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QLD Government COVID-19 Economic Relief Package

The QLD Government has announced multiple initiatives to provide support to businesses and employees impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Please click the links provided to access further details and relevant application processes. Further assistance is also available from the Small Business & Financial Assistance Hotline (Ph: 1300 654 687) and the Business Queensland Coronavirus (COVID-19) website

Changes to restrictions in Queensland From 1:00am Friday 25 September 2020 — The Queensland Government has announced further easing of restrictions for businesses, households and public spaces. A range community restrictions are being eased, including those around events and the QLD boarder with NSW. Further details are available at QLD's Roadmap to Easing COVID-19 RestrictionsBusinesses, activities and undertakings; COVID Safe Industry Plans and Gatherings, travel and recreation.

  •  Payroll tax relief package: 

 All small and medium businesses in Queensland will be eligible for:

  • a two-month refund of payroll tax, with an average of nearly $9,000 cash
  • a three-month payroll tax holiday, saving an average of $13,360
  • deferral of all payroll tax payments for the rest of 2020.

Larger businesses will be eligible for the two-month payroll tax refund and have their deferral extended for all of 2020.

Further information and eligibility information and links to applications please visit: payroll tax relief measures.

  • Power bill relief: 

Sole traders, small and medium businesses will receive a $500 rebate off energy bills. Any business consuming less than 100,000 kilowatt hours will receive the rebate, which will be automatically applied to business electricity bills

  • Businesses renting government premises will receive rent relief for a period of six months
  • $500 million in 12-month interest free loans

An interest free loan facility of at least $500 million for the first 12 months is being created to support Queensland businesses impacted by COVID-19. This is designed to enable businesses to retain employees and maintain operations.  The concessional loan facility includes low interest loans of up to $250,000 for carry on finance, with an initial 12-month interest free period for businesses to retain staff. Any eligible business will be able to apply for a loan. For further application information please visit QLD COVID-19 Business Support Loans and call the Small Business Hotline on 1300 654 687.

  • Liquor licensing fees waived for business impacted by enforced shutdowns
  • Fee waivers for tourism businesses

A range of fees, charges and levies to support tourism operators include:

  • $500 million Industry Support Package

This is designed to assist large businesses through the period to ensure they will be able to scale up and service the community when economic activity improves. For further information on the Industry Support Package please email: COVID19ISP@treasury.qld.gov.au

  • Businesses can also access one-on-one financial counseling support by calling the Small Business Hotline on 1300 654 687, or completing the online survey at business.qld.gov.au

Manufacturers with supply chain difficulties are encouraged to complete the Supply Chain Matching Request Form. Suppliers that are able to meet the needs of businesses seeking vital materials and supplies can register their capability and capacity on the Queensland Government’s dedicated ICN Gateway page. 

The Queensland Government have also developed the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Assistance Finder to help businesses negatively impacted by the pandemic to discover what support is being offered from the Queensland Government, Australian Federal Government and Queensland Local Councils. 

Source: QLD Government

QLD Government Covid-19 Residential Rental Relief Grant 

The Queensland Government has also provided rental relief funding  for residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that have lost their job and do not have access to other financial assistance. The Rental Grant is a one-off payment of up to 4 weeks rent (maximum of $2000) and is paid directly to residents lessor.

Eligibility criteria for the funding include:

  • you live in Queensland
  • you have, or will shortly have, a bond registered with the Residential Tenancies Authority
  • you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or have a temporary or permanent protection visa or possess a bridging visa
  • you do not have more than $10,000 in cash and savings
  • you can provide evidence of attempts to negotiate a payment plan with your lessor
  • you have lost your job and have applied to Centrelink for income support
  • you are waiting for your application with Centrelink to be approved.

Please visit Apply for a  COVID-19 Rental Grant for further information and application instructions. 

Source:QLD Govt Covid 19 Rental Grant 

International Student Crisis Assistance Package

The Queensland Government has developed the International Student Crisis Assistance Package to provide assistance to international students experiencing severe financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Currently, the Queensland Government is working on a process to distribute: 

  • Additional funding to Queensland-based universities and TAFE Queensland to top-up their bursaries and student support services.  
  • One-off payments to private VET and ELICOS students. 

International students who require immediate crisis support should contact their education and training provider and the Queensland Student Hub Network to discuss their needs. Please follow the Study Queensland Facebook page for further updates.

QLD Government Covid-19 Jobs Finder Portal

Assistance Finding Jobs and accessing free online training

The State Government has opened a new online portal that will connect Queenslanders who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 with new job opportunities.

This Jobs Finder Queensland online portal will allow Queenslanders who are looking for work to provide information on their skills, location and work experience. These details can then be readily matched to available jobs.

Any Queensland job seeker can register their details, skills and location via the Jobs Finder Queensland portal and access free online training at: www.jobsfinder.qld.gov.au

Hardship Payment for Casual Workers and Eligible Employees

From 5 June 2020, the Queensland Government will provide $1500 payments to eligible Queensland workers who face financial hardship through enforced quarantine, and have contracted COVID-19 outside of their workplace.

The hardship payment is available for eligible casual employees of businesses trading in Queensland, as well as eligible employees who have exhausted their sick leave entitlements. More information on this assistance is available at: QLD Hardship Payment

Seniors and Accessibility Renovations Grants 

Additional Funding for the Seniors and Accessibility Renovations Grants Program has been added to the Home Assist Secure service for Queenslanders aged 60 years and over, or people of any age with a disability.  The program will provide grants of up to $5000 for household repairs and upgrades to improve home accessibility, safety and security. Please visit the Seniors and Accessibility Assistance website for further information.

Small Business Commissioner Office Opens for Assistance  

Maree Adshead has been announced as the Queensland Small Business Commissioner, to help small business recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Small business tenants and landlords whose trade has been affected by COVID-19 can seek assistance with resolving lease disputes and access a free mediation service offered by the Commissioner. The Office of QLD Small Business Commissioner can be contacted on 1300 312 344 or visit: Business QLD/qsbc.

QLD Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program - Round Two

The Qld Government has expanded the Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program as part of Stage 2 of Queensland's Economic Recovery Strategy. A further $100 million worth of grants is being provided, with half of the funding being allocated for regional areas outside of South East Queensland.  The program aims to support small and micro businesses that have been highly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown and social distancing restrictions. Eligible small or micro businesses may apply for funding between a minimum of $2 000 and a maximum of $10 000 to adapt their operations and build resilience during the pandemic recovery phase. Applications for Round 2 Grants open 1 July 2020. Please visit the Small Business Covid-19 Grant Program website for further eligibility and application details.  

Updates to Queensland's Boarder Plan - All visitors to Queensland will be required to complete a border declaration. The border with Victoria remains closed and measures will be tightened from midday Friday 3 July for any person (whether a Queensland resident or non-Queensland resident) who has been in any Victorian local government area within the previous 14 days — mandatory hotel quarantine at their own expense for a minimum of 14 days will be required.

Source: QLD Government


 Australian Federal Government’s Covid-19 Economic Assistance Package

The Federal Government recently announced a range of financial measures to support the community to recover from the economic impact of coronavirus. These are targeted towards individuals and households, businesses and maintaining a flow of credit to the national economy. Please see below for links to specific details and eligibility requirements for each area. Further assistance is available through calls on on 13 28 46, website live chat (available from 7am to 9pm) and by visiting business.gov.au to find out more about how the Economic Response complements the range of support available.   

Australian Government launches Covid-19 continuing your business guide — A step-by-step guide to help planning for recovery.

Stimulus Payments to Individuals and Households

The Federal Government is providing financial assistance to Australians to support them through the Coronavirus. This assistance includes income support payments, payments to support households and temporary early releases of superannuation:

Support for Business

The following measures are designed to assist businesses to manage cash flow, retain employees and provide relief for financially distressed businesses during this difficult period:

Further support has also been announced with  mandatory code of conduct for commercial tenancies. This provides rent relief for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and not-for-profit tenants affected by the coronavirus. Please visit Relief for Commercial Tenancies for further details. For assistance with dispute resolution please contact the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Dispute Service

Supporting the Flow of Credit and Cash Availability

Timely access to credit and cash flow is vital for businesses to manage the impacts of the Coronavirus. Consequently, the Federal Government, the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority have taken coordinated action to ensure the flow of credit in the Australian economy.

Australia's big four banks have agreed to speed up loan applications from businesses and not-for-profit organisations who are waiting for JobKeeper payments to come through. Eligible organisations are encouraged to contact their bank to ask for the bridging support.
  • NAB: 1800 JOB KEEPER (1800 562 533)
  • Westpac: 1300 731 073
  • St George: 1300 730 196
  • Bank of Melbourne: 1300 784 873
  • Bank SA: 1300 669 472
  • ANZ: 1800 571 123
  • Commonwealth Bank: 13 26 07

Additionally, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Coronavirus page provides information about what people need to know or do in order to get access to the tax or superannuation measures included in the Government’s economic response to COVID-19.  If you’re impacted by COVID-19, and require immediate assistance please call the ATO’s Emergency Support Infoline on 1800 806 218.

Options available to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19 include:

  • Deferring by up to six months the payment date of amounts due through the business activity statement (including PAYG instalments), income tax assessments, fringe benefits tax assessments and excise.
  • Allowing businesses on a quarterly reporting cycle to opt into monthly GST reporting in order to get quicker access to GST refunds they may be entitled to.
  • Allowing businesses to vary Pay As You Go (PAYG) instalment amounts to zero for the March 2020 quarter. Businesses that vary their PAYG instalment to zero can also claim a refund for any instalments made for the September 2019 and December 2019 quarters.
  • Remitting any interest and penalties, incurred on or after 23 January 2020, that have been applied to tax liabilities
  • Working with affected businesses to help them pay their existing and ongoing tax liabilities by allowing them to enter into low interest payment plans.
  • Employers will still need to meet their ongoing super guarantee obligations for their employees.

If English is not your first language and you are having problems understanding business.gov.au, please visit the following Other Languages Resources page to help

Source:  The Australian Government Treasury - Covid 19


COVID-19 Creative Economy Support Package Announced

The Federal Government has announced a Creative Economy Support Package that will provide seed investment for productions and tours, starter loans, a fund for local screen production, direct grants and a Creative Economy Taskforce. Dates and guidelines for the grant and loan programs will be released in coming weeks. Fact sheets on each of the measures are available at: COVID-19 and the Arts Fact sheets and FAQs.

 COVID Safe Online Training 

TAFE Queensland is offering free online COVID Safe Training for dining services and beauty-therapy services. The  program has been developed to provide all staff in industries requiring a COVID Safe Checklist with training that will allow them to ensure a COVID Safe work environment. Access the training here: https://tafeqld.edu.au/covid-safe.

Financial Resilience Webinars for Small Business 

Tafe QLD is also delivering a series of interactive online webinars designed to assist small businesses identify risks, build financial skills and plan to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. Sessions are customized for specific geographic regions across Queensland. Further information and registration for each location is available at: TAFE QLD Financial Resilience Webinars. Sessions are scheduled daily from week beginning 25 May. 

Innovate Queensland is also holding workshops about pivoting business models and virtual business platforms for Covid-19. Please visit the Innovate Queensland website for further details.

 Technology Support for Business Continuity 

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) have partnered with the Federal Government to provide a range of free service offerings, advice and tools designed to support Australian business continuity through the use of technology.

The support being offered includes remote communications, collaboration, workforce management and video conferencing solutions that can be accessed on any device at any time. Please visit the Australian Business Continuity website for further information.
QLD Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program - Round Two

The Qld Government has expanded the Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program as part of Stage 2 of Queensland's Economic Recovery Strategy. A further $100 million worth of grants is being provided, with half of the funding being allocated for regional areas outside of South East Queensland.  The program aims to support small and micro businesses that have been highly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown and social distancing restrictions. Eligible small or micro businesses may apply for funding between a minimum of $2 000 and a maximum of $10 000 to adapt their operations and build resilience during the pandemic recovery phase. Applications for Round 2 Grants will open 1 July 2020. Please visit the Small Business Covid-19 Grant Program website for further eligibility and application details.  


COMMUNITY  ORGANISATIONS

Budget Direct Sponsorships 2020-2021

Eligible organisations aiming to make a difference in their local community, but need financial assistance may apply for a Budget Direct sponsorship of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000. This one-off cash donation can be spent to support your organisations efforts to make improvements and alleviate disadvantage in the community. Budget Direct support applicants who:

  • provide local or statewide community services
  • run community awareness and education programs
  • promote health and wellbeing (e.g. sports clubs)
  • advocate for road safety
  • provide emergency services
  • support in need or at-risk Australians
  • help build strong, vibrant communities

Round closing dates for the remainder of 2020-21 are: 30 September 2020; 31 December 2020; 31 March 2021; 30 June 2021. Please visit Budget Direct Community Sponsorships for further application details. 

The BHP $50 million Community Vital Resources Fund has been established to assist regional Australian communities in areas of operation that are facing significant challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. Spending will be focused on the regions surrounding BHP’s Australian operations, including the Bowen Basin in Central Queensland, the Hunter Valley in NSW and other locations. If you are not located in a region where BHP operates, please send your enquiry by email to: vitalresourcesfund@bhp.com. Funding is aimed at supporting local health services, community services and resilience projects. Examples of these could include Meals on Wheels, youth outreach services, or organisations that check in on socially isolated people.

Queensland Government's Return to Play Program provides assistance to community sport, recreation and fitness organisations with a range of funding opportunities. Applications for the COVID SAFE Active Clubs Kickstart Grant are now open. Clubs can apply for $2000 to assist with hygiene supplies, equipment and operational costs for COVID Safe clubs to return to sport. In addition, Clubs can apply for up to $20,000 Restart Infrastructure Recovery Grants for minor upgrade works to purchase revenue generating equipment and increase service capacity. Applications for this funding are due to open 10 July, in Stage 3 of easing statewide restrictions.        Low income families can also apply for $150 FairPlay Vouchers for young participants to participate in local  sporting activities and support families experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund has been developed by the Australian Progress, Australian Communities Foundation and the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS)  to support advocacy campaigns demanding action in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Grassroots (not-for-profit) community groups are encouraged to pitch their projects as soon as possible for grants of approximately $3,000-$10,000. Further information and applications are available on the Rapid Advocacy Fund's website

The Community Broadcasting Foundation Quick Response Grants support community media organisations that risk discontinued transmission and operations, or those who have only been issued a time-limited opportunity. Evidence of the emergency situation/ time- limited opportunity is required. Please visit CBF Quick Response Grants for eligibility requirements and further details. 

The Support for Freelancers & Casual Contributors Fund has been developed by the Judith Neilson Institute to support media organisations with funding challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Media Organisations are invited to apply for financial support for freelancers and casual contributors to undertake specific projects (including editorial work and photography). Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

1000 x 1000: Crisis Cash for Artists is a campaign led by Theatre Network Australia and Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) to provide emergency financial relief to artists in need. Individual artists that have lost income due to COVID-19 and have no access to a financial safety net may be eligible to apply. Please visit the ACF Projects website for further details. 

The Arts Sector 2020 Resilience Fund is designed to provide emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists, groups and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This funding can be combined with relief offered by other arts funding agencies, government departments, support services and philanthropy.

