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Now Open: Queensland Small Business Disaster Recovery Grants

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Closing: 10 June 2021

Small Business Disaster Recovery Grants deliver funding assistance to small businesses severely impacted by the North and Far North Queensland monsoonal trough. Funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses to access high-level expertise and advice to assist with business recovery. Funding for building, plant and equipment repairs is also available in some circumstances. 

A single grant payment will be made directly to the business and is to be used for:

  • business plan development
  • retraining
  • business mentoring
  • financial counselling
  • exploring options for business sustainability.

Funding may also be available for building, plant and equipment repairs for small businesses as a flood-proofing measure – specific eligibility applies.

The grants have been jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments under Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Three categories of funding are available, with applications assessed according to the specific DRFA criteria that are met. For further information on eligibility requirements, please carefully read the the application guidelines and terms and conditions.

How to Apply for a Grant

To apply, complete the following steps:

  1. Read the eligibility criteria;
  2. Read the application guidelines and terms and conditions;
  3. Complete an online application form using the appropriate SmartyGrants link(s) below-

Applications must:

  • Outline how you intend to use grant funding to support your small business recovery;
  • Attach the required documentation (as outlined Table 1 of the Application Guidelines)

Now Open: QLD Regional Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program

Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Closing: Applications accepted until funds for regional areas are fully allocated.

Applications for Round 2 COVID-19 Adaption Grants are still available in Regional areas. The funding aims to support small and micro businesses that have been highly impacted by the Coronavirus shutdown and social distancing restrictions. Eligible businesses may apply for grants between $2,000 and $10,000 to adapt and strengthen their operations during the pandemic recovery phase. Applications will be accepted until the allocation of funds for regional areas is exhausted.

To be a 'regional business', your principal place of business must be in a local government area within Queensland that is not identified as a South East Queensland (SEQ) location.

Guidelines and Applications

  1. Use the eligibility tool to find out if your business is in SEQ or a regional local government area.
  2. Read the application guidelines, terms and conditions, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and application tips.
  3. Gather your supporting documentation.
  4. Visit Apply Now to:
    • create a QRIDA business profile. (Note: this will be different to any SmartyGrants profile you may have used for round 1 or other small business grant applications.)
    • complete the online application and upload your supporting documentation.

If you have an application in the QRIDA system, you can access your application using the QRIDA portal.

Please visit: Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program for further details.


Now Open: Queensland COVID-19 Tourism Adaptation Grants 

Queensland Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport

Closing: Applications will close once all funding from the $5 million COVID-19 Tourism Adaptation Grant Program has been allocated.

This funding boost aims to support regional Queensland tourism businesses that have suffered losses of income because of the international travel restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tourism business headquarters must be located in Queensland and primarily operate outside the Greater Brisbane Area of Brisbane City Council, Redlands City Council, Logan City Council, Ipswich City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council boundaries.

Grants from a minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $10,000 (excluding GST) are available to tourism businesses in regional Queensland who can demonstrate they have suffered losses of income because of the international travel restrictions.

The key objectives of the COVID-19 International Tourism Adaptation Grant program are to assist tourism businesses to:

  • pivot their product, service and/or marketing to a domestic tourism market
  • meet operating costs while the business hibernates until international markets reopen.

Guidelines

Further information is available from the COVID-19 Tourism Adaptation Grant Program Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions.

Applications

To apply please visit the QRIDA application portal.


Now Open: Queensland Government – Food Rescue Grants

Queensland Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

Closing: 13 April 2021, 5pm

The Food Rescue Grant Program will provide grants of up to $200,000 to food rescue organisations for infrastructure, equipment and operational costs to divert additional food from landfill and redistribute it to Queenslanders in need.

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be a not-for-profit organisation incorporated under section 111K of the Corporations Act 2001.
  • Be an organisation with the primary purpose of food rescue and providing food relief to Queenslanders.
  • Have operations established in Queensland.
  • Rescue food directly from a source where the food would otherwise go to landfill (e.g. a farm, supermarket or markets).

Guidelines

For more information about the Program and its eligibility requirements please refer to the Program Guidelines and the Program FAQs.

For further information, please contact the Waste Avoidance and Recovery Programs team via phone (07) 3330 5164 or email at [email protected].

Applications

Applications must be submitted through the SmartyGrants Portal by 5pm 13 April 2021.


Now Open: Australian Government – Biosecurity Business Grants Program

Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Closing: 13 April 2021

The Australian Government is encouraging applications from Indigenous businesses, Indigenous organisations, or other organisations supporting Indigenous businesses to apply for a grant under the Biosecurity Business Grants Program. This Biosecurity Business Grants Program will run over 3 years from 2020-21 to 2022-23 and will be delivered through the Indigenous Rangers Biosecurity Program. Funding of $880,000 (GST inclusive) is available per round (i.e. for each year). 

Grants will be available to existing or new Indigenous businesses (or other organisations working closely with Indigenous communities) to develop business, feasibility or marketing plans and/or to fund innovative business opportunities that capitalise on biosecurity.

The purpose of the program is to provide funding which supports Indigenous businesses and not-for-profits to develop business opportunities relating to biosecurity in northern Australia and the Torres Strait. 

The objective of the program is to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in northern Australia to view biosecurity as a business opportunity through the development of innovative business ideas. 

The intended outcomes of the program are to:

  • increase biosecurity capability including awareness, surveillance and response in northern Australia
  • increase economic opportunities for Indigenous communities.

Guidelines

More information about the Biosecurity Business Grants and requirements for applicants can be found in the Grant Opportunity Documents available at: Community Grants Hub-Biosecurity Business Grants Opportunity Documents.

If you would like assistance, please call the Community Grants Hub Hotline on 1800 020 283 (option 1) or email [email protected](link sends e-mail). Please quote 2020-4579 – Biosecurity Business Grants program when you phone or email the Community Grants Hub.

Applications

Applications Forms must be submitted by 3:00pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Tuesday 13 April 2021.


Now Open: Queensland Government – 2020-21 Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Grants Program

Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Closing: 14 April 2021, 5pm 

Applications are invited for activities that contribute to truth, healing and reconciliation for people with lived experience of institutional child abuse across Queensland. One-off funding of up to $10,000 is available for application. 

Activities may include projects, events or initiatives that acknowledge and raise awareness of institutional child abuse and its impact. Potential activities could include:

  • Initiatives that educate and share the stories of people with lived experience in a safe and supportive way (e.g. truth telling, oral histories and creative art performances) such as exhibitions of art or writing, videos or podcasts.
  • Memorials, monuments or commemorative events that are of significance to those with lived experience.
  • Reunions and other events that are of importance to those with lived experience.

Guidelines 

Please view the guidelines here before applying. For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please email: [email protected] and quote your submission number.

Applications

Applications are available through SmartyGrants.

If you need more help using this form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's).  


Now Open: Copyright Agency 2021 Cultural Fund Grants

Copyright Agency 

Closing: 26 April 2021

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund offers grants to leading organisations for projects that deliver exceptional career development opportunities for Australian writers, journalists, editors, English and literacy teachers, visual artists and key stakeholders in writing, publishing, education, and visual arts. Grants are also available for leading organisations to build literacy skills for children and young adults and to encourage reading at all levels. Funding ranges from $5,000 to $20,000 per project, per year. In certain cases, funding for three years may also be considered.

