Education Grants

Active Grants (1)

Capital Grants Program for Schools

Provides funding to improve non-government school capital infrastructure.

Eligibility :Open to non-government primary and secondary schools.

Program Status : Applications may be made at any time.

Agency :Department of Education and Training


To help working families with the cost of child care

Child Care Rebate – ongoing
Covers 50% of out of pocket child care expenses for approved child care, with a rebate of up to$7,500 per child per year, in addition to any other child care assistance.

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Eligibility basics

you use a Child Care Benefit approved child care service
you are eligible for Child Care Benefit for approved care, even if you earn too much to receive payment, and
you and your partner meet the Work, Training, Study test or are exempt from it.

*Please Note: There is no income test for the Child Care Benefit. If you are eligible for the Child Care Rebate, but your entitlement is zero due to income, You are still eligible for the Child Care Rebate.

See web page for further information

Child Care Rebate

Foundation Broken Hill – Skillshare Training Grants

The Training and Skill grants being offered are funded by the Foundation Broken Hill in conjunction with a gifted endowment from Broken Hill Skillshare. The Grants have been set up to enhance career opportunities for school leavers, those who are unemployed or retrenched, or who are working in a casual or part-time position.

The objective of the grant program is to encourage a person to pursue a course of study in a field which will benefit their future job opportunities. The successful applicants will be those wishing to upgrade their skills or qualifications in the pursuit of paid employment.

Each grant will be provided on an individual basis to meet the requirements of the applicant. Grants will be offered twice yearly prior to the commencement of educational semesters.

The grant applicants will be assessed by a sub-committee panel and the decision of that selection panel will be final.

Selection – Applicants must:
Be committed to their chosen studies,
Live in Broken Hill or the surrounding areas, and
Be undertaking a Course that leads to a recognised qualification or skills set.

Skillshare Training Grants

Sporting Schools – Sporting Initiative Grants

Overview / Purpose
This programme seeks to support NSO endorsed sporting organisations to be able to achieve quality sporting outcomes. It is part of Sporting Schools Programme, a $100 million Australian Government initiative to get children committed to a lifelong love of sport.

Sporting Schools aims to:
– Support sporting organisations in the delivery of great programmes that are suitable for children.
– Provide schools with opportunities to get their children excited about sports through quality and diverse programmes.
– Provide children with positive sporting experiences in the best possible way: by having a go.
– Support schools and coaches through an interactive website that is full with coaching resources and information to help them run programmes.

Funding is determined on a case-by-case basis up to set limits.

Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants include sporting organisations that must:
– Be registered with the Sporting Schools programme.
– Be NSO endorsed sporting organisation within the Sporting Schools programme.
– Have no outstanding debts with the ASC (including residual amount debt from participating in the AASC programme).

Eligible activities include identified sport-based initiatives that meet local needs.

Sporting Schools Grant

The Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships are open for nominations until 30th May 2016.

A total of fifty scholarships are available.

Eligibility criteria include apprentices working in a skills shortage area and experiencing hardship in both metropolitan and regional areas. Scholarships are open to apprentices who meet the eligibility criteria and commenced between 1st March 2015 and 30th May 2016.

School Based Apprentices are eligible to apply.

Scholarship recipients will receive $5,000 per year up to year 3 of their apprenticeship contract.

Please review the information at the link:

For more information please call 13 28 11 (free call in NSW) to contact your local Training Services NSW Office.


The Australia-China Council (ACC) is the Australian Government’s advisory and funding body dedicated to strengthening of cultural, education, business, and more broadly, people-to-people relations between Australia and China.


In 2017/18 we will deliver around A$800,000 in grants for organisations and individuals across Australia. The Council’s funding is determined by the Government, and is subject to the scope and availability of funding in each financial year.

The Grants section of the website provides you with information about our 2015-16 funding program and the funding application process. It also includes information about what happens after you have applied and if you are successful.

