We have sourced a list of funding currently available to the sector.

July 2017

Mental Health Month 2017 Small Grants

Applications Close: 21 July 2017

Future2 Foundation Grants

Applications Close: 21 July 2017

Always Open

Find a Scholarship- The University of Newcastle 

deviantArt Grants

Awesome Newcastle- $1000 Monthly

Clubs Grants (Grant time  vary for each region so best to check it out)

Matana Foundation Grants

June 2017

Youth Opportunities 2017 funding now open

March 2017

Newcastle City Council- Make Your Place Grants

The Make Your Place Community Grant Program provides grants up to $2,000 (GST exclusive) for community projects.

2017 Applications Close: 1st  Round -March 20th & 2nd Round August 21st

ANROWS Research grant applications

his grants round will support the implementation of the National Plan and reflect the priorities of the Third Action Plan of the National Plan. National Priority Areas for attention in the Third Action Plan are: 1. Prevention and early intervention. 2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children. 3. Greater support and choice. 4. Sexual violence. 5. Responding to children living with violence. 6. Keeping perpetrators accountable across all systems.
Applications close:  31 March 2017.

Building Better Regions Fund Community Investments Stream

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

Applications close: 31 March 2017

ILC National Readiness Grants

Creating the foundations for a consistent approach to inclusion of people with disability across Australia.

Applications Close: 8 March 2017 – 2:00pm

February 2017

Bennelong Foundation Grants

To help guide the distribution of grants to worthwhile organisations, the Foundation has identified seven key areas of focus- Education, training and employment, Community health, Migrant and indigenous community welfare, Crisis support, Youth at risk, Medical research, & International aid and assistance.

Expressions of Interest close: 3 February 2017

Premier’s Fund for Social Cohesion

The Premier’s Fund for Social Cohesion is a small grants program that supports community-led events and activities that bring together people from diverse cultural backgrounds to discuss and celebrate diversity. It aims to build on the strengths of our multicultural society, develop stronger social cohesion and community resilience, particularly among young people (aged 12-25), and to inspire young people to stand up against the divisive forces of fear, hate and violence.

Applications close: 5 February 2017

The John Wallis Foundation – Small Grants Program  

Applications for projects that assist people and communities to address disadvantage and inequality are welcomed.  Projects need to demonstrate that they are addressing the relief of social and economic distress, and entrenched geographical disadvantage through locally led action.  Grants are typically of the amount from $500 – $3,000.

Applications close: Monday 6 February 2017

RAS Foundation Community Kitchen

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is giving rural and regional NSW community organisations the chance to win funding and appliances worth more than $20,000 to create a community kitchen.

Applications close: 12 February 2017

2016 NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship

Do you work with artists who will be over 18 and under 25 on 1 May 2017?
Scholarships are open to artists and performers from all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen, curatorial and the visual arts.
Scholarships are worth $10,000 and include a professional development networking program which takes place in Sydney in late 2017.

Applications close: 20 February 2017

Social Scale-Up Grants

Social Scale-up is designed to help scale-up not-for-profit social enterprises that are creating jobs and employment pathways for individuals who often face significant barriers to entering the mainstream job market or are excluded from the workforce.

Applications close: 28 February 2017

January 2017

National Shed Development Programme (NSDP) Shed Grants

he NSDP is a competitive Men’s Shed grants programme that allows Men’s Sheds and organisations supporting a Men’s Shed within their community to apply for funds to better respond to local needs. The NSDP is open to both developing and established Men’s Sheds and members and non members of the Australian Men’s Shed Association. 

Applications close: Friday 13 January 2017

RASF Community Futures Grant

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is offering an opportunity for young people to be awarded up to $25,000 in funding for a community project in their local area.

Taking part is easy:

  • Identify a need in your rural NSW community
  • Partner with a local community organisation
  • Create a project plan for your initiative

Applications close: 15 January 2017

December 2016

Aussie Driver Annual Scholarship

Aussie-Driver is proud to announce a new $2,500 scholarship prize for all undergraduate, vocational, and technical school students in Australia. This scholarship is being offered to reward students for using their creativity to encourage safe driving behaviours.

Applications close: 31/12/2016

Department of Social Services, Volunteer Grants

The Community Grants Hub, on behalf of the Department of Social Services (DSS), is inviting organisations and individuals/authorised signatories representing volunteer based community groups to apply for Volunteer Grants 2016 funding. The funding will help volunteers to do their important work, and the grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 each will allow organisations to buy much needed equipment, such as computers, or help with training volunteers, fuel costs or undertaking background security checks.

Applications close: 20 December 2016

CBB Community Development Grants

In celebration of CBB’s 21stbirthday, they are making available up to $21,000 of in-kind consulting and business services to three not for profit organisations. The grant will consist of up to $7,000 +GST worth of in-kind consulting services for a total of three organisations in the areas of leadership, marketing and finance.

Applications close: Friday 16 December 2016

2017 Impact Philanthropy Fund

Our IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program allows philanthropists and Not-for-Profits (NFPs) to connect, and allows NFPs to demonstrate how they improve outcomes for the communities in which they operate.

Applications close: 2 December 2016

November 2016

Community Engagement Grants (CEG) Program – Fair Work Ombudsman
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s (FWO) Community Engagement Grants Program (the CEG Program) aims to support these organisations and assist them with providing advice and help to vulnerable people about workplace issues. Organisations may be funded for a range of services, projects or programs of work that supplement FWO functions under the Fair Work Act.

Applications close: 5.00pm, 4 November 2016.