Guidelines and Applications

Please visit Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund Grants and Fellowships  for further details on eligibility and application requirements. 

Please contact Copyright Agency if you have any questions about the grants by email: [email protected].


Now Open: Be Connected - Building Digital Skills Grants Program

The Good Things Foundation, supported by the Australian Government                          

Closing: Round 23- 30 April 2021

The Building Digital Skills grant is now available to all Network Partners, including those who are new to the Be Connected Network.

Building Digital Skills grants help organisations to start, continue delivering and expand Be Connected Digital Literacy programs. Up to $15,000 in grants is available for application. 

Organisations who would like to apply for a Building Digital Skills grant must:

  • Be a Be Connected Network Partner. If you’re not already part of the Network, click here to join
  • Provide an ABN number.
  • Have public liability insurance

Use the Building Digital Skills Grants for projects will help you assist older Australians complete 2 courses, or 10 activities on the Be Connected Learning Portal. Funding can be spent on activities that support older Australians to gain basic digital skills and confidence, such as:

  • New devices including computers, laptops, tablets, smart phones
  • Upgrading software for devices
  • Broadband fees
  • Digital mentor expenses, including training to be a digital mentor
  • Printing of learning materials for older Australian learners
  • Police checks for all staff and mentors involved in delivering the Be Connected Program

The funding cannot be used on building materials and capital works.

Guidelines

Please visit Be Connected Network- Building Digital Skills Grants for more information and related documents, including example case studies and Building Digital Skills Grant timetables.

Applications

Round 23 - Be Connected, Building Digital Skills 2021 Applications


Now OpenCoopers Brewery Foundation Sustainable Giving Program

Coopers Brewery Foundation

Closing 15 May 2021

The Coopers Brewery Foundation Sustainable Giving program runs in conjunction with Coopers' general giving program. Under the initiative, an eligible organisation will be selected and awarded $50,000 a year for three years, providing it with a total of $150,000. The program is designed to provide long-term certainty for the successful organisation.

Focus areas for the Sustainable Giving initiative are:

  • 2020 – Aged Care / Medical Research / Health Care
  • 2021 – Family and community support based on Christian values
  • 2022 – Youth Education

Guidelines 

If you would like to apply for funding, please read the Foundation Guidelines and contact the Foundation office.

Applications

To apply please contact the Foundation office by email: [email protected], or by phoning: 1300 664 344 to request an application form.


Now Open: Feed Appeal Grants Program

Feed Appeal Australia

Closing: 16 May 2021

The Feed Appeal Grants Program supports local charities to deliver effective and targeted food relief to their local community. Funding requests must directly impact, improve, and build the capacity, capability and/or efficiency of your food relief program. Feed Appeal invests in projects that improve the lives of people experiencing hunger or food insecurity. Funding helps organisations meet the demand for and alleviate food insecurity in their local community. Grants of up to $50,000 are available.

Guidelines

Please read through this information pack in full prior to commencing an application.

Applications

f you have questions regarding eligibility, or require clarification please contact the Feed Appeal team on 1300 421 041 or [email protected].


Open Now: NAB Foundation Community Grants 2021

NAB Foundation

Closing:  30 July 2021

The NAB Foundation is currently inviting applications for Community Grants  that assist communities to prepare for natural disasters, support long-term recovery and build resilience to future disasters.

Funding grants of up to $10 000 are available towards community projects that seek to: 

  • assist in short and long-term recovery efforts
  • build community resilience against future disasters
  • help people and places prepare for natural disasters
  • strengthen the environment to be more resilient to natural disasters
  • help communities reduce their climate risk.

Applications are open to charities, social enterprises and organisations with a charitable purpose to support local programs or initiatives. Some examples include:

  • education
  • training
  • emergency systems
  • preparedness plans
  • mental health support
  • infrastructure
  • equipment
  • business resilience
  • household resilience
  • urban greening
  • reducing climate risk.

Two types of funding are available:

  • Community Grants of up to $10,000, from a total pool of $1 million.
  • Prizes, from a total pool of $200,000, for recipients of Community Grants where the project intends to have long-term social or environmental impact. This funding is designed to assist grantees replicate the project in other areas, scale it or measuring the impact. 

Guidelines

Please ensure you have read the Community Grant Application Guide for all information regarding grant eligibility and criteria.  

Further enquiries regarding applications can be directed to: [email protected]

Applications

Please visit the following link with questions about the online submission process: Application Form FAQ's.


Toowoomba Region Pandemic Recovery Community Economic Development Grant Program

Toowoomba Regional Council

Closing: Round 2- 1 August 2021 

The Toowoomba Regional Council is inviting grant applications from organisations for projects that benefit local businesses and the wider community during the coronavirus pandemic recovery period. This grant program has been developed to help achieve the community’s vision for a 'dynamic and diverse economy that promotes industry development and employment opportunities'. Funding of up to $5,000 is available. 

Applications should be for project initiatives that seek to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Encourage the establishment, growth and retention of sustainable businesses that enhance the region’s reputation for innovation, creativity, diversity and sustainability.
  • Foster new partnerships and collaboration between businesses and business support groups. 
  • Create employment opportunities and increase the level of business investment in the region.

Eligible projects must also:

  • Provide direct assistance to businesses to recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Demonstrate demand for the proposed project from local businesses. 
  • Commence within 2 months of approval and be deliverable in a format that meets social distancing requirements of the time.

Guidelines

Before applying, please read the Temporary coronavirus pandemic recovery community economic development grant program guidelines to check you are eligible.

For assistance with applications, please contact the Toowoomba Regional Council Economic Development team on 131 872.

Applications

To apply please complete the Grants - Community grants application form (PDF for print). PDF applications can be lodged by:

  • Email to: [email protected] (Must be followed by a hard copy of cover and signature pages).
  • Post: Toowoomba Regional Council, Community Grants Scheme, PO Box 3021, Toowoomba Qld 4350. 
  • Deliver to: any Toowoomba Regional Council Customer Service Centre. 
  • Fax to: 07 4631 9292 (Must be followed by a hard copy of cover and signature pages).

Open Now: Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF)

Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment 

Ongoing Applications Accepted

The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF) improves access to finance and support for social enterprises to help them grow their business and increase the impact of their work in their communities.

The Federal Government selected three SEDIF fund managers to offer social enterprises finance, such as loans, and support. The SEDIF fund managers are:

Social enterprises can contact the SEDIF fund managers directly to discuss and make applications for their financing needs.

Amount: Undisclosed or various

Closing Date: Ongoing

Links to further information and contacts are available at: Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds


Open Now: The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant

Australian Government Department of Social Services

Closing: Expressions of interest (EOI) accepted on an ongoing basis

The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant provides capacity building grants of up to $140,000 to mission-driven for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, allowing them to secure investment capital to scale their social impact. The purpose of the grant is to assist mission-driven organisations in Australia to scale and increase their impact by raising capital and investment in the form of equity.

Guidelines

Application Guidelines and eligibility criteria can be accessed at: Impact Growth Grant Guidelines

Applications

Submit your Expressions of interest (EOI) for the Growth Grant via our online form at: https://impactinvestmentready.typeform.com/to/VZLkru

Applications are by invitation following successful screening of eligibility through an EOI.