Australia-China Council grants provide funding of up to $40,000 for innovative proposals relevant to the objectives of the Australia-China Council Strategic Plan 2014-18).

The objectives of the Australia-China Council 2017-18 grant round are centred on four areas Education, Economic Diplomacy, Arts and Culture and Australian Studies in China – and are underpinned by three cross-cutting themes – Mobility, Technology and Capabilities and New Areas of Engagement.

  1. Education: Support practical and effective solutions to enhance China literacy, business and cultural capabilities of Australian institutions and people to effectively engage with China, and promote education, science and innovation connectivity between Australia and China
  2. Economic Diplomacy: Promote diversity, growth and innovation of Australia’s trade and investment relationship with China
  3. Arts and Culture: Showcase Australian arts and creative industries to Chinese audiences and build closer and broader cultural and artistic partnerships
  4. Australian Studies in China: Consolidate and strengthen the Australian Studies in China Program

Priority Areas

  • Education – Support practical and effective solutions to enhance China literacy, business and cultural capabilities of Australian institutions and people to effectively engage with China and promote education and knowledge connectivity between Australia and China.
  • Economic Diplomacy – Promote diversity, growth and innovation of Australia’s trade and investment relationship with China.
  • Arts and Culture – Showcase Australian arts, creative industries and sport engagement to Chinese audiences and build closer and broader cultural, artistic and sporting partnerships.

The Council’s grant-making and program activities in the above-mentioned areas will focus on the following three cross-cutting themes:

  • Mobility – Encouraging greater and more diverse professional mobility between Australia and China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, including through support of the New Colombo Plan
  • Capabilities – Building capabilities of organisations and individuals to enter into partnerships and work effectively with their Chinese counterparts; investing in information resources (including new digital and mobile platforms) that inform Australian communities and relevant sectors about opportunities, practices and risks in engaging with China.
  • New Areas of Engagement – Identifying and seeking practical solutions to develop new areas of engagement between the two countries.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

To be eligible you must:

  • be one of the following entity types:
    • an Australian entity with an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN)
    • a consortium with a lead organisation2
    • a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
    • an Australian local government body
    • an Australian State/Territory government body
    • a corporate Commonwealth entity
    • an Australian statutory authority
    • be an Australian or permanent resident of Australia
    • or be a well-established organisation in a country specified in Section 2.2 above with a business purpose to advocate for Australian business, education and/or cultural interests (e.g. an Australian Chamber of Commerce).
  • and be willing to provide or develop child protection guidelines for your project if it involves people under the age of 18 years.

Applications from consortia are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible as per the list above.

Individuals who intend the grant to be administered by a university should apply on behalf of the university, i.e. your university is the applicant.

Purpose – To contribute to enabling Australians to achieve the best possible educational outcomes, irrespective of their cultural background, socio-economic status and place of residence.
Amount: $0 to $10,000 – Total pool: undisclosed

Large Grants Program

The current priority areas of the Education Large Grants Program are:

  • Early Years (0-5)
  • Indigenous Education.

Please note, we do not accept unsolicited applications to this Large Grants Program.

Small Grants Program

The Education Small Grants Program aims to provide a quick response to community needs and supports projects that:

  • Disadvantaged Young People
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse young people
  • Young people in rural and regional communities

The current priority areas for the Education Small Grants Program are:

  • Local community and school based projects that aim to achieve education outcomes for 0-25 year olds
  • Small, discreet projects that meet the needs of a community rather than supplementary funding for large projects
  • Projects that encourage integration and improve educational outcomes for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
  • Rural and regional communities.

Applications will be accepted for grants for charitable purposes from Australian incorporated organisations that have been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as Tax Concession Charities (TCC).

Applications / Guidelines
Application methods: Online

The NSW Training Awards celebrate the best of vocational education and training (VET) in NSW and are the premier VET awards in the state. The awards are also a great way to receive recognition for your efforts in training people or being trained.


The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. The Awards honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers, training organisations, large and medium employers.