IKEA Living Local Community Grants
” “The IKEA Living Local Community Grants are about combining IKEA’s products and home furnishing expertise and their co-worker volunteer leave days to ‘makeover’ a room or a space in a local not-for-profit or charity organisation, valued at $8,000. Non-profit or charitable organisations with an inspiring need for IKEA products and home furnishing expertise to makeover their premises are invited to submit an application to their local IKEA store (at each of their eight stores in QLD, NSW, ACT and VIC).

Applications close: Midnight, 27 November 2016.

October 2016

Empowering YOUth Round 2 Grants

The Department of Employment is seeking applications for Empowering YOUth Initiatives (EYI) Round 2. Funding of $5 million is available for not-for-profit and non-government organisations to deliver new and different approaches to help vulnerable young people develop the skills they need on their pathway to employment.

Expressions of Interest close: 28 October 2016

Aurora Grants

The Aurora Group is a charity, raising funds for NSW-based initiatives that support, reach out to and provide innovative projects focused on LGBTIQ people. Small Grants available of up to $5,000.

Applications close: 21 October 2016.

Grants to End Homelessness Program – Mercy Foundation
” “Expressions of Interest for the Mercy Foundation’s Grants to End Homelessness Program are now open. This grants program focuses on seeding initiatives, services, projects, advocacy and research that have potential to making a contribution to ending chronic homelessness in Australia. The Mercy Foundation provides seed funding to projects that build capacity and help create structural change and have the potential to continue after the funding period.

EOI close: 14 October 2016.

Learning Impact Fund Grants – Evidence for Learning
” “Evidence for Learning helps great education practice become common practice. Operating nationally across all sectors of the Australian education system, Evidence for Learning enable and support evidence-informed education practice in Australian schools and early learning centres. Evidence for Learning is funding research, supporting schools to make better decisions about how to use that evidence and working with the broader system to support the greater use of evidence.

Applications close: 5 October 2016.

NSW Suicide Prevention Fund
” “A Suicide Prevention Fund (the Fund) of $2 million per year for four years was announced by the NSW Government as part of the 2016/17 Budget. The Fund is designed to support non-government organisations and community based organisations to improve responses to suicide prevention at a local level.

Organisations are invited to apply for funding for four financial years from 2016/17 to 2019/20.

Applications close: 10.00am, 25 October 2016.

Arts Projects Program – Australia Council for the Arts
‘Australia Council for the Arts’ 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 $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than 2 years from the proposed start date.

Applications close: 4 October 2016.

The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships 

We exist to give young LGBTIQ students the chance to achieve their full potential, to light the spark within them. For those who want to complete high school, or are ready to start TAFE or university we can help. Irrespective of the career path one aspires to we may be able to offer the financial support and resources one needs to kick-start their career path.

Applications close: 1 October 2016

September 2016

St George Foundation

St.George Foundation focuses on helping smaller community organisations that work to provide a brighter future for socially, economically or physically disadvantaged children. The charities we fund attract little assistance from the government and are not able to generate significant fundraising income of their own.

Applications close: 30 September 2016, midnight

August 2016

Future2 Grant Program

Supporting programs that address the needs of disadvantaged young Australians / who can apply? Charities with DGR status and not for profit organisations / Types of grants – short term (up to 12 months) up to $10,000 and multi-year grants to the total of $30,000 (over 3 years)

Applications close: Monday 1 August 2016, 12pm

Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation’s mission is to inspire moments of happiness and possibilities for young Australians. Flagship Grants are grants to charities with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status who have a clear and measurable program addressing an issue aligned with the CCAF mission, up to $200,000 per annum of up to 3 consecutive years.

Applications close: 11 August 2016, 4:00pm

Human Rights Innovation Fund

Amnesty International Australia’s Human Rights Innovation Fund allows anyone interested in promoting and defending human rights direct access to funding to support new, innovative, creative initiatives.

Applications close: 31 August 2016

July 2016

National Carers Week Grants

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) funds Carers NSW to provide grants of $250 to carer support groups and organisations, to plan events and activities for carers during National Carers Week.

Organising an event is a wonderful way to give unpaid family and friend carers a much needed break from the responsibilities of their caring role and to acknowledge the contribution they make to the community. Many events attract new members to carer support groups and are a great way of  out to hidden carers in your area.

Applications close: 4 July 2016

June 2016

Celebration Grants: Multicultural NSW

The Celebration Grants are part of Multicultural NSW Grants Program that aims to support community projects that foster community engagement, build community harmony, social cohesion and celebrate our cultural diversity

Applications close: 12 noon, 17 June 2016.

Love Food Hate Waste Grants Program

The Love Food Hate Waste Grants program complements the Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) successful Love Food Hate Waste external link program with over $1.4 million of funding over four years. The aim is to raise awareness of food waste and provide households and businesses with simple actions they can do to reduce the amount of edible food disposed of in NSW.

Applications close: 14 June 2016.

May 2016

AMP is giving amazing Australians doing great things the chance to share $1 million in grants. Individuals of all ages, walks of life, interests and abilities who are working towards a goal that will have a positive impact on the community can apply now.  Individuals with plenty of determination, a definite plan and a desire to make a difference – either by creating something special or inspiring others – are encouraged to apply.

Applications close: 4.00pm, 18 May 2016.

Future2 Make the Difference! Grants

Since 2007 Future2 has committed $613,000 in grants to community not-for-profits. Through programs run by these organisations, we have helped to turn the lives of thousands of disadvantaged young people from adversity to opportunity, from social exclusion to productive lives in the community. Applicants may apply for either a short-term grant of up to $10,000 in one year or a multi-year grant with total value up to $30,000 over three years.

