Disability Funding Resources

Maroondah City Council - Community Grants Scheme

The funding program has two schemes:

The Community Grants Scheme offers assistance to not-for-profit community groups to develop programs, projects and events that enhance community wellbeing.

The Arts and Cultural Grants Scheme provides funding for not-for-profit organisations for the implementation of community arts projects, festivals and events.

Applications are currently open for the 2013/2014 financial year and close 4pm on Friday 7 June 2013.

Andrews Foundation Grants 

Grants are made to organisations in Victoria and the Trust gives priority to:

Social Disadvantage, Needs and ProblemsSocial Disadvantage, Needs and Problems

The Trust sees the need to assist organisations that work in the area of social disadvantage, needs and problems in order to help individuals and groups to find sustainable solutions to their issues. The Trust favours the targeting of such issues by locally based organisations. However, the Trust will not make Grants to pay for salaries. The usual limit for such a Grant is $10,000.00.

Small Grants for Smaller Community Organisations

These Grants are aimed to help community organisations that are locally based to either get started or enhance an existing project. The Trust will look to significant contributions from volunteers and other community organisations when making a Grant. The usual limit for such a Grant is $5,000.00.


The Trust will accept Applications from kindergartens, schools (primary and secondary) for projects of building or equipment and innovative programs that will assist students. These programs must be locally based and be designed to benefit a substantial number of students. Applications may also be made by universities and TAFE colleges for Grants for the purposes stated above. The usual limit for such a Grant is $20,000.00.

The closing dates for applications are the end of the first week in each of March, June and November.

The Honda Foundation

The Honda Foundation provides financial assistance to deserving charities - approved bodies that focus their activities on the disadvantaged, disabled or those suffering from long-term, life threatening illnesses.  

10 July 2012. Applications close 10 June 2012.

8 November 2012. Applications close 8 October 2012.

Commonwealth Bank 2011 Staff Community Fund Community Grants

Our 2012 Community Grants program will open Monday, 28 May 2012 and close 5:00pm AEST Friday, 29 June 2012

Our Community Grants program awards grants of up to $10,000 to not for profit organisations that support the health and wellbeing of Australian children.

australianethical AEI Community Grants

australianethical donates 10% of its profit to useful charitable, benevolent and conservation projects.

Applications close at midnight 1 July 2013 and grant recipients will be announced in August 2013.

RACV Community Foundation

The RACV Community Foundation has grants available of up to $10,000 to help grassroots organisations.  The 2013 grant round opens on Monday March 4 at 9am. For more information or to apply, click the 'apply for a grant' button. The 2013 grant round closes on Friday July 5 at 5pm.

For more information email foundation@racv.com.au or call 03 9790 2919.

Knox City Council - Community Development Fund Grants

The Community Development Fund aims to support and strengthen not-for-profit community groups and organisations in developing local solutions to local needs.

The 6 week application period for the 2013-14 funding round will open Monday 27 May and close at 5pm Friday 5 July 2013.

ANZ Staff Foundation Grants

The ANZ Staff Foundation was established in 1988 as a perpetual charitable trust to build a permanent source of funds to meet the real and emerging needs of charities in Australia. Closing dates are 15 January and 15 July each year.

nib Foundation - Community Grants

Preference will be given to programs that address one of nib foundation's identified focal areas.

Often invisible contributors to the health of the community, Australia’s 2.6 million carers have been identified as facing some of the lowest levels of wellbeing in society.

Carers often experience significant personal challenges including employment difficulties, lack of time to maintain personal physical and mental health, as well as stress and depression.

nib foundation aims to address the needs of carers by supporting health and wellbeing programs designed specifically to improve the lives of carers through additional support and resources.

Young People - under 25 years
Despite the many positive indicators of the health and wellbeing of young Australians, the next generation continue to face significant health challenges including high rates of mental illness, lack of physical activity and rising obesity, and at risk behaviours related to drugs and alcohol.

nib foundation is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of young people by supporting innovative and age-appropriate programs,adding value to existing services, or developing new approaches to these health issues.

The next Community Grant funding round will open on Monday 1 July 2013 and close on Friday 19 July 2013. The application form will be available to download during May 2013.

