Funding Opportunities

Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World Community Grants Round 3: Active Community

If you’re looking for sports grants to help people of all ages and abilities be more active, or to improve the health and fitness of those in your community, apply for the Active Community grant. Or if you have a dream to create more active communities through health initiatives, wellbeing programs or by tackling medical issues faced by the wider community, the program also wants to hear from you.

To qualify, your dream must aim to make a positive difference in the community, and it must also:

  • benefit a registered community cause, charity group or not-for-profit organisation (and not an individual)
  • be based in Australia with funds being spent in Australia
  • be able to be undertaken in the next 12 months
  • fit with the round theme

Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World is open to all residents of Australia, aged 18 years or older at the time of entry. You don’t need to be a Sunsuper member to enter.

Sunsuper selects 6 shortlisted dreams to be voted on by the public. The public vote on the shortlist to decide which dreams they think will truly make the world a better place.

The top 3 dreams with the most valid votes will receive a $5,000 grant and progress to the round final. In the round final a panel of judges will review the Top 3 dreams and decide who should be the round winner. The winner will receive an additional $5,000 grant and progress to the grand final.

The three Round Winners pitch their dream to the judges to decide the Grand Final Winner and the public vote again for their favourite dream to win People’s Choice.

Applications close: 13 September 2019.

More information and application

Mary MacKillop Today’s Community Grants Program

Mary MacKillop Today’s 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 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.


  • Individuals build skills, gain knowledge and empower themselves to increase their life opportunities, improve their engagement with the community and achieve a better quality of life. This in turn has positive outcomes for people’s families and communities.
  • Remote communities (serviced by small organisations providing important services) are more empowered to actively participate in broader society.
  • The most vulnerable groups including women who are homeless, people living with disability, refugees and asylum seekers become more empowered to engage in more socio-economic activity.

Applications close: 26 August 2019.

More information and application

Contact: Caitlin, 8912 2718 or

NSW EPA Community Litter Grants

The aim of the Community Litter Grant program is to help deliver the NSW Government target to reduce litter by 40% by 2020. All funded projects must include direct community leadership and participation in the development of litter prevention activities. Grant funding is available in two streams:

Stream 1: Local single-community group projects – $4,000 to $10,000 – This stream is for a community group to conduct a litter prevention project at a single littered location. It is intended for groups who are taking their first steps in the litter prevention journey.

Stream 2: Multi-site and/or multi-organisation – $20,000 to $70,000 – This stream is for larger organisations that are able to work across multiple sites and involve multiple groups. It is intended for groups with the capacity to engage in litter prevention at scale and over the long term.

To apply for funding, a community group must be a non-government, not-for-profit organisation. You must have your own constitution and be incorporated under the law of a state of territory of Australia as an incorporated association, company or cooperative society. Stream 1 projects must be completed by June 2020, and Stream 2 projects must be completed by March 2021.

Applications close: 2 September 2019.

More information and application

Contact: 9995 5000 or

Youngcare Grants

Youngcare grants support young people with high care needs to exit and avoid moving into housing that may not be appropriate such as aged care, hospital or a rehabilitation centre. The grants programs provides funding for equipment, home modifications and emergency respite care. 

At Home Care Grants (AHCG): Provides 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.

Eligible individuals:

  1. Aged 18-65
  2. At high risk of placement into inappropriate housing
  3. Living with a recognised physical disability (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, ABI or Quadriplegia)
  4. Living at home or in supported housing (not aged care or rehab/hospital)
  5. Currently residing in Australia

Eligible organisations:

  1. Non-government organisations that currently provide care and support to young people living with a disability can apply on behalf of an individual
  2. Must be able to provide evidence of current Public Liability Insurance for no less than $5 million
  3. Must be able to provide current financial records or a current annual report
  4. Ideally, have an existing relationship with the beneficiary of the grant so that the ‘item’ purchased through this grant complements what is already being provided by the organisation

More information and application


Home Support Grants

Available for individuals aged between 18 and 65 who have a permanent disability and who need essential funding to either remain living at home, move back home from inappropriate housing or to make their current place more accessible. The grants provide up to $20,000 for essential equipment, home modifications and services such as respite or in-home care, household items and utilities.

