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Community funding resources

Aboriginal Community Initiatives Fund 2022-23

Aboriginal led organisations and partnerships across Victoria are invited to apply for funding from a pool of $2.2 million for projects that educate, prevent, reduce and respond to family violence in their communities.

Applications close 14 July 2022 at 5pm

AMP Foundation (COVID-19) grants

AMP Foundation is offering $2 million in grants to help Australian non-profit organisations build their capacity to support and strengthen communities.

Our COVID-19 Community Boost grants are designed to support Australian non-profit organisations  impacted by the pandemic – either through increased demand for their services or by having to adapt to delivering community support in the new operating environment. 

Eligible non-profits can apply for grants of up to $200,000 from 1 June until 18 June.

AMP's Tomorrow Fund Grants

Established in 2014, AMP’s Tomorrow Fund awards up to $1million in grants each year to amazing Australians doing great things in their communities. Grant recipients work in a diverse range of fields and include artists, athletes, social innovators, scientists, educators, disability advocates, technologists, filmmakers, fashion designers, medical researchers and musicians. The grants can be used for a range of activities, including travel, equipment, study costs, research and more.

Andrews Foundation Grants

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

Projects which are designed to enhance the educational and social needs of young people; designed to develop, test and implement creative solutions to persistent, difficult social and environmental needs and problems; requests for small Grants to enable smaller community organisations to begin or continue to make a positive difference in their communities; and Grants from applicants with a major number of volunteers from the community the applicant seeks to benefit.

Ansvar Insurance Community Education Program Grants

Aim of the Community Education Program Grants

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.

Ardoch Youth Foundation

Ardoch is a children’s education charity focused on improving educational outcomes for children and young people in disadvantaged communities.

They partner with schools and early years services to deliver tailored education support programs that aim to increase engagement in education, build aspirations, enhance learning outcomes and increase the confidence of children and young people living in disadvantaged communities.

auDA Foundation

The auDA Foundation aims to enhance the utility of the Internet for all Australians. The Foundation typically offers grants in the range of $5,000 to $25,000 to not-for-profit organisations and research institutions.

Australian Communities Foundation

As a public ancillary fund, Australian Communities Foundation represents around 310 subfunds, each with their own funding priorities and interests. Our donors are part of an engaged community of individuals, families, corporate giving groups, location-based giving circles and like-minded groups.

As part of our donor engagement, ACF hosts a Funding Proposal Portal that allows our Donor community to identify grant opportunities aligned with their interests.

If you have any questions, or if you are having issues submitting your proposal, contact the Grants Team at: or (03) 9412 0412.

Australian Council for the Arts - Funding

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

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


Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund

The Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund (ADIPEF) will assist indigenous and non-indigenous people with disability to participate in both formal and informal education programs through small grants. Realising that the work to empower people with disability is ongoing we have long considered the best way to support this is through further education and learning.

For many, a small financial grant will enable them to undertake a course. This education fund is about helping people complete or undertake courses and programs through providing small grants. Our fund is looking to distribute small quarterly grants of up to $2,500 to assist people with disabilities to continue their learning.

People with disabilities of any age living in Australia 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.

Australia’s Disability Strategy – National Disability Conference Initiative 

The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open competitive process to apply for grant funding under the National Disability Conference Initiative (NDCI) 2022–23. The NDCI is delivered as part of the activities supporting the aims in Australia’s Disability Strategy and assists in delivering improved outcomes for people with disability and their carers.

This grant opportunity provides grants to conference organisers to assist people with disability participate in nationally focused, disability related, conferences held in Australia. Grants will support eligible conference organisers to provide accessibility measures that will maximise the inclusion and participation of people with disability at their conference. This in turn supports the vision of Australia’s Disability Strategy.


australianethical AEI Community Grants

Every year Australian Ethical Investment donates 10% of its pre-tax profit to organisations making a positive difference in the world.

We seek applications from organisations seeking funding for new or existing projects delivering tangible outcomes that positively impact the planet, people and/or animals. We treat each application on its merits but do have some basic requirements. For example, we require your organisation to have an ABN (or Incorporation Number) and an Australian bank account.

Australian Ethical 2021 Visionary Grants

Areas of focus:

  • Stopping sources of carbon pollution
  • Supporting carbon sinks
  • Educating and empowering women and girls

Size of grants

$20,000 - $100,000

Australian Government - Department of Social Services (grants)

The Department of Social Services (DSS) grant arrangements include three streamlined programs based on common social policy functions.

The programs have been designed to streamline services to make the most of common client needs, reduce duplication and ensure the most effective and efficient approaches are used to address community needs in line with Government priorities. Key to the grant arrangements is a reduction in regulation and reporting and providing an opportunity for innovation and collaboration in the delivery of services so providers have greater control over how they meet the particular needs of their clients and communities.

Funding is allocated to ensure support is provided to the most vulnerable Australians, in areas where there is greatest need. In line with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines, a list of DSS funded organisations is available from the Grants Awarded page on GrantConnect.

Program guidelines and other relevant documentation for individual programs can be accessed from the below links. Program guidelines provide the starting point for organisations considering whether to participate in a program as they describe the aims and objectives of each activity and outline eligibility requirements.

Please note, that while the guidelines on this page are still current, any new DSS programs will be covered under the new grant opportunity guidelines. The new grant opportunity guidelines are a whole of government initiative by the Department of Finance to streamline grants administration. New grant opportunity guidelines, when they become available, will be published on the Community Grants Hub website and GrantConnect.

The three current grant programs are:

Australia Post - Community Grants Program

Our Community Grants Program has connected us to thousands of local organisations doing great work in the community

The Balnaves Foundation

The Balnaves Foundation disperses over $3 million annually to eligible organisations that create a better Australia through education, medicine and the arts with a focus on young people, the disadvantaged and Indigenous Australia. 

If your organisation primarily works in one or more of these areas then we would be happy to consider an online expression of interest from you. The Balnaves Foundation is open to receive your online expression of interest at any time, there are no closing dates. 

Bank of Melbourne Foundation

The Bank of Melbourne Foundation supports charities who receive little or no government funding and aren't big enough to generate significant fundraising income of their own. These organisations invest in projects that will improve the lives of Victorian communities. Charities may apply for grants of up to $50,000.

To be eligible for funding, your organisation must:

  • be located in Victoria
  • be focussed on helping neighbourhoods and local communities

Bendigo Bank Community Funding

Community Enterprise Foundation

Is your organisation in need of funds for a Community project? The Foundation facilitates a wide range of grants for eligible charities and not-for-profit organisations in Australia.

The Foundation works closely with Community Bank companies that choose to reinvest their profits back into the local community via structured charitable grant programs. See programs open below.

To learn more about the Grant Application process click here

Bennelong Foundation

Whilst the Bennelong Foundation has a number of areas of interest, generally, it strives to support causes, organisations, and projects that possess certain principles and/or criteria. . 

Program funding areas:

1. Education Training and Employment

 Programs providing access, equity and inclusion opportunities to Education and Training or that support and build Pathways to Sustainable Employment

2. Community Health and Wellbeing

 To assist organisations that conduct programmes with the express purpose of improving the physical health, nutrition, and well-being of the Australian community.

