Feed Appeal Community Grants

The Feed Appeal grants program 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.

To be eligible for funding, your organisation must:

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

The following are not eligible:

  • charities whose primary focus is not food relief
  • auspiced applications
  • sponsorship or funding towards a marketing appeal/ event or fundraising activities
  • charities who have been operating for less than 12 months

Applications close: 22 May 2020

More information and application

Contact: or 1300 421 041

Ecstra Response & Recovery Grants

Ecstra supports community organisations assisting Australians on a range of financial issues including debt and credit stress, job losses, small business sustainability, navigating the social security system, early access to super, essential utilities and services, scams, financial abuse, payday lending, banking, insurance, legal and tenancy issues.

Community organisations play a vital role in ensuring vulnerable consumers can access information, support and direct assistance to navigate the financial and economic impacts of COVID-19. The ongoing effects of the recent Australian drought, bushfires and floods are compounded by the current pandemic crisis. This means many consumer organisations are stretched as they respond to increasingly complex and urgent community needs.

The Ecstra Response and Recovery Grants focus on practical support to ensure frontline community organisations can:

  1. continue to respond to the immediate crisis, to deliver vital services and support to Australian communities facing financial issues
  2. support staff working remotely or in different environments
  3. adapt services to meet the needs of vulnerable consumers in the absence of face-to-face or direct service delivery, and
  4. build infrastructure and organisational capacity to address the long term social and economic recovery period that will follow the COVID-19 crisis.
  5. To qualify, applicants must:
  1. have DGR 1 status
  2. be registered, and up to date with their ACNC reporting
  3. be an established community organisation with proven experience working with Australian consumers on issues of financial assistance, financial hardship and/or financial education

A total grant pool of $3,000,000 is available, with individual grants of up to $100,000 each. Organisations may make up to three requests for funding of up to $100,000 each.

Applications close: 30 April 2020

More information and application


Energy Efficient Communities Program – Community Energy Efficiency & Solar Grants 2020

The objective of this Australian Government grant opportunity is to support community organisations across Australia to: reduce greenhouse gas emissions; improve energy efficient practices; increase the uptake of energy efficient technologies. There’ll be a maximum of 2 projects funded per electorate.

The maximum grant amount is $12,500.

You can use your grant for one or more of the following:

  • design, supply and installation of new solar photovoltaic generator systems
  • purchase and installation of new battery systems and battery storage systems
  • purchase and installation of new solar hot water heaters or air source hot water heat pumps, to replace existing equipment
  • purchase and installation of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting equipment or energy efficient lighting controls to replace existing equipment
  • design, supply and installation of high efficiency split system air conditioning units to replace existing equipment energy audits
  • energy audits
  • To be eligible you must:
  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be an incorporated not-for-profit organisation

You’re also eligible if you’re a rural fire service, country fire authority or other state/territory equivalent.

More information and application

Contact: 13 28 46 or

NDIA Individual Capacity Building Program 2020-2021

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is inviting applications in an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under the Individual Capacity Building Program from 2020-21 to 2021-22. The Program aims to ensure:

  • People with disability have the skills and confidence to participate and contribute to the community and protect their rights through an increase in:
  • skills and capacity
  • motivation, confidence and empowerment to act
  • participation and contribution to community.
  • Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) and Families Organisations (FOs) are strengthened in their capability to deliver services for people with a disability through:
  • improving the organisation’s capacity and ability to deliver the organisation’s mission and Information, Linkages and Capacity Building in the community.
  • The National Disability Insurance Agency can only provide funding to an organisation that is a legal entity.
  • To be eligible you must:
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN), or be willing to obtain one prior to the execution of the grant agreement
  • be registered, or willing to register for the purposes of GST if your income turnover as a result of a successful grant will exceed the threshold defined by the Australian Tax Office
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution
  • have public liability insurance cover for the duration of the project.

You must also be one of the following legal entity types:

  • a Company
  • an Incorporated Association
  • an Indigenous Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006
  • a Cooperative
  • a Local Government entity, only as an auspicor of a Disabled Peoples Organisation or Family Organisation.
  • a Corporate State or Territory Entity, only as an auspicor of a Disabled Peoples Organisation or Family Organisation.

Non-legal entities, such as unincorporated associations, may apply through an auspice arrangement with another organisation if the lead organisation is an eligible legal entity.

Applications close: 22 April 2020

More information and application

The Honda Foundation Grants & Vehicle Loans Round 2 2020

The Honda Foundation has two different grant streams, one for monetary funding requests, the other for Honda Hero Loan Vehicle. The Foundation provides assistance to charities and organisations across a range of social and environmental issues, including supporting the disadvantaged, disabled or those suffering from illness; relief for victims of natural disasters; and promotion of innovation and new technologies.

