Community Grants

Community Grants

Active Grants

Facebook has established a $100m small business scheme which includes cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible businesses across 30 countries, including Australia. Small businesses must have 2-50 employees, have been in business for over a year, have experienced impacts from the pandemic, and be in or near a location where Facebook operates. Further eligibility rules are still being established for
Australian businesses.

To stay informed, visit Facebook’s announcement and sign up to receive updates.

Various phone providers such as Telstra and Optus are providing COVID-19 assistance such as waiver of late payment fees, additional data, ceasing of disconnections and credit collection activities, and upgrading of some broadband plans to unlimited.

Visit your phone provider’s website to find out details about what it has on offer in terms of assistance.

Job Search

Allows you to advertise and search for employees across Australia at no cost.

Eligibility :You must have an Australian Business Number to register online.

Program Status : Registrations are accepted at any time.
Agency : Department of Employment
Web :

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
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

For more information:

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Australian Art Council grants program supports a diverse range of artists, organisations, artistic practice and arts activity.

Expert, arms-length peer assessment of artistic merit and excellence is central to grant decision making at the Australia Council for the Arts.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists and from Artists with Disability.
We accept applications in Languages Other Than English (LOTE

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
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.

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.

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.

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 for Rural Communities, Round 34

Applications are being invited for the latest round (Round 34) of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal ‘Small Grants for Rural Communities’ for non-for-profit community based organisations.

Applications for Round 34 open on 13th August 2018 and close on 26th September 2018.

Projects that address the following are encouraged to apply;

  • Building community resilience
  • Developing organisational resilience and capacity
  • Enhancing environmental sustainability
  • Fostering cultural vibrancy
  • Lifelong education & training
  • Economic strength
  • Improving community health & social wellbeing

Projects and activities should offer a clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional and remote locations. Applications from communities with a population of 10,000 or less will receive priority. Organisations / projects demonstrating community partnerships are preferred to multiple applications from one community.

Projects must be for a charitable purpose (benefit the whole community).

Projects with clearly defined objectives, time frames and evaluation strategies will be preferenced.

While the criteria for this program is broad, we currently cannot fund operational and administration costs.  If your project involves working directly with children, your organisation should 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.

Applications for Round 34 open on 13th August 2018 and close on 26th September 2018.

For more information you can click on this link for the FRRR (Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal) website, call 1800 170 020 or email

Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Three:

  • dedicates $50 million to youth related projects
  • invites applications from councils and, for the first time, not-for-profit and community organisations
  • has been expanded to cover programs and events as well as infrastructure
  • has extended the application period to three months giving organisations time to submit their applications.

The NSW Government’s Regional NSW Investment Attraction Package makes it easier for businesses to establish or expand in regional NSW.

The NSW Government offers a range of incentives to attract new and growing businesses to regional NSW.

Businesses can take advantage of benefits including direct access to an investment concierge for expert and tailored support, grants and interest-free loans, and relocation assistance for skilled workers.

Newsagents Assistance Fund

  • The Newsagents Assistance Fund is available to NSW Lotteries Agents that were active on 30 January 2015 (Eligible Agents)
  • Payments will be made by direct deposit against NSW Lotteries outlet numbers for the Eligible Agents.
  • One payment of up to $10,000 will be made per Eligible Agent
  • The payment is not to exceed the cost of the fit-out as required by NSW Lotteries
  • Payment will be processed upon receipt of the following documents
  • Receipt of the application form (online form or downloadable form)
  • Copy of an invoice for fit-out including proof of payment/part payment to a NSW Lotteries approved shopfitter
  • Audit signoff page showing NSW Lotteries acceptance of fit-out works
  • Payment will be processed by the NSW Small Business Commissioner team within 14 days of receiving a valid Receipt and Audit Certificate.

Festivals Australia
Closes: 18th of October 2019 5:00 pm
Value: No specified limit – Average grant application is $40,000
Run By: Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

Festivals Australia will offer funding to support individual art projects that allow community members living in regional or remote Australia to participate in or appreciate an arts driven experience at:

  • a festival – which is defined by Festivals Australia as a regularly presented program of events (for example annually or biennially) that is open to the public and provides an opportunity to gather and celebrate.
  • a significant one-off community celebration – which is defined by Festivals Australia as a schedule of events that is open to the public and is focused on an anniversary or launch of great significance to the community. For example, a town or area’s centenary celebrations, a significant anniversary of a major local event or the opening of a major new community resource could be the basis for an eligible significant one-off community celebration.

Festivals Australia delivers two open competitive funding rounds opening in February and September each year.

Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups – $5,000 – $25,000

If you are an individual artist, arts worker or group of artists, this grant can provide support to further develop your skills or improve your capacity to build an enduring career. Grants are available from $5,000 to $25,000.

The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category.

Closing date:  Tuesday 4 February 2020 11.59pm (AEST) for projects starting after 1 May 2020.

Closes: December 2019
Value: $100 per child
Run By: Service NSW
The Creative Kids Rebate can be put towards the cost of registration, participation or tuition fees for creative and cultural activities such as music lessons, language classes, coding and digital, visual and performing arts.

Rural Women’s Award

Runs: Annually
2019 Applicaitons Open: 12th of September 2018
2019 Applications Close: 31 October 2018 at 11pm AEDT
Run By: AgriFutures
Acknowledges and supports the essential role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities. The Award provides a platform to inspire and support Australian women to use and develop their skills to benefit their industries and communities.

NSW Women of the Year Awards
Runs: Annually
2020 Applications Close: 25th of October 2019 5pm
Run By: NSW Government Family and Community Services
The NSW Women of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution made by women across NSW to industry, communities and society.

Economic and Community Participation (ECP) Program

Closes: Monday 21 October 2019 11pm AEDT
Value: From $100,000 per year
Run By: National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open competitive process to apply to deliver ILC activities under Outcome 1.2 – Community Inclusion and Capacity Development Grants nationally for up to three years from 2019-20. The ECP Program aims to build the capacity of the community to create opportunities for people with disability to contribute to community prosperity and participate in community life.

The objective of this ECP grant round is to improve the economic and community participation of people with disability across Australia. This grant round aims to fund projects which provide a catalyst for increasing access and inclusion in economic and community participation for people with disability across Australia. There are two streams under the ECP Program within this grant round.

Economic Participation stream – Sector based initiatives to create pathways to employment and drive inclusive practices for people with disability to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity

Social and Community Participation stream – Inclusive practices to create opportunities for people with disability to participate in community life, with a focus on arts, culture, sport and recreation.

General Practice Rural Incentives Program

The General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) aims to encourage medical practitioners to practise in regional and remote communities and to promote careers in rural medicine through the provision of financial incentives. The programme aims to retain these medical practitioners in regional and remote locations by providing incentives to continue to work in these areas.