The William Angliss (Victoria) Charitable Fund

Applications for funds are accepted only from Victorian organisations in the following categories:  Multiple service organisations, Services for the ageing, Services for children and families, Services for the disabled,  Services provided by hospitals and health organisations, Services for research purposes and Services for youth welfare.

Closing date for applications: 31st July

Future 2

Future2’s grants focus on the under 25s who may be financially disadvantaged, homeless, juvenile justice offenders, drug or alcohol dependent, disabled or Indigenous. Grants are awarded to projects and programs in the areas of financial literacy, skills training, work experience, community service or mentoring.

The 2012 Make the Difference! grants program opened to applications on 24 April and closes on 31 July.

Bennelong Foundation

The Bennelong Foundation aims to enhance community wellbeing and provide opportunities for positive and lasting change in our community. The Foundation has identified five key areas of focus: Community Health, Migrant Community Welfare, Crisis Support, Youth at risk and Medical Research.

For 2013, the closing date for applications for the first round of funding is 15 February 2013 and for the second round, 23 August 2013.

State Trustees Australia Foundation

Eligible Victorian community and not-for-profit organisations can apply for a limited number of discretionary grants up to $10,000 for projects that support:

Ageing well, Social and emotional wellbeing and Disability

Preference is given to initiatives which benefit Victorians

Applications received between 1 July – 31 August each year

Disabilities Donations Trust

The Disability Donations Trust (the Trust) is a set of charitable bequests, sitting under the umbrella of the Psychiatric Illness and Intellectual Disabilities Donations Trust Fund (PIIDDTF). The Trust provides grants to people with a disability as defined by the Disability Act 2006. 

Eligibility for a grant
The grants are available for people experiencing financial hardship and who are unable to access assistance from government funding programs or other funding sources. Some of the bequests have more specific criteria than others.

Further information about the grants and who may be eligible to receive them, is available on the Disabilities Donations Trust Fact Sheet

Quarterly Funding Rounds close at 5:00pm on the last business day of February, May, August and November.

Ivy H Thomas & Arthur A Thomas Trust

To provide funding for the general benefit of charity. Applications are open for projects that are of a charitable nature. 

applications between June - August each year.

Ivor Ronald Evans Foundation

The Ivor Ronald Evans Foundation was established for the general benefit of charity in Victoria.

To provide funding to eligible charitable organisations in Victoria.

Funding is for the benefit of:

a public benevolent institution; or
a hospital not conducted for profit by a society or association; or
religious or public scientific or public educational purposes in Victoria.

1 Aug - Expression of Interest round opens

30 Aug - Expression of Interest round closes

Shire of Yarra Ranges (Community Development Grants) 

Community Development grants up to $6,000 are available to strengthen local communities. Community groups can apply for funding of projects that support life-long learning and enhance the community's capacity to achieve their goals.

Applications for the 2013-2014 Community Development Grants will open in July and close in September.

William Buckland Foundation – ANZ Charitable

The William Buckland Foundation provides funding to support activities, organisations and project which focus on the health and wellbeing, particularly children and young people.
Applications close: 1 March & 1 September

Alfred Felton Request

The Bequest would like to support the development of ideas and catalytic projects that assist women and families in the raising of children and that have the potential to enhance the physical and emotional health of women and children and young people within Victoria.

The Bequest allocates some small grants under $10,000 to special projects that will alleviate a pressing need.   The closing date is 1 April each year.

Major Grants $10,000 - $80,000 per annum. Closing date 1 September each year

The Reeve Foundation Quality of Life ProgramQuality of Life Grants Program The Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide services to individuals with paralysis.  Quality of Life grants are awarded to programs or projects that improve the daily lives of people with paralysis.

Since 1999, the Reeve Foundation has provided almost 2,000 grants totaling over $15 million to organisations worldwide that help improve opportunities, access and quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and their communities. This program recognizes the unique and numerous needs of these individuals and the importance of providing services and programs that enable them to participate in all areas of life.

Application Process and Requirements

2012 Online Application Deadlines: September 4, 2012

Besen Family Foundation (Health & Welfare)

Grants for Health and Welfare are provided to not-for-profit organisations based in Victoria.