 Exclusions: programs with the main focus on disability, mental health, and healthcare (i.e. programs directly addressing illness and disease) are not current priority areas for the Bennelong Foundation.

 Target Communities:

  •   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • People with a refugee background, newly arrived migrants and culturally and linguistically diverse communities

  • Communities/groups experiencing socio-economic disadvantage 

Besen Family Foundation 

The Besen Family Foundation has three priority areas for grantmaking: Arts and Culture; Health and Welfare and Jewish Interests. Grants are made to support the immediate and long-term needs of the wider community in Victoria and in Israel. The Foundation’s grantmaking goals are to assist these communities to build capacity and community connectedness and to affect long-term change towards a better quality of life. Grants are also made to assist innovative and creative arts projects that challenge the current boundaries of their given discipline.

The Broadtree Foundation

The Broadtree Foundation is a family operated Private Ancillary Fund (PAF) which provides direct funding to not-for-profit organisations in order to improve the quality of life for people within various communities.

Broadly, we aim to support the improvement of the quality of life for people identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex (eg people who do not identify as heterosexual) and their families. Within this broad community we also focus on:

  • Young people
  • Older people
  • People who are or at risk of homelessness
  • People with a disability
  • Families 

The applying organisation must be registered as having Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status and must either currently provide services or be proposing to provide services which align with one or more of the Foundation's goals.

Where funding is being sought in excess of $7,500 the organisation must outline the demonstrable or measurable impact of the grant / donation (eg number of people impacted and nature or extent of impact)

Hit the Contact Us page and email our Donation Coordinator for an application kit. 

Budget Direct Sponsorship

Striving to make a difference in your local community but need a financial leg-up?

Budget Direct want to help groups throughout Australia in their efforts to build happy and healthy neighbourhoods.

If your organisation is eligible, you can apply for a Budget Direct sponsorship of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000.

Who can apply?

We’re open to sponsoring registered organisations or associations that:

  • 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.

Building Digital Skills Grant

The Building Digital Skills grant is now available to all Network Partners, including those who are new to the Be Connected Network and have not yet been awarded a grant. Building Digital Skills grants help organisations to start up and continue delivering their Be Connected digital literacy programs.

The aim of the Building Digital Skills grants program is to enable organisations to support older Australians 50+ through free face-to-face contact (if feasible), either one-on-one or in small groups, to develop their digital skills and confidence, utilising the learning courses available on the Be Connected Learning site.  

Campbell Edwards Trust

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

The Trust's focus areas are:

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

Canon Oceania Grants

Canon Oceania are offering grants made up of both cash and Canon equipment. While each grant winner previously received $5,000 in total - made up of $4,000 worth of product and $1,000 of cash - this year, they are splitting the offer evenly to $2,500 of cash and $2,500 worth of product, to support causes trying to rebuild themselves despite a weaker economy. The overall runner-up in Australia will receive $1,000 cash.

  • 1 x Educational Grant - $2,500 product & $2,500 cash (a project being run by a primary, secondary or tertiary school/educational institution).
  • 1 x Community Grant - $2,500 product & $2,500 cash (a project thathas a positive impact on communities affected by natural disaster or the pandemic, encompassing cultural, societal, environmental and sustainability causes).
  • 1 x Small Business Grant - $2,500 product & $2,500 cash (a project that will support small businesses rebuild themselves across any sector (businesses should employ fewer than 20 people and have less than AUD 10 million aggregated turnover at the end of the financial year).
  • 1 x Runner-up Grant - $1,000 cash 

Capacity Building and Participation Program

The Capacity Building and Participation Grants Program is designed to build the knowledge and skills of multicultural and faith-based communities across Victoria.

This program aims to supports everyone, regardless of background, to fully participate and contribute to everyday life in Victoria. In particular, the program seeks to strengthen the participation, inclusion and contribution of priority groups including regional communities, refugees and asylum seekers, multicultural young people, multicultural women and multicultural seniors.

CBB Grants 

As part of Community Business Bureau’s commitment to building a stronger not for profit sector, we are proud to offer not for profit organisations across Australia the opportunity to apply for one of our Community Business Grants which offer free consulting support from our Business Consultants.

CBB is a not for profit social enterprise. This means that we reinvest our annual profits into developing our organisation and supporting the not for profit sector through the provision of grants and other initiatives.

The Coca-Cola Australia Foundation Community Grants

Our mission is to help create possibilities for a brighter, more sustainable future for Australians today and for generations to come. We support programs that align with this mission through our Flagship and Employee Connected Grants programs.

Collier Charitable Fund

Initiatives supported under Fund 1 include (but are not limited to):

  • initiatives designed to alleviate the cycle of social disadvantage and social problems; and
  • emergency relief and material aid initiatives.

The Fund is also supportive of initiatives that assist:

  • recently arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; and
  • people living in regional, rural and remote areas of Victoria.

Commonwealth Bank Community Grants

Who can apply for a grant?

To be eligible to apply for a Community Grant your organisation must:

  • Be endorsed by the Australian Tax Office with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status and must be covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth).
  • Run, manage, conduct or implement a three year program that supports children and youth up to the age of 21 years in Australia; and
  • Deliver a program that:
    • Supports Australian youth to access quality education; or
    • Engages youth in learning to develop life skills for their future; or
    • Addresses the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of youth; or
    • Creates stable family environments that support youth to thrive.
  • Identify realistic, measurable and achievable project goals and outcomes.
  • Hold a current bank account in Australia in its name.

 Community and Philanthropy Partnerships

A small number of grants of up to $10,000 are available to help communities in urban, regional, rural and remote Australia celebrate what they have achieved by working together in partnership with philanthropy.

Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program 

Sustainability Victoria is delivering grants of up to $50,000 for community organisations to upgrade the energy efficiency of their facilities via the Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program.

They'll be working with Victorian community organisations such as kindergartens, leisure and sporting centres and neighbourhood houses to deliver energy solutions including energy storage and renewable energy, to save on energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

The closing date is Friday 20 August 2021

Community Enterprise Foundation - Applying for a grant

Is your organisation in need of funds for a Community project? The Foundation facilitates a wide range of grants for eligible charities and not-for-profit organisations in Australia.

The Foundation works closely with Community Bank and Corporate partners that choose to reinvest their profits back into their local communities via a structured charitable grant programs.

Connecting Communities Grants Program - Optus 

Optus Community Grants Yes! To helping youth across Australia

Optus Community Grants have been supporting organisations that help vulnerable young Australians since 2008.

We define ‘youth’ to be from the age of 4 up to the age of 26 years.

Selection criteria for applications

All funded projects must address at least one of the selection criteria below:

  • Education and employability

    This selection criterion funds projects which help to improve education outcomes. Projects funded will aim to close education gaps, help kids stay engaged in school and remove barriers to completing education or training. These projects may help young people with future career options and transitions to employment.
  • Inclusion and wellbeing

    This selection criterion funds projects which help to improve young people’s mental wellbeing and health. This selection criterion may include opportunities and accessibility for isolated and remote areas to ensure they have access to services.
  • Access to technology

    This selection criterion funds projects for young people who, due to disadvantage, don’t have access to technology. Projects may focus on delivery of technology that enables or improves access.