Applications can be made through three funding streams  

  1. Adapt grants of up to $20,000 are available to individuals, groups and organisations to adapt their practice and explore new ways of working through the current COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Applications may be made on an ongoing basis throughout the pandemic.
  2. Create grants of up to $20,000 enable individuals, groups and organisations to continue creating artistic work and/or develop creative responses in this time of disruption as a result of COVID-19. Applications may be made on an ongoing basis throughout the pandemic.
  3. Survive grants of up to $5,000 are available to individuals, groups and organisations to offset or recoup money lost due to cancelled activity as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Applications may be made on an ongoing basis throughout the pandemic.

For further information and assistance please contact a Grants officer from the Australia Council for the Arts.

COVID-19 Creative Economy Support Package Announced

The Federal Government has announced a Creative Economy Support Package that will provide seed investment for productions and tours, starter loans, a fund for local screen production, direct grants and a Creative Economy Taskforce. Dates and guidelines for the grant and loan programs will be released in coming weeks. Fact sheets on each of the measures are available at: COVID-19 and the Arts Fact sheets and FAQs.


Local Council Support Packages

Moreton Bay Regional Council is offering support to locally based community organisations experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistance is also provided to those that need to establish alternate service delivery and  those that offer services to vulnerable residents. Applications are open for the COVID-19 Community Organisation Hardship and Assistance Grants of up to $10 000, on an ongoing basis.

Western Downs COVID-19 Recovery Package - Major recovery package valued at $50 million to secure and create jobs, energize the economy and support the region through the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the following links for grants and funding in the relevant area: For Business. For Residents. For Community Groups. Accelerated Infrastructure Program

The Redland City Council COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Grants Program delivers targeted funding and support to Redlands small businesses and community organisations to alleviate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently assistance is provided in the two grant categories listed below.  Funding will be available until the end of financial year, or until all allocated funds are exhausted.

  • Community Organisation Support Grant – Funding of up to $10 000 is available to support local community organisations that are providing support and relief to Redlands Coast community members impacted by COVID-19.

Apply for a COVID – Community Organisation Support Grant

COVID-19 Community Organisation Support Guidelines 

  • Business Support Grant – funding is available under two streams. Applicants can apply for one component at a time.   
    1. Professional advice servicesApplicants will be able to apply for funding up to the value of $1,000 for professional advice services (offered by firms located within the Redland City Council Local Government Area). This may include: accounting, financial planning, business consultancy, legal services, human resource services and other business specific advisers.
    2. Innovation fundingApplicants will be able to apply for funding up to the value of $5,000 for the support to reengineer/restructure their business operations to ensure viability and continued operations. This may include the use of technology, research and design or innovative products, services, projects or collaborations. Funding for the Innovation component has been redirected from Redlands City Council Advancing Regional Innovation Program in partnership with the State Advancing Regional Innovation Program and Advance Queensland.

Apply for a COVID-19 Business Support Grant

COVID-19 Business Support Guidelines 

For assistance completing applications please contact Council Customer Service on (07) 3829 8999, or: rcc@redland.qld.gov.au


Assistance for Temporary Visa Holders

The Federal Department of Social Services provides a Special Benefit payment for some temporary visa holders who face significant financial hardship beyond their control. The Special Benefit is paid at the JobSeeker Payment rate and recipients are eligible to apply for the Coronavirus supplement of $550.

The Federal Department of Home Affairs has also advised that temporary visa holders seeking to extend their stay in Australia should review information on the Department’s website and apply for another visa before their current visa expires.

For legal advice on issues related to immigration and refugees please contact the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS) by phone: 07 3846 9300, or email: admin@rails.org.au 

For assistance with Centrelink Appeals please contact Economic Justice Australia, who provide free and independent advice,  representation and education for those struggling with access to social security benefits.

The Queensland Government has developed the International Student Crisis Assistance Package to provide assistance to international students experiencing severe financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Currently, the Queensland Government is working on a process to distribute: 

  • Additional funding to Queensland-based universities and TAFE Queensland to top-up their bursaries and student support services.  
  • One-off payments to private VET and ELICOS students. 

International students who require immediate crisis support should contact their education and training provider and the Queensland Student Hub network to discuss their needs. Please follow the Study Queensland Facebook page for further updates.


Open now: Arts Sector Career Development Grants – Individuals & Groups 

Australia Council for the Arts

Closing: Round 4 - Tuesday 2 March 2021 for projects starting after 1 June 2021. (Close at 3:00pm AEDT). 

Please note- Funding and dates for current rounds are under review due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. For further information please contact the  Australia Council Artists Services team at: enquiries@australiacouncil.gov.au, or (toll free) 1800 226 912.

Focus: Career Development Grants aim to assist individual artists, arts workers or groups of artists by providing support to further develop skills or improve capacity to build an enduring career in the arts. These grants can support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Amount: $5,000 to $25,000

Guidelines

To apply you must be registered in the application management system a minimum of two business days prior to the closing date.

Your project must take into account the latest advice regarding COVID-19.

Applications

For further assistance and advice from the Australia Council for the Arts, please contact 02 9215 9000,  1800 226 912 (toll-free), or enquiries@australiacouncil.gov.au 

Program Closing Dates:
(1) Tuesday 4 February for projects starting after 1 May 2020 (Close at 11:59pm AEST).
(2) Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020 (Close at 11:59pm AEST).
(3) Tuesday 6 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021 (Close at 11.59pm AEDT).

(4) Tuesday 2 March 2021 for projects starting after 1 June 2021. (Close at 3:00pm AEDT). 


Open now: Arts Business Innovation Fund (ABIF)

Arts QLD, QLD Department of Environment & Science

Closing: Ongoing applications accepted to 2025-2030

The Arts Business Innovation Fund (ABIF) supports the growth of not-for-profit arts businesses financially and operationally. The program provides funding of up to $100,000 to innovative business ideas that will improve business operating models and build the organizations capacity into the future.

Guidelines

Further application information and guidelines for the ABIF are available at: https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/arts-business-innovation-fund

How to Apply:

Application forms for current rounds can be accessed at: https://artsqueensland.smartygrants.com.au/ABIF


Open now: Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP)

Arts QLD, QLD Department of Environment & Science

Closing: Ongoing applications accepted to 2025

The Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) provides funding to support individuals, organisations, or collectives to deliver dynamic and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland. The program is delivered through three funding streams:

  • Arts Ignite – funding of up to $60 000 for new works, and up to $40,000 and in-kind venue support - Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts (JWCoCA)
  • Arts Illuminate – funding of up to $100 000 to secure acclaimed artists that will engage the community and build local capacity
  • Arts Impact – funding of up to $60 000 for diverse arts and cultural experiences for Queensland

Frequency: QASP is a rolling fund with applications accepted at any time, except for Arts Ignite – JWCoCA, which offers one round per year. Applications for 2020 are expected to close in November. For further information and instructions please visit the official program website at: https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/arts/funding/organisations/arts-showcase

Guidelines

Further application information and guidelines for the QASP are available at:https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/qasp

Apply Now

Application forms for current rounds can be accessed at: https://artsqueensland.smartygrants.com.au/


Open now: The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grants

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust

Closing: Ongoing annual rounds offered. Please see specific dates below.

The Cultural Trust is committed to encouraging excellence and supporting a vibrant, world-class arts scene in Australia. The Cultural Trust offers grants up to $10,000 to assist talented emerging and early career artists to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas. The Trust may also consider supporting postgraduate study where no equivalent exists in Australia.

The grants are offered through three funding rounds:

Round 1: Monday 4 November 2019 - Grants announced late April 2020 - For travel /projects after 8 May 2020;

Round 2: Mond 30 March 2020 - Grants announced mid September 2020 – For travel/projects after 18 September 2020;

Round 3: Monday 6 July 2020 Grants announced mid December 2020 - For travel/projects after 18 December 2020.

Closing:

Round 1 Closing: Tuesday 14 January 2020 5pm AEST - Grants announced late April 2020
Round 2 Closing: Tuesday 19 May 2020 5pm AEST- Grants announced mid September 2020
Round 3 Closing: Tuesday 8 September 2020 5pm AEST- Grants announced mid December 2020 -

Guidelines

Further application information and guidelines are available at: https://www.ianpotterculturaltrust.org.au/apply-for-a-grant/

Apply Now

Application forms for current rounds can be accessed through: Ian Potter Trust Applications


Performers’ Trust Foundation

Focus: The PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts.

Amount: Up to $3,000 for an individual; or up to $5,000 for a group or organisation

Guidelines

There is no specific format for applications, except that they must be in writing and include the Standard Cover Sheet.


Playing Queensland Fund

Focus: To support the delivery of performing and visual arts projects that are ready to tour and have demonstrated community interest and confirmed demand.

Amount: up to $250,000

Closing: Ongoing Applications Accepted


The following grant programs are currently closed. They will re-open for applications later in 2020.

Arts Organisations Capacity Building Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

Closing: Friday 6 November 2020

Focus: The Ian Potter Foundation's Arts program area aims to help build the calibre and capacity of Australia’s arts organisations and support them to raise the bar of aspiration and achievement in the sector.

  • To support first-rate artistic institutions and organisations in metropolitan and regional Australia which are distinctive in artistic achievement, imagination and innovation in fostering development across a sector or art form.
  • To support such institutions to host artists in high-calibre professional development and/or leadership opportunities of at least 12 months (e.g. fellowships, apprenticeships, mentorships, internships).

Amount: up to $100,000 to undisclosed applicants

Guidelines

Expressions of Interest Open 19 October 2020.

Apply Now


 

Arts Sector Career Development Grants – Individuals & Groups 

Australia Council for the Arts

Closed:  Round 2 - Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020 (11:59pm AEST).                        Round 3 - Tuesday 6 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021 (11.59pm AEDT). 

Please note funding and dates for future rounds are under review due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. For further information please contact the  Australia Council Artists Services team at: enquiries@australiacouncil.gov.au, or (toll free) 1800 226 912.

Focus: Career Development Grants aim to assist individual artists, arts workers or groups of artists by providing support to further develop skills or improve capacity to build an enduring career in the arts. These grants can support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Amount: $5,000 to $25,000

In 2020, the grant rounds will close on:
(1) Tuesday 4 February for projects starting after 1 May 2020 (11:59pm AEST).
(2) Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020 (11:59pm AEST).
(3) Tuesday 6 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021 (11.59pm AEDT).

Guidelines

Applications

For further assistance and advice from the Australia Council for the Arts, please contact a Grants Officer on 02 9215 9000,  1800 226 912 (toll-free), or enquiries@australiacouncil.gov.au 


Arts Queensland –Individuals Fund - Regional Arts Development Fund

Focus: The Individuals Fund is for individual artists and cultural workers (emerging and established) to participate in transformational professional and career development opportunities.

Amount: Up to 10,000

Guidelines

Apply Now

Currently closed. Round One 2021 Opens October 19, 2020

 

Festivals Australia Funding Program

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development
Closing: 22-Mar-2020, 4:00 pm

Festivals Australia provides funding to support individual art projects at festivals and significant one-off community events, such as a town’s centenary celebration or opening of a new community resource. The aim is to give community members living in regional or remote Australia the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or important one-off community celebration. Regional artists, arts workers, and organizations can apply for arts and cultural projects that encourage community participation and engage people living in regional and remote communities.

There is no limit to the amount of funding that can be applied for (the average funding request is around $40,000). Only one project, per organization, per festival will be funded.                                                The program delivers two funding rounds each year usually opening in February and September. Funding is available for projects commencing from 1 July 2020.

Guidelines

Further application information and guidelines for the QASP are available at:https://www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/festivals-australia

How to Apply:

  • Carefully read program guidelines in conjunction with the application form;
  • Complete a work plan and a detailed project budget;
  • Provide confirmation of artist participation for each of the participating artists and evidence of community support for the project;
  • Make sure you complete the application: incomplete applications are not considered;
  • Keep it short: only the first 10 pages of an application’s support material are assessed.

Application forms for current rounds can be accessed at: https://arts.smartygrants.com.au/FAFeb2020


 

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups 

Focus: Our Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than three years from the proposed start date.

Amount: $10,000 to $50,000

Guidelines

Apply Now

In 2020, the grant rounds will close on:

(1) –Tuesday 4 February for projects starting after 1 May 2020 (11:59pm AEDT).

(2) -Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020 (11:59pm AEST).

(3) –Tuesday 6 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021 (11.59pm AEDT).

 

Indigenous Languages and Arts Program

Focus: The Indigenous Languages and Arts program (the Program) is part of a suite of programs under the Australian Government’s commitment to Arts and Cultural Development. The Arts and Cultural Development objective is to support and promote participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture, including by supporting excellence in the arts, supporting indigenous arts, cultures and languages, and protecting Australia’s movable cultural heritage.

Amount: Up to $100,000 (total pool of $8,000,000)

Guidelines

Apply Now

Currently closed.

 

Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support 

Focus: The IVAIS grant opportunity is part of the Australian Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program which supports participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture through developing and supporting cultural expression. Outcomes supported by IVAIS are:

  • a professional, viable and ethical Indigenous visual arts industry that features strong participation and provides economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • the continued production, exhibition, critique, purchase and collection of Indigenous visual art.

Amount: $5,000 to $80,000 (Total pool of $300,000)

Currently closed.


Playking Travel Grant 

Focus: In association with Arts Centre Melbourne, Playking Foundation supports Australian performing arts professionals develop creative collaborations with artists, producers and presenters from across the Asian region through the Playking Travel Grant initiative. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis with priority given to professional artists of distinctive talent and proven capacity who are proposing original, high quality and new creative collaborations which:

  • bridge cultural divides through artistic practice
  • are intended to result in a performance outcome in Australia and/or Asia in the foreseeable future
  • profile a diversity of artists, cultures and creative outcomes

Amount: $5000 to $8000

Guidelines

Apply Now

Currently closed.

 

 


Open Now: 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: Be Connected - Building Digital Skills Grants Program

The Good Things Foundation, supported by the Australian Government                          

Closing: 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.


Open Now: Perpetual IMPACT Philanthropy Program

Perpetual Limited

Closing: 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 philanthropy@perpetual.com.au and quote your application number.


Now Open: Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Participation Program – Economic Participation Grants

Australian Government Department of Social Services

Closing: 8 December 2020, 11:00pm

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


Now Open: Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Program – Social and Community Participation Grants

Australian Government Department of Social Services

Closing: 8 December 2020, 11:00pm

The Australian Government is inviting applications for grant funding for 12-month projects that enable the participation of people with disability in community life. This particularly in community arts, culture, sport and recreation activities – as part of the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) ’s Economic and Community Participation Program’s Social and Community Participation (SCP) grant opportunity. 

The SCP stream is one of three streams used to implement the program. The aim of the SCP grant opportunity is to support people with disability, their families and carers to participate in, contribute to and benefit from community activities. It is part of the Economic and Community Participation Program which connects people with disability to activities, employment and community supports and opportunities, helping communities and employers to be inclusive and responsive to people’s needs locally, and nationally.