The Besen Family Foundation has three priority areas for grantmaking: Arts & Culture; Health & Welfare and Jewish Interests. Grants are made to support the immediate and long-term needs of the wider community in Victoria and in Israel.


Mental health - with the exception of projects with a community cultural development focus

Disability - with the exception of projects with a community cultural development focus

Grants up to $10,000 will be given. Applicants requesting larger amounts are encouraged to discuss their request with the Executive Officer before submitting.

The closing date for applications in 2013:

Funding Round One: Thursday 28 March 2013
Funding Round Two: Wednesday 25 September 2013

Sisters of Charity Foundation

The Mission of the Sisters of Charity Foundation and its Ministry Fund is to provide support for and financial assistance to community initiatives that will benefit poor and marginalised people. There are two funding rounds, closing on 31 March and 30 September, each year

The Leith Trust

The Leith Trust is an Anglican orientated trust that focuses on supporting projects and programs located in Victoria, aimed at helping the disadvantaged with a bias towards children, youth and families.   The annual closing date for applications is 30 September.  An average grant is between $5,000 and $10,000

Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund

This education fund is about helping people complete or undertake courses and programs through providing small grants.

Our fund is looking to distribute small six monthly grants of up to $2,500 to assist people with disabilities to continue their learning.

Contact Frank at info@adipef.org.au

Eligibility:  People with disabilities of any age may apply for any assistance to help with both formal and informal education. While people may need assistance to complete the application, we would like a letter in the persons own words telling us why they want to learn.

The closing dates for the Education Fund are every six months at the end of March and September each year. Our next deadline is 30 September 2012.

Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

Small Grants

The Small Grants program makes “once off” grants for small scale projects across the target areas selected by the Trustees to a maximum of $25,000 per grant.

Applications are sought from eligible charitable organisations for projects that fit within the following criteria:

A “stand alone” activity or project that addresses a particular need

An element or component of a larger program that is already operating – not a request for a general contribution to a large scale project

The purchase of equipment, furniture, fittings or the refurbishment of part of a building to improve the facilities from which an activity or program is operated.

The Impact Grants program makes grants above $25,000 across the five target areas: Education and Vocational Training, Programs to strengthen rural and regional communities, Land Stewardship, Arts and Culture and Health and Medical Research

Impact Grants

The Impact Grants stream makes grants above $25,000 across the Trust’s target areas (except for the health and medical research fellowships).

Impact Grants express the Trust’s desire to make a significant contribution or, to achieve impact, through social investment in the particular target areas of current community needs and priorities.

Impact Grants may be provided over one to five years and are designed to fund a “stand alone” program, project or activity across one or more of the target areas that:

  • responds to a specific need
  • is developmental and/or innovative
  • builds on partnerships and creates leverage
  • is based on a significant body of knowledge or research
  • includes an outcome evaluation
  • details the strategy(s) for sustainability (if appropriate) beyond the grant period

Closing dates are as follows:

  • 31 January – for consideration at the March meeting
    30 April – for consideration at the June meeting
  • 30 September – for consideration at the November meeting

Tobin Brothers Foundation

The Tobin Brothers Foundation seeks to assist a diverse range of worthy organisations who might otherwise have difficulty in raising the funds for a specific purpose.  Limited to a maximum of $2,500. 

The applications for this year will be open from 1st September 2012 and close on Thursday 11th October 2012

Pierce Armstrong Foundation

Provides funding for public charitable purposes.  Target group includes People with Intellectual Disabilities, People with Physical Disabilities, People with Major Health Issues and People from Disadvantaged Backgrounds.  At present there are two grant rounds each year in June and December.

Applications for the June distribution in any year must be received no later than 15 April.

Applications for the December distribution must be received no later than 15 October.