Eligible Individuals:

Aged between 18 and 65

Have a permanent diagnosed physical disability (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, brain or spinal cord injury)

People with or without NDIS plans can apply

People with plans must show evidence of additional need

Eligible Organisations (on behalf of individuals):

Government and non-government Organisations

Able to provide evidence of current Public Liability insurance for no less than $5 million

Able to provide current financial records or a current annual report

More information and application

Contact: 1800 844 727 or

Applications close: 11 September 2019

NIB foundation Health Smart Grants EOI

nib foundation has announced a new grant program, known as Health Smart Grants, which aims to empower Aussie youth and young adults to make smarter choices when it comes to their health. Currently in Australia, only 41% of adults have the health literacy levels needed to make positive and informed health choices. The foundation’s new grants program seeks to change this.

nib foundation Executive Officer, Amy Tribe, said they are looking to partner with charities who specialise in better equipping young Aussies with the right health tools and information to make positive health choices and ultimately, reduce the risk of chronic illness.

“The reality is that far too many people in Australia die prematurely or live for many years with poor health and wellbeing related to chronic illnesses and many of these illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers and mental health disorders share the same risk factors. The good news is that many of these risks are preventable” Ms Tribe said. Mrs Tribe said.

“By engaging and empowering Aussies to be more health smart in their everyday lives we hope to help change this by giving people the information and skills they need to better understand health risks and adopt healthy behaviours that will set them up well for life,” she added.

The new grant program features a total funding pool of $320,000 which will be distributed to six charities who will each receive $40,000 in grant funding. nib members and the public will be given the chance to allocate the remaining $80,000 by voting for their favourite two charities to receive an additional funding boost.

“More investment in prevention is needed to improve the health of people across the country. We’re excited to partner with dedicated charities who share our focus and are committed making this change a reality,” Ms Tribe said.

The Health Smart Grants replace nib foundation’s previous Community Grants which for 10 years supported Australian charities focused on improving health and wellbeing outcomes for youth or carers.

Expressions of Interest: Open 1 August; close 30 August 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application from mid-September.

More information, guidelines and EOI form

Sisters of Charity Foundation Community Grants Program

The Sisters of Charity Foundation provides charity grants of up to $15,000 to eligible applicants. The Foundation delivers practical, real world support to smaller “grass-roots” organisations that can’t find help from more traditional sources. Once accepted as an eligible applicant, the Foundation works closely with you and your organisation to understand exactly what is needed, so they can ensure you receive the best quality outcomes.

Do you need help to fight poverty, loneliness, suffering or oppression? If you don’t qualify for assistance through other existing channels, the Foundation may be able to help.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The organisation’s mission and operations, and the proposed program, are consistent with the application guidelines of the Sisters of Charity Foundation, and must make a huge difference for those in need.
  • The applicant is able to demonstrate the knowledge and the expertise necessary to implement the program as well as the skills necessary for the sustainable management of the program and the responsible stewardship of resources.
  • The applicant organisation has the support of its Board, or in the case of an individual, the proposer’s supporting authority.
  • The organisation is not-for-profit and has Income Tax Exempt Charity (ITEC) status or Deductable Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 status.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation favours programs that:

  • restore hope and build dignity
  • fall between the cracks of other funding sources
  • are not associated with well established organisations with significant reserves and or are not capable of raising their own funds
  • are not eligible for funding from government or other sources.

Applications close: 30 September 2019.