Future2 seeks to support programs that address the needs of disadvantaged young Australians

Applications close: 1 August 2016.

IKEA Living Local Community Grants

The IKEA Living Local Community Grants are about combining IKEA products and home furnishing expertise with their co-worker volunteer leave days to ‘makeover’ a room or a space in a local not-for-profit or charity organisation. IKEA Australia is seeking inspiring proposals from local non-profit or charity organisations with a need for home furnishings product and expertise.

Applications close: Midnight, 29 May 2016.

NSW Government Arts & Cultural Development Program

Applications are open for funding under the Arts and Cultural Development Program. The program supports visual arts, museums, literature, theatre, dance, music, regional touring, capital works and professional development for artists across NSW. The program is also a major part of the Create in NSW 10-year framework, which aims to raise state-wide participation and attendance in arts and culture, particularly in the priority areas of Western Sydney and regional NSW.

Applications close: 5.00pm, 9 May 2016.

The Financial Literacy Australia (FLA) Grants program supports not-for-profit organisations to advance financial literacy in Australia. In 2016, FLA expects to allocate up to $1.5 million in grants. Keen to experiment with an innovative financial literacy program and share the results? Want to evaluate your existing program to measure its impact and see how it can be improved? Do you have a great existing program with demonstrated results that could be expanded to reach more people? Have a great idea for research that will make a real difference?

FLA are keen to support projects like these.

EOIs close: 30 May 2016.

Newman’s Own Foundation Grants 

Newman’s Own Foundation supports organisations and programs that continue Paul Newman’s legacy of giving and creating opportunities for long-term impact. The focus of the Newman’s Own Foundation 2016 Australian charity funding round is Children, with grant amounts up to $50,000 being made available for registered charities from across Australia.

This year, Newman’s Own Foundation are specifically seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from organisations that enhance the quality of life for children with life-limiting medical conditions and/or for whom the experience of childhood has been disrupted by circumstances beyond their control.

EOIs close: 13 May 2016.

April 2016

CDAT grants

This grant is now in 2 parts. The first is the Core Grant of up to $3000 per CDAT to assist with delivering your Annual Action Plan, which is now part of the application instead of a separate attachment. This includes up to $500 for administrative costs. The second part to the funding round is the Partnership Project Grant, which provides an opportunity for CDATs to join together to plan, manage, deliver and evaluate a project regionally, or for a single CDAT to partner regionally with other organisations or institutions to focus their project locally.

EOI : Due 28th April

If your Partnership grant Expression of Interest application is approved to progress,  you will be invited to complete a full Partnership Application. This application process will be open on 15 May 2016, with a closing of applications on 16 June 2016.

Accessible Arts Small Grants Program

Accessible Arts is offering a second year of funding through its 2016 Small Grants Program. Supported by Lifetime Care, the program consists of two opportunities for not-for-profit arts and disability services/organisations and/or for groups or individual artists with disability living in NSW. The Small Grant offers funds for projects at any stage of their creative development and/or public presentation, of amounts between $5,000–$20,000.

Closes 4th April 2016.

Youth of the Streets Scholarship

Recipients receive $6,000 towards educational or training goals. Scholarship recipients are required to produce a Pathway Plan that clearly shows their goals and how scholarship funds will be used. Funds are paid as required over two years and can be used to pay for some course fees and support costs such as equipment, uniforms, textbooks and stationary.

March 2016

NAIDOC Week Grants – Lake Macquarie

Lake Macquarie City Council is offering local community groups, not-for-profit organisations, agencies and schools up to $2500 to help run projects or events during NAIDOC Week 2016, 3-10 July.

NAIDOC Week is an annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievement and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country. This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is ‘Songlines – the Living Narrative of our Nation’.

Closes Friday 11 March 2016.

NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund

Regional Aboriginal artists and arts organisations are invited to apply for NSW Government funding to support local projects that encourage people to explore and express their cultural identities.

Closes 14th March 2016.

Westpac Foundation Community Grants

The grants, which are up to $10,000 each, are awarded to local, grassroots not-for-profit organisations with big and small ideas in providing either educational opportunities, employment pathways or improving the quality of life of disadvantaged Australians in our local communities.

Closes 17th March 2016

February 2016

Scholarships for Aboriginal HSC students

We are offering scholarships for Aboriginal students studying the NSW HSC at high school or TAFE. Students must be:

  • Studying the NSW HSC in 2016
  • Studying an Advanced or Extension subject as part of your HSC
  • Interested in a job in Roads and Maritime Services or a Transport for NSW operating agency.

Funds can be used to buy educational goods and services such as a new computer, resource books or tutoring. Applications close 29 February 2016.

January 2016

ANZ Staff Foundation Grants

Aims to support projects run by charitable organisations which offer a direct and tangible benefit to local communities. Closes 15 January 2016.

Conserving, Promoting and Supporting NSW Aboriginal Heritage

To provide funding for projects that conserve, promote and support Aboriginal heritage in NSW. Grants of up to $70,000 are available for Aboriginal heritage projects. $1 for $1 grants are available to local government for Aboriginal heritage projects. Projects must have a minimum value of $20,000 (excluding GST). Applications close on 16 January 2015.

St.George Foundation 

St.George Foundation focuses on helping smaller community organisations that work to provide a brighter future for socially, economically or physically disadvantaged children. Closes 29th January 2016

 NSW Community Safety Fund 

Funding for community safety initiatives which will reduce crime and stamp out anti-social behaviour. Closes Friday January 22nd 2016


COMPACT Community Partnership Action

The NSW Government is seeking Expressions of Interest for partnership projects valued between $150,000 – $1,000,000 over the life of the project (1-4 years) 1. To build on the strengths of our multicultural society to protect young people from hateful and violent extremist influences; 2. To build community resilience to the impacts of extremist hate and violence on social cohesion and community harmony; 3. To address and resolve issues and tensions in NSW arising from current overseas conflicts.