Further Questions can be emailed  to the Growth Grant Team at: [email protected]


Open Now: Australian Government – Restart Grants– help to employ mature workers

Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment 

Ongoing Applications Accepted

Restart is a financial incentive of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) to encourage businesses to hire and retain mature age employees who are 50 years of age and over. Payments are made over a six-month period. Businesses may negotiate how often payments are received. 

Links to further information and contacts are available from: Australian Government – Restart Grants


Open Now: Connecting Up – Grants

Connecting Up Inc.

Ongoing Applications Accepted

Connecting Up provides donated technology products and services from companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec and Adobe to eligible income tax exempt (ITE) Australian Not-For-Profit organisations and charities.

Webinars, online courses and workshops, designed specifically for the needs of people working in not-for-profits, are also available. 

Links to further application information and contacts are available at: Connecting Up - Services


The following grant programs are currently closed. They are expected to re-open for applications at a later date. 

Small Business Digital Grants Program

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Currently on hold due to Covid-19 Pandemic – Dates to be confirmed. Please contact Department of Employment, Small Business and Training for details.

The Small Business Digital Grants program provides small businesses with access to digital technologies and services to enable them to work smarter, engage with the global economy and make the most of online business opportunities arising from digital disruption.

Matched funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses for the purchase of hardware, software and services (such as digital coaching). The minimum grant funding is $1,000.

The business must show how the digital technology or service purchased and adopted will enhance the digital capabilities of their business and help them to be more competitive and employ more staff

To be eligible the business must:

  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • have Queensland headquarters
  • have a turnover of $2 million or less in the last financial year
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt

Only 1 application will be accepted from an individual ABN or a financial beneficiary of a business.

Successful applicants cannot reapply for funding under this grant program in future rounds.

Your business must also be in a financial position to pay up front for the approved product(s) and or service(s) in full. If successful, approved applicants will then be reimbursed after submitting supplier invoices and proof of purchase.

Amount: Up to $10,000 matched funding  

How to apply:

Funding guidelines

Applications


Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Currently on hold due to impacts of Covid-19 Pandemic – Dates to be confirmed. Please contact Department of Employment, Small Business and Training for details.

The Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program can assist new small businesses to access professional advice and support in the critical early stages of establishing a business.

The advice must fall under 1 or more of the following areas:

  • mentoring/coaching
  • business and strategic planning
  • professional business advice (i.e. information technology (IT), legal or financial)
  • marketing strategy development (i.e. branding strategies, social media/digital strategies, market research).

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, the business must:

  • have a business name registered within the last 4 years
  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have Queensland headquarters
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

The business must also be in a financial position to pay up front for the approved training or service(s) in full. If successful, approved applicants will then be reimbursed after submitting supplier invoices and proof of purchase.

Available funding

Up to $5,000 (if successful, a 50% funding contribution (excluding GST) is provided)

The minimum grant funding amount is $1,000

Payment will be made directly to the business on completion of the project and on presentation of proof of payment for the service.

Application Guidelines

Terms and Conditions

Apply Now


eSafety Commissioner Online Safety Grants Program

Australian Federal Government eSafety Commissioner

Closed- 21 May 2020, 5pm (AEST)

Grant funding of between $80,000 and $1 million is available to non-government organisations (NGOs) that deliver online safety education to children, young people and their communities, or training to those who work with them. A total of $9 million will be allocated starting in mid-2020. This is an open competitive grants program for NGOs.

The Online Safety Grants Program aims to:

  • support innovative development, collaboration and implementation of online safety education programs
  • ensure children, young people and their communities can access inclusive, citizen-focused online safety education resources
  • promote and increase the positive and safe use of digital technologies in at-risk communities, via improvements in service delivery 
  • contribute to driving diversity and inclusion online
  • maximise opportunities for all Australians to understand the online safety support, complaints and referral pathways they can access
  • create a culture where safe online behaviours among children and young people become the ‘norm’ 
  • deliver projects that use co-design and evidence-based frameworks as standard practice for delivering online safety education
  • embed Safety by Design principles, where appropriate.

Applications are sought from NGOs that can demonstrate an ability to use evidence-based research and best practice in online safety education to develop services, resources and products that provide new solutions for improving online safety.

These can be:

  • for use in schools and other places of learning
  • designed for parents and carers, communities or support workers
  • focused on at-risk communities
  • aimed at scaling up new services, resources or products.

Before applying, please carefully read the draft Commonwealth Simple Grant Agreement in conjunction with the Program Guidelines. This will be the basis of the Agreement that successful grant recipients will be required to sign with the Commonwealth, as represented by the eSafety Commissioner.

Online Safety Grants Program Guidelines

Commonwealth Simple Grant Agreement

Online Safety Grants Program Application

More information is contained in the grant program's Frequently Asked Questions. Further assistance is also available from the eSafety commissioner's office at: [email protected]

You can also Register your organisation’s interest in the Online Safety Grants Program to receive program updates.


Scanlon Foundation Annual Community Grants

Scanlon Foundation

Closed: Friday 18 September 2020

The Scanlon Foundation Community Grants for 2021 will focus on projects that support the transition of migrants into employment. Projects should consider the experience of migrants and the receiving communities and aim to nurture positive outcomes. All submissions are expected to empower new arrival communities and develop cross cultural connections.

Grants are looking to actively support people into employment, working directly with individuals who are unemployed. This may include those that have lost their jobs as a result of Covid-19, business failure or new school and university graduates.

This year’s community grants will provide funding up to a maximum of $25,000 for a 12 month project. The community grants will be eligible for locations throughout Australia.

Expressions of Interest can be made by Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) eligible organisations for grants of up to $25,000 through Smartygrants

Guidelines and Applications

Please visit Scanlon Community Grants 2021 for more information on completing an Expression of Interest. 

Applicants are encouraged to view the FAQs before submitting. 

Please visit Smartygrants for applications and further instructions. 


Business Growth Fund Program

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Currently on hold due to impacts of Covid-19 Pandemic – Dates to be confirmed. Please contact Department for details.

The Business Growth Fund Program is a grant program which provides targeted assistance for small and medium businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations.

The fund will enable successful applicants to purchase and implement specialised equipment or services to help them seize growth opportunities.

Examples of eligible highly specialised equipment includes (but not limited to) the following:

  • production equipment to meet otherwise unachievable growth demand
  • advanced manufacturing or digital equipment and systems
  • advanced logistics systems and equipment.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this grant, the business must:

  • have a minimum trading history of 3 years at the time of application
  • have a minimum turnover of $500,000 for the last financial year
  • have fewer than 50 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • have Queensland headquarters
  • have competitive opportunities in domestic or international markets
  • be experiencing growth and have clearly defined high-growth and employment opportunities in Queensland
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

Your business must have the potential for high-growth within the next 2 years. High-growth is generally considered to be a 20% increase in turnover or employment.

The applying business must have:

  • a business plan in place
  • the capacity to access finance to fund the growth of their business
  • clearly defined an opportunity and plan for growth
  • demonstrated how the funding will assist the business to achieve these goals.

Only 1 application will be accepted from an individual ABN or a financial beneficiary of a business for consideration at any one time.

Previously successful applicants cannot reapply for funding under this program.

Funding of up to $50,000 (excluding GST) is available.