More information and application

Contact: Judy Christie, or 9367 1211

Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants

Landcare Australia is partnering with Woolworths for a second round of Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants. Australian primary schools and early learning centres are invited to apply for project funds of up to $1,000. Over 500 grants will be offered to inspire kids from across the country to get hands-on with projects that focus on sustainable food production, improving waste management practices or enhancing native habitats.

Apply for a grant for:

  • a habitat restoration project
  • planting a bush tucker garden
  • planting a vegetable garden
  • running a composting or recycling project

Applications close: 6 September 2019.

More information and application


NSW Infrastructre Grants

Funding is available for arts and cultural infrastructure, sport and recreation infrastructure, and projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness. Infrastructure Grants are made possible through the NSW Government’s Clubgrants Category 3 Fund, which reinvests a contribution from the state’s registered clubs gaming machine profits back into community projects.

To be eligible for funding, applications must meet eligibility conditions including the project location, the applicant and project benefit, purpose and development status. There is also a requirement for local government applicants to match funding.

Infrastructure Grants can be used toward the costs of construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of buildings and community infrastructure in the following areas:

  • Arts & Culture: $50,000 to $200,000 available per project
  • Disaster Readiness & Community Infrastructure: $10,000 to $200,000 available per project
  • Sport & Recreation: $100,000 to $300,000 available per project

Funding Rounds:

  • August 2019 Round: Opens 5 August 2019. Closes 26 August 2019
  • November 2019 Round: Opens 18 November 2019. Closes 9 December 2019
  • March 2020 Round: Opens 16 March 2020. Closes 6 April 2010

More information and application

Contact: 9995 0992 or

Scanlon Foundation Community Grants [DGR Status Required]

The Scanlon Foundation’s annual community grants round for 2019 will fund projects that support the transition of migrants into employment or support practical English literacy. Projects should consider the experience of migrants and of receiving communities and aim to nurture positive outcomes.

All submissions are also expected to empower new arrival communities and develop cross cultural connections.

This year’s community grants will provide funding up to a maximum of $25,000.

Eligible NSW LGAs: Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Liverpool, Parramatta, and Wollongong.

Sometimes great projects exist outside these specific local government areas so there is the opportunity for organisations who are located outside of the listed LGAs, but within the identified states, to provide an expression of interest. This would require additional information as to why their area should be included.

The Foundation can only provide grants to organisations with DGR 1 status. Your organisation is welcome to partner with an organisation who has DGR1 status so long as the application comes directly from the organisation with DGR 1 status.

Applications close: 12 September 2019.

More information and application

Stronger Country Communities Fund

Fund overview

The Stronger Country Communities Fund was established in 2017 by the NSW Government to help deliver local projects to regional communities. The objective of the fund is to provide projects that improve the lives of people who live in regional areas.

Round Three of the Fund will see another $100 million made available for projects that improve the lives and wellbeing of regional NSW communities. This includes a dedicated $50 million for projects for young people.

Stronger Country Communities Fund 2019 has:

• $50m focused on young people aged 12-24

• a broader scope of eligible projects

Fund objectives

The objectives of the fund are:

1. to boost the liveability of communities in regional  areas by providing new or upgraded social and sporting infrastructure or community programs that have strong local support

2. to provide programs and infrastructure that enhance opportunities for young people to be work ready and thrive in regional NSW.

Key dates

Applications opened 9am, Monday 1 July 2019
Applications close 5pm, Friday 27 September 2019
Eligibility, assessment and approval process October 2019 to January 2020
Announcement of successful projects From January 2020

More information available here –

NSW Organics Infrastructure Program

NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and NSW Environmental Trust’s Organics Infrastructure (Large and Small) Program supports new and enhanced infrastructure and on-site processing for organic waste, food donation projects and council run home composting programs. There are five funding streams:

  • Organics Processing Infrastructure: Provides funding for new and enhanced infrastructure to process food, garden or combined food and garden organics from households and/or businesses.
  • Business Organics Recycling: Provides funding for onsite processing or pre-processing equipment.
  • Food Donation Infrastructure: Provides funding for infrastructure to facilitate the collection and redistribution of edible food waste from businesses to people in need, such as fridges, freezers, refrigerated vans and storage equipment like forklifts.
  • Product Quality: Provides funding for equipment to improve the quality of recycled organics products to support access to new markets.
  • Transfer Stations: Provides funding for the capital costs relating to infrastructure and equipment to establish new or upgrade existing transfer stations so that they can also be used as transfer stations for food (or food and garden) organics.