Award categories recognise outstanding achievement by:

  • apprentices and trainees
  • school-based apprentices
  • graduates of certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses
  • teachers and trainers
  • medium and large employers who use training in their workplace
  • registered training organisations (training providers)

The Awards categories

There are 12 Award categories for the NSW Training Awards. They are:

Individual Awards

  • Apprentice of the Year
  • Trainee of the Year
  • Vocational Student of the Year
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
  • VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year

VET in Schools Award

  • VET in Schools Student of the Year (NSW Award only)

Organisation Awards

  • Large Training Provider of the Year
  • Small Training Provider of the Year
  • Industry Collaboration Award
  • Large Employer of the Year
  • Medium Employer of the Year

Who can nominate me for an award?

Apprentices, trainees, school-based apprentices/trainees can be nominated by their training provider or employer (or host employer if they are working for a group training organisation).

Vocational students can be nominated by their training provider or employer.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can be nominated by their training provider or employer (or host employer if they are working for a group training organisation) if they are an apprentice or trainee.

VET in Schools Students can be nominated by their training provider or their employer.

VET Trainer/Teacher nominees can be nominated by their students, colleagues, employer or other industry group.

Employers/RTO – to be a full-time employee (not a contractor) etc. with permission from management of your organisation.

Can an individual nominate themselves?

Self nomination for individuals is allowed in the VET Trainer/Teacher category only, however the entry form must still be endorsed by a training provider or employer.

Self nominations in the Apprentice, Trainee, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Student, Vocational Student, School Based Apprentice/Trainee and VET in Schools Student of the Year categories are not accepted.

Applications / Guidelines
Application methods: Online

The Walkelys in partnership with a coding education centre is offering up to 10 full scholarships for news professionals to take part in a two month course to learn coding and basic app building skills.


We’re thrilled to announce the Walkleys has partnered with the Coder Factory Academy. It’s an accredited coding education provider that has worked with organisations such as the United Nations and Commonwealth Bank to offer coding education to people beyond the usual suspects.

We are offering up to ten full scholarships for news professionals to participate in a part-time Saturday web app development course specially tailored for journalists by the Walkleys and the Coder Factory Academy.

Our goal is to empower people in our industry develop the skills they need to survive and thrive in the future. While the recipients will graduate with the basic skills needed to begin exploring another career, our hope is they remain in the news industry to share the benefits of this investment with their colleagues and especially their audience.

What we’re looking for:

  • Journalists, editors or producers working full-time or part-time in newsrooms.
  • Freelance journalists or information activists.
  • People who come from a range of familiarity with coding. You can be a complete novice or fluent in a coding language or two.
  • People from a range of ages and backgrounds and levels in newsroom hierarchies.
  • We are particularly interested to hear from people who have a tool or project they hope to build, either for a newsroom or as part of a new venture.
  • People who are able to commit to the whole course (details below) and make it a priority during its duration.

Introducing the Walkley Coding Scholarships for journalists


Overview / Purpose

This programme seeks to encourage practical skills, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking through the development of maker spaces and activities in schools and communities.

It aims to foster creativity and inquiry based learning in Australian schools and communities through the establishment of:
– Maker spaces in schools where students can apply their STEM knowledge, develop entrepreneurial skills, and gain experience in working with emerging and advancing technologies.
– STEM-related events and education activities delivered in partnership with industry for youth under 18 years of age. These will build capability and leverage off the skills gained by organisations who have previously participated in delivering innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise focused education activities for young people.

The funding will be provided in two streams:
1. Stream A: Maker spaces for schools
– For eligible Australian schools to purchase equipment required to establish a maker space for students to access and work on STEM-related activities.
– Grants between $2,000 and $5,000 are available.
– A total funding pool of $3.2 million over four years ($800,000 per year) from 2016-17 to 2019-20 is available.