A co-contribution from the applicant of between 25% and 50% of the total project cost must be provided . The government contribution will be determined by an assessment panel.

Application Guidelines

Terms and Conditions

Applications


Small Business Artisan Producer Grants Program

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Currently on hold due to impacts of Covid-19 Pandemic – Dates to be confirmed. Please contact Department for details.

The Small Business Artisan Producer Grants Program will provide assistance to artisan producers of gourmet food (including non-alcoholic beverages) to help them grow their businesses, access new market opportunities and enhance their gourmet food expertise.

The grant aims to support eligible artisan producers to engage business consultants, mentors or digital experts to assist them to establish and grow their businesses.

If successful, a 50% funding contribution of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) is provided following completion of your project. The applicant needs to meet the eligibility and assessment criteria in the application guidelines and must provide satisfactory evidence of the project's completion to obtain funding. The minimum grant funding amount available is $1,000 (i.e. project value is $2,000 or more).

Application guidelines

Terms & Conditions

Start and Submit Application

Currently closed. Due to re-open mid 2020


QLD Social Enterprise Grants Program

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Currently on hold due to impacts of Covid-19 Pandemic – Dates to be confirmed. Please contact Department for details.

The Social Enterprise Grants Program will provide assistance between $5,000 to $50,000 to enable social enterprises to access professional advice and support in the critical early stages of establishing and growing their business, and to assist in testing ideas in the market or using technology to achieve their reach and mission.


The Centre for Women & Co.’s Scholarship Fund

The Centre for Women & Co.
Closed 2 March 2020

The Centre for Women & Co's Scholarship Fund is dedicated to empowering women to achieve their potential. The following grants provide funding to support women’s well-being, safety and scholarship throughout the community.

Applications for 2020 are now being taken in the areas of:

  • Business Start-Up - $2500
  • Capital Purchase - $2500
  • Education and Training - $2500
  • Nominate a Friend - 2 scholarships available at $1250 each

How to Apply

1. Read the following documents:

2. Fill in the application forms, available below:

3. Email completed application form, along with supporting documents to:

[email protected]

For further information, please visit official program website at:https://centreforwomen.org.au/scholarships


QLD Small Business Month Grants Program

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Closing- Applications closed March 2020. Please visit business.qld.gov.au for further grant opportunities. 

The Queensland Small Business Month Grants Program provides funding to deliver events during Queensland Small Business Month (QSBM), running from Friday 1 May to Sunday 31 May 2020.

The Small Business Month Grants Program aims to support individuals and organisations to host events, activities, or programs that:

  • provide a platform for collective investigation of local small business community concerns and solutions specific to an area or locality
  • empower local small business communities to come together to learn from experts and specialists in areas relevant to their sector or region
  • enable local leadership in small business communities.

Funding of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) is available for Queensland - based events and activities during QSBM, May 2020.

Application Guidelines QSBM 2020

Guidelines and criteria for completing your application are available at: https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/queensland-small-business-month-grant-2020 

Application Forms

Applications can be made via the following link: https://dtesb.smartygrants.com.au/smallbusinessmonth2020


The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme

Brisbane City Council

Closed: 29 May to 12 June 2020 (specific to area of application)

The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme provides business training and mentoring opportunities for Brisbane residents from multicultural backgrounds. It offers two separate programs, including the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Mentoring Scheme.

Business Scholarship Program

This program enables residents seeking to start a business to become equipped with the knowledge and skills to start a new business, grow a business or gain expertise in a specific field. Applicants can apply for scholarship in a range of training courses from Certificate IV through to post-graduate university courses. For further information, including specific course details and closing dates, please visit the city council's official website for the grant program at: The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme

Business Mentoring Scheme

This program offers existing business owners the opportunity to take a series of workshops that assist in business growth and development. There are 89 business scholarships and mentoring scheme placements available to residents of Brisbane in 2020. For further information please visit the city council's official website for the grant program at: The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme  

How to Apply

Application forms and guidelines are available at: https://forms.brisbane.qld.gov.au/lord-mayors-multicultural-business-scholarship-program-mentoring-scheme-2020


Sunsuper ‘Dreams for a Better World’ Better Business Grants Program

SunSuper Pty Ltd

Closed: 31 July 2020

The Sunsuper 'Dreams for a Better World' Business Grants Program aims to increase the capacity of Small Business and Social Enterprise to deliver innovative projects that address social issues in local Queensland communities. Applicants from all industries may apply for funding of $10,000 to support projects that benefit local communities. Projects that address issues from a range of areas are encouraged, such as those that increase access to employment, improve environmental sustainability, or alleviate mental illness.    

Please visit the Sunsuper ‘Dreams for a Better World'  Business Grants Program page to access grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and the Business Grants application form. 


Youth Action Project Grant Scheme

Australian Government Department of Health and Foundation for Young Australians (FYA)

Closed: 7 October 2020

The Youth Action Project Grant Scheme (YAPGS), an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health and FYA, aims to assist young people through the hardships posed by Covid19, natural disasters and ongoing challenges with mental health, employment and transportation. The program will provide grants between $5,000 and $20,000 towards projects that support young people (15-24 years) to develop resilience and recover from this period.

The YAPGS is open to both individuals and organizations, with two kinds of projects to be supported: 

  • New projects that recognise and uniquely respond to the hardship young people are facing now and will face in the future, and
  • Existing projects that provide a valuable on-going service to young people that require additional funding to adapt or continue that work through the impact of the current environment.

The projects must support young people aged 15-24, not be commercial and should conclude by June 18 2021.

All projects supporting youth will be considered. However, those that focus on employment, mental health, transportation, the impacts of COVID-19 and the Australian Bushfires will be prioritized.

Guidelines

Please visit the YAPGS website and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  page for further information to apply.

Applications

The form should take approximately two hours to complete. The FYA recommends that questions are copied into a document to complete, as the form cannot be saved as you go. 

If a written application is not accessible to you, the FYA is happy to receive it in either video or audio format. If this is your preference, please limit your responses to a maximum of two minutes per question and submit them in MP3 format (audio) or via a private Youtube link (video) to the team via [email protected].


Skilling Queenslanders for Work - October 2020 Round

Queensland Government Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Closed 8 October 2020

The Queensland Government has announced that applications for the next round of Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program are now open. The program forms an essential part of  the Government's ongoing plan to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work funds skills development, training and job opportunities for job-seekers, disengaged and disadvantaged Queenslanders through targeted skills and training projects. The program focuses on young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, mature-age job-seekers, women re-entering the workforce, veterans and ex-service personnel, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. More than 70 per cent of participants find work, undertake further training, or return to school around 12 months after exiting a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project. 

Community-based not-for-profit organisations, local councils and school Parent and Friends and Citizens associations are advised to check eligibility requirements and application recommendations to apply.

Applications and Guidelines

Please visit the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program page for eligibility requirements and further application information. Questions can also be directed to the QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training on 1300 369 935.


Groundswell 2020 Project Grants

Groundswell Giving

Closed: 12 October 2020

Groundswell is a Giving Circle created to respond to the climate crisis. With an aim to educate and empower a new groundswell of people to take climate action in their own lives, the organisation pools money to fund strategic, high-impact advocacy and solutions to alleviate climate change in Australia.