Eligible bodies: Local councils, business, government institutions, not for profits, and industry, depending on the type of grant project/stream.

Applications close: 29 August 2019.

More information and application

Protecting Our Places grants program– NOW OPEN!

The 2019 round of the NSW Environmental Trust’s Protecting Our Places grants program is now open to Aboriginal communities around NSW.

Funding is available to Aboriginal community groups and organisations throughout NSW for projects that encourage and empower Aboriginal communities to protect, conserve and restore cultural landscapes that are important to local Aboriginal communities.

The following NSW Aboriginal community organisations/groups can apply:

  • Local Aboriginal Land Councils
  • Registered Native Title groups
  • Aboriginal incorporated community organisation
  • Unincorporated Aboriginal organisations and groups supported by another organisation (e.g. NPWS, LLS, LALC, NGO, local council, etc)

Grants of up to $60,000 are available over two stages:

  • Stage 1: Planning – up to $10,000
  • Stage 2: Implementation – up to $50,000

The Trust will be providing project management capacity building training and mentoring to funded grantees to assist in the successful delivery of their environmental project.

While each project must be led by an Aboriginal organisation, applicants are encouraged to work in partnership with other relevant stakeholders (i.e. Council, LLS, OEH, etc) to strengthen their project’s proposals and delivery.

If the organisation is not incorporated or does not have the capacity to manage the financial aspects of the project, you may nominate another organisation to administer the grant funds on your behalf. The Administrator must be an incorporated or registered organisation (e.g. LALC, NGO, local council, etc).

Applications close 3pm Monday 26 August 2019.

Application materials

Application forms, guidelines and resources are available on the Trust’s website:


Contact the Trust Administration on (02) 8837 6093 or email:

To find out about other grants programs delivered by the Environmental Trust, please visit the Trust website

NSW Environmental Trust

PO Box 644, Parramatta NSW 2124

(Level 6, 10 Valentine Avenue, Parramatta NSW 2150)

Phone 02 8837 6093

Bennelong Foundation Grants EOI [DGR Status Required]

Established in 2002 by the Bangarra Group, the Bennelong Foundation aims to enhance community wellbeing and provide opportunities for positive and lasting change in the community. The Foundation also aims to provide opportunities for people within the Bangarra Group to personally get involved in the activities of the organisations it supports.

Program funding areas:

  • Education, training and employment: programs providing access, equity and inclusion opportunities to education and training or that support and build pathways to sustainable employment
  • 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.

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​​

Step 1 is a submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI). Step 2 is an invited application for shortlisted submissions.

The Foundation is only able to accept applications from organisations which carry Deductible Gift Recipient Status, Item 1 of Section30-15 from Australian Taxation Office.

Expressions of Interest close: 9 August 2019.

More information and EOI details

Tucker Foundation Grants

The Tucker Foundation will consider applications from organisations seeking to undertake projects that further the Foundation’s aims and objectives. Grants applications for up to $25,000 will be considered. Grants are available to organisations with income tax exemption and ACNC registration for local, regional or national projects anywhere in Australia. Australian organisations seeking funding for projects undertaken overseas may also be considered.

Tucker Foundation aims and objectives:

  • 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 25 years 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.

Applications close: 16 August 2019.

More information and application

Contact: Mara Bonacci,

2020 NSW Seniors Festival

We are inviting councils and local organisations across the state to apply for a 2020 NSW Seniors Festival Grant. The Grants Program provides $200,000 in seed funding to organisations and councils to run local festival events and activities that provide opportunities for people over 60 to remain active, healthy and engaged in their local communities.