COVID-19 National Funding Platform

Australian Communities Foundation and Philanthropy Australia have partnered to provide a national funding platform to coordinate the philanthropic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to register their COVID-19-related funding needs so that philanthropic funders can understand the granting opportunities available and respond to the critical needs of the sector.  

Creative Victoria Arts funding

VicArts Grants

If you're a Victorian artist or organisation looking for support for a creative project or program find out about VicArts Grants. This open, competitive program supports a wide array artforms across a variety of different activities including development, presentation, community arts and international

Creative Learning Partnerships

Creative Learning Partnerships provides the opportunity for Victorian schools to partner with creative professionals or arts and cultural organisations.

Apply for grants

Open the Creative Victoria Grants Portal

All applications for funding are submitted using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal. Check out Information for all applicants before applying for a grant.

Damien Greer Lawyers Community Grant

The Damien Greer Lawyers Community Grant program recognises and celebrates organisations that strive to make a positive impact within their local community.

The Community Grant program aims to support organisations that work within their local community and encourage the following values:

  • Helping the community in times of need 

  • Building community togetherness and sense of belonging 

  • Promoting positive health and wellbeing  

  • Supporting community services and groups 

  • Nurturing the local environment 

Deaf Children Australia - Youth Grants

If you are deaf or hard of hearing and 15 – 21 years old, did you know you can apply each year for a grant of up to $2,500 to help you achieve a personal goal or project? Deaf Children Australia wants to help you dream big!

Applications close on 30 April.

Disabilities Donations Trust

The Disability Donations Trust provides grants to individuals and organisations to improve the quality of life for people with a disability.

The Disability Donations Trust is a set of charitable funds managed by the department. The trust provides grants to people with a disability to assist in meeting needs they are otherwise unable to afford and for which no government funding is available.

Each fund has specific criteria which must be met before a grant can be made. Some funds provide grants to individuals and others are available to organisations.

Grants for Individuals

Grants for Organisations

Grants for mental health services clients

Disability Self Help Grants

Applications for the 2021–2023 funding round of the Disability self help grants program are now open and will close at 4pm on 15 February 2022.

This year’s funding round will prioritise groups representing diverse communities, as well as those in rural and regional Victoria, to ensure all Victorians with disability and their families have access to the benefits self help groups offer their members.

Priority groups for 2021-23 include:

  • Aboriginal Victorians  
  • young people (aged 12-25) 
  • women and girls 
  • people from culturally diverse communities  
  • people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse or intersex 
  • groups based in regional or rural Victoria.

How can the grant be used? 

Grants of up to $10,000 over 2 years are available to support Victorian disability self help groups to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of people with disability to live independently and participate in the community 
  • Support members to make informed decisions about their own lives
  • Encourage a network of community peer support and information exchange for people with disability and their families and carers
  • Increase opportunities to provide information and education on the experiences of people with disability.

How to apply 

Applications for the 2021-2023 funding round are online through the SmartyGrants online grants management platform.

Hard copies of the funding round documents including a copy of the application form, are available on request.

More Information

Groups can contact the Office for Disability on 1300 880 043 or email 

Dog and Bone Impact Grants 

Dog & Bone's pro bono projects to help small Not for Profits make the most of their technology.

 In-kind grants will be available to smaller NFPs (under 50 staff) that need support with their technology but can’t afford professional services.

 There will be up to $40k worth of in-kind grants released each quarter. Grants will be awarded between $5k-$20k depending on your requirements and eligibility.

Dyson Community Grants

Ecstra Foundation

Ecstra aims to provide resources for Australians at all life stages. Across each of our impact areas, we focus on priority groups identified by our community partners as needing additional support at different times.

  • Women
  • Young people
  • Older Australians
  • Indigenous Australians  

Emerging Stronger Grants Program

The Victorian Government is providing $1 million in grants to support local partnerships and innovation projects to re-engage volunteers, broaden the volunteer base, and strengthen volunteering in local communities.

Applications for grants of up to $80,000 are now open and will close 18 July 2022.

Equity Trustees

Equity Trustees has overseen tens of thousands of gifts of education and funding throughout our long history. With a wide range of philanthropic areas to oversee, we use our extensive experience to ensure that each of our focus areas gives to the greatest good

We are working to ensure funds are applied wisely to create lasting positive change. Empowering Australian change-makers to deepen community  impact in key granting areas. These include, but are not limited to:

Feed Appeal Community Grants

The Feed Appeal grants program is state based and supports community charities that deliver food relief programs. Applications must be for projects that will improve the lives of people that are experiencing hunger and/or food insecurity in the local community. Charities may apply for grants up to $50,000. Grants close 16 May 2021.

Felton Bequest

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

Flight Centre Foundation - The Giving Grants

The Giving Grants 2022/2023 will distribute grants to DGR-1 registered charitable organisations under one or more of the following key themes: 

• Creating tangible job opportunities and placements for vulnerable people

• Creating clear pathways to employment for vulnerable people

• Charitable organisations operating as an employment-focused social enterprise, with the social mission to create employment or employment pathways for people with barriers to mainstream employment

 closing 17 October at 10AM.  

Foothills Foundation 

The Foothills Foundation provides grants of up to $1,500 in support of disadvantaged people in the City of Maroondah, the Shire of Yarra Ranges and neighbouring areas.

Future 2

Each year, Future2’s Make the Difference! Grant program supports young Australians aged 12 to 25 years experiencing social, financial or physical hardship.

Gandel Philanthropy

Gandel Philanthropy seeks to prioritise support for the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in our society, and aims to help build stronger, more resilient, more vibrant and more inclusive communities.

Community Grants will be allocated in both the traditional and new areas of interest, reflecting our wish to explore and learn about the needs in a range of sectors in the community. These areas of interest may continue to evolve.

Gandel Philanthropy Community Grants are allocated towards six specific Areas of Interest:

  • Arts & Culture;
  • Education;
  • Health & Medical Research;
  • Community Development;
  • Social Cohesion & Inclusion; and
  • Poverty & Disadvantage.

Applications for Community Grants are accepted throughout the year and there are no specific closing dates.

Grants Victoria

The Victorian Government grants directory enables you to search for government grants and assistance within the state of Victoria. You will find grants for the community, education, legal and business grants or financial assistance which are available to you.


4 x $40,000 core funding grants for organisations tackling the climate crisis. Submit an eligibility check to be invited to apply. If successful, Groundswell will email application. 

Applications close 5 August, 5pm AEST 

The Hamer Sprout Fund

The mission of the Hamer Family Sprout Fund is “to build communities inspired to take action for a sustainable future”.

Our aim is to support projects and organisations that:

  • Promote innovation in environmental education
  • Facilitate engagement in environmental action
  • Advocate for environmental sustainability
  • Foster collaboration between young people engaged in environmental leadership

 Up to $5,000 is available per project, however more (up to $10,000) may be awarded in exceptional circumstances.

The closing date for Hamer Sprout Fund Grant applications is 30 September each year. 

Harcourts Foundation

Who can apply for a grant from the Harcourts Foundation?