This grant round provides funding for specific climate advocacy projects carried out by people or organisations, such as an event, training, report, piece of polling, research or a communications tactic like advertising-

  • $40,000 Major grant
  • $10,000 Small grant

Projects should seek to:

  • Build the movement – activate new and strategic demographics or sectors to get involved in tackling the climate crisis;
  • Shift the money – dry up the pipeline of funding to fossil fuel companies;
  • Change the story – build urgency for stronger action from trusted voices in our community;
  • Change the politics – enable greater leadership within state and federal Governments.

Grants can only be made to Deductible Gift Recipient 1 (DGR1) entities, or organisations that have a partnership agreement with a DGR1 entity. If you do not have DGR1 please get in contact with us. 

Guidelines

Grants can only be made to Deductible Gift Recipient 1 (DGR1) entities, or organisations that have a partnership agreement with a DGR1 entity. If you do not have DGR1 please get in contact with us. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Applications

Applications are available at: Groundswell Project/ Campaign Grant Application- October 2020


Now Open: Deafness Foundation 2021 Grants

The Deafness Foundation

Closing: 31 October 2020

The Deafness Foundation focuses on the well-being and equality for people who are deaf and hard of hearing and puts this at the forefront of everything they work towards. They aim to achieve this by highlighting: access; awareness; diagnosis; treatment and prevention. Grant applications are now open for projects that benefit people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Criteria includes:

  • The project is innovative.
  • The project is achievable in a clearly specified time, usually 1 year and not more than two years.
  • The project has clearly defined assessment criteria for monitoring and reporting.
  • The organisation applying for the grant has an ABN.
  • The organisation applying for the grant has a proven ability to manage funds.
  • The application includes comprehensive and accurate estimates of costs supported by quotes.
  • The application includes the endorsement and signature of the senior person of the organisation.
  • The application includes two independent referees who can attest to the value of the project in respect of all eligible applications the referees may be approached by the Deafness Foundation.
  • The application is received by the closing date.

The Deafness Foundation Annual Report includes examples of previous projects. For further information, please contact:

Sylvia Rosemond, Executive Officer: E:  [email protected] ; B:  03 9738 2909

Guidelines

The Deafness Foundation will assess applications against the grant criteria. Prospective applicant should complete the Grants Application Form (please see below link). The completed Grants Application Form and supporting evidence should be  submitted to [email protected]

Applications

Application Forms are available from: Deafness 2021 Grants Application Forms


Ansvar Insurance’s Community Education Program

Ansvar Insurance

Closed: 16 November 2020

Ansvar’s Community Education Program provides a range of grants to organisations that support Australian youth through education and life skills programs. Grants of up to $50,000 are available to registered not-for-profit organisations that assist young people through delivery of projects in two categories – Empowerment and Education, and Outreach and Support:

Categories:

  • Empowerment and Education: programs which provide opportunities to develop positive values that lead to healthy lifestyle choices and a positive contribution to our community.
  • Outreach and Support: programs that support youths who are at risk or are already experiencing difficulties (such as drug and/or alcohol abuse) through rehabilitation and/or skills training.

Please note, Organisations are required to be registered not-for-profits with DGR status to apply.

Guidelines 

  1. Before you start your online application process it's very important to review the applications general information; eligibility criteria, application assessment elements, the application questions and more here.
  2. Complete the 2020/ 2021 Community Education Program Grants application through this online portal. Please complete all questions, any additional marketing materials that were not requested will not be assessed.
  3. Provide a copy of your organisation’s annual accounts for the last financial year with your application.
  4. Submit your application online by 5pm (AEST) Monday 16th November 2020

Applications

Click here to start your application through the Community Education Program online portal. 


Be Connected - Building Digital Skills Grants Program

The Good Things Foundation, supported by the Australian Government                          

Closed: 27 November 2020

The Building Digital Skills grant is now available to all Network Partners, including those who are new to the Be Connected Network.

Building Digital Skills grants help organisations to start, continue delivering and expand Be Connected Digital Literacy programs.

Organisations who would like to apply for a Building Digital Skills grant must:

  • Be a Be Connected Network Partner. If you’re not already part of the Network, click here to join
  • Provide an ABN number.
  • Have public liability insurance

Network Partners applying for their first Be Connected grant can only apply for a $2,500 grant. Once you have met 80% of your registration targets and acquitted your grant, you will be eligible to apply for larger Building Digital Skills grant contracts.

Existing Network Partners that hold an Activation or Building Digital Skills grant are eligible to apply for this round of grants once they have met 80% of their learner registration targets and acquitted their grant. These Network Partners are not restricted to which standard size contracts they can apply for.

Use the Building Digital Skills Grants for anything that will help you assist older Australians complete 2 courses, or 10 activities on the Be Connected Learning Portal. Funding can be spent on activities that support older Australians to gain basic digital skills and confidence, such as:

  • New devices including computers, laptops, tablets, smart phones
  • Upgrading software for devices
  • Broadband fees
  • Digital mentor expenses, including training to be a digital mentor
  • Printing of learning materials for older Australian learners
  • Police checks for all staff and mentors involved in delivering the Be Connected Program

The funding cannot be used on building materials and capital works.

Guidelines

Applications

Please visit Be Connected Network- Building Digital Skills Grants for more information and related documents, including example case studies and Building Digital Skills Grant timetables.


Perpetual IMPACT Philanthropy Program

Perpetual Limited

Closed: Friday 4 December 2020 

The Perpetual IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program enables philanthropists and Not-for-Profits (NFPs) to connect, and allows NFPs to demonstrate how they improve outcomes for the communities in which they operate. They encourage high quality outcomes by identifying organisations that can maximise their impact through:

  • good governance
  • solid leadership
  • strong strategy
  • an outcomes focus.

Funding is provided for a range of projects at different developmental stages including, but not limited to, pilot and existing projects, capacity building and operational costs. 

Guidelines

Download the 2021 IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program Guidelines 

Download the 2021 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs);  Download the SAMPLE 2021 Application Form;

View recommendations to help you prepare your best application possible, including the key application questions we assess on

Applications

Applications are available through Smartygrants 2021 Perpetual IMPACT Philanthropy Program.

For queries, please contact Perpetual Philanthropic Services on 1800 501 227 during business hours or email [email protected] and quote your application number.


Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Participation Program – Economic Participation Grants

Australian Government Department of Social Services

Closed: 8 December 2020

The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply to deliver services under the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Program’s Economic Participation (EP) grant opportunity 2020-21.

The objective of the EP grant opportunity is to improve the economic participation of people with disability, particularly in light of the impact of COVID-19.

The expected outcomes for the EP grant opportunity are:

  • People with disability will have improved job readiness, employment related skills and knowledge (whether industry specific or generalist).
  • People with disability and other stakeholders will have increased access to employer groups and employment support networks.
  • Increased willingness and capability of employers and organisations to employ people with disability.

More information about the Economic Participation grant opportunity, as well as requirements for applicants, can be found below in the grant opportunity documents

Grant Guidelines & Opportunity Documents

Guidelines;  Easy Read Guidelines;  Questions and Answers;  Sample Commonwealth Simple Grant Agreement

Sample Commonwealth Simple Grant Supplementary Terms

Applications

Application Form Guide ; Economic Participation Program Application Form


Rural Financial Counselling Service Program 2021 - 2024

Australian Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Closed: 11 December 2020

The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open and competitive process to deliver services under the Rural Financial Counselling Service Program (RFCS) program in the 12 predefined service regions from 2021–22 to 2023–24. Those interested may apply for more than one service region, including across different states.