CLOSING DATE: 5PM Friday 18 December 2015

Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) – NSW FACS

The SHCIF will provide $20 million in funding over the next three years to improve the livability and amenity of social housing communities. The SHCIF aims to create better and stronger social housing communities by improving local amenities through the provision of one off grants to physically improve areas adjacent to social housing. This includes improving community facilities; enhancing open space; increasing accessibility to improve resident safety; and improvements to facilitate better integration between social housing and the surrounding community.

SHCIF applications can be made to improve any social housing community and will be assessed on merit against the program criteria.

Applications will need to demonstrate strong collaboration and planning with local social housing residents. Where possible and appropriate, projects should involve social housing residents in the implementation or delivery.

Grants are open to local councils, incorporated not-for-profit organisations and private sector organisations (or a combination).

Projects are required to be completed before the 31 March 2017.

Applications close: 18 December 2015.

CBB Community Development Grants

Monetary grants of up to a maximum of $4,000 + GST each will be available to three successful applicants. The grant supports Australian not-for-profit organisations undertaking a project that assists in their growth, or provides a benefit to the community. CBB aims to increase value to organisations that serve people in Australia’s Not for Profit sector. CBB’s objectives are:

  • To advance the interests, well-being and welfare of people who are disadvantaged by reason of disability, culture or personal circumstances.
  • To assist charitable organisations working in the areas of aged care, disability, health, welfare, indigenous services, education, community housing and other community services to: Manage their organisations and activities effectively and Attract and retain staff by providing a range of services to them including salary packaging, consulting and finance services.
  • To foster and promote good management and efficient use of resources in charitable organisations.
  • To raise funds to assist in the achievement of any of the preceding objects.

Applications close: 4 December 2015.

Empowering Youth Initiatives Round 1 Grants – Department of Employment

The Australian Department of Employment is seeking grant applications for the first round of Empowering YOUth Initiatives from not-for-profit and non-government organisations that are not contracted to deliver Commonwealth funded Employment Services. Not-for-profit community organisations are invited to put forward proposals for innovative ideas that offer a different approach to those currently available. The first round of Empowering YOUth Initiatives will focus on young people who are living in regional areas with high levels of social disadvantage, early school leavers, Indigenous, or from a culturally and linguistically diverse background.

Applications close: 18 December 2015.

NSW Mental Health Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund will provide seed funding for innovative local initiatives that aim to improve mental health service delivery and outcomes in NSW. The intention of the Innovation Fund is to support people who as a result of their mental illness, require services and support from multiple agencies, including  Health, Justice, Education and Communities, and Family and Community Services and other organisations.

A funding pool of up to $1.5M is available in 2015-16 and a funding pool of up to $2.5M will be available in 2016-17.

Applications close: 5.00pm, 5 February 2016.

Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund

Catalyst is the Australian Government’s new funding program for the arts. It will invest $12 million each year in innovative projects and initiatives from arts and cultural organisations. Catalyst will assist organisations to forge new creative and financial partnerships and stimulate innovative ways to build participation by Australians in our cultural life. It will prioritise access to high quality arts experiences in regional communities and international activities that achieve cultural diplomacy objectives. Projects by, or that involve, small to medium organisations will be given priority. The fund may also support some gallery, library, archive, museum, arts education and infrastructure projects. Catalyst will complement Australia Council, Creative Partnerships Australia and other support programs. The Ministry for the Arts will administer Catalyst. Applications will be assessed by a combination of independent and Ministry for the Arts assessors.

Community Youth and Seniors Heritage Grants

For projects that build heritage skills confidence and connections within the community, particularly our youth and seniors

OPEN: 18 November 2015 – 16 December 2015-  $25,000 to $50,000 (per project ex GST)

Community, Youth and Seniors Heritage Grants – guidelines (PDF 335KB)

Volunteer Grants – DSS

The Australian Government is inviting organisations to apply for Volunteer Grants 2015. Funding is expected to be offered to around 5,700 organisations as a result of this process, with grants to be paid by 30 June 2016. Volunteer Grants enable small community organisations to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to purchase small equipment items to assist their volunteers, assist with the reimbursement of fuel costs incurred by volunteers (and transport costs for volunteers with disability who are unable to drive), and contribute towards the cost of training courses and background screening checks for volunteers.

Applications close at 2:00pm AEDT on 9 December 2015. For further information about eligibility and how to apply, refer to the Funding Open for Application page.

IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program

Perpetual’s IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program allows philanthropists and Not-for-Profits (NFPs) to connect, and allows NFPs to demonstrate how they improve outcomes for the communities in which they operate. The Program encourages high quality outcomes by identifying organisations that can maximise their impact through good governance, solid leadership, strong strategy and an outcomes focus. Applications close 4 December 2015.

Volunteer Grants 2015 

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 have just been announced to help not for profit community organisations support their volunteers. The grants are intended to support volunteers through practical measures such as the purchase of small equipment items, reimbursement for volunteers’ fuel and transport costs, and contributions towards the cost of training and background screening checks.


Aim for the Stars – The Layne Beachley Foundation

The Foundation will award a minimum of $90,000 worth of scholarships in this given year. Applications close 13 November 2015.