No matter the size of your organisation, the Harcourts Foundation not only gives back to those affected by large scale cataclysmic disasters but to charitable community organisations or assists with helping individuals in need. Grants applications must be requested for a specific event, project or initiative.

  • As most of the funding for The Harcourts Foundation is generously provided by our Harcourts offices, we will only consider applications from groups for a specific event, project, item, or initiative where Harcourts has an office. (Please note there is a Harcourt office located in Croydon)
  • Priority is also given to those areas where the Harcourts office is currently a financial contributor to The Harcourts Foundation (Note: many of our offices fund and support a huge range of community initiatives through their own offices as well as through The Harcourts Foundation).

In the event that we receive more applications that meet the criteria than we have funds available, we will prioritise those applicants which demonstrate their grant will have the widest community impact.


Harold Mitchell Foundation

 The Harold Mitchell Foundation's grant scheme is about helping people help each other. So many organisations out there are full of great ideas, people and drive. To make a really big difference in our community, they just need a little bit of money, and that's what we're here to provide. Since we started out in 2000, the Foundation has provided up to $7 million in grant funding to over 100 different organisations, in everything from health, children, young adults, disability, mental health, homeless to the arts.

Healing Foundation

The Healing Foundation has funded more than 175 community organisations to lead and develop healing projects that respond to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia.

To find out about upcoming funding rounds, join our mailing list, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

The Healing Foundation cannot fund unsolicited applications for funding of projects.

There are several types of funding rounds The Healing Foundation provides for the healing needs of communities around Australia. They are:

  • healing initiatives
  • training and education
  • intergenerational trauma
  • Stolen Generations
  • healing centres
  • Our Men Our Healing
  • heal the healers 

Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

Our grants program reflects our mission statement: “To help build fair, creative and resilient Victorian communities through initiatives that promote positive change.”

It is also aligned with our strategic aims of Building. Enabling. Leading. which include:

  • Building the capacity of charitable organisations and the communities they serve
  • Enabling collaborative projects that can deliver even greater social benefits
  • Supporting initiatives that demonstrate leadership and invest in Victoria’s future leaders.

Funding criteria

When you prepare your application, you will be asked to select:

  • The program which best fits your project. You can apply in one program only.
  • At least one of the three focus areas listed in your selected program. You can select more than one relevant focus area, but you will need to justify your selection.
  • At least three of HMSTrust’s five key objectives, which are important funding criteria. These objectives must match your own project objectives. 

Hireup Impact Grants

Hireup Impact Grants is a program that funds great ideas that bring people with disability closer to their good life. It's designed to fund goals that aren’t covered by a NDIS plan. 

The grant can be used to develop your skills, purchase an item that will improve your quality of life or engage in an unforgettable experience.

The Honda Foundation

The Honda Foundation acts as a charitable trust, providing financial assistance to charities and organisations doing amazing work across a range of social and environmental issues. These include:

  • Supporting the disadvantaged, disabled or those suffering from illness
  • Relief for victims of natural disasters
  • Promotion of innovation and new technologies

We understand the power of mobility. So, The Honda Foundation also provides a 12-month Loan Vehicle Program which includes registration, insurance and all servicing costs, and is capped at 20 loan vehicles at any one time.

The Ian Potter Foundation

Community Wellbeing


To improve circumstances for vulnerable members of the community, this program area supports organisations that seek to establish pathways for vulnerable individuals such as: 

  • creating employment pathways for people with disabilities or otherwise vulnerable individuals
  • assisting individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness and all that goes with it.

 IMB Community Foundation

The IMB Bank Community Foundation would love to hear from you If you are part of a community group or not-for-profit that is:

  • Improving the lives of others
  • Helping those in danger
  • Making our communities more sustainable, more prosperous – better places to live
  • Giving independence to the vulnerable
  • Keeping our kids safe
  • Teaching us how to be better to one other, and
  • Building a brighter future 

Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant

The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant, funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services as part of the Sector Readiness Fund, provides impact businesses and mission-driven organisations with grants of up to $140,000 for business, financial, legal and other capacity building support from providers to secure investment.

For all further information including eligibility and how to apply, please visit

Impact Philanthropy Application Program (Perpetual)

Our annual IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program gives your charity the opportunity to apply for grants. These grants have funded initiatives in arts and culture, education, conservation and the environment, social welfare, medical research and more.

The Invergowrie Foundation

The Invergowrie Foundation is a public charitable trust. The primary focus of the Foundation is to advance the education of girls and women within Victoria.

The Foundation awards grants that make a significant impact on the education of girls and women in Victoria, enabling access, promoting excellence, advancing leadership and supporting research.

IOOF Foundation

The grants that we approve reach the core of our most disadvantaged in our community. We look for innovative, yet sustainable grants, ensuring the grants provided can make an impact and achieve a meaningful outcome.

Our focus areas include:

Aged care

The Foundation will be giving priority to programs that are committed to providing the quality of life for individuals and their families with progressive neurological and physical diseases.

Disadvantaged families

The Foundation's basic needs program, supports community groups that are assisting families that are struggling to be self-sufficient and support long-term priorities and find solutions that help families move out of poverty or avoid a crisis.

Disadvantaged children and youth

The Foundation supports education projects that help break the cycle of disadvantage and empower young Australians to reach their potential. Priority will be given to applications addressing:

  1. prevention and early intervention, and
  2. education, employment and training for young people.

Mental health

Underpinning all these initiatives is mental health. All people, regardless of where they live or economic status should have access to quality mental health care. We have seen that impacts of mental health may have flow on effects with many experiencing poverty, homelessness, and unemployment as a result.

To make inroads in to these issues, we need to address this.

Integrated within our core programs is access to resources that focus on early intervention and prevention.

 The Jack Brockhoff Foundation

The Foundation exists to support the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.



We fund programs that will have a positive impact on improving outcomes for vulnerable children and young people in Victoria.


We fund innovative and sustainable programs that will have a lasting impact on communities throughout Victoria.

James N. Kirby Foundation

The James N Kirby Foundation reviewed and further refined its application process and, as a result, will continue to seek on-line submissions for Small Grants (Less than and up to $15,000).

For over 50 years, The James N Kirby Foundation has been and continues to be committed to supporting organisations that provide innovative solutions and opportunities to those in our community who need it most. Our Foundation considers requests under the following four categories, seeking to support organisations and programs whose work benefits:

Education and Technology
The Environment
Social Welfare, and The Arts

 Jetstar Flying start

Jetstar's Flying Start Programme invites community groups and organisations across Australia 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 in the areas of charity, health, sport, education or the arts

Each quarterly grant will consist of the same elements, to ensure fairness and transparency.

Each grant will be worth $30,000, comprising $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of Jetstar travel. 

John T Reid Charitable Trusts

The John T Reid Charitable Trusts distributes funding within six main categories.

  • Aged & Palliative Care
  • Arts & Cultural Heritage
  • Community & Social Welfare
  • Education & Youth Support
  • Environment
  • Health Support

Many projects will fall within more than one category of support; we encourage each applicant to present their proposal in their own words as it best promotes their needs rather than try to fit within a rigid category.