The RFCS program is an Australian Government initiative that provides free and independent financial counselling to eligible farmers, fishers, foresters and small related enterprises who are experiencing, or at risk of, financial hardship.

The vision for the 2021 to 2024 RFCS program is to empower clients to take control of their financial situation and cultivate financially capable primary producers that are profitable, self-reliant and resilient.

The objectives of the RFCS program are to:

  • transition clients out of financial crisis
  • improve clients’ business profitability or facilitate a dignified exit
  • improve clients’ financial well-being and resilience.

The overarching outcome of the program is that clients who engage with the service become financially self-reliant and their businesses are better prepared to deal with risks.

Guidelines

More information and application guidelines are available under: Grant Opportunity Documents

If you would like further assistance, please call the Community Grants Hub Hotline on 1800 020 283 (option 1), or email [email protected] . Please quote 2020-4216 – 2021 to 2024 Rural Financial Counselling Service Program when you phone and/ or email the Community Grants Hub.

Applications

Applications can be accessed at: The Rural Financial Counselling Service Program SmartForm


National Disability Conference Initiative 2021-2022

Australian Department of Social Services

Closed: 20 January 2021

The Australian Government is inviting applications for grant funding under the National Disability Conference Initiative (NDCI) 2021-22. The NDCI forms part of delivering the aims of the National Disability Strategy and assists in working towards improved outcomes for people with disability and their carers.

There are two categories of grants available under NDCI in 2021-22:

Activity Stream 1: Disability Conference Activity (DCA) – The DCA will be a continuation of the existing NDCI program, providing grants of up to $10,000 (GST exclusive) to enable disability conference organisers to maximise the inclusion and participation of people with disability at their conferences.

To learn more about or apply for this activity stream, please go to the NDCI – Activity Stream 1 Grants Page

Activity Stream 2: Mainstream Conference Inclusion Activity (MCIA) – This is a new activity stream to provide grants of up to $10,000 (GST exclusive) to Disabled People’s Organisations or Families Organisations (DPO/FOs) to collaborate with a mainstream conference organiser to ensure conference proceedings include disability issues sessions/keynote address and that the conference is inclusive/accessible to people with disability.

To learn more about or apply for this activity stream, please go to the NDCI – Activity Stream 2 Grants Page

Eligible organisations are able to apply for one or both activity streams outlined above, however you can only submit one application per stream for this grant opportunity. If more than one application per activity stream is submitted, the latest accepted application form in each stream will progress.

If you would like assistance, please call the Community Grants Hub Hotline on 1800 020 283 or  email [email protected]

Further information about the Community Grants Hub can also be found on the Community Grants Hub website.


Ecstra Women’s Economic Security Project Grants

Ecstra Foundation

Closed: 12 February 2021

The Women’s Economic Security Project Grants support charities and social enterprises building financial well-being through innovative employment opportunities and tailored financial capability tools for women. COVID-19 has exacerbated issues of economic inequality for many women – including barriers to employment participation, the burden of unpaid and lowly paid work, high levels of financial insecurity and inadequate superannuation.

The economic recovery period will be challenging for groups including young women entering the job market, older women seeking work, Indigenous women, refugee and migrant women. The Ecstra grants will support charities and social enterprises who develop and deliver meaningful employment opportunities for women as part of their response to these challenges.

The funding aims to:

  • offer philanthropic support to charities and social enterprises creating meaningful employment opportunities for women who face barriers accessing mainstream paid work
  • support organisations to integrate financial capability and personalised support into the delivery of these initiatives

The intended grant outcomes are:

  • more opportunities for women to access meaningful and secure paid work through an employer, cooperative or their own enterprise – helping them achieve their career and financial goals
  • more women are supported to build their financial capability, confidence and decision making through access to timely, relevant and tailored resources/support
  • to enable charities and social enterprises to scale and share sustainable Initiatives
  • contribute to the evidence base of ‘what works’ in building women’s economic security and financial wellbeing in Australia.

As a guide, funding proposals should be between $50,000 – $300,000 depending on the scale of the initiative and the relative size of the applicant.

Guidelines

Please refer to the following prior to starting a submission: 

Women's Economic Security Project Grant Guidelines

Ecstra’s Funding Principles and Grant Guidelines (provides additional eligibility criteria)

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications

Applications must be submitted through Ecstra’s grant management system via this link, on or before midnight AEST on Friday 12 February 2021.

Please contact Ecstra at: [email protected] if you have any questions, need assistance with submitting your application online or wish to apply through another format.


James N. Kirby Foundation Small Grants

James N. Kirby Foundation

Closed: 14 February 2021

The James N. Kirby Foundation considers applications for Small Grants (Less than and up to $15,000) from organisations whose work benefits the areas of Education and Technology; the Environment; Health and Social Welfare; and the Arts. Small Grants are the most popular bracket of funding distributed by the Foundation. Please note Small Grants encapsulate funding from $3,000 to $15,000 inclusive.

The James N. Kirby Foundation seeks to support projects and organisations whose work:

  • is innovative in nature;
  • will be capacity building; and
  • will inspire and provide lasting social change.

The Foundation can only consider requests from organisations with current Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) endorsement.

The Foundation also takes into account whether an organisation:

  • uses innovative or ground breaking concepts or methodologies;
  • has sufficient capacity to carry out the proposed activity;
  • collaborates with others in their field;
  • will be able to sustain results into the future;
  • has other financial support or will leverage the James N. Kirby Foundation’s support to obtain further funding; and
  • is committed to providing measurable outcomes that can be shared with a broader community.

Guidelines

Please refer to the Application Guidelines and Eligibility criteria before submitting your application. 

The James N Kirby Foundation can only consider requests from organisations with current Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) endorsement. Our Foundation does not make grants to auspiced entities (i.e. an organisation that applies for funding through another organisation which has DGR status).

Applications

Applications for this funding category must include the following three items:

  • A completed on-line Small Grants application form available on this website. Please note that all fields of the application form must be completed. Applications received after 5pm ESDT on 14th February will not be accepted.
  • A covering letter of no more than 1 x A4 pages that must be on the letterhead of the entity endorsed as the DGR and must be signed by a Director, CEO or responsible person of the DGR. It should provide a brief description of your organisation, advise any previous grant history with the James N Kirby Foundation, and also include a list of the names and qualifications of your organisation’s Chair, Directors, CEO or Department Head.
  • On no more than one A4 page, a total cost and breakdown of the budget of the project and how you will be meeting those costs. In addition, please advise if you are seeking funding as a one-off cost or will it continue past the funding period, and if so, how will you secure future funding.

Community Child Care Fund Open Competitive Round 3 Grant Opportunity 

Australian Government Department of Social Services 

Closed: 22 February 2021

The Australian Government has made further funding available to assist child care service providers to address barriers to child care participation. This grand round particularly targets disadvantaged and vulnerable families and communities, such as those servicing  regional and remote locations and those providing specialised care to children with disabilities and children from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Grants are available in three categories, each intended to fund a specific type of activity. Listed in order of funding priority, these are:

• Sustainability Support: helping services operating in areas of limited supply improve the viability and sustainability of their service.