Gandel Charitable Trust

The Gandel Charitable Trust will fund charitable activities in Victoria and National organisations.  Applications are taken all year round.  Applicants must have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

How to apply - An expression of interest form can be obtained by calling 8564 1288

Peter Brock Foundation

Funding Categories include the following: Welfare, e.g. preventative programs that help young disadvantaged people.  Community Programs, e.g. particularly those that emphasise a growing understanding of self-reliance and responsibility. Social issues, e.g. programs that help people and the community overcome social challenges

Telstra’s Disability Equipment Program

Telstra's Disability Equipment Program has been designed to provide eligible customers with specialised equipment to access the standard telephone service. If you have a disability and are unable to access the standard telephone handset, Telstra's Disability Equipment Program may have a product to suit your needs.

Walter and Eliza Hall Trust - The Survival Fund

The Survival Fund is an initiative of the Walter and Eliza Hall Trust, created with the aim of raising additional funds to assist those affected by poverty who find themselves in a crisis.

The Arthur Marsden Whiting’s Sympathy Fund

To provide assistance to individuals of the Protestant faith with a primary physical disability who are in need of financial assistance. Grants are available for equipment, treatment, education or training and other types of assistance needed to care for a person with a disability.

Sidney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation - Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program

Ongoing.  Grants are capped at $10,000

R.E. Ross Trust

The Ross Trust's granting priorities are the following: (a) Improvement of social and economic outcomes for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Victoria. (b) Improvement of outcomes for children in their early years and (c) Improvement of access to and achievement of equity and excellence in public education.

IOOF Foundation

The IOOF Foundation will support the following areas: Disadvantaged families; Aged care; and Disadvantaged children and youth.

Westpac Foundation

From 2012 we will fund community initiatives through local grants through the support of the Branch and Commercial Bank employees of our major supporter, Westpac Banking Corporation.

These smaller grants from $10,000 will make a difference at the grassroots, through connecting Westpac employees with their local communities. The support goes beyond financial assistance, to the offer of volunteers and business expertise.

Victorian Community Support Grants - DPCD

Community Support Grants (CSG) aim to build resilient and adaptable communities with:

improved community infrastructure, facilities and services
improved community connections
communities taking action on their own behalf

Community Infrastructure projects up to $500,000

Community Infrastructure planning up to $30,000

Community Initiatives projects up to $50,000

There are 3 funding categories available.

This program is open for applications on an ongoing basis.

 Australian Communication Exchange Sponsorship Program

To support events or projects that will benefit the Australian Deaf community and Australians with a speech, communication or hearing impairment.
Max funding per grant: $20,000. Closing date: ongoing, apply by mail info@aceinfo.net.au

The Shane Warne Foundation (TSWF)

TSWF accept submissions, over the course of the year, from charities in dire need of facilities, services and the myriad of other requirements that are a constant need for the care of seriously ill and underprivileged children.

State Trustees Community Grants

Eligible Victorian community and not-for-profit organisations can apply for a limited number of discretionary grants up to $5,000 for projects that support: People living with an intellectual disability, people living with a physical disability, people living with a mental illness, people coping with bereavement or older people

Dan Murphys

As part of Dan Murphy’s ongoing commitment to the communities in which they operate, an amount of funds are available to the community via ‘Dan Murphy’s in the Community’ in the form of donations.

Unfortunately, their resources do not allow them to support individuals and all groups in need in the community. They support groups that focus on children’s health, rural and regional Australia and education and employment. Dan Murphy’s does not support individuals, religious, political groups or sporting bodies.

Kindergarten Inclusion Support Packages For Children with Severe Disabilities

Offer supplementary assistance to support the inclusion of children with severe disabilities to access their local kindergarten programs.

An Information and Application Kit is available to families and kindergarten programs seeking support for children with severe disabilities to access and participate in their local funded kindergarten program. The Information and Application Kit contains information guidelines, an application form and details of where to send the completed form.

Connecting Communities Grants Program - Optus

The Connecting Communities Grants Program is part of our commitment to building better Australian communities. Optus people are given the opportunity to submit an application on behalf of a not-for-profit organisation, and not-for-profit organisations are able to submit an application directly, for a grant of up to $5,000 that will be used to address the Optus community investment focus areas.

Applications will reopen in May 2011.

yes’ Optus Community Grants

The ‘yes’ Optus Community Grants Program funding will be awarded to projects aimed at supporting disengaged youth and/or activities that build social inclusion.