Aboriginal Land Clean-Up and Prevention Grants

Round 2 of the Aboriginal Land Clean-Up and Prevention grants are part of the Government’s flagship $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative. Individual grants of between $5,000 and $50,000 are available. Eight Local Aboriginal Land Councils were awarded $253,353 in the first round of grants. The grants are open to all NSW Local Aboriginal Land Councils. Applications close on 2 November 2015.

Heal Our Past, Build our Future, Celebrating our Heroes

The Healing Foundation is pleased to offer funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities to commemorate and celebrate our Stolen Generations and the anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations in 2016. The theme for 2016  highlights the importance of recognising and sharing the experiences of our Stolen Generations and those in our communities who make a difference. Our Stolen Generations heroes and their experiences are unique to each region around Australia and these celebrations will highlight their stories. To apply for funding please read the funding guidelines, complete the application form and return to the Healing Foundation by Friday 27 November 2015.


Maitland City Council Community Grants

The purpose of the Community Grants are to assist in the establishment of projects, services, and facilities in Maitland that foster community partnerships, promote access to community resources and are deemed to provide benefit to the community. Organisations can receive up to $5,000 in funding for projects that fall within the categories of cultural and local studies, community development, leisure and recreation, and community events and initiatives. Grants close 31 October 2015.

deviantART Creative Grants

The deviantART Creative Grants Program is a pilot project designed to make modest grants to artists upon application for projects related to making and displaying art. These grants are ongoing.

Funds Available for Local Arts & Cultural Facilities- Upper Hunter

Matched funding up to $60,000 can be used for a range of initiatives including improvements to facilities and venues, new equipment for arts and cultural purposes and preserving museum collections. Regional Capital funding is provided through the NSW Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program, which will provide $51 million in support for artists and arts organisations this financial year. Applications for 2016 Regional Capital funding are open until Friday 2 October. 

ClubGRANTS Category Three- Sport & Recreation

Funds individual projects that encourage active participation in sport and recreation in NSW, including infrastructure projects. Between $500, 000 and $1,000,000 available. Grants close 8 October 2015.

Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Grants

Up to $325,000 in funding is available to help improve understanding of Aboriginal heritage issues and development of related skills in the Upper Hunter. Funding from the Trust goes towards projects that aim to better understand Aboriginal heritage issues and that benefit our community. Funding is available to appropriately qualified individuals and organisations.  Preference will go to applications from Aboriginal community organisations and enterprises or projects that have a high level of involvement from our local Aboriginal groups. The Department of Planning and Environment manages the Trust and will work with Trustees to assess applications. Applications close on 9 October 2015.

Entreprenuers’ Programme

Business Growth Grants reimburse your business after completion of an eligible project for up to half the cost of engaging external expertise (up to a maximum of $20,000) to make business improvements.

Whites Rural Community Grants

Designed to make a difference to kids in regional, rural, and remote areas. Up to $4000 available, grants close 31 October 2015.


Local Domestic and Family Violence Committee Grants

Applications are now open for the 2015 funding round. Grants of up to $1,000 are available for projects that raise awareness about the impacts of domestic and family violence. A total of $80,000 is available in 2015. Applications are now open and will close at 5PM, Friday 25th September 2015

Rural Education Australia Program – REAPing Rewards

The Rural Education Australia Program, which is known as REAPing Rewards, is a national program targeting educational outcomes in rural and remote communities.

It supports locally-driven projects and programs that directly benefit people up to 18 years of age, and their educators, through grants up to $10,000. Closes 21st September 2015

Westpac Natural Disaster Recovery 2015 Grants

In 2015, the Natural Disaster Recovery Fund will offer grants of up to $10,000 to community groups working on recovery projects in the New South Wales communities impacted by storms in April. Westpac invite applications from community and non-profit organisations working in the Hunter (including Dungog and Maitland), Newcastle, and Central Coast, New South Wales* – impacted by storms in April 2015. The 2015 Grant Program will prioritise support for projects that facilitate the social, economic and community recovery of, and improve the resilience of, these disaster-affected communities. Application close at 5pm (AEST) on 7 September 2015.

Ansvar Insurance Community Education Program

Ansvar’s Community Education Program (CEP) provides grants up to $50,000 for programs supporting Australian youth which fall under two categories:
– Empowerment and Education: Programs within this category must provide opportunities to develop positive values that lead to healthy lifestyle choices and a positive contribution to our community.
– Outreach Programs: Programs within this category must support youths who are at risk or are already experiencing difficulties (such as drug and/or alcohol abuse) through rehabilitation and/or skills training. Closes 4th September 2015.

Variety NSW/ACT Future Kids Organisation Grants

Variety’s Future Kids Program provides funding for education and communication equipment to organisations, including but not limited to books, braille note takers, specialised software, and assistive listening devices. In addition to providing education and communication equipment, Variety’s Future Kids Program also provides support for children to achieve their academic, sports or arts potential through scholarships awarded to small community organisations that cater for children up to the age of 18.

Variety’s Freedom Program provides assistance to schools and other children’s organisations to help children gain independence, confidence and engage in opportunities to socialise with their peers. Grants include mobility, positioning and in-organisation equipment including playgrounds, modified tricycles, beach wheelchairs, trampolines and more. Closes 9th September 2015.

Mazda Foundation Grants

The Foundation periodically identifies a priority area of focus. The Foundation currently has two priority areas of focus, being:
– Projects by community based organisations to support children with physical and/or mental disabilities or their carers, particularly projects seeking to address social isolation experienced by such children and their carers.
– Projects by community based organisations to support elderly people suffering from mental disabilities (including dementia) or their carers, particularly projects seeking to address social isolation experienced by such elderly persons and their carers. Closes 30th September 2015.