2. Stream B: Community capability building
– For Australian communities and regions to run events and education activities in partnership with industry for youth under 18 years of age.
– Grants of up to 50% of the total eligible project costs or a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $20,000 are available.
– Applicants must at least match grant funds received under this stream with cash or in-kind contributions for eligible project activities conducted by project partners.
– A total funding pool of $800,000 over four years ($200,000 per year) from 2016-17 to 2019-20 is available.

Applicants can only receive one grant over the life of this programme. The maximum project duration is 12 months which is measured from the project start date as identified in the grant agreement.


Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants must:
1. Stream A: Maker spaces for schools
– Be a primary or secondary school that is registered with a State or Territory registration authority.
– Have an Australian Business Number (ABN).
– Not have received Maker Projects funding before under the Programme Guidelines.
– Provide confirmation from the school board or school principal that:
a) The project is supported by the school’s executive or equivalent decision-making body.
b) The school has the capacity to meet any costs of the project not covered by grant funding.
c) The school will support relevant staff members to attend appropriate professional development where necessary.

2. Stream B: Community capability building
– Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:
a) An entity incorporated in Australia.
b) An incorporated not for profit organisation.
c) A publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) as defined in Appendix A of the Guidelines.
– Have at least one industry organisation as a project partner.
– Be the lead applicant in a joint application with their project partner/s.
– Provide confirmation from their governing or managing Board (or Chief Executive Officer or equivalent if there is no Board) that the project is supported, and that they can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding.
– Provide confirmation that they, as the lead applicant has previously attended, delivered, created or organised an innovation, entrepreneurship or enterprise education programme for young people.

For Stream A, joint applications are acceptable, provided they have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply. All parties to a joint application must be registered government or non-government primary or secondary schools.


Eligible Activities

Eligible projects include those that:
1. Stream A: Maker spaces for schools
– Establish a STEM-related maker space at the school to benefit students under 18 years of age.
– Identify an appropriate maker space – either dedicated or portable.
– Identify at least one staff member with appropriate skills/experience and drive to be the project lead (a Maker Project Champion) and responsible for how the maker space runs.
– Include a plan for how students under 18 years of age will be encouraged to be involved in the maker space and how it will be sustainable beyond the life of the project.
– Include a minimum of $2,000 in eligible expenditure.

2. Stream B: Community capability building
– Aimed at delivering eligible workshops or events and include:
a) Identification of an appropriate venue to hold the workshops.
b) Identification of at least one employee with appropriate skills/experience and drive to be the project lead.
c) The involvement of industry partner organisations, mentors or sponsorships.
d) A project plan which includes the roles of the partner organisations.
e) A plan for how the wider region or community will be encouraged to participate.
f) Eligible activities and at least $10,000 in eligible expenditure.

Please review the Guidelines for the list of eligible/ineligible expenditures.


The following are ineligible for funding:
– Equipment and material that is not directly related to the set up and use of the maker space.
– Salaries.
– Administrative costs including the cost of applying for the grant.
– Costs incurred prior to project approval.
– An individual, partnership or trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust).
– A primary or secondary school that is registered with a State or Territory registration authority.
– Have received Maker Projects funding before under the Programme Guidelines.

Australia Awards Fellowships offer Australian organisations, from all sectors, the opportunity to deepen and broaden their links with leaders and professionals in developing countries. By providing opportunities for Fellows to undertake short term study and professional development, they aim to:

  • strengthen partnerships and links between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries, in support of Australia’s economic diplomacy and public diplomacy objectives; and
  • increase the capacity of developing countries to advance priority foreign affairs and development issues of shared interest at the country, sub-regional and regional levels.

Fellowships target current and future leaders and mid-career professionals who will be in a position to advance priority foreign affairs and development issues on their return home. Fellowship activities are aimed at providing high-quality training, exchange of expertise, skills and knowledge, and opportunities to enhance networks on issues of shared interest.