Knox City Council - Community Development Fund Grants

Council provides annual funding for once-off project and annual event grants to not-for-profit community groups in Knox. The aim of the CDF grants is to develop, enhance and support the involvement of community groups in activities and projects which respond to identified needs in the Knox community

What grants are available?

There are 2 categories of grants available through the CDF grants. Grants are allocated annually for projects taking up to 12 months to complete;

  • Category 1 - $3,000 up to $20,000
  • Category 2 - $5,000 for established annual community events

The Leith Trust

The will of Frank Leith provided for income to be applied within Victoria in perpetuity for public charitable purposes but with particular emphasis on assistance to children in poverty including their accommodation, advancement in life, and education within the geographical area of the Diocese of Melbourne, including for Anglican Welfare services. Grants have never been confined to the Anglican Church.

We prefer to fund programs that make a cost effective, demonstrable and sustainable difference for the better in the quality of life and access to opportunities for our targeted children, youth and families.

Lendlease FutureSteps grant program 

The purpose of a FutureSteps grant is to directly increase the supply of accommodation with support services to assist individuals or families experiencing homelessness or housing stress. 

Lendlease are seeking partnerships that are collaborative and will:

  • Require a grant contribution that will be used to increase the supply of accommodation for individuals or families experiencing homelessness or housing stress
  • Provide the opportunity for Lendlease staff to volunteer their skills and expertise
  • Offer wrap around services that facilitate skilling, training and employment opportunities for the individuals housed.

For more information, click here to download the Lendlease FutureSteps Grant Program Information Pack.   

Let's Stay Connected - Victorian State Government

The Victorian Government is helping communities to stay connected during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and beyond with the Let’s Stay Connected Fund. The fund provides grants between $5,000 and $200,000 to support community-led initiatives.

The program will support innovative, community-led and community-based initiatives that build connection, reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation and can be implemented quickly – providing much-needed support across the state. It will also support existing initiatives that can be rapidly scaled up to a local, regional or state level – delivering innovative and practical solutions that will benefit communities as soon as possible.

Who can apply?

Applications will be considered from Victorian-based incorporated community organisations, LGA’s, incorporated not-for-profits and industry groups including:

  • chambers of commerce and business associations
  • industry peak bodies
  • business and industry clusters and networks
  • groups of LGA’s
  • government agencies.

incorporated not-for-profit organisations, including community groups, for example:

  • cooperatives or associations
  • social enterprise organisations.

Individuals or unincorporated associations are not eligible to apply. All applications must provide a current ABN number.

All applications are to be submitted no later than 31 August 2020. Note that early applications are encouraged and will be assessed as soon as possible, with funding allocated accordingly.

Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation addresses the big challenges of the day facing our community. 

Our work is organised around Impact Areas, which are revised following research and wide consultation with stakeholders as part of our strategic planning process.
The Impact Areas are currently alleviating homelessness; increasing community resilience to withstand major social and health challenges; reducing urban impacts on the natural environment; and reducing education and economic inequality.

Macpac Fund for Good

Macpac are passionate about protecting the environment and its wildlife; having a lasting positive impact on people’s lives through the outdoors; and supporting the communities to which they are connected. The Macpac Fund for Good is their way of giving back, and helping those committed to creating long-term change for the good of people and planet.

They award between $2,000-10,000 grants to those organisations who align with their ideals.

The groups they support fall into one of three areas:

  • Adventure-Based Social Development
  • Environmental Projects
  • Ethical Manufacturing

If you are part of a not-for-profit organisation working on environmental and social causes related to the outdoors, then you may be eligible for a Macpac Fund for Good grant. Your activities need to be based in New Zealand or Australia, or their territories. 

Manningham City Council Community Grant Program

The Community Grant program supports and empowers community groups and organisations to deliver programs and activities for our community in Manningham. 

Manningham are committed to developing and fostering partnerships with not-for-profit groups and organisations whose work enriches the municipality and is consistent with their vision

The Community Development Grant is a category of the Community Grant Program and enables not-for-profit groups and organisations to achieve short to medium term community development outcomes. 

There is one Community Development Grant funding round per year - available annually in February.

The Marian and E.H. Flack Trust

The Trust supports the following areas:

Services to aged care 
Services that assist the elderly, which include but are not limited to, medical equipment, furniture and fixtures, transportation of the elderly and general support of the elderly. Preference will be given to requests that directly benefit the elderly.

Services to disadvantaged groups or organisations 
Services that directly support children, adolescents, adults and families who are disadvantaged due to education, financial, and/or social circumstances.

Services to community health 
Services that directly support groups or organisations assisting individuals or families with a medical condition, disability and/or mental illness.

Creative arts 
Innovative, educational or creative arts programs involving disadvantaged adults or youth.

Multiple service organisations 
Organisations that undertake activities that offer services covering two or more of the categories above.

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

Maroondah City Council - Community Grants Scheme

The Community Grants Funding Program offers two annual grants schemes to incorporated, not-for-profit community groups on an annual basis. Applications are submitted online.

  • The Community Development Grants Scheme
    This scheme offers assistance to incorporated, not for profit groups to develop programs, projects and events that enhance community wellbeing and increase participation.
  • The Small Equipment Grants Scheme
    This scheme is for requests of $500.00 or less to cover small equipment purchases, printing or administration costs to incorporated not for profit community support groups only.

Mary Jane Foundation

The Mary Jane Foundation is offering small grants of up to $10,000 for initiatives focused on women’s health and wellbeing. They can only offer grants to not-for-profit organisations that provide proof of endorsement by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) (ie a certificate from the ATO) as a Deductible Gift Recipient Type 1 (DGR1) and Tax Charity Concessions (TCC).

Organisations must be Australian based with the initiative delivered within Australia that is focused on the health and wellbeing of women and girls.

Mary MacKillop Today

Mary MacKillop Today Community Grants Program partners with organisations who support Australia’s most vulnerable and marginalised people improve their lives through education in all its forms. Eligible organisations may apply for grants of up to $10,000 to deliver small, life-changing projects that promote life-long learning for Australians affected by vulnerability.

By participating in these projects, individuals build skills and gain knowledge to improve their engagement with the community and take advantage of life opportunities. The Mary MacKillop Today Community Grants Program seeks to empower those in need to take control of their lives and to build a better future for themselves and their communities. 

Our First Nations Tertiary Scholarships program provides financial support to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This program works to address systemic barriers to education by increasing access to tertiary studies for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. This helps to ensure that Scholarship recipients can achieve a better quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities.

No Interest Loan Scheme

Mary MacKillop Today’s No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) is an accredited program that was developed by Good Shepherd Sisters in 1981 and adopted by the Sisters of St Joseph and other agencies.

The loans do not attract interest and there are no fees. Loans are available for up to $1,500 for essential goods and services such as fridges, washing machines and medical procedures. Repayments are set up at an affordable amount over 12 to 18 months

Matana Foundation for Young People

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.

Mazda Foundation

The Mazda Foundation awards grants to programs promoting:

  • Education and literacy
  • Environmental conservation
  • Cross-cultural understanding
  • Social welfare
  • Scientific research

Mercy Foundation

 The Mercy Foundation Grants to End Homelessness are available for seeding initiatives, services, projects, advocacy and research that will contribute to the goal of ending homelessness by supporting housing first and permanent supportive housing solutions.