Regional Flagship Events Program

This program provides grants to events in Regional NSW to support marketing activities aimed at driving overnight visitation and boosting local economies. Expressions of interest are now open for the 2016 Regional Flagship Events Program with an opportunity for event organisers to further promote their event that is unique to our spectacular region. The 2016 Regional Flagship Events Program provides successful events with annual funding of either $10,000 or triennial funding of $20,000 per year for three years. Expressions of interest for the 2016 Regional Flagship Events Program are open until Sunday 6 September 2015. Applicants whose expressions of interest sufficiently meet the Program criteria will be invited to make full submissions later this year.

The Propeller Fund

The Propeller Fund supports projects that are youth-led, have a social or environmental focus, demonstrate local impact and have community networks.  Applicants must be between 12 and 25 years of age at the time of application and must be an Australian citizen.

NSW Love Food Hate Waste Grants 

Closes 30 September 2015

Variety NSW/ACT Future Kids Equipment & Freedom Program Equipment Organisation Grants

Variety’s Future Kids Program provides funding for education and communication equipment to organisations, including but not limited to books, braille note takers, specialised software, and assistive listening devices. In addition to providing education and communication equipment, Variety’s Future Kids Program also provides support for children to achieve their academic, sports or arts potential through scholarships awarded to small community organisations that cater for children up to the age of 18. Applications close 9 September 2015.

Myer Innovation Fellowships

The Myer Innovation Fellowships will support Australia’s brightest, self-directed leaders to forge breakthrough solutions and articulate actionable ideas which compel our community to respond. Fellows will take nine months away from their current role to pursue a nascent idea that has the capacity to radically shift our approaches to the challenges facing the social and environmental sectors in Australia today. The Myer Innovation Fellowships provide recipients with the unrestricted time and support needed to develop their ground-breaking idea into a plan for action. Fellows will each receive $100,000 for their nine month commitment to the program along with select administrative and operational support. Closes 13 September 2015.

What could your community group do with $20,000?

The Stronger Communities Program lets Members of Parliament engage with their communities to recommend capital investment projects that strengthen their communities.

Up to $150,000 of funding will be available in Newcastle for small capital projects which improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of our local community. Grants of between $5,000 and up to a maximum of $20,000 are available, with applicants required to confirm matched funding in-cash or in-kind on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis. Please refer to the eligibility criteria for more details. Questions and more information? Call my office on 4926 1555 during business hours or email sharon.claydon.mp@aph.gov.au

Australia Council for the Arts Grant Programs

The following Australia Council for the Arts Grant Programs are now open for applications:

– Development Grants for Individuals and Groups – $5,000-$25,000
– Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups – $10,000-$50,000
– Arts Projects – Organisations – $10,000-$150,000
– Four Year Funding – Organisations
– Fellowships – $80,000


ING Direct – Dreamstarter

Crowdfunding campaigns – for projects that will create positive social impact, that are original, shareable and likely to succeed. Closes 30 August 2015.

Medibank Community Grants

The Medibank Community Grants will support local initiatives throughout Australia that encourage physical activity and help combat the rising number of obese children in communities across the country. Applications are open to community focused not-for-profit organisations. This includes relevant incorporated associations, welfare support agencies, community groups and schools. Closes 21st August 2015.

Stronger Communities Programme

Australian Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development have $5,000 – $20,000 available nationally to fund small capital projects which will deliver social benefits. The programme aims to improve local community participation, cohesion and contribute to vibrant and viable communities. Check the deadline with your local MP. 

Community Inclusion Grants Program- Newcastle Beach and Nobbys Beach Precinct

Surf Life Saving NSW invites applications from businesses, services and community organisations seeking funds for initiatives that will promote the inclusion of people with a disabilityin community life around the Newcastle Beach & Nobbys Beach area – from the water to local parks and reserves and businesses. Up to $5K and up to $20K grants are available. Contact Meredith for more information on (02) 9471 8085 or mharrison@surflifesaving.com.au.

Caring for Ageing Rural Australians – Small Grants

Up to $10,000 designed to support projects and activities that benefit and support older people living in small rural and remote communities. Closes 14 August 2015.

Youth Opportunities Funding

Up to $1 million is being made available to NGOs and Local Government for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus. The funds are available through the Youth Opportunities program which provides one-off time-limited grants of up to $50,000 each to projects which engage young people to lead and participate in a range of community development activities. Applications open July 27th and close August 31st.

Regional Arts Fund

Applications for the Regional Arts Fund for 2016 close on Friday 14 August. Funding is targeted at activities that will have long-term cultural, economic and social benefits for individuals and communities by:

  • Developing partnerships and cultural networks;
  • Providing artists with professional development and employment opportunities;
  • Supporting arts and community development projects that provide local communities with the opportunity to participate in, and access cultural activities, and
  • Emphasising building capacity in disadvantaged, youth, very remote and/or Indigenous communities

Aboriginal Arts Fellowship

The $30,000 fellowship will support an Aboriginal artist to showcase their work and expand their skills. This fellowship is a terrific opportunity for an Aboriginal artist to undertake professional development. The recipient can undertake a self-directed program of professional development that could include travel, mentorships, residences, workshops, research and creation of new work.  It is available to Aboriginal artists in all art forms including collections and cultural heritage, community arts and cultural development, dance, literature, multi-art form, music, theatre and visual arts.

Applications for the fellowship close on Monday 10 August.

Building Safe Communities for Women

Australian Department of Social Services have up to $150,000 to support communities to implement practical solutions to reduce violence against women and their children; to help prevent this violence into the future; and to make a positive difference for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. Closes 27 August 2015.