Grant funding of up to $30,000 per Fellow (inclusive of overhead fees, mixed mode delivery including partner country activities) is offered on a competitive basis to Australian organisations to support a range of professional development activities. Fellowship activities may include a combination of short-term study and/or training, professional development, networking and work experience, and are delivered by the Australian Host Organisation for Fellows from eligible countries. Australia Awards Fellowships do not fund study that results in an academic qualification, as these opportunities are provided under Australia Awards Scholarships.

DFAT invites Australian organisations to submit applications that align with the aims of the Australian Government’s development policy Australian aid: promoting prosperity, reducing poverty, enhancing stability and the Australia Awards Fellowships program.  Applicants must identify the foreign affairs and development policy theme that is the focus of their Fellowship proposal from the list of aid program priority areas identified in the Fellowships Guidelines.

Eligible applicants

Australian organisations who are legal entities with an Australian Business Number (ABN) with links to overseas counterpart organisations in eligible developing countries may apply for an Australia Awards Fellowship. Overseas organisations and individuals are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship. They may, however, initiate contact with an Australian organisation to explore the organisation’s interest in applying for a Fellowship grant.

Study opportunities for individuals from developing countries are available under Australia Awards Scholarships.

The Foundation’s annual work program represents positive interaction between two nations with different cultural heritages but common values and interests.  The AJF focuses on activities which increase understanding in both Japan and Australia of the areas of excellence and expertise in each country.

The AJF is also pleased to congratulate the three AJF Publication Awards each in honour of Sir Neil Currie, a former Australian Ambassador to Japan, for Japanese language publications about Australia.  Each recipient receives $10,000.  The 2016-17 titles are:

  • Australian Indigenous People and Performance;
  • Australian Party Politics; and
  • Indigenous Professional Development.

Australia-Japan Foundation grant recipients, 2016-17

Further information:


The objectives of the Australian-Korea Foundation (AKF) are to:

  • increase public awareness of Australia in Korea, and of Korea in Australia, and the importance of the bilateral relationship
  • develop partnerships in areas of shared interest in the bilateral, regional and global context
  • increase Australians’ capacity to effectively engage with Korea.

Key priority areas

  • Building cultural understanding
  • Reciprocal Australian and Korean studies
  • Technological and scientific innovation
  • Trade diplomacy and geopolitics

Frequency of grant rounds

Generally, the AKF will conduct one major grant round each financial year, advertised on the AKF website and facebook page. Applications will be received February-April for projects in the following financial year. If further funding becomes available, a subsequent ‘inter-sessional’ grant round may be held within the financial year.


Opening date Early February
Closing date for submitting applications Early April
Unsuccessful applicants notified Early July
Successful applicants notified Early July
Processing of grant agreements for successful applicants Late July

Grant amount

Grant applications for a minimum of $5,000 or maximum of $40,000 per year up to three years will be considered. It is anticipated that most grants will be between $15,000 and $30,000 per year, depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity.

Co-contributions from your Korean partner and other parties strengthen your application.

The focus area for the Poverty and Disadvantage Large Grants Program is young people aged from 12 to 23 years living in or transitioning out of out-of-home care.

Over the next three years this Program will direct its grantmaking towards organisations and programs supporting and addressing the needs of young people living in or transitioning out of the out-of-home care system. The following initiatives will be prioritised:

  • Initiatives that add value to services provided to young people
  • Initiatives that test or demonstrate new models of care or support
  • Efforts to positively influence service provision or policy development in the sector.

Please note, we do not accept unsolicited applications to the Large Grants Program.

Nominations for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are now open until 12 April. The prizes include the Prize for New Innovators and the Prize for Innovation. These prizes recognise exceptional innovators from both industry and research – innovators like Professor Michael Aitken, Dr Colin Hall, Professor Graeme Jameson and Ian Frazer.

The National Innovation and Science Agenda supported the introduction of this award.

Nominations are now open and close 12 April. Nominate now at:

To find more information, including past winners, visit