Projects that focus on chronic homelessness and women who experience chronic homelessness are currently priority areas for funding. These will generally be larger grants (up to $50,000 for any one year) with grants likely to be averaging $20,000 – $30,000.

Social Justice Program

he Mercy Foundation’s Social Justice Small Grants Program provides seed funding to assist communities and organisations to build capacity that will help create structural change and bring about greater social justice in Australia.

Funding under this program ranges between $1,000 to $10,000 per organisation.

Multicultural Grants

Grants to support multicultural communities 

The grants programs support communities to:

  • celebrate and share their culture and traditions
  • build social and cultural connections, community partnerships and leadership
  • improve multicultural community infrastructure
  • better engage and support newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers
  • identify and respond to racial and religious intolerance

Grant programs are run throughout the year, with different application periods.

National Indigenous Australians Agency - Grants and Funding

The National Indigenous Australians Agency funds projects aimed at helping Indigenous Australians.

Funding is allocated through: the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), National Partnership Agreements, Special Accounts and Special Appropriations.

For further information about the IAS, including grant opportunities, see funding under the IAS.

Grant opportunities under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy

Newsboys Foundation 

Applications are by invitation only.

Newsboys Foundation provides grants to community organisations working with disadvantaged young people aged 11 – 21 in Victoria. Generally, we support projects and programs in education, the arts, outdoor education, sport, vocational/life skills and social enterprises.

In particular we focus on supporting projects that engage with:

  • Young people from low socio-economic circumstances
  • Young people in rural and regional Victoria
  • Young indigenous people
  • Young refugees and asylum seekers
  • Young people with disabilities

Priority is given to initiatives that help disengaged young people re-engage with education, with an emphasis on one or more of the following:

  • Successful transition from primary to secondary school
  • Completion of secondary school
  • Successful transition from secondary education into further education, a trade, training or suitable employment

nib Foundation - Health Smart Grants

Health Smart Grants focus on partnering with Australian charities that empower Aussie youth and young adults to make smarter health choices.  

Funding Priorities 

Our Health Smart Grants fund the delivery of health promotion and primary prevention initiatives which work to improve health literacy, and help people develop the understanding and skills they need to adopt healthy behaviours.

Far too many people in Australia die prematurely or live for many years with suboptimal health related to prevalent chronic illnesses. These chronic diseases often share the same and multiple risk factors.

As such, our priority prevention areas target risk factors that are modifiable and have the potential to prevent ill health including:

  • Healthy habits - reducing smoking and harmful drinking, gambling, gaming, or screen-time
  • Wellbeing - 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 - pre-emptively managing prevalent health conditions and risks 

Peter Williams Trust Fund

The Peter Williams Trust Fund was established with a focus on the early childhood years and an acknowledgement of the critical significance of appropriate developmental experiences to later life outcomes. The Trust Fund supports children and families experiencing financial and social disadvantage. 

Enquiries and applications to: Lesley Oakley


Pierce Armstrong Foundation

The Foundation seeks to positively impact and enhance the lives of Australians and will support those organisations who demonstrate they can make meaningful and lasting contributions to our community.

The Trustees current focus area will be to applications supporting the “Health & Wellbeing and Education of Children and Youth”

Pride Foundation Australia

Pride Foundation Australia offers both Major Grants and Small Grants (up to $500), each with specific eligibility and criteria. 

The activity seeking funding must be either solely or chiefly focused on the good and betterment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex people and allied communities in Australia.


  • Community development
  • Education initiatives
  • Applied, community-led research with tangible outcomes in the field
  • Events or conferences 

RACV Community Foundation

The RACV Community Foundation exists to support the wellbeing of all Victorians by investing in initiatives that focus on reducing social isolation and strengthening community bonds by empowering people to get involved in a range of programs and activities. We do this through our annual grant program, where we provide successful applicants with funding between $5,000 and $150,000 for their initiative. 

Programs and initiatives

Successful grant recipients have programs and initiatives that aim to boost the confidence, skills and sense of belonging for one of the following target groups:

  • Youth 16-24 years
  • New Victorians including migrants transitioning into Victorian society
  • Older Victorians 65+ years.

RACV – Community Donations Program

RACV’s Community Donations Program assists not-for-profit community organisations and charity groups with the funding support they need to run local projects and programs for the general community, and socially or financially disadvantaged groups within the community.

For the eligibility criteria and how to apply, download the Community Donations Program guidelines.

  • Applications can be submitted any time throughout the year and take up to one month to be processed. 
  • If your proposal is for a specific activity, please submit your application at least one month in advance.

If you have further queries, contact RACV Corporate Responsibility on (03) 9790 2995 or

The Rali Foundation 

We Principally Invest In Projects That focus on education, particularly literacy target young people facing "at risk" stages in their schooling provide opportunities for disadvantaged people to engage in education assist in the acquisition of new skills (mothers/parents)

The Foundation's Main Focus

  • women
  • young people
  • indigenous
  • refugee / immigrant
  • rural / remote

Target Area - eastern and southern states of Australia

The Readings Foundation

The Readings Foundation assists Victorian organisations that support the development of literacy, community integration and the arts.

The aims of the Foundation are to:

  • Aid the work of organisations that respond to the needs of disadvantaged groups living in our community;
  • Increase the community’s enjoyment of the word in all its forms, including screenwriting, music, theatre, art and the written word; and
  • Honour the importance of creativity in community-driven work.

R.E. Ross Trust

Our granting strategy focuses heavily on Educational Equity and Biodiversity Conservation and working in ways which are most likely to achieve positive differences in both areas.

To help organisations achieve the desired outcomes, we grant in three different ways:

  • Smart Grants: up to $40,000 per year for up to three years (online application)
  • Advocacy Grants: up to $50,000 per year for up to three years (by invitation only)
  • Challenge and Change Grants: $40,000 to $100,000 per year for up to three years (by invitation only).

 Sabemo Trust 

Sabemo Trust’s focus is on assisting groups that are concerned with the welfare and development of young children from birth up to the early school years. The projects that are preferred use a community development model where the aspirations of parents and communities for their children are harnessed to maximise opportunities for change.

An application does not have to meet all the criteria but must demonstrate the relevance of the project to the Trust’s intentions.

Requests for funding will be considered when an applicant can demonstrate that a project can:

  • Benefit children 0-8 years in age
  • Alleviate disadvantage and answer unmet needs
  • Affect a large number of people over a long term
  • Generate partnerships with other grant makers
  • Generate partnerships with other community groups
  • Create change and bring about independence in individuals or communities
  • Show clear outcomes
  • Explain how outcomes are to be measured
  • Achieve a degree of sustainability

SBS Foundation

Each year SBS supports charities and organisations with both a national campaign focus as well as charities from regional areas of Australia.

Partners receive television airtime to increase awareness of their activities and work within the community. The airtime gives these organisations a unique opportunity to raise awareness of their cause with our diverse audiences.

