However, we are especially keen to support organisations that are currently small but have ambitions to expand, grow and deliver sustainable change.

Overview / Purpose

This program aims to provide support to not-for-profit organisations that are seeking funding for specific community projects.

Its priority interests include:
– Health (including community safety)
– Education (maths, science and engineering)
– Environment/conservation

Funding for new projects is limited. Only a small number of new projects can be supported each year. Preference is given to existing successful community partnerships.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include organisations that must be not-for-profit and incorporated.

Eligible Activities

Eligible projects include those that:
– Demonstrate broad community benefits.
– Have either a Victorian or national focus.
– Are located near one of the major areas of operations:
a) Longford/Sale (Gippsland, Victoria)
b) Long Island Point/Hastings (Western Port, Victoria)
c) Barry Beach (South Gippsland, Victoria)
d) Altona and Yarraville (Melbourne, Victoria)

Community support projects, volunteering and the arts are also supported.


The following are ineligible for funding:
– Overseas projects.
– Travel grants.
– Political and religious donations .
– Individuals.
– Private enterprises.
– Sport.
– International aid.
– Conferences.
– Ongoing salaries.
– One-off campaigns.
– Multi-sponsor arrangements.
– Organisation operating costs.
– Projects that are ongoing or capital expenses.
– Fuel donations
– General fundraisers, including raffles, prizes, auctions, gala events, quiz nights or appeals.
– Promotion of product sales or specific brand recognition.
– Local organisations unless they are geographically located in an area where the company has significant facilities or numbers of employees.

This Small Grants Program supports strategies to benefit Australian communities.

The aims are to:

  • alleviate the negative effects of poverty and disadvantage;
  • demonstrate new ideas about how to address poverty and disadvantage;
  • strengthen communities’ abilities to deal with poverty and disadvantage.

Priority Areas

For the next three years this program will particularly prioritise the needs of asylum seekers living in the Australian community. Up to 15% of the total available grants pool will be available specifically for organisations and groups supporting and working with asylum seekers. Activities to be supported include health, education and employment initiatives, housing support and material aid, social connectedness and community engagement programs, and individual advocacy and legal support.

The program will continue to support initiatives targeting the following groups:

  • communities experiencing social and economic exclusion with particular emphasis on Indigenous Australians,
  • asylum seekers and refugees, and people living in isolated rural and remote areas of Australia,
  • children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who lack the opportunity to improve their wellbeing.

The program will support small, discrete projects that meet the needs of a community rather than supplementary funding for large projects. A small, discrete project will be considered to have a total budget of up to $50,000.

The Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program accepts applications on an ongoing basis, with no specific closing dates.

Please allow three months from the submission date of your application to be notified of its outcome. Applicants will be notified via the email address provided on your application form. Successful applicants will need to allow a further two weeks to receive the grant payment.

While applications are assessed at regular intervals please note that there is a longer gap between November of one year and February of the next. Should you be seeking funding for a project with a start date during January or February you should aim to have your application submitted by mid October of the previous year.

Small Grants