Outcomes for this grant opportunity are:

  • Community organisations are more inclusive of people with disability, their families and carers.
  • Community access is improved for people with disability, their families and carers.
  • People with disability, their families and carers are included in the response to or recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic and/ or recent natural disasters

More information about the Social and Community Participation (SCP) grant opportunity, as well as requirements for applicants, can be found below in the grant opportunity documents

Grant Guidelines & Opportunity Documents

Grant Guidelines

Easy Read Grant Opportunity Guidelines

Questions and Answers

Sample Commonwealth Simple Grant Agreement

Sample Simple Grant Agreement Supplementary Terms

Applications

Application Form Guide

Social and Community Participation Grants Application Form


Now Open: Rural Financial Counselling Service Program 2021 - 2024

Australian Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Closing: 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 support@communitygrants.gov.au . 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


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

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: https://www.employment.gov.au/social-enterprise-development-and-investment-funds


Open Now: The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant

Federal 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: growthgrant@impactinvestingaustralia.com


Open Now: Employment Assistant Fund- Funding for Workers with a Disability

Federal Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Ongoing Applications Accepted

The Employment Assistant Fund (EAF) provides financial assistance to eligible people with disability, mental health conditions and their employers to buy work related modifications, equipment, Auslan services and workplace assistance and support services. The EAF is available to eligible people with disability that are about to start a job, self-employed, or those who are currently working. It is also available to people with disability who need Auslan assistance or special work equipment to look for and prepare for a job.

The EAF could help to buy work related modifications and services like:

  • the cost of making adjustments to your physical workplace
  • modifications to work vehicles
  • special equipment for the workplace*
  • information and communication devices*
  • Auslan interpreting services
  • specialist services for employees with specific learning disorders and mental health conditions
  • disability awareness training for the workplace (including deafness awareness)
  • mental health awareness and first aid training.

The EAF also provides free workplace assessments to help work out what modifications or equipment will best meet your needs. This is called a Workplace Modification Assessment. You usually need to have an assessment when applying for EAF if the assistance being purchased is over $1,000. 

Eligibility and Applications

Please read the  EAF Guidelines for further information about the application process, eligibility, and the type of modifications and equipment that are funded. Alternatively, you can contact a JobAccess Adviser on 1800 464 800 to help you with applying for EAF assistance.


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 Guideline

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: onlinesafetygrants@esafety.gov.au

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:

scholarship@centreforwomen.org.au

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. 


QCF General Fund 2020 Grant Round

Queensland Community Foundation
Closed- 13 March 2020

The QCF General Fund Grants aim to assist mid-tier charities to build capacity by developing their structures, systems, people and skills in order to deliver improved outcomes. These 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, constitution reviews and board appraisals.

Mid-tier organisations (with an annual revenue less than $20m) that promote environmental and human health in Queensland are invited to apply.

Grants up to a maximum of $30,000 may be applied for.

Criteria & Guidelines

Guidelines and criteria for completing your application are available at: https://qcf.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020-QCF-General-Fund-Criteria-Guidelines.pdf

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

Deductible Gift Recipient Status is also required

Applications

Applications can be made via the following link: https://qcf.org.au/grants/general-grant-online-application/

Further details can be found on the official QCF General Fund grant website:https://qcf.org.au/grants/general-fund-grant-making/


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 fund@fya.org.au.


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 arielle@groundswellgiving.org 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:  management@deafness.org.au ; 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 grants@deafness.org.au

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. 




Open Now: Budget Direct Sponsorships 2020-2021

Budget Direct 

Closing: 30 September 2020; 31 December 2020; 31 March 2021; 30 June 2021

Eligible organisations aiming to make a difference in their local community, but need financial assistance may apply for a Budget Direct sponsorship of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000. This one-off cash donation can be spent to support your organisations efforts to make improvements and alleviate disadvantage in the community. Budget Direct support applicants who:

  • provide local or statewide community services
  • run community awareness and education programs
  • promote health and wellbeing (e.g. sports clubs)
  • advocate for road safety
  • provide emergency services
  • support in need or at-risk Australians
  • help build strong, vibrant communities

Round closing dates for the remainder of 2020-21 are: 30 September 2020; 31 December 2020; 31 March 2021; 30 June 2021. Please visit Budget Direct Community Sponsorships for further application details. 


Now Open: Be Connected - Building Digital Skills Grants Program

The Good Things Foundation, supported by the Australian Government                          

Closing: 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.


Open Now: Perpetual IMPACT Philanthropy Program

Perpetual Limited

Closing: 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 philanthropy@perpetual.com.au and quote your application number.


Now Open: Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Participation Program – Economic Participation Grants

Australian Government Department of Social Services

Closing: 8 December 2020, 11:00pm

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


Now Open: Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Program – Social and Community Participation Grants

Australian Government Department of Social Services

Closing: 8 December 2020, 11:00pm

The Australian Government is inviting applications for grant funding for 12-month projects that enable the participation of people with disability in community life. This particularly in community arts, culture, sport and recreation activities – as part of the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) ’s Economic and Community Participation Program’s Social and Community Participation (SCP) grant opportunity. 

The SCP stream is one of three streams used to implement the program. The aim of the SCP grant opportunity is to support people with disability, their families and carers to participate in, contribute to and benefit from community activities. It is part of the Economic and Community Participation Program which connects people with disability to activities, employment and community supports and opportunities, helping communities and employers to be inclusive and responsive to people’s needs locally, and nationally.

Outcomes for this grant opportunity are:

  • Community organisations are more inclusive of people with disability, their families and carers.
  • Community access is improved for people with disability, their families and carers.
  • People with disability, their families and carers are included in the response to or recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic and/ or recent natural disasters

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

Grant Guidelines

Easy Read Grant Opportunity Guidelines

Questions and Answers

Sample Commonwealth Simple Grant Agreement

Sample Simple Grant Agreement Supplementary Terms

Application Form Guide

Social and Community Participation Grants Application Form


Now Open: Rural Financial Counselling Service Program 2021 - 2024

Australian Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Closing: 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 support@communitygrants.gov.au . 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


Now Open: Tackling Tough Times Together Grant Program

Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Closing: Ongoing Applications Accepted - Cut-off date for next assessment period: Thursday 25 February 2021, 5pm

The Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Funds could also support activities that engage your local community in being proactive, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times. 

Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

Three tiers of grants are available:

  • Up to $20,000 – projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;
  • Up to $60,000 – projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;
  • Up to $150,000 – the $150,000 tier involves a two-stage process, with a full application due by 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 15 December 2020. Additional information requested is then submitted by the round closing date. Applicants must speak with the TTTT team to discuss their project before applying.

Round 20: Applications close Thursday 25 February 2021. Stage 1 applications for the $150K tier must be received by 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 15 December 2020.

Round 21: Applications close Monday 24 May 2021. Stage 1 applications for the $150K tier must be received by 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 13 April 2021.

Round 22: Applications close Tuesday 24 August 2021. Stage 1 applications for the $150K tier must be received by 5pm AEST, Thursday 12 August 2021.

Guidelines

We welcome the opportunity to discuss project concepts, so please don't hesitate to get in touch once you've read the program guidelines and associated documents. Please contact the TTTT team on 1800 170 020 or email.

Applications

All applications for the Tackling Tough Times Together program will be submitted via FRRR's Grants Gateway online portal. Please download and save the How-To Guide and the Grants Gateway FAQs, and read them thoroughly to help get you started and refer to while applying. If you have any problems please call 1800 170 020, or email toughtimes@frrr.org.au.


Open Now: Brisbane Broncos Community Charities Fund Grants

Brisbane Broncos Charities Fund

Closing: Ongoing applications accepted on quarterly basis.  

Brisbane Broncos Charities Fund is inviting applications from Queensland based charities to support initiatives that improve the lives of underprivileged and disadvantaged youth in Queensland. Charities that receive little or no funding from Government, or sources such as Trustees are encouraged to apply.

All applications must be made in writing with an official request from the participating charity AND the Grant Application Form. Additionally, all applicants must be endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) under Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Assessment Act 1997.

Guidelines

BBCF Meetings are held quarterly in February, May, August and November. All applications must be submitted in the last week of the month prior to be accepted. Please visit Brisbane Broncos Community Charities Fund for further information.

Applications

Applications can be downloaded from: BBCF Application Form

Please submit your completed application to: Brigid Donelly at community@broncos.com.au


Now Open: Courier-Mail Children’s Fund Grants

Courier-Mail Children’s Fund

Closing: Ongoing applications accepted

The Courier-Mail Children’s Fund was established to positively change the lives of Queensland children in need. Funding aims to support a range projects that benefit vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Queensland by providing them with a brighter future. .

Applications can be made online at any time. The Courier-Mail Children’s Fund Board meet periodically to assess applications.

In order to apply, your organisation must:

  • Be working to change the lives of Queensland children in need
  • Be a registered charity with the Australian Charity and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC)
  • Have Donor Gift Recipient (DGR) status
  • Have met all your current reporting obligations with the ACNC
  • Be of good standing

Guidelines  

CM Children's Fund - How you can apply

Applications

CM Children's Fund - Apply Now

Please visit the Courier-Mail Children’s Fund application website for further information.


Open Now: Auswide Bank Community Grants Scheme

Auswide Bank Ltd

Closing: Ongoing applications accepted

Auswide Bank provides grant funding to organisations ranging from small, unincorporated groups to large organisations. Community grants aim to support grass roots events and projects under $3,000 in Far North Queensland, Central Queensland and South East Queensland. Each request for support is assessed individually and is based on budget, the merit of the application and whether the application has met the  Auswide Community Support StrategyApplications due at least 3 months prior to any event / project. 

Guidelines & Applications

If your idea or project does not fit the application process, please call  (07) 4150 4177. Auswide welcomes new ideas and are happy to explore them.

For further information please visit : Auswide Bank Community Support Schemes. 


Open Now: Community Led Grants Program

Federal Indigenous Affairs National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA)

Closing: Ongoing Applications Accepted

The NIAA considers grant proposals that addres a need for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This program enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and service providers to seek grant funding to address emerging needs and/or opportunities that they have identified as priorities. Proposals must be developed with the community or group who will be impacted by the activity.

You can discuss an initial proposal with the NIAA at any time by contacting your local NIAA Regional Network Office, or by calling 1800 079 098.

Guidelines & Applications

The first step for potential applicants is to contact the local NIAA Regional Network Office to organise a time to discuss the proposal. You must also submit an initial proposal form that outlines the proposed activity. After you have received feedback from the NIAA on your proposal, you can submit an application for funding. The Initial Proposal Form is available at: NIAA-IPF

If you decide to apply, we will give you access to an application form and a unique code. The unique code links your proposal to the application form and is required to submit an application.

Further information on Community Led Grants Applications is available on the Community Led Proposals Fact-sheet and at the: NIAA Community Led Grants Program webpage


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

Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) Grants

Round 108 due to open mid-January 2021 and close at 11.59pm, 28 February 2021.

Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Closed: Round 107 - 31 October 2020

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) allocates grants to not-for-profit community groups and organisations to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.

Amounts of $500 to $35,000 are available to eligible community groups and organisations. Applications are prioritized in the following order, where 1 has the highest priority:

  1. Items/facilities directly affected, damaged or destroyed by a declared natural disaster in the last 2 years
  2. Equipment or facility improvements
  3. Buses, cars, caravans, boats, tractors, trailers, large mowers, motorbikes and similar items
  4. Community events, training, workshops, festivals, publications and website development
  5. Organisations that have received more than $15,000 from the GCBF over the past 2 years

Guidelines

Please carefully read the GCBF Funding Guidelines for details on eligibility, assessment criteria, and further advice on making applications. This will help you submit a valid application and understand the chances of a positive outcome.

Applications

Applications can be made through the GCBF online grants portal.

When announced, dates for opening of following rounds can be checked at: GCBF Programs Link

Please check the Community Benefit Funding Program website for opening dates of rounds during the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Round 106 closed on 31 August 2020 at 11:59pm

Round 107 closes on 31 October 2020 at 11:59pm

Round 108 due to open mid-January 2021 and close at 11.59pm, 28 February 2021.


Community Languages Multicultural Grants

Department of Home Affairs, Australian Federal Government
Stream 1 Closed- February 17 2020, 11:00pm
Stream 2 Closed- 6 March 2020, 11:00pm

The Community Languages Multicultural Grants form part of the Federal Government’s Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Program. The program provides funding to community language schools to assist with operating costs. The program aims to:

  • Support the maintenance, development and acquisition of languages other than English.
  • Connect young Australians to the languages and cultures of their community.
  • Enhance cross-cultural awareness and respect for cultural diversity.

Community Languages Grants- Stream One Funding

Includes a base payment of $1,500 plus a per capita amount based on student enrolment numbers, capped at a maximum of $30,000 per school. Applications close February 17, 2020, 11pm.

Applicants are encouraged to seek endorsement for their proposed project from either the national peak body or a state and territory peak body relating to community languages.

How to Apply

Applications can be made via the following link: https://forms.business.gov.au/smartforms/servlet/SmartForm.html?formCode=PRD00-CGHAPP18&FRID=4-D0C3IVJ&RegID=4-D1M7YCZ

Funding Guidelines

Guidelines and further details on making applications are available at the following link: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/01_2020/community-languages-multicultural-grants-stream-one-grant-opportunity-guidelines-24012020.pdf

Please visit the official grant page website for further information on planning your applications: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/community-languages-multicultural-grants-stream-on

Community Languages Grants- Stream Two Funding

Provides up to $25,000 to develop resources or training to benefit the community language sector more broadly. Applications close 6 March 2020, 11pm.

Funding Guidelines

Guidelines and further details on making applications are available at the following link: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/02_2020/community-languages-multicultural-grants-stream-two-grant-opportunity-guidelines.pdf

How to Apply

Applications can be made via the following link: Community Languages Grants App

Please visit the official grant page website for further information on planning your applications: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/community-languages-multicultural-grants-stream-two


NDIA Individual Capacity Building Program Grant

National Disability Insurance Agency

Closed: 6 May 2020 - 2:00pm AEST

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is inviting applications to deliver services under the Individual Capacity Building Program from 2020-21 to 2021-22. 

The Program is designed to ensure:

  • People with disability have the skills and confidence to participate and contribute to the community and protect their rights through an increase in:

    • skills and capacity

    • motivation, confidence and empowerment to act

    • participation and contribution to community.

  • Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) and Families Organisations (FOs) are strengthened in their capability to deliver services for people with a disability through:

    • improving the organisation’s capacity and ability to deliver the organisation’s mission and Information, Linkages and Capacity Building in the community.

How to Apply

Please carefully read the Funding Guidelines and additional documents provided under Grant Opportunity Documents section of the official Community Grants Hub web-page. 

Funding Guidelines

Easy English Funding Guidelines

Applications


Australian Communities Foundation

Each year, ACF makes hundreds of grants to support charitable organisations and projects all around the country and internationally. Funding requests are currently being accepted by email. You are welcome to submit your request on the following template: Funding Request Template and email it to: admin@communityfoundation.org.au with the subject: “Funding Request”.

To speak to the Grants Team, call (03) 9412 0412 or email: admin@communityfoundation.org.au

Currently Closed

TCC and DGR Status required


Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Program

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

The objectives of the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Program (in alignment with the Multicultural Queensland Charter) are to promote:

  • Queensland's multicultural identity
  • community participation and intercultural connections
  • increased understanding between diverse cultural groups and the wider community
  • increased engagement of general community groups in connecting and welcoming migrants and refugees into a wide range of community activities.