Funding categories available:

  • Category 1: Up to $1,000 for small-scale local community events and activities.
  • Category 2: $1,001 – $5,000 for larger local community events and activities.
  • Category 3: $5,001 – $10,000 for large scale community and regional events and activities.

Applications are now open and will close 11:59pm on Friday 9 August 2019.

For more information, including assessment criteria and Terms and Conditions, please visit the Seniors Festival Website and download the 2020 Grants Program Guidelines.

If you need more information please email:

Aboriginal Land Clean Up and Prevention Program

Category: Illegal dumping grants

Amounts: Total of $1,000,000 with individual grants of $10,000 to $75,000

Eligible bodies: NSW Local Aboriginal Land Councils; and local councils, government agencies, non-governmental organisations, consultants, and other entities working in partnership with a Local Aboriginal Land Council


Status: Open – the program will remain open until grant funds are exhausted or until 5pm on 30 September 2019

Managed by: NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)


Under Waste Less Recycle More Extension the Aboriginal Land Clean Up and Prevention (ALCUP) aims to

  • Reduce the impacts of illegal dumping on Aboriginal land through clean up and prevention activities
  • Build and maintain collaborative approaches and partnerships to help manage and reduce the occurrence of illegal dumping
  • Integrate deterrence, surveillance and monitoring measures and community education to prevent illegal dumping activities on Aboriginal land
  • Incorporate cultural activities that enable Aboriginal people to care for Country, engage in knowledge sharing and gain skills and employment in land management

In round 4, the EPA has made changes to ALCUP to reflect feedback from Aboriginal communities and organisations to better meet the needs of Aboriginal communities. We thank the individuals and organisations that helped us review the program. We are always happy to talk about improvements that can be made. Please email any suggestions or problems to

Changes incorporated into the new program:

  • Applications for Round 4 of the ALCUP Fund will remain open until grant funds are exhausted or until 5pm on 30th September 2019.
  • The application form, as well as any relevant applicant documents, will be available on the EPA website for LALCs to access and submit to the EPA at any time.
  • Assessment of applications will be conducted quarterly by the independent Technical Review Committee (TRC).
  • The amount of funding each applicant can apply for has been increased to a range of $10,000 to $75,000 (previously $5,000 – $50,000).
  • Caring for Country activities on the project sites, such as revegetating with native and bush tucker plants, setting up community picnic facilities or holding cultural events as part of the project to prevent further dumping can now be included.
  • The grant delivery time is extended to 18 months (previously 12 months).
  • The % allowable for salaries and administration has been removed to encourage employment of local people rather than contractors, if desired.

Funding of between $10,000 to $75,000 is available to Local Aboriginal Land Councils for individual projects. All funded activities must be completed within an 8 month period.

The priorities for the funding reflect the EPA’s commitment to deliver an integrated approach to combat illegal dumping through active engagement and collaboration between government, land managers and local communities.

To apply

Round 4 ALCUP opened on 26 September 2018 and will remain open until funds are exhausted, or until 30 September 2019.

More information available here –

National Palliative Care Projects

The National Palliative Care Projects are intended to improve the quality of palliative care service delivery in Australia. Under this grant opportunity, funding is available for national projects that target specific population groups who have recognised limited access to palliative care. The objectives of the grant opportunity are to support nationally focussed projects for the target population groups that:

  • Improve the quality of and access to palliative care service skill development for service providers;
  • Improve the quality of palliative care service delivery in community and acute care settings;
  • Strengthen understanding and increase uptake of advance care planning;
  • Improve knowledge and community awareness of palliative care; and
  • Improve the collation and dissemination of palliative care information across the sector.

Estimated grant value: From $300,000 to $1,200,000.

Applications close: 8 August 2019.