SBS works together with the SBS Foundation partners to maximise the value of their allotted airtime and assist them to achieve the results they want from their on-air campaigns. The SBS Foundation was launched in 2009, partnering with charities and non-profit organisations, spanning the Arts, Health and Sport, the Environment, Multicultural and Indigenous and regional sectors. For more information email:

Scanlon Foundation

The Scanlon Foundation’s Annual Community Grants 2021 will support projects that demonstrate their contribution to social cohesion by addressing either of the following areas of focus:

  1. Building pathways to employment; or
  2. Increasing applied English literacy.

Projects should consider the experience of migrants and of receiving communities and aim to nurture positive outcomes. All submissions are expected to empower new arrival communities and develop cross cultural connections.

This year’s community grants will provide funding up to a maximum of $30,000 for a 12 month project (implementation from January to December 2022). The community grants are eligible for all locations across each state and territory of Australia.

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 17 September 2021 

Sidney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation

The Sidney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation have grants in the following areas:

Poverty and disadvantage - Poverty and disadvantage has an impact on all aspects of life; well-being, poorer health, ability to participate in community and access to education and employment.

Arts & Humanities - Myer family philanthropy is synonymous with the arts in Australia. The tradition of giving to enrich cultural life began with Sidney Myer, a passionate supporter of the arts, and remains a central focus for the family today.

Sustainability & Environment - The Sustainability & Environment Program is supporting organisations that seek to catalyse positive action on climate change in an Australian context.

Sisters of Charity Foundation

Founded in 2000, the purpose of the Sisters of Charity Foundation Fund is to provide hope, dignity and practical assistance to those who receive little or no funding from other sources. As a public non-profit company, the Sisters of Charity Foundation Limited seeks to sustain the legacy of compassion the Sisters of Charity have administered in Australia for more than 180 years. We achieve this via the following programs:

Community Grants Program

Each year we provide grants of up to $15,000 for community projects and programs. These grants are targeted at groups who make a huge difference to those in need, but struggle to find funding through other avenues. They may be ineligible for government assistance, or be too small or lacking the right market appeal to attract the attention of larger organisations, but their causes are no less worthy and their needs no less real.

Tertiary Scholarship Program

There are well-established links between education levels and poverty. Children with lower levels of education are far more likely to become adults living in poverty. By providing tertiary scholarships to young adults who have grown up in out-of-home care and don’t otherwise have the support to continue their education, we help break the poverty cycle and give  disadvantaged young people a chance to change their lives for the better.

Providence House

Homelessness is often a complex issue and especially difficult for asylum seekers. Up to 70% of asylum seekers receive no government support, 50% are not permitted to work and more than 30% are battling mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety. Providence House provides emergency and transitional housing for asylum seekers who face the risk of nowhere else to go, along with other support services which give them the tools to contribute back to their community.

Smartgroup Foundation

Foundation to focus on projects which support: 

  • Animal welfare
  • Children’s illnesses and disabilities
  • Mental illness
  • Children and families at risk
  • Cancer
  • Environment

The Smartgroup Foundation issues grants to successful applications for amounts between $5,000 to $25,000.  

State Trustees Australia Foundation

State Trustees currently runs varying grant rounds throughout the year, across four program areas

Vulnerable Victorians


Environment and Animals


Sunsuper Dreams

Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better World program is all about partnering with those who dream big and do good to improve the lives of other Australians and their community, and we have $150,000 in grants to help make it happen.

Since 2011, Sunsuper's Dreams for a Better World program has been supporting community development programs and partnering with not-for-profit organisations that help bring lasting and positive change to the lives of many Australians. We've expanded the program so that community-minded small businesses can also apply for a grant, and help tackle a local or social issue in their community.

Community Grants

There are three rounds for community grants and each round has a different theme. If your dream fits the criteria and is eligible apply for your chance to receive up to $50,000 in grants to help a cause close to your heart.

Business Grants

Are you a small business owner or social-change maker with a dream to make a positive change in your local community? Make that dream a reality with a small business grant from Sunsuper's Dreams for a Better World.

Apply to the Better Business round for the chance to receive up to $15,000 and help fund a project or innovative solution that tackles a social issue in your local community.

Support Carers Locally Grants

Grants between $20,000 and $40,000 are available for established organisations in 2021-22 for projects that support the health and wellbeing of local unpaid carers.

The Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program (SCLGP) offers grants to assist with activities that strengthen the health and wellbeing of carers. The aim of the SCLGP is to increase opportunities for carers to be physically and mentally healthy and socially connected to family, friends, other carers and their local community. This could be through accessible peer support and grassroots community support programs, and resources.  

Applications close: 24 April 2021

TAC Small Grants Program

The Small Grants Program encourages innovative community-based projects that will make a positive change in the lives of TAC clients and Victorians with a disability. Grants of up to $50,000 are available.

Projects should be user-led and facilitate improved outcomes across health and well-being, social and community connectedness and participation, independent living, safety and resilience. 

The Telematics Trust

The Telematics Trust aims to create a more level playing field by providing support to projects that educate and empower people from diverse backgrounds to learn new things and build their capacity to contribute to society. The Trust requires that all projects provide some level of partnership funding whether it be cash or in-kind support. The Trust normally provides grants of up to $50,000 and grant applications larger than this will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.


  • The quality of the applicant and their ability to deliver the project
  • The excellence of the proposed project and the likelihood that it will lead to:
    - the promotion of public education and training in Victoria;
    - an important innovation or the solution to an important practical problem;
    - economic or social benefit to Victoria

Telstra - Disability

We have a range of products to help our customers who have difficulty accessing standard telephone services.

Our Disability Equipment Program is for customers who are deaf or blind or have a hearing, speech, vision, mobility or dexterity impairment.

Who can apply?

To receive equipment under our Disability Equipment Program, you need to:

  • have a disability or impairment that means you're unable to use a standard telephone handset
  • be a Telstra retail customer or an associate of a Telstra retail customer (eg. a household member or small business employee) that has a basic phone line service and rents a phone from Telstra.

How to apply

Find out more by contacting our Disability Enquiry Hotline:

 Tobin Brothers Foundation

 Tobin Brothers Foundation provides funding for specific projects. • The Foundations focus is toward smaller, local and community driven organisations.

Awards are presently limited to a maximum of $3,500. 

Transport Accident Commission - Small Grants Program 

The Small Grants Program aims to maximize the independence and improve the lives of people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and/or Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) by offering grants to innovative and user led projects within the Victorian Community.

Funding limit

The TAC invites applications of up to $50,000.

Please direct all enquiries to the Small Grants Coordinator via email.

The Tucker Foundation

The Foundation’s funding has been made available through the estate of the late Albert and Barbara Tucker, as per their wishes.