In 2019–20, the CMQ program will deliver two funding rounds:

  • Multicultural Events— This funding round closed 29 July 2019. The successful recipients under the 2019–20 multicultural events funding round have been announced, check on the CMQ website.
  • Multicultural Projects— This funding round closed 6 December 2019.

In 2019–20, the CMQ program will also support:

Regional Partnerships Demonstration Projects
Targeted one-off funding of $100,000 per annum over three years has been approved for Balonne, Bulloo and Paroo Shire Councils to deliver demonstration projects, with community-based delivery partners and local communities, that implement strategies that strengthen welcome and inclusion in these regional locations.

Who can apply?

Incorporated organisations operating as a not-for-profit/charitable entity, Local Government Authorities (LGAs) and P&C Associations are eligible to apply for funding and must:

  • have a registered and current Australian Business Number (ABN) that is not for a commercial entity or individual; or hold an exemption from registration; or complete a Statement by Supplier form
  • hold public liability insurance to the value of not less than $10 million, or provide evidence of plans to obtain insurance to the value of not less than $10 million to cover the proposed event or project
  • have no overdue reports, or service delivery or performance issues for funding previously or currently provided by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.

If you are not incorporated you can ask an eligible organisation that operates, or delivers services in Queensland, to auspice your project.

Amount: -One-off funding amount of up to $40,000

               -Targeted one-off funding of $100,000 per annum over three years may be available for Regional Partnership Demonstration Projects .

How to apply

Ensure you read the funding guidelines thoroughly.  

Funding Guidelines

Sample Application Form

FAQ fact Sheet

Applictions:

Applications can be made online through the Smartygrants portal: CMQ Grants App - Currently Closed

Please note, applications, including supporting documentation, will not be accepted after the closing date.


Community Conservation Grants 

Currently closed due to Covid-19 Pandemic.

Focus: The purpose of our Community Conservation Grants is to assist in the protection of Australia’s native species, habitats, landscapes and cultural heritage. FNPW Community Conservation Grants aim to fund urgent and high priority projects in the following Focus Areas:

  • Land and Water – Protection, restoration, rehabilitation and revegetation of degraded habitats to ensure their ability to sustain native species.
  • Threatened Species – Scientific research with tangible conservation outcomes and on-ground works to conserve Australia’s threatened species.
  • Cultural Heritage – Conserving and celebrating Australia’s cultural heritage as part of the gift we leave to future generations.
  • Parks for People – Improving National Park facilities for the enjoyment of all, to foster and encourage the appreciation of nature.

Amount: up to $10,000

Guidelines

Apply Now

Application opens on 1 December 2019 and closes on 31 January 2020.


Domestic and Family Violence Prevention in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Grants Program

QLD Government Department of Child Safety Youth and Women
Closed: Friday 10 April 2020, 12pm

This program aims to strengthen responses to address the impact of Domestic and Family Violence (DVP)  on Queenslanders from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Applications are invited for one-off funding of up to $5,000 to assist community groups and organisations in Queensland to undertake projects that

  • build the capability of mainstream DFV services to respond appropriately to CALD client’s needs;
  • increase the capacity of DFV services to support people, in particular women, impacted by DFV from CALD backgrounds
  • increase availability of translated resources and interpretive services
  • support community leaders to contribute to the prevention of DFV
  • support community responsiveness and working with community resources
  • establish community-led accessible, approachable and appropriate community education that addresses current barriers
  • support people impacted by violence to navigate the legal system.

Projects can involve education about any form of domestic violence such as physical, financial, emotional, psychological etc. 

Funding Guidelines

Application guidelines and further information about the DVP in CALD grants program is available from the following DVP CALD Publication

Applications

Applications can be made via the following link: DFVP CALD Smartygrants App

The Department's Community and Corporate Partnerships team is available to answer enquiries about the DFV CALD grant round on 07 3097 6442, or partnerships@csyw.qld.gov.au


Strengthening Rural Communities Program Grants

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)
Tier 1 Round 5- Closed Tuesday 24 March 2020, 5pm
Tier 2 Round 5- Closed Tuesday 4 February 2020, 5pm

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to apply for funding that can support broad community needs. This program is an evolution of the long-running Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program that FRRR ran for 34 rounds over a 16 year period.

The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and with applications being accepted all year round, communities have increased access to funds that can be used where and when a community knows it’s needed.

The Strengthening Rural Communities program has two funding tiers:

1.Small and Vital grants

Small and Vital grants are all about meeting an immediate small scale need within a community, or for giving a boost to a larger initiative.

  • The Small and Vital grants provide funds of up to $10,000.
  • Applications are accepted year round via our online application system and awarded quarterly.
  • Terms and conditions:

Round 5: Applications must be received by 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 24 March 2020 for funds awarded in mid-June 2020

Following Rounds 6 & 7 are yet to be confirmed - check official program page for updates: FRRR Strengthening Rural Communities Grants

2. Larger Leverage Grants

Through the Larger Leverage grants, small rural, regional and remote communities now have an opportunity to access funding to support more aspirational objectives, think bigger and leverage the ideas, creativity and resources of communities for bigger impacts and stronger, more connected communities.

  • The larger leverage grants provide funds between $10,000 to $25,000.
  • Community groups will be invited to apply for the larger leverage grants from August 2019

Round 5 - Currently Closed:  Opens Friday, 20 December 2019.- Expressions of Interest (EOIs) must be made by 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 4 February 2020. Invitations to submit a full application will be made to select applicants.

Following Rounds 6 & 7 are yet to be confirmed - check official program page for updates: FRRR Strengthening Rural Communities Grants

Eligibility & Funding Guidelines:

Applications from not-for-profit organisations in communities of fewer than 15,000 people are prioritised, particularly communities whose size, remoteness and relative access to services, funding, and resources present particular ongoing challenges.

Applications can be made by not-for-profit community organisations in rural, regional and remote Australia that have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status is not required for this grant program. If you are unsure if your project is eligible, please contact us on 1800 170 020 during office hours to discuss your project idea.

Applications:

Tier 1- Small & Vital Grants Round 5

FRRR will close the program for all tier applications from 25 March and reopen mid-July.


Community Heritage Grants Program 2020 Round

National Library of Australia

Closed: 4 May 2020, 5pm

The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations, such as libraries, archives, museums, multicultural and indigenous groups and genealogical and historical societies. The grants are provided to assist with preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible. These include artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.

The program supports a range of preservation activities, including:

  • significance assessments of collections
  • preservation needs assessments of collections
  • conservation activities and collection management, and
  • training workshops.

Funding Guidelines

  • Applicants should read the Guidelines before submitting an application and will need to refer to these guidelines while completing the application form.  
  • Applicants may also find it useful to read the latest Assessment Report, which contains general comments and recommendations from the CHG external assessors for previous grant round applications.
  • sample Grant Deed, which outlines your obligations if your project is funded, is also available.
  • The National Library uses the online grants management system SmartyGrants to receive CHG applications. No mailed or emailed applications/documentation will be accepted.

Applications

Applications can be made via the following link: CHG 2020 Application

Further information on the CHG program is available at the following website: https://www.nla.gov.au/content/community-heritage-grants-4 


Westpac Foundation Rural Community Grants

Westpac Foundation & Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Wednesday 13 May 2020, 5pm (AEST)

Westpac Foundation has partnered with FRRR to offer Westpac Foundation's Community Grants to rural and regional communities. These grants provide support for community organisations creating opportunities through education, training and employment. The grants offer funding of $10,000 for community-driven initiatives in regional, rural and remote Australia that enhance, develop or provide education and training opportunities for those who are most vulnerable.

Eligibility

Grants will be available to community organisations based in, or delivering programs, outside a major city (as defined by the 2016 ABS Remoteness Index) These grants are available to both DGR and non-DGR not-for-profit organisations. Preference will be given for grants initiated and delivered by local community groups and organisations that have a minimum annual revenue of $50,000 per annum, but a maximum of $5M per annum.

How to Apply

Please read the Program Guidelines and  documents below carefully. You can contact FRRR on 1800 170 020 or via email with any questions or areas of clarification:

Applications are available at the following link: FRRR Applications Portal- Westpac Foundation Community Grants


Open Now: Community Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants 2020

Federal Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Closing: 18 May 2020, 5:00 pm

The Community Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants form part of the Federal Energy Efficient Communities Program. 

The grants are provided to support community organisations across Australia to:

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • improve energy efficient practices
  • increase the uptake of energy efficient technologies

Across Australia, a maximum of 2 projects will be funded per electorate.

  • The maximum grant amount is $12,500
  • The maximum project period is 12 months

Grants may be used for one or more of the following:

  • design, supply and installation of new solar photovoltaic generator systems
  • purchase and installation of new battery systems and battery storage systems
  • purchase and installation of new solar hot water heaters or air source hot water heat pumps, to replace existing equipment
  • purchase and installation of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting equipment or energy efficient lighting controls to replace existing equipment
  • design, supply and installation of high efficiency split system air conditioning units to replace existing equipment energy audits
  • energy audits

Guidelines

Please carefully read the Grant Guidelines and Sample Grant Agreement for details on eligibility, assessment criteria, and further advice on making applications. 

Additional assistance is available from the department by phone on 13 28 46 and email and web chat by visiting Contact business.gov.au

Applications

Applications can be made through the following link: www.business.gov.au/eecsolar


Queensland Bushfires - Category C - Flexible Funding Grants, Round 1

QLD Government Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Closed: 3 June 2020, 2pm (AEST)

Funding of up to $100,000 is now available to help Queensland communities recover from the 2019 bushfires - An initiative jointly funded under the Commonwealth/State Disaster recovery Funding Arrangements.

Assistance is aimed at providing flexible grants to Queensland-based non-government organisations, research bodies, industry groups and peak bodies, community groups, and Local Governments in the 23 disaster-affected Local Government areas.

Organisations in affected regions are invited to apply for either, or both of the following small and large grant categories. Objectives of the funding are to support events, activities and programs that drive community recovery, increase awareness and build local resilience (such as those that promote connectedness, encourage support networks and social inclusion and those that enable business and service provider continuity). 

To allow for a flexible support for tailored recovery initiatives, 2 staged funding rounds will be delivered. Round 1 (this round) valued at $1.8M is now open for application, with funding rolled out from 1 August 2020.

  • Small grants: (Min. $2,500 up to $50,000)
  • Large grants: (Min. $50,001 up to $100,000)

Recipients of Central Queensland Bushfires and Far North & North Queensland Monsoon Trough grants and new applicants are encouraged to apply.

Please review following documents for further information to apply:

For additional assistance, please contact the department by email at: grantqueries@communities.qld.gov.au 


New Hope Group Community Sponsorship and Donation Program

Focus: The program actively supports advancement in education, health and welfare, and cultural and sporting initiatives. Applications will only be expected form these areas: Brisbane City Council, Isaac Regional Council, Central Highlands Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Council, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Western Downs Regional Council, and Ipswich City Council.

Amount: From $10,000 to $30,000 (including in-kind support)

Currently Closed


Transurban Community Grants 

Focus: Every six months, Transurban offer grants of up to $5000 to initiatives like school projects, youth education, road safety and environmental programs. Applications are assessed against the following:

  • benefit to communities located near our roads
  • the scale of positive impact to the broader community and environment
  • potential to help overcome obstacles for transport, mobility and community inclusion
  • potential to improve the lives of disadvantaged or underprivileged groups
  • clear description of the grant’s intended use and the expected benefits for the community
  • making a long-lasting difference to the community that may not otherwise have been possible without grant support.

Amount: $5000

Currently Closed


Strengthening Rural Communities

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to apply for funding that can support broad community needs. This program is an evolution of the long-running Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) program that FRRR ran for 34 rounds over a 16 year period.

The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and with applications being accepted all year round, communities have increased access to funds that can be used where and when a community knows it’s needed.

The Strengthening Rural Communities program has two funding tiers:

 

1.Small and Vital grants

Small and Vital grants are all about meeting an immediate small scale need within a community, or for giving a boost to a larger initiative.

  • The Small and Vital grants provide funds of up to $10,000.
  • Applications are accepted year round via our online application system and awarded quarterly.
  • Terms and conditions:

Round 4: Applications must be received by 5pm AEDT Thursday, 19 December 2019 for funds awarded in March 2020.

Round 5:  Friday, 20 December 2019.- Applications must be received by 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 24 March 2020 for funds awarded in mid-June 2020

 

2. Larger Leverage grants

Through the Larger Leverage grants, small rural, regional and remote communities now have an opportunity to access funding to support more aspirational objectives, think bigger and leverage the ideas, creativity and resources of communities for bigger impacts and stronger, more connected communities.

  • The larger leverage grants provide funds between $10,000 to $25,000.
  • Community groups will be invited to apply for the larger leverage grants from August 2019

Round 5:  Opens Friday, 20 December 2019.- Expressions of Interest (EOIs) must be made by 5pm AEDT, Tuesday 4 February 2020. Invitations to submit a full application will be made to select applicants.


ENERGEX-ERGON NEW

Community Fund

Community Fund is a grant program that provides funding to not-for-profit community groups and organisations. This funding empowers groups to make a difference in their community. We look for ideas that encourage community identity and wellbeing, support local prosperity, and are innovative, or enable access to future solutions.

Your project might support disaster recovery, diversity and inclusion, education, energy and environmental conservation, electrical safety or renewable energy projects, or provide essential equipment or facilities to the local community.

Eligible groups include:

  • Community groups
  • Local government or other government entities
  • Educational institutions
  • Charities
  • Sporting clubs
  • Industry associations
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisations

How to apply

If your project will take place in Energex’s South East Queensland network area – that’s from the state’s border north to Gympie, and west to the base of the Great Dividing Range – please apply to Energex. For all other Queensland locations, please apply to Ergon.

Application Forms:

  • Energex Community fund application form here
  • Ergon Community Funding Application here

Amount: from $200 up to $5,000,

If you have any enquiries about the fund, application requirements, or need help with applying, please contact:

Currently closed.


The Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program Grant

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Closed 22 April 2020, 11:30pm

The Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program provides funding to support the immediate survival and long-term recovery and resilience for fire-affected Australian animals, plants, ecological communities and other natural assets and their cultural values for Indigenous Australians.

There is up to $12 million available for grants under the Program, with grants of between $100,000 and $1 million being offered. The program will be delivered over two or more tranches.

Contracting and initial payments for grants approved through Tranche 1 is expected to by completed by 30 June 2020. Grant activities should also be completed by 30 June 2021.

Guidelines

Tranche 1 priorities and guidelines are available through the Grant Opportunity Documents Portal at: GO-3818

Applications

Further instructions for application and submission can be accessed at: Wildlife Habitat Bushfire Recovery Grant Application


Thriving Cohesive Communities Grants – Tranche 2

QLD Government Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors
Stream 1 and Stream 3 Closing - 2 pm 28 February 2020
Stream 2 Closing - 2pm  14 February 2020

Thriving Cohesive Communities Grants form part of the Queensland Government’s social cohesion program. The program is designed to build cohesive and resilient Queensland communities and foster a strong sense of belonging for all Queenslanders.