Minimum grant of $2,000 and maximum grant of $200,000

• Community Support: helping services to work with other organisations and families to identify and address community level barriers to child care participation. The engagement must ultimately result in increased child care participation.

Minimum grant of $5,000 and maximum grant of $100,000

• Capital Support: helping services with the cost of modifying, renovating, extending or building child care facilities. These capital works must result in more child care places in areas where there is unmet demand.

Minimum grant of $50,000 and maximum grant of $150,000

Key objectives of the grant-funding include:

• child care services operating in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities are able to address (or have increased capacity to address) community level barriers to child care participation

• increased number of children from vulnerable or disadvantaged families and communities accessing child care

• increased sustainability of child care services operating in disadvantaged communities experiencing viability issues, including in areas with fluctuating and/or low short-term demand

• increased availability of child care places in disadvantaged communities with high unmet demand through capital works projects.

Further information is available on the Community Grants Hub website.

Guidelines

Applicants must be a Child Care Subsidy approved provider of an approved child care service at the date of application lodgement. Please read the Grant Opportunity Guidelines for further details on grant eligibility and criteria to apply. 

Applications

Please visit the relevant application form link below:

Community Child Care Fund – Sustainability Support

Community Child Care Fund – Community Support

Community Child Care Fund – Capital Support


Responding to COVID-19 in the Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Sectors Grants Program

Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Closed: 28 February 2021, 5pm

The Queensland Government’s Responding to COVID-19 in the Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Sectors Program provides funding to support domestic and family violence (DFV) services to respond to the difficulties and additional complexities posed by COVID-19 and assist services to:

  • Adapt delivery of services, for example by making service adjustments or modifications to respond to changing client needs or social distancing requirements;
  • Expand service delivery, for example by increasing capacity to deliver additional services to more clients; And
  • Introduce new services, in accordance with demand arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants of between $50,000 to $150,000 are available to each eligible applicant. Up to $2 million in total is available.

Conditions of eligibility include that applicants must:

  • be a not for profit, legal entity OR
  • be a local government entity OR
  • have an auspice agreement with any of the above entities.

Additionally, applicants must:

  • have current Public Liability Insurance AND
  • have no outstanding financial accountability, service delivery or performance issues for funding provided by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (the Department) AND
  • be established in Queensland and be currently operational in Queensland.

Initiatives must:

  • be completed by 31 December 2021 AND
  • be delivered in Queensland AND
  • support the purpose of this grant program. 

This grants program is also supported by funding from the Commonwealth Government.

Guidelines

Further information and selection criteria can be accessed at: 2020 Grant Information and Application Guidelines (PDF, 194 KB) 

All enquiries can be directed through Women's Infolink by phoning 1800 177 577 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday), or emailing [email protected].

Applications

If you need more help using this application form, download the Help Guide for Applicants, or review the Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's).


Building Better Regions Fund - Community Investments Stream- Round 5

Australian Government 

Closed: 5 March 2021

The Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to: 

  • drive economic growth
  • build stronger regional communities into the future.

The Round Five Community Investments Stream supports new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. Infrastructure projects are not eligible under the Community Investments Stream. However, an Infrastructure Projects Stream is also available. 

For most projects grant funding will be up to either 50% or 75% of your eligible project costs. Your location will determine the percentage of grant funding you can receive. 

You may apply for a partial or full exemption to your cash contribution if you can demonstrate that you are experiencing exceptional circumstances. 

For small projects with a total grant amount of equal to or less than $20,000, grant funding will be up to 100% of eligible project costs. 

Your project will need to deliver economic and social benefits to a regional or remote community.  

Guidelines

Before applying, please make sure you:

An online information webinar recording is also available. 

Applications

Applications are available via the Australian Government's Secure Online Grants Portal.

For application assistance, please contact 13 28 46.


Queensland Government – Plan Your Future ECEC Workforce Grant 2021

QLD Department of Education

Closed: 12 March 2021

The objective of the Plan Your Future Workforce Grant is to provide approved ECEC services with funding that enables them to implement an effective workforce plan that will assist the service to attract and retain a qualified and skilled workforce.

The grant will enable services to implement strategies to support the service to:

  • meet the early childhood teacher qualification requirements as specified in the Education and Care Services National Regulations 130 to 134 (Requirement for an early childhood teacher in centre-based services)
  • meet the general educator qualification as specified in the Education and Care Services National Regulations 126 (Centre-based services—general educator qualifications)
  • foster career progression
  • support qualification pathways
  • build staff capability to promote retention.

Eligible services may apply for a non-recurrent grant of up to $30,000 (GST exclusive) per service. This funding will assist services to implement their workforce plan until 30 June 2022.

Guidelines & Applications

Applicants must complete the associated web-survey and lodge applications via the department’s online grants management system, QGrants, before 5pm, 12 March 2021.

To apply:

An optional workforce plan template (DOCX, 55KB) and associated guide (PDF, 532KB) is available for use.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers are also available at: QLD Government's ECEC Plan Your Future Workforce webpage.

Queensland Government – Plan Your Future ECEC Workforce Grant 2021

QLD Department of Education

Closed: 12 March 2021

The objective of the Plan Your Future Workforce Grant is to provide approved ECEC services with funding that enables them to implement an effective workforce plan that will assist the service to attract and retain a qualified and skilled workforce.

The grant will enable services to implement strategies to support the service to:

  • meet the early childhood teacher qualification requirements as specified in the Education and Care Services National Regulations 130 to 134 (Requirement for an early childhood teacher in centre-based services)
  • meet the general educator qualification as specified in the Education and Care Services National Regulations 126 (Centre-based services—general educator qualifications)
  • foster career progression
  • support qualification pathways
  • build staff capability to promote retention.

Eligible services may apply for a non-recurrent grant of up to $30,000 (GST exclusive) per service. This funding will assist services to implement their workforce plan until 30 June 2022.

Guidelines & Applications

Applicants must complete the associated web-survey and lodge applications via the department’s online grants management system, QGrants, before 5pm, 12 March 2021.

To apply:

An optional workforce plan template (DOCX, 55KB) and associated guide (PDF, 532KB) is available for use.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers are also available at: QLD Government's ECEC Plan Your Future Workforce webpage.

Now Open: QCF General Fund 2021 Grant Round

Queensland Community Foundation

Closed- Friday 12 March 2021

QCF’s organisational capacity building grants for 2021 are now open to mid-tier charitable organisations (annual revenue less than $10m). Organisations impacted by Covid-19, particularly in the areas of domestic violence and mental health, are encouraged to apply. Grants up to a maximum of $20,000 are available. 

The QCF General Fund Grants aim to assist mid-tier charities to build capacity by improving their structures, systems, people and skills to facilitate better outcomes in the community. Capacity building activities often include education and training, recruiting, maintaining or recognizing volunteers and updating information and technology support systems. This is as well as activities focused on planning and governance, which may include strategic plans, constitutional reviews and board appraisals.

Guidelines

QCF General Fund 2021 Grant Criteria & Guidelines

Organisations must be Queensland based, with all grant funds going towards QLD communities in the region of application.

Deductible Gift Recipient Item 1 (DGR1) status is also required. DGR 1 status can be confirmed by entering your ABN on the Australian Business Register website.