Australian Ethical Community Grants

Funds charitable, benevolent and conservation purposes as part of a contribution to a positive and sustainable society. $5,000-$20,000 available. Closes 3 August 2015.

Community Building Partnership

Up to $300,000 is available through the NSW Government to fund projects which benefit local communities through the building or improvement of facilities to deliver positive social, recreational or environmental outcomes. Closes 7 August 2015.

Holden Home Ground Advantage

Local sporting clubs are an integral part of the Australian way of life, much like Holden. That’s why we’ve made a long term commitment to helping grass roots sport by giving local clubs the chance to upgrade their facilities with the Holden Home Ground Advantage project. You can apply for a grant of up to $10,000 or $100,000 for your local sporting club. Applications close August 31st 2015.

Regional Arts Funding (RAF)

Applications for the 2016 funding round of the Regional Arts Fund are now open. The closing date is August 14 2015, and projects must occur between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2016. The Regional Arts Fund provides grants supporting arts and cultural activities in regional NSW that are sustainable, have long term cultural, economic and social benefits, develop partnerships and cultural networks and provide skills development opportunities.

The Bennelong Foundation

The Bennelong Foundation aims to enhance community wellbeing and provide opportunities for positive and lasting change in our community. To help guide the distribution of grants to worthwhile organisations, the Foundation has identified seven key areas of focus. Grants close August 13th 2015.

·         Education, training and employment

·         Community health

·         Migrant and indigenous community welfare

·         Crisis support

·         Youth at risk

·         Medical research

·         International aid and assistance

Grandparents Day Grants

These $750 grants are designed to help local community, sporting or social groups hold events in their communities. Closes 23 August 2015.

Drought Communities Programme

Australian Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development have grants of $25,000 – $1,500,000 to fund local infrastructure initiatives that provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought in targeted drought affected regions of Australia. Available in NSW and QLD, the applications close 30 Jun 2019. 

Getting It Together Scheme 2015-16

GITS is funded by FaCS Alcohol & Other Drugs Program. Funding is available for young people aged 12-16 years with current/recent alcohol and/or drug misuse problems who require assistance to address a range of issues. It is acknowledged that young adults aged 17-24 years may experience difficulties accessing such services; therefore some flexibility exists for providing services to these older clients. Each brokerage application may be available for a maximum of $300. (all year round)

Gandel Community Grants

Gandel Philanthropy have one-off grants to support programs in the areas of Arts & Culture, Education, Health & Medical Research, Community Development, Social Cohesion & Inclusion and Poverty & Disadvantage. Up to $40,000 available, grants are always open. 


Mental Health Month

Small Grant Applications have been extended for the Aboriginal, CALD & LGBTI categories! Applications for General grants have closed. Applications for these diverse categories will close on 5pm Friday 24th of July. If you have any questions, please contact (02) 9339 6014.

Celebration Grants

Multicultural NSW have grants of $1,000 – $5,000 to fund events and festivals that celebrate cultural diversity. Closes 31 July 2015.

Young Care

Grants totalling $250,000 are being offered to support young people with high care needs who are living at home. Applications close 10 July 2015.

Sunsuper- Dreams for a Better World

The world needs more dreamers. Those that see groups in their community who need a helping hand and dream of ways to make life better for them.

Round 3 (Jan – Sep): Sport & community (Entries close 31 July 2015)
Round 4 (Jan – Dec): Environment & animals (Entries close 31 October 2015)


Propeller exists to celebrate and enable youth-led social change initiatives in local communities across Australia. The Propeller Fund provides grants for young people to start their own project. We’re giving away $500 every week!

Indigenous Languages and Arts (Projects) Grants

Up to $100,000 available for the development, production, presentation, exhibition or performance of Indigenous arts projects that showcase Australia’s traditional and contemporary Indigenous cultural and artistic expressions. Closes 17 July 2015.

Family and Community Services Youth Scholarship

The Youth Scholarship Program assists eligible young people living in social housing or on the NSW Housing Register to complete their HSC or TAFE equivalent.

Two hundred and sixty six scholarships are on offer, each one consists of a one off payment of $1,500 which is administrated by the school or TAFE College on behalf of the student.

Applicants must be:

•           Living in social housing in NSW (public housing, Aboriginal housing, community housing), living in crisis accommodation or on the NSW Housing Register

•           Studying in Year 11 or 12 at a NSW high school or TAFE college for the HSC or TAFE equivalent in 2016

•           Aged 25 years or under on 1 December 2016

•           An Australian citizen or permanent resident

•           Not earning an income higher than the NSW social housing eligibility limits (if earning an income)

Applications close at 5pm, 31 July 2015.

Family and Community Services Youth Scholarship

The Youth Scholarship Program assists eligible young people living in social housing or on the NSW Housing Register to complete their HSC or TAFE equivalent.Two hundred and sixty six scholarships are on offer, each one consists of a one off payment of $1,500 which is administrated by the school or TAFE College on behalf of the student. Applications close July 31st 2015.

Future2 Make the Difference! grants

The 2015 Future2 Make the Difference! grants are now open to applications from community not-for-profits with programs to support socially and financially disadvantaged young Australians between 12 and 25 years of age. Applications close on 31 July.

Types of grant – applicants may apply for two types of grant

  • a short-term grant of up to $10,000 in one year
  • a multi-year grant with total value up to $30,000 over three years

It’s All About the Song Grants

Work with a producer to produce and deliver a finished song. The grant covers the producer’s fee, one day’s studio time plus overdubs, mixing and mastering. Up to $3,500 available, closes 31 July 2015.