More information and application

Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program

The Australian Government is inviting applicants through an open competitive process to apply for grant funding during the 2019-20 financial year under Outcome 3.2 – Commemorative Activities – Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program. The Program is designed to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

The objective of the Program is to acknowledge and commemorate those who served Australia and its allies in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

There are two categories of Grants available under the Program:

  • Community Commemorative Grants: Grants up to a maximum of $4,000 available for local, community-based projects and activities
  • Major Commemorative Grants: Grants available for major commemorative projects and activities that are significant from a national or state/territory perspective

Batching of applications

The Community Grants Hub will divide the assessment of applications into three batches. Each batch will contain applications that have been submitted for the grant opportunity over a four month period:

  • Batch 1: 3 July 2019.
  • Batch 2: 6 November 2019.
  • Batch 3: 31 March 2020.

More information and application

 Strengthening Rural Communities – Small & Vital

Rural, regional and remote Australia is home to nine million Australians. Many of those communities are small, and all are vital.

Our donors share our commitment to small rural, regional and remote communities and the premise that local leaders are best placed to know what will make their community stronger.

That is why they collaborate to fund this grants program, which facilitates continued investment and access to funds that can contribute to securing the future prosperity of small communities across Australia.

For smaller communities, regular access to funds can be a challenge, which is why we have created the Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program. It has two tiers and the Small & Vital program is now open all year, with applications assessed quarterly.

Priority and Eligibility

Who can apply?

  • Not-for-profit community-based organisations from communities across rural, regional and remote Australia where funds support projects and activities that offer clear public benefit (i.e. are for a charitable purpose) and address an agreed need in the community.
  • Organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.
  • Organisations with and without DGR endorsement.
  • An organisation is eligible to submit one application per grant round and apply for one tier of funding per grant round.

The following applications will be prioritised:

  • Projects initiated and delivered by local community groups.
  • Applications from communities fewer than 15,000 people.
  • Organisations that do not have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Tax status.

Who can’t apply?

  • Individuals, private or commercial businesses are not eligible.
  • Projects that support core business and areas of responsibility of Federal, State and Local Governments are not eligible.

What can be funded?

Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) Small & Vital grants (up to $10,000) can be used for a wide range of purposes including:

  • Delivering activities, programs and services;
  • Purchasing or hiring equipment and materials;
  • Community infrastructure projects;
  • Operational and administrative costs associated with your project will be considered. This could include wages, paying a skilled contractor, or paying for overhead costs incurred in the project’s delivery.

Applications must clearly demonstrate a focus on one activity from the following seven activity areas. Click on the activity to reveal examples of what could be funded.

1. Building community resilience

For example, projects that facilitate community connectedness, develop leadership capacity within the community, improve local community infrastructure and meeting places, support and develop volunteer community groups, and community preparedness to natural disasters.

2. Developing organisational resilience and capacity

For example, projects that strengthen local not-for-profit organisations’ operational infrastructure, upgrading of equipment to improve service delivery, skill development of committees of management, and support for planning and sustainability.

3. Enhancing environmental sustainability

For example, projects that increase awareness of local environmental issues, provide opportunities for local residents to care for the local environment, and projects that work to restore, protect and promote the local natural environment.

4. Fostering cultural vibrancy

For example, projects that celebrate, preserve and promote local culture and identity, creative projects that foster the arts, and support for local artists and the arts community.

5. Lifelong learning and education

For example, projects that provide local residents with access to opportunities that enrich their learning and skills development, from cradle to grave.

6. Economic strength

For example, projects that create local employment and training with an employment outcome, stimulate new spending within a community or region, events that attract visitors and which can demonstrate an economic benefit as a result, and projects that attract new residents to a community or region and improve economic prosperity.

7. Improving community health and social wellbeing

For example, projects that address physical health, improved nutrition and access to fresh food and sustainable local food systems, projects that enhance mental health, and those which assist vulnerable members in communities to improve their health and wellbeing.