Applications

General Grant Fund 2021 Online Application

Enquiries can be directed to QCF by Phone: 07 3360 3854 and Email: [email protected] 


2020-21 Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Program

QLD Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs

Closed: 15 March 2021, 10.00AM

The CMQ Program provides funding towards multicultural projects and events that engage people from culturally diverse backgrounds; including those who arrived in Australia as migrants or refugees, people seeking asylum, members of diverse cultural groups and the wider community, to contribute to building an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.

The CMQ program, in alignment with the Multicultural Queensland Charter, promotes:

  • Queensland’s multicultural identity
  • community participation and intercultural connections
  • increased understanding between diverse cultural groups and the wider community
  • increased community capacity to address emerging issues and foster access to services
  • increased engagement of general community groups in connecting and welcoming people from culturally diverse backgrounds into a wide range of community activities.

This funding round is for two project categories:

Category 1 – Economic and Social Participation Projects

  • For innovative projects that create pathways to participation for people from culturally diverse backgrounds, including people who arrived in Australia as migrants or refugees, and people seeking asylum, in the economic, social and cultural life of Queensland.
  • One-off funding of up to $40,000 is available for one-year projects to be delivered in 2021-2022.

Category 2 – Youth and Community Connection Projects

  • For innovative projects that can assist with breaking down the barriers facing young people from culturally diverse backgrounds that can result in feelings of disengagement or disconnection with the community, and to increase their access to, and inclusion within the community.
  • Projects receiving funding under this category are to ensure young people from culturally diverse backgrounds are leading in identifying the barrier/need to be addressed, and the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of the project.
  • One-off funding between $5,000 to $120,000 is available. Project implementation time-frame can be up to two years. Projects are to be delivered between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2023.

Funding applications for projects to be delivered in regional areas are encouraged.

Guidelines

In preparation to apply, please carefully read  the 2020–21 Funding Guidelines for Multicultural Projects and FAQ Fact Sheet for information about eligibility, funding priorities and mandatory funding criteria for each category.

For assistance in writing your applications, please contact the Community Funding Access Advisor at Multicultural Australia, Amelia Salmon, at: [email protected], or on: 07 3337 5400

Applications

Apply online through SmartyGrants:


Community Infrastructure Investment Partnership (CIIP) Program

Queensland Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

Closed: 16 March 2021

The Community Infrastructure Investment Partnership (CIIP) program is an initiative under the Queensland Government’s Unite and Recover: Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan to support communities impacted by COVID-19.

The program is designed to stimulate Queensland’s economic recovery by improving community infrastructure to deliver critical social services, such as job-readiness programs.

The opportunity is open to not-for-profit organisations to expand, upgrade or rebuild existing facilities that deliver vital social services

Eligible not-for-profit organisations are now invited to apply for a share of the grants funding, with allocations of between $200,000 and $2 million available.

To be eligible, they must deliver social support services in Queensland and either own the asset or are in partnership with a local government.

Guidelines 

Applications

Please complete this Online Submission Form before submitting your application online.


 

 

Campbell Edwards Trust 2021 Grants

The Campbell Edwards Trust

Closed: 31 March 2021.

The Campbell Edwards Trust considers donation requests from non-profit organisations that are deductible gift recipients with a registered office in Australia. The Trust will consider new applications from eligible organisations for a maximum of $30,000 per annum and a maximum of $90,000 over three years.

The Trust’s focus areas are:

  • Young people in need of education and other assistance
  • Families undergoing conflict
  • Those in need of basic human necessities such as food, shelter or clothing
  • Indigenous Australians suffering disadvantage
  • Support and research services for community challenges
  • Religious education

Guidelines 

Each application will be considered within Trust guidelines and on merits, however please note that at this time the Trust is not able to consider applications from individuals.

Further information about donation guidelines is available here.

Applications 

Donation application forms are available to download here.


ANZ Community Foundation 2021 Grants

ANZ Community Foundation

Closed: 1 April 2021

The ANZ Community Foundation is funded by regular contributions made by ANZ staff and ANZ. The Foundation aims to support projects run by charitable organisations which offer a direct and tangible benefit to local communities. ANZ staff are also encouraged to volunteer their time and skills to support funded projects, where this would add value to the charitable organisation.

Grants of up to $30,000 are available.

Eligible activities include community projects that relate to one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Improving financial wellbeing
  • Improving environmental sustainability
  • Improving housing access
  • Other community projects that assist local communities to thrive

Please note, eligible applicants must have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 status.

Guidelines

For technical support or questions about eligibility and guidelines, please email Equity Trustees at [email protected], quoting your application number.

Applications

After submitting you will receive a confirmation email, including a PDF copy of your form. If you do not receive this email, contact Equity Trustees to confirm at: [email protected], quoting your application number.

Applicants will receive written notification of the outcome of their application between 3 to 5 months after the closing date of the ANZ Community Foundation Grant Round. 


Ian Potter Foundation 2021 Community Wellbeing Grants EOI

Ian Potter Foundation

Closed: 1 April 2021

The Ian Potter Foundation 2021 Community Wellbeing Grants program aims improve circumstances for vulnerable members of the community. This program supports organisations that seek to establish pathways for vulnerable individuals, such as creating employment pathways for people with disabilities or otherwise vulnerable individuals, assisting individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness and all that goes with it.

The Foundation only considers grant applications in excess of $100,000 in this program area and these are usually considered as multi-year grants. Smaller grants may also be considered.

Applicants MUST speak with the relevant Program Manager before submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be eligible to apply. 

Under the terms of the deed of The Ian Potter Foundation and Australian taxation laws, The Ian Potter Foundation can only make grants to organisations with BOTH Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status.

All Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are reviewed and selected applicants are then invited to proceed to the second stage and submit a full application.

Guidelines

Funding Guidelines are available at Ian Potter Foundation Community Wellbeing Program.

Applicants MUST speak with the relevant Program Manager before submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be eligible to apply. Community Wellbeing Program Manager, Alberto Furlan can be contacted on 03 9611 1592.

Applications

Applications can be accessed and completed at: Ian Potter Foundation Community Wellbeing Applications


Ian Potter Foundation 2021 Environment Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

Closed: 1 April 2021

The Ian Potter Foundation 2021 Environment Grants aim to support ambitious and transformative environmental initiatives. This includes sustainability projects that support the environment sector; applied environmental science research programs; and on ground conservation of natural environment projects.

The Foundation only considers multi-year grant applications in excess of $100,000 in this program area.  Under the terms of the deed of The Ian Potter Foundation and Australian taxation laws, The Ian Potter Foundation can only make grants to organisations with BOTH Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status.

All Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are reviewed and selected applicants are then invited to proceed to the second stage and submit a full application.

Guidelines

Full details on eligibility requirements, application tips & hints and FAQ's can be accessed at: Ian Potter Foundation 2021 Environment and Conservation Grants.

Applicants are required to speak with a Program Manager before submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be considered eligible to apply.

Prior to applying, please ensure that you have identified other potential funders. The Foundation is unlikely to fund 100% of a project cost. Full applications will also need to be accompanied by a letter from the requesting organisation's Chief Executive Officer or equivalent person.

Applications

Applications can be accessed and completed online at: Ian Potter Foundation Environment Grant Applications.


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