Applications can only be submitted via one of the following online application process and must be received by Friday 12th August 2011, 5pm.

Disability Self Help Grants

The Victorian Government’s commitment to supporting people with a disability and their families is reflected in the provision of non-recurrent operating grants of up to $5000 for disability self help groups.

Disability Self Help Grants 2011 are available to assist disability self help groups in financing either:

General expenses and/or
Minor works and equipment.

Disability Self Help Grants 2011 applications are now open. They close 18 November 2011.

Sunshine Foundation Grants

The Sunshine Foundation has gone through a recent generational transition. As part of this transition, the trustees of the Sunshine Foundation have decided to change the manner in which the Foundation’s grants are made in order to target projects more effectively in conjunction with grant recipients, thereby enabling the Foundation’s support to be refined and developed with the recipients over a longer period. As a result, the Foundation will no longer be accepting unsolicited applications. Rather, the trustees will be seeking to form relationships with organisations to fund specific projects.

Any enquiries should be directed to the secretary of the Foundation.


Perpetual Trustees Grant

The Foundations managed by Perpetual support a wide range of charitable purposes and projects within the community. 2011 funding round – applications are now open. 

Applications open: Friday, 28 October 2011

Applications close: Thursday, 12 January 2012 - 5pm EDST

Supported Accommdation Innovation Fund (SAIF)

The Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund (SAIF) has been established to build innovative, community-based supported accommodation places for people with disability. This initiative will help to address the shortfall in supported accommodation and respite for people with disability and their families and carers by creating up to 150 new places. This recognises that appropriate housing and support arrangements are critically important to supporting younger people with disability.

Supported accommodation and respite places will be targeted at adults with severe or profound disability in need of supported accommodation or respite who may be on waiting lists and who may have ageing carers.

Closing Date 20 January 2012

Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation - Major Grants

Major grants are may be valued at up to $150,000 over one year or up to $300,000 over two years. Expressions of Interest applications are accepted from organisations that have not received a Major Grant from the Foundation in the last three years.

Major grants are focused on delivering projects designed to address one or more of the following priority areas:

 · Youth mental wellbeing

· Ageing with a lifelong disability

Expressions of Interest for Major Grants close on Friday 17th February 2012.

Arts Victoria - Community Partnerships Grants

The Community Partnerships program supports collaborations between professional artists, arts companies and Victorian communities.

The Community Partnerships program accepts applications from individuals and arts and community organisations, including local government.

The proposal must involve:

  • A professional Victorian artist, group of artists or arts company
  • An artistic activity
  • Demonstrated community support including at least one confirmed community partner.

Funding sought from Arts Victoria must be directed towards costs associated with the artistic work, such as artist fees, materials, development, construction and production.

Closing dates - 25 February 2013 for projects starting on or after 1 July 2013 

Max e Grants 

Max e Grants is a small grants program that enables education providers to nominate children for assistance. Sometimes it just takes something small to help them on their way, for instance assistance with school books and stationery, uniforms and equipment, special tuition or support with excursions.

If you are a community group, school, kindergarten or day care centre that know of a disadvantaged child or young person who is eligible for a grant, apply today.


Current round closes on 28 February 2013

Successful/Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by 31 March 2013

James N. Kirby Foundation

The Foundation's overall goal is to distribute grants to charitable, educational and technical bodies throughout Australia in the areas of health, education, technology and science, art, and literature. Consideration will only be given to applications received between 1 November 2012 and 28 February 2013.

ING Foundation Grants

ING DIRECT's Community Impact program aims to make a positive and meaningful difference in the community. As an innovative company, we believe in supporting social innovation - new and different ways to address pressing needs in our community.

Grant applications must address at least one of the below focus areas*:

- Youth Disadvantage

- Education

- Youth Health and Mental Health

Application for the March 2013 funding round will open in January 2013.

Community Inclusion For People with a Disability in Victoria (ANZ Trustees)

The Program funds projects in Victoria which:

  • enable children with physical disabilities to gain access to mainstream community activities
  • provide access to work, education and mainstream community activities for people with physical, intellectual or psychiatric disabilities. Size of grants range from $2,000 - 30,000

Closes 1 March each year

Charitable purposes in Victoria 

The Program funds projects in Victoria which aim to: support disadvantaged families in the rearing and development of children, build the capacity of community organisations to strengthen and support the needs of family and community or support community arts/cultural programs that enable disadvantaged families to engage with community or services. Grant size $5,000 - 25,000. Closing date 1 March each year.