Real Insurance – Real Needs

  • Child sporting initiatives
  • Education programs / schools (such as reading lessons in aboriginal communities)
  • Play / weekend away programs
  • Domestic violence retreats for children
  • Behavioural issues treatment
  • Mental Health issues management
  • Trauma intervention centres
  • Agricultural training programs
  • Drama centres / the arts for children who have trouble with social interaction.
  • Charities that focus on children welfare, health, disabilities
  • Outback / Indigenous community centres
  • Family services agencies
  • Homeless shelters for children

Applications close 28 June 2015

Jetstar Flying Start Programme NSW/ACT Grants

Jetstar Flying Start Programme invites community groups and organisations to apply for a grant for $30,000, made up of $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of travel with Jetstar, to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community. Closes 30 June 2015.

Cadbury Fundraiser Community Grants

The intention of the grant program is to support a wide range of community-based projects that increase social inclusion and enhance community engagement in Australia. Closes Friday 28 November 2015.

CommBank Cricket Club Sponsorship

This year, we’re offering local cricket clubs the chance to apply for one of our Club Sponsorships. Each consists of a two-year, $2,000 financial commitment each year, as well as cricket gear. You’ll also get CommBank cricket merchandise, such as Commonwealth Bank marquees, to use on game days. Closes 9 August 2015.


The 2015 Future2 Make the Difference grants are now open to applications from community not-for-profits with programs to support socially and financially disadvantaged young Australians between 12 and 25 years of age.

Wyong Shire Council Sponsorship Program

Does your initiative need a boost? Make it happen with sponsorship! Our Sponsorship Program aims to build the profile of Wyong Shire and improve the quality of life of our local residents. Sponsorship assists initiatives, events and activities to go from idea to reality, enhancing the quality and variety of initiatives on offer in the Shire. Sponsorship Funding Expressions of Interest close 5:00pm, 15 June 2015.

ClubGRANTS Scheme – Maitland area- Ongoing

Regional Arts —Quick Response GrantsOngoing

Coca-Cola GrantsOngoing

Up to $10,000, open for applications all year, age group is 12 – 25. Click on the above link for more info and applications.


The Financial Literacy Australia (FLA) Grants

The Financial Literacy Australia (FLA) Grants program supports not-for-profit organisations to advance financial literacy in Australia. You may have a great existing program with demonstrated results that could be expanded to reach more people. You may want to experiment with a new type of financial literacy program. You may want to evaluate an existing program to measure its impact and how it can be improved. Or you may have a proposal for research that will make a real difference. Expressions of Interest close on 29 May 2015.

SUEZ Environment Community Grants

This grants program looks for groups and projects that would help everyday people to interact, inspire or influence others to make real, positive change in their local community. Closes 22 May 2015.

Eco Schools grants program

In 2015 the Eco Schools grants program has combined with the Food Gardens  In Schools program to make it easier for schools to apply for funding.  Closes 15 May 2015.

St George Foundation Funding 

* Partner with the smaller community organisations who attract little funding from government and who aren’t big enough to generate significant fundraising income of their own.

*Invest in projects that will improve the lives of Australian children who are physically, socially or economically disadvantaged. Closes 5:00PM 12 June 2015

Whole Kids Small Seeds Community Grants

The Whole Kids Small Seeds Community Grants Program supports grassroots organisations and groups that are working hard in their local communities to improve children’s health and wellbeing through innovative and impactful projects.

Real Needs Community Grants  Program

The Real Needs program provides grants to community organisations that work with disadvantaged or under privileged children. We encourage a range of organisations to apply for grants, including learning programs, sporting clubs, domestic violence retreats, agricultural training programs and children’s charities.

Nominations Open 2015 Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards

 The Awards recognise excellence among journalists, photographers, editors and publishers in print, radio, television and digital media across 12 award categories.

Netball Nation Grants – OPEN

Closes May 28th 2015

Further Information:   http://www.sportsfocus.com.au/netball-nation-grants-open/

Jetstar Flying Start Programme- $30,000, made up of $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of travel with Jetstar —Grants awarded quarterly

Grant Guru Australia’s free searchable listing of grants and funding programs for community based and not-for-profit organisations.

Social Policy Resources – A Guide to Community Grants The guide provides Links to selected sources of Commonwealth, State and Territory financial assistance to community groups, A selection of links to non-government organisations which provide community grants and links to commercial services providing grant information via subscription. The guide does not include links to scholarships, fellowships or research grants.

Community Builders Looking for funding for your community project? Here’s a list of funding programs from federal, state and local government, as well as institutions, philanthropic trusts and businesses. Search by the kind of project you’re looking to fund, or by the organisation you’re looking for funding from.


Mercy Foundation Small Grants

Closes: 31/03/2015


February 2015

RYDON Aboriginal Arts Grant Application form & guidelines

Closes: 13/02/2015

Commonwealth Community Grants

Closes: 27/02/2015 5pm

Terms and Conditions Referral Information Compass Housing- Grow a Star

Closes: Ongoing

James N Kirby Foundation Grants

Closes: midnight 28/02/2015

IOOF Foundation Grants

Closes: 25/02/2015

NSW Arts and Disability Project Funding

Closes: midnight  9/02/2015

The Arts NSW  2015 Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund (ARAF) 

Closes: midnight  9/02/2015

January 2015

RYDON Aboriginal Arts Grant Application form & guidelines

Closes: 13/02/2015

Coca-Cola Foundation

Closes: 27/02/2015

Law and Justice Foundation of NSW General Grants Round 1

Open now

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation

Closes: 17/04/2015