SRC – Small & Vital is a rolling grants program, which means that applications will be accepted at any time. Please see the table below for the submission cut-off dates that best suit your project requirements.

Submit application by: Outcomes Advised
5pm AEST, 25 June 2019 Early September 2019
5pm AEST, 24 September 2019 Early December 2019

More information available here –

Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT)

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

This program is designed to provide flexible funding to support community-based activities that both help to relieve current stressors and symptoms, and most importantly, build capacity and resilience for the future. Funds could also support activities that engage your local community in being proactive, exploring options and creating something that will stand the test of tough times. See the case studies below for examples of the types of projects we have funded in the past, which may provide some ideas.

Thanks to the generous support of our donor partners, grants of up to $20,000 are now available across drought-affected communities nationally. A smaller number of grants valued at up to $60,000 and $150,000 are also available for larger-scale and multi-year projects that have a broader impact. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss project concepts, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch once you’ve read the program guidelines and associated documents, and reviewed our grant writing resources. FRRR will be conducting workshops and sessions for grant-seekers to help with developing ideas.

The program is supported by the Australian Government, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, ANZ, Paul Ramsay Foundation, Sidney Myer Fund, Pratt Foundation, Australia Post, Westpac Group, The Snow Foundation, Santos, Aussie Farmers Foundation, Ronald Geoffrey Arnott Foundation, Stockland CARE Foundation, NRMA, Rex Airlines and individual donors from across the nation.


Reduce social isolation by facilitating strong social cohesion and connection;

Support and engage the community in leadership development and skills training;

Support opportunities for social and educational participation and address disadvantage caused by the drought, for children and young people;

Reduce volunteer fatigue and build the capacity, capability and sustainability of local not-for-profit organisations to provide support to their communities, particularly where they are playing an increased role during the drought; and

Support local economic recovery or renewal through projects that stimulate economic activity and cash-flow within communities.

Who can apply?

Community groups and not-for-profit organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate.

The program has a strong preference to support grassroots organisations based in drought-affected regions over those delivering services to, but not based in affected regions. Projects led by local communities will be given strong preference.

Please note no specific tax status is required.

Groups with outstanding final reports are not eligible to apply unless a time extension has been granted. We encourage groups to complete their final reports so that they can then apply.

Projects must be located in and benefit a drought-affected region.

Criteria for large-scale and multi-year projects up to $60,000 and $150,000

Provide broader, more medium-term impact – multi-year grants will be considered;

Offer activities that could be repeated over a period of time;

Deliver larger scale activities that provide short term relief to alleviate the impact of drought;

Support a coordinated approach with a regional focus;

Enhance resourcing, stability and continuity of events and programs being delivered by local not-for-profit organisations; and

Support the delivery of activities and services which cost more due to the remoteness of their location.

Please note that applicants must speak to the FRRR Program Manager before lodging an application to the two larger streams, and a written Expression of Interest is required for the up to $150,000 grants.

What can’t be funded?

The encouragement or advancement of sport, recreation and social activities is not considered a charitable activity by the Australian Tax Office. Applications from sporting organisations need to clearly demonstrate benefits to the wider community beyond competitive sports-related activities (please contact FRRR if you wish to discuss);

Commonwealth, State and Local Government core business and areas of responsibility;

Projects that do not directly support drought-affected communities;

Projects that benefit a single individual rather than a community;

The project must not duplicate an existing project or service;

Retrospective projects, i.e. projects that have already occurred or which will have occurred by the time funds are received;

Projects that are for animal welfare;

Projects outside Australia and overseas travel; nor

Projects that support private businesses and commercial activities (excepting not-for-profit social enterprise).

Funding rounds

Tackling Tough Times Together is a rolling grants program, which means that applications will be accepted at any time. Please see the table below for the cut-off dates that best suit your project requirements.