Grants of up to $25,000 will be considered that are in line with one or more of the Foundation’s aims

  • The support, promotion, development and advancement of public art galleries and museums.
  • The relief of poverty and the suffering of children
  • The provision of or support for scholarships to disadvantaged children or young adults up to the age of twenty-five years (25) to enable them to pursue their education at primary, secondary or tertiary institutions
  • The protection of women from abuse, assisting women in these circumstances to further their education and providing support to women in these circumstances
  • The initiation and support of social change which goes towards increasing the equal treatment and social acceptance of all persons in the community
  • The protection of wildlife and habitat, and to preserve natural reserves of forest, oceans and wilderness and for the rehabilitation of flora and fauna
  • The prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal welfare

Variety The Children's Charity

Community Grants

Grants for organisations that support kids in need, including schools, not-for-profits and community groups.  The grants can include things like: educational resources, mobility equipment & technology

Individual Grants

To assist kids and families facing challenges, by giving access to things like: Mobility equipment, Communication Devices, Learning Aids and technology


The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) is a pioneer in health promotion – the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health. Our primary focus is promoting good health and preventing chronic disease.

VicHealth's Action Agenda for Health Promotion focuses on five strategic imperatives with associated goals and three-year priorities.

  • promoting healthy eating
  • encouraging regular physical activity
  • preventing tobacco use
  • preventing harm from alcohol
  • improving mental wellbeing.

 Over the year a number of funding opportunities will present itself in line with the five strategic goals.

Get notified about upcoming funding opportunities: register with VicHealth and sign-up to the VicHealth Update fortnightly email.

VicSport - Grants

This site contains all the different grant opportunities around sport that are available for sporting clubs, schools and community organisations

Victoria Law Foundation

Victioria Law Foundation fund projects that help build a better understanding of the Victorian justice system.

Knowledge Grants

Grants of up to $50,000 to help community legal organisations and not-for profits collect, analyse and share information about a civil legal topic. Read more about our Knowledge Grants.

Community Legal Grants

Grants of up to $20,000 to support legal projects that improve community understanding of Victoria’s justice system and civil legal issues. Read more about our Community Legal Grants.

Small Grants

Grants of up to $5000 to support one-off and pilot projects that improve community understanding of Victoria’s justice system and meet community legal need, including Law Week events. Read more about our Small Grants.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Grant Finder

The Victorian Chamber can help you identify which local, state or federal government grants best suit your business needs.

Victorian Legal Services Board Grants Program

The Victorian Legal Services Boards Grants Program aims to improve the administration of laws, increase access to justice, improve legal services, pilot innovative initiatives and inform and educate the wider community about legal services.  

Victorian Women's Trust

Victorian Women's Trust conduct an Annual Grants program for programs and projects that directly benefit Victorian women and girls.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss projects with us prior to submission. Please call 03 9642 0422 or email and a member our grants team will contact you.

They do not fund individuals. 

Walter and Eliza Hall Trust 

Small Grants Program

Providing funds to assist individuals experiencing financial disadvantage particularly those with a physical disability. Applications are submitted by a Social Worker, Case Manager, Occupational Therpist or employed professional of the supporting charitable organisation.

We understand that a personal crisis can appear quickly requiring prompt attention.  Grant applications are processed weekly.  Support can be made available for almost any purpose considered necessary for the applicant's health and well-being, but because of the high demand for our limited resources we can help only when needs are the most desperate.  Even then we can help only to maintain the minimum standards of safety, security, protection and comfort for the individual or family.  

We may be able to assist with the provision of equipment for the disabled, payment of utility accounts to help maintain essential services, purchase of essential whitegoods for families with small children etc. 

Applications for assistance can only be accepted through social workers, case managers, occupational therapists or other responsible persons holding official positions within organisations such as welfare organisations, hospitals or organisations providing support to those with a disability or health condition.  Applications can only be accepted by organisations holding DGR Item 1 status. All applications should be directed to The Secretary, and be made on behalf of identified clients whose particular need for assistance must be specified.

Westpac Foundation

Westpac Foundation Community Grants

 Community Grants provide:

  • $10,000 to local community organisations delivering educational opportunities, employment pathways or improving the quality of life for people in need.
  • Non-financial support including our Community Grants Ambassador program to help drive impact and access to financial capability programs.

 Community Grants support:

  • Youth at risk
  • Women at risk
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Refugees & asylum seekers
  • People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • People who've experienced family or domestic violence
  • People living with a disability (including carers)
  • People living with a mental health issue (including carers)

City of Whitehorse – Community Grants

The primary aim of the Whitehorse Community Grants Program is to support community connectedness. Your project idea will need to contribute to meeting with one or more of these objectives:

  • Activities that support people from groups at risk of social isolation to connect with others in their community and with local services
  • Activities that share understanding of Whitehorse’s diverse cultures and generations
  • Making local neighbourhood connections and building neighbourhood support networks
  • Improving the skills and capacity of community members and groups to lead, support community connection and build resilient communities
  • Activities that share understanding and care for Whitehorse’s natural and cultural places
  • Maximise access to, and use of Council/public facilities and community spaces
  • Activities that contribute to sustainability and support our community to adapt to a changing climate
  • Activities that improve the health and wellbeing of people living, working or studying in Whitehorse.

 The William Angliss (Victoria) Charitable Fund

Applications for funds are accepted only from Victorian and Queensland organisations in the following categories:

  • Multiple service organisations
  • Services for the ageing
  • Services for children and families
  • Services for the disabled
  • Services for educational, cultural and religious organisations
  • Services provided by hospitals and health organisations
  • Services for research purposes
  • Services for youth welfare

Closing date for applications: 30th June

Annual distribution: December 

100 Women

100 Women awards grants to organisations that advance the safety, health, education and economic freedom of women and girls. 

Yarra Ranges Council (Community Grants)

The Community Grants program supports community-based projects that build the social and cultural life of the region. It is a platform for groups and individuals to lead projects that address community concerns and aspirations.

 Our community grants program opens on the 1 June each year

The Young Carer Bursary Program  

The Young Carer Bursary Program supports young carers to return to or continue with their education. The program offers 1,000 bursaries of $3,000 each year. It is not income tested and is awarded based on the greatest need.

The next round of applications will open on 16th August 2021. 

Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants

Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants program is critical in keeping young people at home with their families, and preventing new admissions to inappropriate housing.

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 is to both enhance the quality of life for young people with high care needs and assist them to remain living in their own home with loved ones.

The grants provide one-off funding of up to $10,000 to help those aged 18-65 with high care needs who are living at home, and are at risk of entering inappropriate housing.


Other avenues in finding funding

Grants Victoria

The Victorian Government grants directory enables you to search for government grants and assistance within the state of Victoria. Find here the community, education, legal and business grants or financial assistance which are available to you

Our Community Funding Centre

What is the Funding Centre?

The Funding Centre is the best place to go to get information on grants and fundraising in Australia.

The Funding Centre’s grants database, helpsheets, and tools are designed specifically for not-for-profit organisations and schools, no matter your location, size or type.

  • Grants Database: Fully searchable directory of more than 2500 live grants, updated daily
  • Funding Centre Scoop: Comprehensive PDF listing of all relevant and currently open grants, plus the latest fundraising news and tools
  • Grant Alerts: Customised daily or weekly emails alerting you to grants that fit your profile
  • Fundraising Help: Help sheets, video and audio to guide you through the process of raising funds with minimum effort
  • Fundraising News: No fluff, just the stuff you really need to know if you’re raising funds in Australia
  • Fundraising Tools: Checklists, templates, policies and planning tools







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