The Jack Brockhoff Foundation

Priority Funding Areas include the following: Children and Youth, Health and Medical & Community Development and Support

Children & Youth, Community Development & Support, Medical Grants Applications

Opening 1 February 2013 Closing 15 March 2013 

 Mental Health Conference Funding Program

The purpose of the Mental Health Conference Funding Program is to both promote the involvement of consumers and carers at mental health themed conferences and events, and support the delivery of those events with a mental health clinical/professional focus.

The next funding round will close Friday June 8, 2012

Future Funding Rounds
31 July 2012 - 31 August 2012

SBS Foundation

SBS set up the SBS Foundation in 2009 to support Australian charities and community organisations by donating advertising on television to promote their activities.

The online application form is available on this page from January to April each year.

City of Whitehorse – Community Grants

 Please note, in 2012/2013 Council will undertake a tender process for grants in the following categories:

Family, youth and children's support and counselling services
Family violence
Emergency relief.

Grant applications for the 2012/2013 financial year open on Monday 5 March 2012 and will close on Friday 12 April 2013.

St George Foundation 

Fund Round Guidelines:

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. 

Our grants are allocated via four funding rounds per annum. Applications will only be accepted on the application form available at www.stgeorgefoundation.com.au and must be emailed to stgeorgefoundationgrants@stgeorge.com.au.

The funding Round will close at 5pm on the 12th of April 2013.

Bendigo Bank Bayswater, Boronia & Ringwood Community Grants Program   Charitable and Not-for-profit Organisations can apply for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities. Contributing to their development in building social capital, community welfare, environmental, health, education or cultural areas

Applications close 13 April 2012.

The Marian and E.H. Flack Trust

The Trust supports the following areas:

Medical research, services to aged care, services to disadvantaged individuals and families, services to community health (includes services that directly support individuals or families with a medical condition, disability, addiction and/or mental illness) and multiple service organisations

The Trust accepts applications only during the months of March and April each year. Applications must be lodged no later than 30 April

auDA Foundation

Established in 2005, the auDA Foundation makes annual grants to promote and encourage education and research activities that will enhance the utility of the Internet for the benefit of the Australian community. This grant scheme will provide financial support for projects that satisfy the objectives of the auDA Foundation.  

2012 Funding Round

The auDA Foundation will be accepting Grant applications for the 2012 Funding Round from 23rd April, 2012 and will close on 25th May, 2012 at 5pm AEST.

  2009 Grant recipients (projects) include:

  • Interpret-ED Project
    A national online Auslan interpreter training and professional development program that delivers training and professional development for signed language interpreters throughout Australia.
  • Online support and Education Program for People with Cystic Fibrosis
    Online support and education program to connect cystic fibrosis sufferers and their families to others having similar experiences providing them with and the most up to date health information.

RACV – Minor Sponsorship

RACV provides financial and in-kind assistance to many local charitable and non-profit community organisations and groups.

Sponsorships may be considered for events, organisations, programs and activities, and should demonstrate a good fit with RACV’s values and one or more of the areas below:

Arts and leisure
Community development
Health and well-being
Mobility and safety

Minor sponsorships generally do not exceed $2,000. 

Opening date 1 May 2013 Closing date 31 May 2013Equity Trustees Foundation

Category – Charitable Nature.

In 2012 we are calling for applications from organisations in the disability sector within Australia.

Funding is not available for medical research, deficit funding, travel, individuals and general fundraising appeals.    The 2012 funding round closing date is 20 July 2012.

Other avenues in finding funding

Australian Council for the Arts

The Australia Council is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body.


GrantsLINK makes it easier to find suitable and relevant grants for your community projects from the many Australian government grants that are available.

Our Community

The Community Funding Centre provides free help sheets, services, newsletters, books and training to help community groups improve their fundraising abilities and become healthier and more viable.

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