Round Outcomes advised
Round 14 Late September 2019 for applications received by 8 July 2019. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 25 June 2019.
Round 15 Early December 2019 for applications received by 25 September 2019. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 5 Sept. 2019.
Round 16 Late February 2020 for applications received by 16 December 2019. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 27 Nov. 2019.


FRRR uses an online grants administration system called Grants Gateway. All applications for the Tackling Tough Times Together program will be submitted via FRRR’s Grants Gateway online portal.

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IGA Community Chest

Through IGA Community Chest and associated programs, we’ve raised well over $86m to help local communities.

Every day across the country* IGA Community Chest raises funds to support local communities, charities and other worthwhile causes. It could be in response to a major event like floods or bush fires or something as simple as new soccer balls for the local under 8’s.

The money is raised in a number of ways but predominately through the purchase of products with an IGA Community Chest logo on the label or ticket.

When you purchase a product with the IGA Community Chest logo printed on the label a percentage is credited to that store’s IGA Community Chest account.

More information available here –

Closing date: Ongoing

Transition to Independent Living Allowance

Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) is a payment of up to $1,500 to help eligible young people cover some basic costs as they leave out-of-home care.

Young people aged between 15 to 25 years who are leaving or have already left formal out-of-home care may be eligible for the TILA. TILA is also for young people who continue to live with their foster carers after their care order expires.

The payment can be used to buy items such as a fridge or couch, pay for counselling, education and training courses, medical expenses, a drivers licence or any other items or services agreed between the young person and their case worker.

More information available here –

Closing date: Ongoing

Jetstar’s Flying Start Program

Jetstar’s Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community. Entry is open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who can be classified into one of the following categories:

  • Charity
  • Educational & Health Organisation
  • Arts Group or Organisation
  • Sporting Group or Organisation

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

Applications close: 30 September 2019.

More information and application

St. George Kick Start

Your small business idea could win BIG!

“I took my idea to the next level, after pitching and winning with St.George Kick Start. You could too!” (Madeline Green, Otlet Co-Founder)

Enter St.George Kick Start to pitch your business idea at TEDxSydney for a chance to win a share of $100,000.

More information – enter here

ClubsGrants NSW

Funding is available under three separate categories:

Category 1: Supports community welfare and social services; community development; employment assistance activities; community health services; and projects aimed at improving the living standards of low income and disadvantaged people.

Category 2: Provides funding for general community development and support activities, such as junior sport.  

Category 3: Is a state-wide fund that supports large-scale community infrastructure projects. Grants are available for sport, emergency and disaster relief, and arts and culture infrastructure.    

The program is made possible through the support of NSW clubs, local councils and the NSW Government. 

Is there a deadline for applications?

There is no standard state-wide closing date for ClubGRANTS Category 1 or 2 funding.

Category 1 funding is allocated on the basis of local government areas, and Local Committees set their own deadlines, which vary from area to area. Opening and closing dates are available on Committee Search listings.

Clubs allocate Category 2 funding and while some clubs set deadlines, most accept and consider Category 2 applications year-round. Category 2 applicants should contact the individual clubs for more information.

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Harcourts Foundation Grants [DGR Status Required]

The Harcourts Foundation provides grants to reputable community-based organisations which need funding for projects and initiatives designed to benefit as many people as possible. The Foundation will prioritise applications that demonstrate that their grant will have the widest community impact.

The Harcourts Foundation can only make grants to organisations with both Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status.

Grant applications must be for a specific event, project, item, or initiative.

Application rounds close: 30 June, 30 September & 31 December 2019.

More information and application

Macpac Fund for Good

The Macpac Fund for Good provides contributions of between $2,000-10,000 to not-for-profit organisations in Australia and New Zealand who align with their ideals. The groups they support fall into one of three areas: Adventure-Based Social Development; Environmental Projects; and Ethical Manufacturing.

Funding rounds close: 31 July; 31 October 2019.

More information

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