Applications are now open under Tranche 2 for community projects  that enable people from all backgrounds, ages and abilities to be included and actively contribute to their local community. Successful projects will run for up to 16 months duration (March 2020 – June 2021). 

Non-recurrent grant funding of nearly $2 million (exc. GST) is available under three streams in Tranche 2.

A previous round of the Thriving Cohesive Communities Grants (Tranche 1) closed on 25 November 2019, and applications are currently being assessed.

How to Apply

Applications are made online through SmartyGrants. If you are new to SmartyGrants you will need to register before you can apply. Refer to the SmartyGrants – Help Guide for Applicants for information on registering and completing your application form.

If you are having technical problems with your SmartyGrants user account or accessing your application, please contact SmartyGrants. The SmartyGrants support desk hours are 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

Phone: (03) 9320 6888
Email: service@smartygrants.com.au

Details for each funding stream of Tranche 2 are provided below:

STREAM 1 - Community-Led Social Cohesion Planning and Action

Funding is provided for projects that assist people in positions of influence with young people to positively engage with them on topics of diversity, inclusion and social cohesion (for example, educators, faith and cultural communities, sporting and interest clubs).

Non-recurrent funding up to $70,000(exc. GST) is available for projects up to 16 months in duration.

Closing date 28 February 2020.

For more information about this funding stream, your eligibility, and how to apply, please see the Funding Information Paper and additional information below.

Submission information

STREAM 3 - Engaging Young People to Become Global Citizens

Funding is provided for projects that assist people in positions of influence with young people to positively engage with them on topics of diversity, inclusion and social cohesion (for example, educators, faith and cultural communities, sporting and interest clubs).

Closing date 28 February 2020.

For more information about this funding stream, your eligibility, and how to apply, please see the Funding Information Paper and additional information below.

Submission information

STREAM 2 - Pathways to Economic Inclusion

Funding for projects that resource established social enterprises to engage vulnerable young people and family members in the community.

Non-recurrent funding up to $120,000(exc. GST) is available for projects up to 16months in duration.

Closing 2pm 14 February 2020.

For more information about this funding stream, your eligibility, and how to apply, please see the Funding Information Paper and additional information below.

Submission information


Open Now: Brisbane Lord Mayor's Community Fund 

Brisbane City Council

Closed: Friday 12 June 2020, 12pm 

Brisbane City Council's Lord Mayor's Community Fund provides funding for projects that build stronger communities in Brisbane. Eligible projects include those that contribute to the Brisbane Vision by helping to develop communities that are:

  • friendly and safe
  • active and healthy
  • clean and green, or
  • vibrant and creative

Each Council ward is allocated $75,000 for community projects undertaken within that ward. Community organisations can apply for funding for local projects. Councillors can also apply to support community events, activities and capital projects. 

Each organisation may apply for a minimum grant of $250 (goods and services tax - GST - exclusive) and a maximum of $10 000 (GST exclusive). Examples of acceptable projects include:

  • equipment hired for a community event;
  • community facility improvements and equipment;
  • funding towards community sporting organisations equipment and activities within a ward and 
  • community events (such as Australia Day ceremonies, fetes, fundraisers and festivals)

Guidelines

Before applying, please carefully read the:

How to Apply

To complete the online application, determine which Council ward your project will take place in. Visit the Electoral Commission Queensland website and select the appropriate ward from the list of Council wards open for funding. A list of Council wards still open for funding and additional information is also available on city council website at: Brisbane City Council's Lord Mayor's Community Fund 

For further assistance please phone the Council on 07 3403 8888 to speak with the Grants Unit.


Supporting Stronger Communities (SSC) Grant Program - Round 4

Sidney Myer Fund and the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA)

Closed: 18 June 2020, 3pm (AEST)

The Supporting Stronger Communities (SSC) grant program gives Neighbourhood and Community Houses and Centres the opportunity to access funds to target poverty and disadvantage in their local communities. The current round of funding is aimed at towns or cities with a population of more than 15,000 people. Funding of up to $10,000 is available for projects that seek to address poverty or disadvantage within their local communities. All projects undertaken through this grant program need to be completed within 12 months of commencement.

Guidelines

For more information about this grant program, including applicant guidelines, explanation about the metropolitan boundaries and eligibility of partnerships with community organisations, please go to http://www.anhca.asn.au/grants

Applications

Further queries about the guidelines, deadlines and application questions can be directed to Emily Harnett, ANHCA Grant Officer on 03 9602 1228 or 0428 964 817 during business hours or email: emily@anhca.org and quote your application number.


Be Connected – Activation Grants Program

The Good Things Foundation, supported by the Australian Government                          

Closed: 26 June 2020

Activation grants are one-off grants awarded to new organisations joining the Be Connected Network.

The Activation grant is designed to get you started in the Be Connected Network. To receive funding, partners are expected to register the minimum number of learners as per grant terms on the Be Connected Learning Portal, or through CaptureIT.

Funding can be used to cover anything that assists you to support older Australians to gain digital skills, including new devices, broadband fees, or expenses for digital mentors and volunteers.

Activation grants are assessed and funding awarded on a monthly basis.

Guidelines & Applications

Please visit Be Connected Network Activation Grants for further information and related documents, including guidelines, applications and additional eligibility criteria.


Sunsuper ‘Dreams for a Better World’ Community Grants Program

SunSuper Pty Ltd

Closed: 26 June 2020

Sunsuper’s Community Grants deliver assistance to not-for-profit organisations, charities and community groups to create brighter futures for others, build stronger, more active communities and support Australians to live better. Applications are open for funding in the following categories:

Better Living: It may be a community project to help rebuild after a natural disaster, create more affordable housing or help our ageing population or newcomers to Australia. Or your dream may help kids and families in need or simply create a better environment for a more sustainable world.

Brighter Futures: Funding for education initiatives or to create jobs for those in need, or improve financial wellbeing and affordability for Australians, as well as dreams that enhance employment opportunities, or offer training and support to those who need a helping hand to get into or back to work.

Active Community: Sports grants to help people of all ages and abilities be more active, or to improve the health and fitness of those in your community, as well as health initiatives, wellbeing programs or tackling medical issues faced by the wider community.

Three entries from each  category are selected to present their dream to a panel of judges.

The panel of judges assess shortlisted entries against criteria and award the category winner a $10,000 grant.

The nine shortlisted entries across the three categories will take part in the annual People’s Choice online vote.

The shortlisted entry with the most People’s Choice votes will receive a $10,000 grant.

The eight runner-up shortlisted entries will receive a share of $20,000 to help kick-start their dream.

Please visit the Sunsuper ‘Dreams for a Better World'  Community Grants Program page to access submission questions, eligibility requirements and the Community Grants application form.  


The Charity of Free Masons Queensland

Closed: 30 June 2020

Hand Heart Pocket’s primary focus for the next three years is to help improve outcomes for youth at risk. The majority of the Significant and Flagship funding is committed towards initiatives that provide a holistic and strength-based approach that is backed by evidence. Funding aims to support projects that engage at risk youth to develop sustainable hope for their futures and enable them to:

  • Find a stable home;
  • Build a support network;
  • Contribute to the community;
  • Seek help when needed;
  • Gain an education and skills for the future;
  • Find stable paid or volunteer work.

Grants are provided through two rounds per year to registered charitable organisations, or businesses that trade to tackle social problems in either Queensland, or Papua New Guinea. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate their programs and initiatives can assist Hand Heart Pocket to make progress against its ‘Theory of Change’ to improve outcomes for youth at risk, or are in support of Hand Heart Pocket’s current strategy

Hand Heart Pocket’s Program also incorporates a smaller portion of grant funding for initiatives that support the following:

  • Men’s mental and physical health
  • Women’s financial and physical security
  • Ageing population

Please visit the Hand-Heart Pocket’s Significant and Flagship Grants page for further information.

Guidelines

Review Hand-Heart Pocket's Grant-Making approach: Guidelines for a Significant and Flagship Grants.

Applications

Download an Application Form and submit your application, detailed proposal and supporting documentation to info@handheartpocket.org.au between 1 June 2020 and 30 June 2020.


NIB Foundation Health Smart Grants

NIB Foundation

Closed: 30 June 2020

NIB Foundation Health Smart Grants support registered Australian charities that specialise in health promotion and primary prevention, and have a track record of empowering people to be Health Smart in their day-to-day lives. Preference will be given to initiatives that are inclusive and relevant for youth and young adult audiences.  Successful applications will be for projects that draw on a strong evidence base to build health literacy, helping people to access, understand and use health information to positively impact their health and well-being .

A total of $320,000 will be distributed to six successful grant recipients who will each receive $40,000 in grant funding. A ‘People’s Vote’ will also be held during the grant period, where two of the six grantees will receive an additional $40,000 in funding. Winners of the ‘People’s Vote’ are selected by nib members and the wider public. To support nib Foundation’s intention of building strong and meaningful partnerships, the duration of the grant is flexible.

To be eligible, organisations must be:

  • Endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 by the ATO, and;
  • Endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC) by the ATO (or be a tax exempt entity)

The grants’ priority prevention areas target modifiable risk factors that have the potential to prevent ill health including:

  • Healthy habits – reducing smoking and harmful drinking, gambling, gaming, or screen-time
  • Well-being – maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle through physical activity and healthy diet
  • Mental health – raising awareness and promoting the value of self-care, healthy relationships, peer support and social connections
  • Sleep – promoting the importance of sleep as a protective health factor and helping people establish good sleep habits
  • Maintaining health – preemptively managing prevalent health conditions and risks

And, they encourage initiatives that satisfy one or more of the following:

  • Facilitate access to quality, reliable, current and targeted health information
  • Are informed by evidence to achieve health promoting behaviour change
  • Utilise effective and emerging digital health promotion techniques
  • Translate new evidence into practice in a way that is practical and sustainable
  • Operate within a strengths-based philosophy to empower and encourage good health
  • Improve the environment, culture, awareness or attitude surrounding a risk factor or health condition

Guidelines 

To apply, please download the Health Smart Grant Guidelines and complete an EOI Form

Applications

Further instructions and forms to apply are available from: www.nib.com.au/foundation/apply 

For further information please visit: NIB Foundation Health Smart Grants


Australia Post Community Grants

Australia Post

Closing: 17 July 2020

Not-for-profit community organisations are encouraged to apply for a 2020 Australia Post Community Grant, with funding of up to $10,000 available to each recipient. This year the initiative reflects Australia Post’s commitment and focus on mental health, with an emphasis on supporting projects that improve connection and mental well-being in local communities.

Australia Post invites applications for projects that:

  • Support mental health awareness and early intervention to help people understand more about how to stay mentally well
  • Increase opportunity for individuals to participate and connect within their communities
  • Strengthen connections to mental health support services

Guidelines

Grant Guidelines

Australia Post Community Grants FAQ's

Please direct any application queries to grants@auspost.com.au, or 1300 765 772.

Applications 

Australia Post 2020 Community Grants- Apply Now

Australia Post Community Grants Application Readiness Guide


QMHW Community Grants Program

Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH)

Closed: 24 July 2020

The Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) on behalf of the Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC) is offering small grants to organisations to host registered Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) community awareness events and activities. The total value of the grant program is $95,000. Funding is designed to support events or activities for QLD Mental Heath Week (10-18 October) that:

  • Increase community awareness of, and engagement in, mental health and well-being
  • Promote education and understanding of mental illness
  • Foster inclusion of those living with mental illness, their families, carers, and support people

Applicants are encouraged to partner with mental health and other local organisations, as well as local councils to maximise the reach and impact of their QMHW event/activities.

Guidelines

Further recommendations and instructions to apply are available at QLD Mental Health Week Grant Guidelines.

For further information about the grants please contact QAMH on 07 3252 9411, or email: admin@qamh.org.au

Applications 

To apply please visit QLD Mental Health Week Grants Applications 


Future2 Make the Difference! Grants Program

Financial Planning Association of Australia

Closed: 20 July 2020

Future2 is the charitable foundation of the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA). Their mission is to make a lasting difference in the lives of young Australians who need it most.

Applicants must identify and make contact with an FPA member who is willing to endorse their grant application.

The Future2 Foundation offers one year funding of up to AUD $10,000 to community organisations that work to improve the lives of young Australians who are socially, financially or physically disadvantaged.

Applications are invited from charities and not-for-profits with programs that address the needs of disadvantaged youth aged between 12 and 25. They can focus on any of the following areas:

  • Education, including skills training and leadership development
  • Engagement, including mentoring and juvenile justice programs
  • Employment, including work experience and job readiness training
  • Wellbeing, including remedial programs for drug and alcohol dependence
  • Independent living and social inclusion.

Guidelines

More information on grant judgement criteria is available at Future2! Grant Criteria 2020.

Additional eligibility details and requirements can be accessed at the:  Future 2! Terms & Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you have further questions please call 02 9220 4500 or email info@future2foundation.com.au.

Applications

Instructions for application are available at: How to Apply. All applications must be completed online through the online portal. 

Please create an account to commence your application.

If you require technical assistance, please contact eAwards on 1300 959 555 or email info@eawards.com.au.


QLD Community Road Safety Grants

Queensland Government

Closed:  31 July 2020, 5pm.

The Community Road Safety Grants (CRSG) Program is designed to support Queensland communities with the development and delivery of effective road safety education and awareness initiatives.

CRSG funding provides an opportunity for community organisations to produce local road safety initiatives that generate positive changes in behaviours and attitudes towards road safety.

Please consult the documents provided below for guidance and resources to apply. Planning is an essential part of your application’s success. Once you are familiar with the funding guidelines, register using the Community Road Safety Grants Online Portal to complete your application.

Further queries can be directed to the Community Road Safety Grants team by telephone: 1300 186 159, or Email: roadsafetygrants@tmr.qld.gov.au

CRSG Forms and Resources


Bennelong Foundation Grants

Bennelong Foundation

Closed: EOI closed 31 July 2020

The Bennelong Foundation supports organisations and projects in the areas of education, training and employment and community health and well-being. The foundation targets grant funding towards the following communities:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders,
  • People with a refugee background, newly arrived migrants and culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Groups experiencing socio-economic disadvantage.

For this round funding priority will be given to projects that directly address recovery from impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This could include projects that focus on building sustainable employment, or alleviating educational gaps for disadvantaged communities. Funding of up to $30 000 is available for organisations that carry Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. Expressions of interest (EOI) close 5:00pm 31 July 2020. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to submit a formal application up to 11 September 2020.

Guidelines

Please consult the following documents before submitting an EOI and subsequent Application:

Funding Areas

Key Criteria

Tips, Sample Forms & Documents

Important Dates

Applications

two-step process has been initiated for the Bennelong Foundation's bi-annual open granting rounds.  Step 1 is a submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI). Step 2 is an invited application for shortlisted submissions. The Foundation is only able to accept applications from organisations which carry Deductible Gift Recipient Status from the Australian Taxation Office.


Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants Program

Youngcare QLD

Closed: June 24 2020

Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants (AHCG) provide funding for equipment, home modifications and essential support/respite that is unable to be funded through other means (eg. NDIS). This funding aims to improve the quality of life for people with high physical care needs and assist them to remain living in their own home with loved ones.

The grants offer one-off funding of up to $10,000 to help those aged 16-65 with high physical care needs who are both living at home and at risk of entering inappropriate housing.

Top tip: If you are unsure about whether you can apply or not, please contact the Youngcare Connect team.

Guidelines

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact Youngcare on 1800 844 727 during business hours, or email youngcareconnect@youngcare.com.au and quote your submission number.

Applications

Youngcare's online grant application service uses the SmartyGrants platform. Please refer to the  Help Guide for Applicants or Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for further information on completing the application form. 


Queensland Government – Indigenous Languages Grants 2020

Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Closed: 6 October 2020

To commemorate 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the Queensland Government launched the Inaugural Indigenous Languages Grants to highlight the importance of preserving and maintaining Australia’s First Nations languages. At the same time, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders worked in partnership with the Queensland Government to ensure that Aboriginal languages and Torres Strait Islander languages in Queensland are strong, acknowledged, maintained and accessible to all Queenslanders.

Indigenous Languages Grants of up to $25,000 are now available for 2020 to eligible Queenslanders to support activities that help preserve and maintain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Guidelines 

To assist with your application for an Indigenous Languages Grant, please read the following documents:

Applications

Please direct further questions by phone: (07) 3003 6394, or email to: ilg@datsip.qld.gov.au


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 fund@fya.org.au.


Brisbane City Council – Seniors Celebration Donation

Brisbane City Council

Closed: 12 October 2020

The Seniors Celebration Donation helps senior citizens’ groups to cover the cost of activities such as social outings and Christmas parties. Funding amounts of $100 to $300 are available. 

Invitations are open to the following entities:

  • club or group providing activities for seniors that is not funded by other sources
  • seniors’ group that is part of other organisations.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in November 2020.

Guidelines and Applications

More information, criteria and instructions for application are available on the Grant guidelines

Further questions can be directed by phone to the Council on 07 3403 8888. Please ask to speak to the Grants Unit.


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.

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 arielle@groundswellgiving.org with any questions.

Applications

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


Movember Social Connections Challenge

Movember Foundation

Closed: 15 October 2020, 5pm AEST

With the impacts of COVID-19, Movember aims to further improve men’s mental health by launching the Social Connections Challenge. For the Challenge, Movember is looking for digital/technology-based solutions that are used to maintain men’s social connections and manage their isolation, while needing to be physically apart. The project seeks to address the mental health risks of vulnerable men by exploring innovative solutions that can potentially be scaled for long-term impact.

Where possible, Movember would look to invest in longer-term collaboration and co-development of ideas to build evidence of effective interventions.

Priority groups:

  • Older men who live alone
  • Men who have experienced recent relationship breakdown/family separation
  • Men undergoing treatment for prostate/testicular cancer who are experiencing social isolation
  • Bereaved men experiencing loss and managing grief while socially isolated
  • Men living with a mental health challenge who are at risk of substance misuse due to social isolation or who are in recovery
  • Young men affected by education interruption or unemployment due to the economic downturn
  • Men from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds who are unemployed and/or socially isolated

The goals for the Challenge are to:

  • Identify digital/technology-based solutions that work across different groups of men to increase their social connections
  • Demonstrate that increased social connections improve men’s mental health in building resilience post-COVID
  • Share and promote knowledge of potential solutions through digital and technological platforms
  • Strengthen existing relationships/networks particularly during times of social distancing

There will be two stages of the Challenge: the first stage is the cultivation of innovative ideas (ideation) that can be shared; the second stage is the investment in the co-development of a select number of the ideas that have potential for further development and scaling.

Guidelines

Click here for all the exciting details and full Social Connections Challenge Criteria.

Applications

Applications can be made through Movember's Online Portal.

Please visit the Social Connections Challenge website for further information. 


Deafness Foundation 2021 Grants

The Deafness Foundation

Closed: 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:  management@deafness.org.au ; 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 grants@deafness.org.au

Applications

Application Forms are available from: Deafness 2021 Grants Application Forms


The Gulf Area Social Development Trust Grants

Queensland Community Foundation 

Closed: 9 November 2020

The Gulf Area Community Social Development Trust is a QCF sub-fund established by the Queensland Government.

Grants from the fund promote the interests and welfare of residents of the Gulf Area Community by supporting  programs and initiatives that encourage educational, health, cultural and social development. Projects must service the communities of Burke Shire Council, Carpentaria Shire Council, Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council and Mornington Shire Council.

Grants up to a maximum of $30,000 may be applied for. 

Guidelines

Applications open only to charitable organisations that have Deductible Gift Recipient Item 1 (DGR1) status from the Australian Taxation Office. To confirm your DGR 1 status, enter your ABN at the Australian Business Register (ABR) ABN search tool

Organisations that do not have DGR status, but would like to apply for funding, are encouraged to collaborate with a funding partner that holds the relevant DGR status.

Applications

Applications can be downloaded from : Gulf-Trust-Application-Form-2020-2021

For more information please contact Kate Kyle, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, on 04796 7892 email kate.kyle@datsip.qld.gov.au.


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. 


Creativity Australia With One Voice Choir Grants

Creativity Australia 

Closed: 20 November 2020

Creativity Australia is offering grants of up to $10,000 to people or groups that wish to start a With One Voice choir in their community. Applications are open to community-based groups/organisations with an interest in building healthier, happier, more inclusive communities that nurture connections between people.

The With One Voice movement is about strengthening communities and inspiring individuals to find their voice. The movement is more than just singing with your local community choir. It is an opportunity to create real connections between the people in your community. It’s about building bridges between those who are experiencing disadvantage and those more fortunate, and creating opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds and situations to learn from one another and help each other.

Interested parties are asked to submit an Expression of Interest application as a first step towards consideration.

Guidelines

Please ensure you have read the following information before beginning an application: Information-Kit-for-starting-a-With-One-Voice-program.

Those interested are also required to  speak to one of Creativity Australia’s staff about your application before starting to ensure eligibility, suitability and that you can submit the best application possible. Please call the office on 03 8679 6088 to speak with a team member.

Applications

Please visit With One Voice Start-Up EXPRESSION OF INTEREST to begin your application. 

Further information can be found on Creativity Australia's With One Voice Choir website. 


 


Open Now: Employment Assistant Fund- Funding for Workers with a Disability

Federal Department of Education, Skills & Employment

The Employment Assistant Fund (EAF) provides financial assistance to eligible people with disability, mental health conditions and their employers to buy work related modifications, equipment, Auslan services and workplace assistance and support services. The EAF is available to eligible people with disability that are about to start a job, self-employed, or those who are currently working. It is also available to people with disability who need Auslan assistance or special work equipment to look for and prepare for a job.

The EAF could help to buy work related modifications and services like:

  • the cost of making adjustments to your physical workplace
  • modifications to work vehicles
  • special equipment for the workplace*
  • information and communication devices*
  • Auslan interpreting services
  • specialist services for employees with specific learning disorders and mental health conditions
  • disability awareness training for the workplace (including deafness awareness)
  • mental health awareness and first aid training.

The EAF also provides free workplace assessments to help work out what modifications or equipment will best meet your needs. This is called a Workplace Modification Assessment. You usually need to have an assessment when applying for EAF if the assistance being purchased is over $1,000. 

Eligibility and Applications

Please read the  EAF Guidelines for further information about the application process, eligibility, and the type of modifications and equipment that are funded. Alternatively, you can contact a JobAccess Adviser on 1800 464 800 to help you with applying for EAF assistance.

If you are a person with disability that meets EAF eligibility you can submit an EAF application with JobAccess Secure. If you need help to submit an application you can also:

  • ask a friend, relative or advocate to help you with your application
  • work with your employer to submit an application
  • ask your DES, jobactive or Community Development Program provider to help you submit an online enquiry to JobAccess, or call JobAccess on 1800 464 800 and get a JobAccess Adviser to help you to submit an application.

Now Open: Arts Sector Career Development Grants – Individuals & Groups 

Australia Council for the Arts

Closing: Round 4 - Tuesday 2 March 2021 for projects starting after 1 June 2021. (Close at 3:00pm AEDT). 

Please note- Funding and dates for current rounds are under review due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. For further information please contact the  Australia Council Artists Services team at: enquiries@australiacouncil.gov.au, or (toll free) 1800 226 912.

Focus: Career Development Grants aim to assist individual artists, arts workers or groups of artists by providing support to further develop skills or improve capacity to build an enduring career in the arts. These grants can support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Amount: $5,000 to $25,000

Guidelines

To apply you must be registered in the application management system a minimum of two business days prior to the closing date.

Your project must take into account the latest advice regarding COVID-19.

Applications

For further assistance and advice from the Australia Council for the Arts, please contact 02 9215 9000,  1800 226 912 (toll-free), or enquiries@australiacouncil.gov.au 

Program Closing Dates:
(1) Tuesday 4 February for projects starting after 1 May 2020 (Close at 11:59pm AEST).
(2) Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020 (Close at 11:59pm AEST).
(3) Tuesday 6 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021 (Close at 11.59pm AEDT).

(4) Tuesday 2 March 2021 for projects starting after 1 June 2021. (Close at 3:00pm AEDT). 


Open Now: Regional Employment Trials

Federal Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Closing: Ongoing Applications Accepted

Focus: Provides local stakeholders in selected regions (including businesses, not-for-profits and local government agencies) with grants to trial local approaches to delivering employment related projects. The objectives of the program are to deliver:

  • strong connections between regional stakeholders, including employment services providers
  • employment initiatives that meet local needs
  • improved awareness of local labour markets
  • the potential for improved regional employment outcomes

Your project must demonstrate that it:

  • provides opportunities and assistance to help unemployed people prepare for and find work
  • has at least $10,000 in eligible expenditure
  • You must complete your project before 30 June 2020.

Amount: From $7,500 to $200,000

Guidelines

Details for eligibility criteria, application guidelines, key documents and further information are available at: https://www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Regional-Employment-Trials

Apply Now

Application forms for current rounds can be accessed at: Application Portal Link


Open Now: Tailored Assistance Indigenous Employment Grants (TAEG)

National Indigenous Australians Agency, Federal Government

Closing: Ongoing Applications Accepted

Tailored Assistance Employment Grants (TAEG) connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with real and sustainable jobs. There are three streams of funding:

  • Employment – support for job seekers to address barriers to recruitment and improve retention in the workplace, and support for employers to engage and retain job seekers into ongoing jobs, including    post-placement support
  • School-based traineeships – support for secondary students to gain work experience and prepare for post-school transition into further study or employment
  • Cadetships– support for university students to receive paid work-placement opportunities during the course of their study

Activities should deliver outcomes that will:

  • increase employment and retention rates
  • increase work-readiness
  • increase the successful transition of secondary and tertiary students into ongoing employment
  • lead to certified and transferrable qualifications.

Applicants must demonstrate that funding will deliver employment outcomes (jobs), and must identify the demand for the jobs in the organisation, region and/or industry.

Payments will be based on the achievement of individual milestones for job seekers. The amount paid for milestones will be negotiated with the NIAA Regional Office, detailed in the Employment Grant Schedule and weighted to the achievement of 13 and 26 weeks in employment.

Guidelines

Please refer to the 'How Do I Apply' section at following link for specific TAEG application guidelines, key documents and further resources for making applications: TAEG's

Applications

Applications can be made via the Proposal Form and Application Kit found at the official TAEG's website


Open Now: Travel and Accommodation Subsidies

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Closing: Ongoing Applications Accepted

The Department of Education and Training provides financial assistance to subsidize additional costs incurred by apprentices and trainees  to eligible apprentices and trainees, who are required to travel at least 100kms return to attend off-the-job training for their apprenticeship or traineeship.

Amount: undisclosed

Guidelines

  • The apprenticeship or traineeship must be registered in Queensland.
  • The apprentice or trainee must travel at least 100kms return (by direct route), to their training organisation, from their usual place of residence. The apprentice or trainee's usual place of residence may not be a home address if they usually live away from home to attend work (e.g. living in a mining camp for work purposes).
  • The apprentice or trainee must attend their closest training organisation able to deliver training in the relevant qualification.
  • Claims must be submitted to the department within 6 months from the completion of the training block or attendance period being claimed for. Claims submitted more than 6 months after the last training day will only be paid in exceptional circumstances and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Please view the Travel and Accommodation Allowance: Policy Statement and Guidelines for further details on assessment criteria, travel subsidy rates, special provisions for additional financial assistance and advance claims.

Applications

Applications for apprentices/trainees (that are NOT SCHOOL-BASED) can be made through the Government's online  Claim Wizard

SCHOOL-BASED apprentices/trainees travel and accommodation application forms are available from your school or the Education Queensland website. You cannot lodge a claim through the same site.

 


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

Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program - Community Organisations

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Closing: Round 1 - Closed 30 April 2020. 

               Round 2 - Closed 8 October 2020.

Funding is available to provide direct assistance to those Queenslanders that need support to gain the qualifications and skills needed to enter and stay in the workforce.

Community-based not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to start projects in local communities across Queensland. Local councils and school Parents and Citizens' and Parents and Friends' associations are also able to apply for funding under some programs.

There are two regular funding rounds each financial year, taking applications for five of the initiative's seven programs:

Funding rounds for Community Organisations 2020-21:

Round 1- open until 5pm (AEST) Thursday 30 April 2020

Round 2- Currently being finalized

Further application information, including program guidelines and fact sheets, is available from: https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/community-orgs/funded/sqw


NDIS Jobs and Market Fund grants 

Focus: The objective of the Jobs and Market Fund (JMF) is to support growth of the NDIS market and workforce in capacity and capability to meet the needs of NDIS participants. Outcomes of the JMF must contribute to the growth of an effective disability services market and workforce comprising the following ultimate outcomes:

  • Participants exercise choice and control.
  • Participants receive reasonable and necessary supports where and when they need them.
  • NDIS providers are delivering supports and services efficiently and sustainably.
  • NDIS providers are able to access the workforce needed to meet participant demand.

Amount: $10,000 to $10,000,000

Guidelines

Apply Now

Closed 17 January. Check website for updates of further funding rounds.


Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) Grants

Round 108 due to open mid-January 2021 and close at 11.59pm, 28 February 2021.

Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Closed: Round 107 - 31 October 2020

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) allocates grants to not-for-profit community groups and organisations to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.

Amounts of $500 to $35,000 are available to eligible community groups and organisations. Applications are prioritized in the following order, where 1 has the highest priority:

  1. Items/facilities directly affected, damaged or destroyed by a declared natural disaster in the last 2 years
  2. Equipment or facility improvements
  3. Buses, cars, caravans, boats, tractors, trailers, large mowers, motorbikes and similar items
  4. Community events, training, workshops, festivals, publications and website development
  5. Organisations that have received more than $15,000 from the GCBF over the past 2 years

Guidelines

Please carefully read the GCBF Funding Guidelines for details on eligibility, assessment criteria, and further advice on making applications. This will help you submit a valid application and understand the chances of a positive outcome.

Applications

Applications can be made through the GCBF online grants portal.

When announced, dates for opening of following rounds can be checked at: GCBF Programs Link

Please check the Community Benefit Funding Program website for opening dates of rounds during the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Round 106 closed on 31 August 2020 at 11:59pm

Round 107 closes on 31 October 2020 at 11:59pm

Round 108 due to open mid-January 2021 and close at 11.59pm, 28 February 2021.


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

Community Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants 2020

Federal Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Closed: 18 May 2020, 5:00 pm

The Community Energy Efficiency and Solar Grants form part of the Federal Energy Efficient Communities Program. 

The grants are provided to support community organisations across Australia to:

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • improve energy efficient practices
  • increase the uptake of energy efficient technologies

Across Australia, a maximum of 2 projects will be funded per electorate.

  • The maximum grant amount is $12,500
  • The maximum project period is 12 months

Grants may be used for one or more of the following:

  • design, supply and installation of new solar photovoltaic generator systems
  • purchase and installation of new battery systems and battery storage systems
  • purchase and installation of new solar hot water heaters or air source hot water heat pumps, to replace existing equipment
  • purchase and installation of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting equipment or energy efficient lighting controls to replace existing equipment
  • design, supply and installation of high efficiency split system air conditioning units to replace existing equipment energy audits
  • energy audits

Guidelines

Please carefully read the Grant Guidelines and Sample Grant Agreement for details on eligibility, assessment criteria, and further advice on making applications. 

Additional assistance is available from the department by phone on 13 28 46 and email and web chat by visiting Contact business.gov.au

Applications

Applications can be made through the following link: www.business.gov.au/eecsolar


Brisbane Lord Mayor's Community Fund

Brisbane City Council

Closed: Friday 12 June 2020, 12pm (AEST)

Brisbane City Council's Lord Mayor's Community Fund provides funding for projects that build stronger communities in Brisbane. Eligible projects include those that contribute to the Brisbane Vision by helping to develop communities that are:

  • friendly and safe
  • active and healthy
  • clean and green, or
  • vibrant and creative

Each Council ward is allocated $75,000 for community projects undertaken within that ward. Community organisations can apply for funding for local projects. Councillors can also apply to support community events, activities and capital projects. 

Each organisation may apply for a minimum grant of $250 (goods and services tax (GST) exclusive) and a maximum of $10 000 (GST exclusive). Examples of acceptable projects include:

  • equipment hired for a community event;
  • community facility improvements and equipment;
  • funding towards community sporting organisations equipment and activities within a ward and 
  • community events (such as Australia Day ceremonies, fetes, fundraisers and festivals)

Guidelines

Before applying, please carefully read the:

How to apply

To complete the online application, determine which Council ward your project will take place in. Visit the Electoral Commission Queensland website and select the appropriate ward from the list of Council wards open for funding. A list of Council wards still open for funding and additional information is also available on the official grant website at: Brisbane City Council's Lord Mayor's Community Fund 

For further assistance please phone the Council on 07 3403 8888 to speak with the Grants Unit.

 


Currently Closed. Further rounds are expected to open at a later date:

Queensland Destination Events Program  QDEP 

QLD Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development

Closed: 7 October 2020

The QDEP offers two funding options for regional events:

  • Destination event funding – single year funding for developing events seeking growth ($10,000 - $25,000 per year)
  • Significant event funding – single year or up to three years of funding for events that can demonstrate a strong track record of growth or growth potential ($25,000 - $100,000 per year)

Purpose

The Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP), formerly the Regional Development Program, seeks to leverage the crucial link between events and the destinations in which they are staged, extending the flow of the economic, marketing and social benefits of events throughout metropolitan and regional Queensland.

Aims and objectives of the program

  • Generate local economic activity and development in the host destination
  • Attract external visitation to the destination
  • Drive social and community outcomes for the host destination, noting the important link between community outcomes and economic benefits
  • Enhance the profile and appeal of the host destination. 

The QDEP website details the process for events to submit an expression of interest for Significant event funding. Please note, Significant funding applications will only be accepted following invitation by TEQ.

Application & Funding Guidelines:

Funding Guideline

Help Guide for Applicants

Significant event funding Expression of Interest form

Apply

For enquiries Contact: (07) 3535 3535 or via email at events@queensland.com

Funding Round 15 opens 1 Nov 2019 and closes 5 Feb 2020 – Eligible Event dates September 2020 - September 2021;
Funding Round 16 opens March 2020 and closes June 2020 - Eligible Event dates January 2021 - January 2022;
Funding Round 17 opens July 2020 and closes October 2020 - Eligible Event dates May 2021 - May 2022­;


 


Courier-Mail Children’s Fund Grants

Courier-Mail Children’s Fund

Closing: Ongoing applications accepted.

The Courier-Mail Children’s Fund was established to positively change the lives of Queensland children in need. Funding aims to support a range projects that benefit vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Queensland by providing them with a brighter future. .

Applications can be made online at any time. The Courier-Mail Children’s Fund Board meet periodically to assess applications.

In order to apply, your organisation must:

  • Be working to change the lives of Queensland children in need
  • Be a registered charity with the Australian Charity and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC)
  • Have Donor Gift Recipient (DGR) status
  • Have met all your current reporting obligations with the ACNC
  • Be of good standing

Guidelines  

CM Children's Fund - How you can apply

Applications

CM Children's Fund - Apply Now

Please visit the Courier-Mail Children’s Fund application website for further information.


Inclusive Kids Community Grants

Focus: The Inclusive Kids Community Grants Fund aims to assist children who are disadvantaged, by providing small grants to assist with their day to day care or to purchase items that will create better inclusion in community life for these children. This Grants Fund is open to individuals aged 0 – 18 years who live in one of the various areas in which the Grants Fund operates (for details of these areas, click here).

Amount: Up to $4,000

Guidelines

Application

Closing: Ongoing


Indigenous Youth Mobility Pathways Project (IYMP) 

Focus: The Indigenous Youth Mobility Pathways project (IYMP) supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who choose to move away from home to gain the qualifications they need to have a greater chance of obtaining sustainable employment in their home community or elsewhere. The project is aimed primarily at young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from remote areas ages 16 – 24 (participants may commence a course at any time before they turn 25 years old and may be supported until the conclusion of that course).

Amount: Undisclosed

Guidelines

Apply Now

Closing: Ongoing


School Transport Assistance Scheme (STAS)

STAS now provides assistance to eligible students on rail, bus and ferry services and through the payment of conveyance allowance to parents as a contribution towards the cost of transporting their children to and from school. It aims to help parents meet their legal obligation of ensuring their children are enrolled in and attending an approved educational facility

Amount: Undisclosed

Guidelines

Application Forms

Closing: Ongoing


Tapping In – Student Start-Up Grant 

Focus: For students or recent grad (within 1 year) who want to start your own company in advanced technologies (micro-, nano-, bio-technology, medical devices)? If you have an exciting idea, we want you to join ‘The Tap’s’ community of entrepreneurs and experts. Apply for a Tapping In grant from STC. You’ll get:

  • Free access to ‘The Tap’ for 3 months for up to 3 team members
  • Use our medical device business intelligence portal, CAD workstation and 3d printer
  • Connections to experts for mentorship and support
  • Participation in STC events
  • A focused opportunity to turn an idea into a start-up

Applications are rolling – apply whenever you’re ready by emailing a one-page non-confidential executive summary of your idea, telling us why the idea is awesome, and how you’re the rock star(s) that are going to make it work: laura@stcaustralia.org

Closing: Ongoing


Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA)

Focus: Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) is a payment of up to $1,500 to help eligible young people cover some basic costs as they leave out-of-home care. Talk to your case worker if you think you might be eligible as only a case worker can apply for TILA on your behalf.

Guidelines

Application

Closing: Ongoing


Local Sporting Champions (LSC) program

Focus: The Local Sporting Champions (LSC) program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young sportsmen and women aged 12-18.

Amount: up to $500

Application

Closing: Ongoing


Youth Employment Program (YEP)

Focus: The Youth Employment Program (YEP) is an employment support program for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are finishing high school and looking for work or considering further education. Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) staff in your region can help you:

  • with your choice of career
  • link to job vacancies
  • connect you to culturally capable services
  • with pre-employment support such preparing resumes and for job interviews
  • get support for any life challenges that make it difficult to find work
  • access training opportunities.

Amount: Undisclosed

Guidelines

Apply Now

Closing: Ongoing


Youth Funding

Focus: To create a more just society by giving every young person in Australia an equal opportunity to access the skills to negotiate life’s journey. Matana’s focus is on improving the welfare and wellbeing of young people from severely disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, or whose concerns and issues are not readily funded from other sources. Recognising that disadvantage takes many forms, we prioritise projects and organisations that address the causes of youth disadvantage by:

  • Providing programs primarily targeting school retention and increased education achievement for students who are at risk of dropping out of school or who have already dropped out. The focus is on early identification, customised learning and mentoring.
  • Providing programs that target employment skills development, employment and career pathways and transitions into employment.
  • Providing programs that target social and community connectedness, personal significance and social and emotional outcomes.
  • Providing services in geographical areas across Australia where funding is difficult to source.

Amount: $1,000 to $10,000

Guidelines

Apply Now

Closing: Ongoing


Currently Closed:

Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants Program

Youngcare QLD

Closed: June 24 2020

Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants (AHCG) provide funding for equipment, home modifications and essential support/respite that is unable to be funded through other means (eg. NDIS). This funding aims to improve the quality of life for people with high physical care needs and assist them to remain living in their own home with loved ones.

The grants offer one-off funding of up to $10,000 to help those aged 16-65 with high physical care needs who are both living at home and at risk of entering inappropriate housing.

Top tip: If you are unsure about whether you can apply or not, please contact the Youngcare Connect team.

Guidelines

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact Youngcare on 1800 844 727 during business hours, or email youngcareconnect@youngcare.com.au and quote your submission number.

Applications

Youngcare's online grant application service uses the SmartyGrants platform. Please refer to the  Help Guide for Applicants or Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for further information on completing the 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 fund@fya.org.au.



Be Connected Program: Capacity Building Grants 

The Good Things Foundation, supported by the Australian Government    

Focus: The Network Capacity Building grant is for large community organisations, with strong networks to become ambassadors of the Be Connected Network that aims to foster social inclusion of older Australians (50+) by teaching them teach digital literacy skills.

Funding can be spent on activities that support older Australians to gain basic digital skills and confidence, under three different types of grants: Activation, Building Digital Skills, and Capacity Building.

Organisations who would like to apply for a Network Capacity Building grant must be a Network Partner within the Be Connected network. If you are not yet a Network Partner, please click here to join.

Amount: $2000 to $50,000

If you have any questions on the Be Connected grant program, contact connect@goodthingsfoundation.org


Brisbane City Council – Seniors Celebration Donation

Brisbane City Council

Closed: 12 October 2020

The Seniors Celebration Donation helps senior citizens’ groups to cover the cost of activities such as social outings and Christmas parties. Funding amounts of $100 to $300 are available. 

Invitations are open to the following entities:

  • club or group providing activities for seniors that is not funded by other sources
  • seniors’ group that is part of other organisations.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in November 2020.

Guidelines and Applications

More information, criteria and instructions for application are available on the Grant guidelines

Further questions can be directed by phone to the Council on 07 3403 8888. Please ask to speak to the Grants Unit.



Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity Grant 

Purpose

The aim of the Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity Grant is to use sport and physical activity projects to address inclusion issues for vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and seeks to enhance wellbeing and sense of community belonging.

 

Overview

The grant aims to contribute to the building of resilient, cohesive and harmonious communities to ensure that individuals, families and communities have the opportunity to thrive and have the capacity to respond to emerging needs and challenges.

 

The following community groups will be targeted to engage in sport and physical activity projects:

  • newly arrived migrants and refugees; 
  • women;
  • people with a physical or mental disability; and
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 

The objectives of the grant are to contribute on a local level to:

  • support vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals from targeted community groups to participate in flexible, community based sport and physical activity projects; and 
  • increase acceptance of diversity, build inclusive communities, and assist vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and families to develop social links through sport and physical activity.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible you must have been operating for 12 months or longer and be one of the following entity types:

  • a not-for-profit (NFP) organization whose NFP status must be demonstrated through one of the following: 
  • current registration with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC); 
  • state or territory incorporated association status; or 
  • constitutional documents and/or Articles of Association that demonstrate the NFP character of your organization.
  • a sporting organisation, such as a community sports club, national, state or registered sport association;
  • a local government entity. As the Australian Capital Territory does not have local government entities, it is eligible to apply. 

 

Amount: $50,000 to undisclosed

 

Application methods: Online

Website  

Guidelines

Application

Currently closed

 

Flying Start Program

Focus: 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.

Amount: Up to $30,000

Guidelines

Apply Now

New grant is currently open starting from 1/4/2019.


BIO 2020 Female Business Leaders Program

Queensland Government

Closing: Schedule currently under review due to Covid-19 Pandemic

The Advance Queensland BIO 2020 Female Business Leaders Program provides support for three selected Queensland-based female founders and/or leaders to attend the 2020 BIO International Convention in San Diego, USA on 8 – 11 June 2020.   

To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must not have previously attended the convention and should be able to demonstrate the benefits of participating in the 2020 Queensland Mission to BIO, for themselves and their business.
 
Three Queensland recipients will be awarded:

  • A bursary of $2,000 (excluding GST) to participate in the Queensland Mission to BIO 2020.
  • Registration for the BIO Exhibition on 9-11 June and the Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) conference on 8 June 2020, in San Diego.
  • Invitation to participate in the pre-BIO activities with the Female Leaders cohort and other Queensland delegates.
  • Industry mentoring.
  • Invitation to participate with Team Queensland on the Australia pavilion at BIO 2020, the investment event and Queensland Welcome Reception on 7 June as well as other key meetings and site visits.

Apply now

Further information is available in the guidelines and terms and conditions (PDF 424KB)


 Female Founders Program 2020

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

The Female Founders program is designed to assist female founders at different stages of the entrepreneurial lifecycle. Applications are currently open for the following programs:

Female Founders Impact Program - Delivering capability development activities which focus on confidence, education and skills development. The program is delivered by Impact Innovation Group and options include:

  • Personalised Pathways
  • Mentor Match
  • Learning Links
  • Events and Webinars

Female Founders Advisory Board Program - Delivering the skills and exposure to engage effectively with advisors and to establish best practice governance and advisory foundations in your business to support growth. Delivered by the Advisory Board Centre, programs include:

  • Essentials Program: group sessions designed for female business owners with growth aspirations who need assistance gaining clarity about the type of support they need including confidence, skills and exposure
  • Starter Program: designed to establish best practice governance, business diagnostics and foundations of a structure to support their growth plans

Guidelines

Application Guidelines and eligibility criteria can be accessed at: Female Business Leaders Program Guidelines

Applications

Applications can be made online through the Advance QLD Women in Business Application Portal

Further information about these opportunities is available on the official Female Founders Program website


Currently Closed. Further grant rounds are expected to open at a later date.

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:

scholarship@centreforwomen.org.au

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


NCWQ Inc. 2020 Bursary Program

National Council of Women of Queensland Inc.

Closed: Monday 1 June 2020

The NCWQ provide annual bursaries to females that demonstrate qualities of leadership, community service, perseverance and determination, often despite life’s obstacles, to follow their personal and professional passions. Applications are open to female students in a wide range of areas studying at year 12, Tafe and University. The program offers 40 bursaries from $1 000, each of which has specific eligibility criteria available on the official funding page .

For any queries please contact the Bursary Program Coordinator, Kathy Cavanagh, on 0407 117 378, or bursaries@ncwq.org.au 

The bursary flyer is also available for download here.


Women and Change Grants

Women and Change

Closed: EOI closes 28 August 2020

The 2020 Women & Change grant round will provide one grant of up to $50,000 to a registered Australian charity that supports people in Queensland communities who are most disadvantaged. Women & Change members are particularly interested in supporting new initiatives that deliver sustainable change.

Expressions of interest (EOI) for this year's funding opportunity are open until 28 August. Any non-profit charity with DGR status can apply for a grant of up to $50,000 to support projects that address social disadvantage in Queensland. The application process consists of two steps, an Expression of Interest round, closing 28 August 2020 and a full application process for shortlisted applicants notified by 30 September. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 30 September 2020 and will need to complete a full Grant application.

Guidelines 

If you are interested in applying for a Grant, please take the time to read the Grant Guidelines.

Further information is also available on the  Women and Change website.

Applications

The 2020 Expression of Interest form for initial applications can be found here.

Shortlisted entrants can then access the full Grant Application Form here.


 

 

 


Feed Queensland Appeal Grants

Feed Queensland Appeal’s mission to increase the capacity of suburban and regional food relief charities and help them nourish their communities.

Our Feed Queensland Appeal grants enable food relief charities to buy things such as fridges, freezers, vans, ovens, cool rooms, storage, kitchen equipment and staple foods to help charities grow their current programs, start new projects and expand their reach in providing food and meals for people going hungry in their community.

The 2019 grants in Queensland are:

  • Major Projects Grants up to $50 000 for major infrastructure
  • Grassroots Grants of up to $25 000 for minor infrastructure and food staple access
  • Rural Grants of up to $50 000 for major or minor infrastructure and food staple access for regional and remote communities.

2019 Feed Queensland Grants close 5pm on 31st July (AEST). Grants will be awarded by the 30th September 2019.

To be eligible for a grant your charity must:

  • be located in the state that you are applying for
  • your primary focus must be food relief in your local community
  • provide a minimum of 12 months audited financials (if your annual revenue is under $1 million then please provide a financial report)
  • be endorsed as a Deductable Gift Recipient. Deductable gift recipients must be listed with the Australian Taxation Office under item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act, 1936

Amount: up to $50,000

Guideline

Apply Now

Currently closed


BRISBANE

Brisbane City Council – Community Grants

The following Council grants are available to community groups and non-profit organisations:

  • Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund
  • Healthy and Physical Activity Grants
  • Housing Support Program
  • Community Support Funding Program
  • Access and Inclusion Community Partnership Program
  • Men’s Shed Grants
  • Community Development and Capacity Building Grants
  • Building Stronger Communities Grants

If you’re not sure whether your project is suitable, contact Council on 07 3403 8888 and request help from the Grant Unit who can also:

  • give you advice on how to fill out the application form
  • answer questions about the application process

 

BUNDABERG

Bundaberg Regional Council – Grants & Financial Assistance

Council offers a range of financial and other assistance to assist in the provision of Projects/Programs and Events. These include:

  • Micro Grants
  • Community Grants Program
  • Special Events
  • Young People in Sport
  • Equipment Loan Program
  • Partnerships and Sponsorships
  • Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

All Guidelines available here

Please direct your enquiries concerning the Community Grants Program to Councils Community Development Unit on 1300 883 699 or email us at ceo@bundaberg.qld.gov.au

 

CAIRNS

Cairns Regional Council – Community Grants

There is a wide range of funding programs offered by CRC. They fall into the following categories:

  • Arts and Cultural
  • Community Services
  • Events
  • Mayor’s Discretionary Fund
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Sustainability

Funding amounts and application closing dates vary across grants – for up to date information regarding the various funding programs, please see full list and all details here

 

FRASER COAST

Fraser Coast Regional Council – Grants

Fraser Coast Regional Council offers a number of grant funding opportunities below:

  • Community Projects
  • Community Events
  • Regional Events
  • Community Celebration Events – Christmas, New Year, Australia Day, Anzac Day
  • Financial Assistance to Sportspersons Grants Scheme
  • Mayor’s Community Benefit Fund
  • Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)
  • Opening and closing dates vary across the different grants.

All inquiries should be directed to Council’s Grants Officer on 1300 79 49 29 or grants@frasercoast.qld.gov.au

 

GLADSTONE

Gladstone Region Rise Up Fund

The Gladstone Region Rise Up Fund provides support to not-for-profit sport, recreation and community organisations through the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants can apply for a maximum of $5 000 towards costs associated with, or initiatives to protect against the adverse impacts of the Coronavirus COVID-19 health emergency.

Applications close 1 May, 5PM. 

For further information please visit the following Gladstone Regional Council Coronavirus Update.

Source:Gladstone Regional Council

Gladstone Regional Council – Donations and Grants

Council offers two separate funding streams for groups and organisations seeking funding assistance in the form of donations, sponsorship and/or grants. These are:

  1. Community Donations Program, which is a general pool of funds for a range of community-based organisations and administered by Council’s Community Wellbeing Department.
  1. Sport & Recreation Grants, which are open only to sporting, active recreation groups and organisations servicing the Gladstone Region.

If you have any enquiries about these programs please contact Community Engagement Centre on email CommunityEngagementCentre@gladstone.qld.gov.au  or phone (07) 4976 6300.

 

GOLD COAST

City of Gold Coast – Initiatives and funding

City of Gold Coast provides a number of funding programs and initiatives to assist incorporated not-for-profit community organisations that support the Gold Coast community:

  • Community Grants Program
  • Mayoral and Divisional Donations Program
  • Nature Conservation Assistance Program (NCAP)
  • Other funding sources and assistance

To discuss funding options contact the Community Grants Administrator on email: communitygrants@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or Phone: 07 5581 5240

 

IPSWICH

City of Ipswich – Grants and Sponsorships

Council provides funding for non-profit and community based organisations through the Arts, Social Development and Community Engagement Department in the areas of community and cultural development that enables Council to form partnerships with community based organisations for projects that may not receive funding from other sources.

Applicants are encouraged to read the Community Grants and In-Kind Assistance Applicant Guidelines and Grants Donations Bursaries And Scholarships Policy to determine their eligibility and for further information.

If you require assistance in preparing your application, please contact the Community Grants Officer on (07) 3810 6657 or email: Josie.Berry@ipswich.qld.gov.au

 

LOGAN

Logan City Council – Mayor and Councillors Community Benefit Fund 

Focus: Logan City Council offers a number of grants available to community organisations, individuals, clubs and services. The grants cover a range of areas and interests from sports, arts, events, programing, environment, education and individual aspirations.

  • Community Project Grants
  • EnviroGrants
  • Events & Festivals
  • Donations
  • Mayor and Councillors Community Benefit Fund
  • Sport, Recreation & Community Funding
  • Working Together Grants

For more information contact Council’s Community Development team on (07) 3412 3412 or email communityprojectgrants@logan.qld.gov.au

 

MACKAY

Mackay Regional Council – Grants

Mackay Regional Council is proud to support the community with a variety of grant and funding opportunities. Funding is available to sporting, arts, service, and environmental groups and individuals through the following programs:

  • Community Activities Grant
  • Community Facilities Grant
  • Community Organisation Development Grant
  • Community Organisation Equipment Grant
  • Individual Achievement Grant
  • Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

For more information please read Community Grants Help Guide. If you still need assistance with your application call 1300 622 529.

 

MORETON BAY

Moreton Bay Regional Council – Community Grants Program

Moreton Bay Regional Council provides grants to community organisations to support the sustainable delivery of community, cultural, sporting and environmental activities to residents in the Moreton Bay region. Council’s Community Grants Program consists of the following grants:

  • Community Activities Grant
  • Community Facilities Grant
  • Community Organisation Development Grant
  • Community Organisation Equipment Grant
  • Individual Achievement Grant
  • Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Community Grants Program Guidelines to determine their eligibility and for further information about each funding opportunity.

For further information about the Community Grants Program, please contact a grants officer on (07) 3205 0555 or email grants@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

 

MOUNT ISA

Mount Isa City Council – Community Grants and Major Events Sponsorship

There are two funding programs. These are the Community Grants Program and Major Events Sponsorship Program. These are offered in two rounds annually:

  • Round One February 1 to March 1
  • Round Two August 1 to August 31

Guidelines here

Grant Application Form here

Sponsorship Application Form here

For more information email: city@mountisa.qld.gov.au

 

REDLAND CITY

Redland City Council – Grants and Sponsorship

Redland City Council provides financial assistance to individuals and organisations, helping them run projects that benefit the local community. Types of funding include:

  • Community Grants – For programs and projects with a specific purpose and outcome.
  • Sponsorship – For an event, project, service or activity which provides commercial benefits to Council and the community.
  • Councillors’ Small Grants – Offering small amounts of assistance to organisations, and supporting individuals to achieve excellence at a high-level.
  • Regional Arts Development Fund – Supporting emerging artists to develop their skills and profile in the Redlands.

For assistance contact:

 

ROCKHAMPTON

Rockhampton Regional Council – Community Assistance Program

Rockhampton Regional Council is committed to supporting the delivery of projects/events within the Rockhampton Regional Council area that contribute to building community and economic capacity. Funding programs include:

  • Awards Scheme
  • Community Facility Insurance Scheme
  • Community Grants Scheme
  • Community Organisation Support
  • Community Sponsorship Scheme – Minor & Major
  • Small Projects Scheme

Applications for the Major Sponsorship, Small Projects, Awards Scheme and Community Facilities Insurance Scheme will be accepted at any time. For further information contact Council on (07) 4936 8368, 1300 22 55 77 or email communityservices@rrc.qld.gov.au

 

SUNSHINE COAST

Sunshine Coast Council – Grants and Funding

The Sunshine Coast Council offers a variety of grants and funding across the following areas:

  • Community Grants
  • Environment Levy Grants
  • Arts Funding
  • Councillor Discretionary Funding
  • Operational Funding

Community Grants Program Guidelines here

Application forms here

For additional information, please contact council’s grants officers on (07) 5420 8616 or email grants@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

 

TOOWOOMBA

Toowoomba Regional Council – Grant Programs

Toowoomba Regional Council offer several grant programs including:

  • Community Support Grant Program
  • Environment Grant Program
  • Events Support Grant Program
  • Sports and Recreation Community Grant Program
  • Cultural and Arts Support Grant Program
  • Sports Tourism Event Grant Program
  • Use of Council Property
  • Shade Trees and Shrubs In-Kind Support
  • Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program

For more information contact a Community Liaison Officer by calling 131 872, or email info@tr.qld.gov.au and ask to speak to your local CLO.

 

TOWNSVILLE

City Of Townsville – Grants and Funding

Townsville City Council’s Community Grants and Sponsorships Scheme supports local initiatives and pursuits of excellence that enhance community wellbeing and opportunity via the provision of financial assistance to community organisations and individuals.

Please view the following pages for information about the specific grant programs:

  • Sport & Recreational Grants
  • Cultural Grants
  • Community Grants

Guides & Forms here

For further information contact council’s Grants Officer on 13 48 10 or send an email to communitygrants@townsville.qld.gov.au


Acquittal

An acquittal is a document, provided by the grantmaker, which requires you to report on how you have spent their money.  An acquittal is completed once your project has finished.  It will ask for information on your project income and expenditure, project description, and achieved outcomes.

It may also ask for feedback, surveys, and images of your event/project.

Applicant

An applicant is the person or group applying for the grant.

Auspice

A Not-For-Profit community group that is not incorporated must have their application ‘auspiced’ by an incorporated organisation.

The role of an auspicing organisation is to support the community group with their project and to submit the application on their behalf.  If the application is successful, the auspice will provide support by monitoring the project as well as receive and distribute the funding so that the community group can complete the funded project.  The auspice organisation also submits the acquittal.

Auspicing organisations may charge a grants administration fee to perform this role for the unincorporated group.  This is known as an ‘auspice fee’.

Australian Business Number

An Australian Business Number (ABN) is a unique 11 digit number that identifies your business to the government and community.  Applying for an ABN is free.

For further information, http://www.business.gov.au/

Benefit

A good, or helpful thing.  Something that promotes or enhances well-being; an advantage.

In a grant application, you will be asked to state the ‘benefits’ of the project/event for which you are asking funding for.  This is a very important part of the application because if you do not state the benefits for your community, and the wider community, the grantmaker will not be convinced of your project idea and you will not receive funding from them.

Budget

A budget is the part of the application form that contains financial details details of your project/event  –  income and expenses.  The grantmaker usually provides a budget template for you in the application form and it will have two columns, income and expenses.  In a budget, the total figure of your income must be the same figure as the total of your expenses.

Capital Works

Capital works are projects which involve building, refurbishing, or renovating. For example, new fences, disability ramps, toilet blocks, shade sails, playground etc.

Charity

A charity is a type of organisation that raises funds for, or offers support to, the disadvantaged in society such as people, animals, and the environment.

In a tax and grants conversation, this word refers to organisations which the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC).  Please visit https://www.ato.gov.au/ for further details on registering your organisation as a charity.

Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR)

Some grants, usually philanthropic grants, require your organisation to have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.  Many groups and organisations do not have DGR status because it is a complicated process to go through.  If you want DGR status, you will need to go to a specialist lawyer.

Please visit https://www.ato.gov.au/ for further details on becoming a DGR.

Funds

Money made available for a particular purpose.

Fundraising

The act of collecting money for a particular purpose.  For example, gold coin donations at a community BBQ event, or raffles.

Grant

A grant is a gift, usually money, given for the common good.  Grants are given for a particular purpose.

Grant Provider / Grantmaker / Funding Body / Funder

An individual/organisation that makes the grant available and provides the funds to applicants.

Grant seeker

A group or individual or organisation who are looking for funds and/or are applying for funds through an application.

Grantee

The organisation or individual who has received the funds.

Incorporated

Once your group feels established and stable, you may want to consider becoming legally formalised.  This is known as Incorporation.  When you incorporate, you are creating a separate legal entity, similar to a business.  Becoming incorporated allows your group to apply for funds on their own, without the need for an auspice.

Each state and territory in Australia has its own Associations Incorporation Act, and Regulations.

For further information on becoming an incorporated organisation in Queensland, please visit the Queensland Office of Fair Trading: http://www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au

In-kind

In-kind support is the non-cash contribution to your event or project, such as donations of equipment or time.  For example, free use of a venue, stationary, equipment, volunteer labour hours, etc.

Milestone

A significant point or event in the project.

Philanthropy

Philanthropy is the generous giving of private money to help make life better for the public.

Rich individuals, families, and organisations (sometimes known as ‘foundations’ or trusts’) will often provide philanthropic funds to communities in the spirit of goodwill.

Your organisation will almost always require Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status to be eligible for philanthropic funds.


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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of all the lands on which we meet, work and live and recognise that this land has always been and always will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land.

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Multicultural Australia respects and values Australia’s First Nation peoples’ enormous resilience, courage, determination and often unrecognized contributions to this country’s social and economic development. We walk together in solidarity in the shared pain of the past and with shared hope for the future.