After downloading and completing an application form, applicants must locate their nearest authorised Honda Motor Vehicle Dealership and make an appointment to meet with the Dealer Principal. If the Dealer Principal endorses the application, the application then needs to be submitted by the applicant.

Organisations must be endorsed with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status to apply.

Applications close: 31 July 2020

More information and application


Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World 2020 Community Grants

Sunsuper’s community grants are here to give you a helping hand to make your dream a reality. If your not-for-profit organisation or community group dreams of helping to create brighter futures for Australians, or a more active community, or support others to live better, they want to hear about it.

Grant categories:

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

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

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

The Dreams for a Better World team shortlists three entries in each category to present their dream to a panel of judges.

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

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

The shortlisted entry with the most valid votes will receive a $10,000 grant.

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

Applications close: 26 June 2020.

More information and application

Macpac 2020 Fund for Good Grants

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.

2020 closing dates: 30 April; 31 July; 31 October.

More information and application

Mercy Foundation 2020 Social Justice Small Grants

The 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.

The Social Justice Small Grants program is only available to not for profit organisations. This program does not fund individuals or for-profit organisations. If the applicant has no legal status, an agency that does have legal status (non profit) can be asked to auspice the project and hold any grant monies on behalf of the applicant.

Priority will be given to small organisations and those groups that receive no other funding.

The focus for 2020 is “Justice in the Digital World”. This includes projects that

  • provide access to the digital world for people who are currently excluded,
  • protect vulnerable groups from being exploited online,
  • promote genuine human encounter in online neighbourhoods,
  • address social exclusion by helping people stay connected using online technology,
  • address cyber bullying especially for young people or
  • projects that address the issue of online child exploitation will be considered.

Priority may also be given to projects that target disadvantaged women and/or women with children, regardless of the annual social justice focus.

Applications close: 27 April 2020

More information and application

Australian Communities Foundation & Philanthropy Australia Launch Partnership to Support Co-ordinated COVID-19 Response

Australian Communities Foundation and peak body Philanthropy Australia have launched the COVID-19 National Funding Platform to support a coordinated philanthropic funding response to the escalating crisis. Non-profit and community organisations are encouraged to register their funding needs as they relate to COVID-19 so that Australian philanthropic funders can connect with and support the important work underway to tackle the pandemic and protect communities.

The National Funding Platform is a central online directory that enables Australian philanthropic funders to connect with and respond to the COVID-19 related funding needs of non-profit organisations across Australia.

In announcing the partnership, Australian Communities Foundation CEO, Maree Sidey said that the Platform will facilitate agile and compassionate funding support throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

“Philanthropy has the unique ability to move quickly and decisively to support the emerging needs of our communities and the non-profit organisations that serve them,” Sidey said.

“During this turbulent time, it’s important to remember that there is something every one of us can do to mitigate the impacts of this pandemic, particularly when our actions are guided by generosity, solidarity and community rather than fear and isolation.”

Philanthropy Australia CEO, Sarah Davies says the pandemic has already dealt unprecedented challenges to the not-for-profit sector.

“Many Australian charities are facing a battle to survive,” Davies said.

“Fundraising activity is grinding to a halt, staff are being laid off and volunteering has slowed. These changes are also impacting significantly on the services our sector can provide to help the most vulnerable members of our community get through COVID-19.”

Dozens of funding requests have already poured in, ranging from providing emergency care for children impacted by COVID-19 to protecting First Nations communities from the pandemic.

Go to COVID-19 National Funding Platform

Combatting Social Isolation for Seniors during COVID-19 Grants Program

The NSW Department of Communities & Justice has launched the Combatting Social Isolation for Seniors during COVID-19 Grants Program. Grants are available for organisations to create programs that foster social inclusion for seniors. Activities must help older people connect with each other through online engagement or other ways.

These grants aim to combat social isolation for seniors during COVID-19, while maintaining the current social distancing advice. It provides one-off grants for organisations to provide quality social connection opportunities for seniors.

For a program to be eligible, it must be aimed at people aged 65 years and over. Or, it must be for Aboriginal people, aged 55 years and over.

Organisations must use methods that will deliver programs through online or other approaches that maintain social distancing. The programs must be available throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to the end of 2020. The target cohort for this grant is seniors who are socially isolated or at risk of isolation and loneliness.

A funding pool of $600,000 will be available for one-off grants. These will range from $10,000 to $100,000, and will be distributed to successful applicants across NSW.

Applications close: 26 April 2020

More information and application


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

Native Title Respondent Funding Scheme

The Attorney-General’s Department helps native title respondents with their reasonable legal representation and disbursement costs incurred in native title proceedings.

This assistance is provided under section 213A of the Native Title Act 1993 and the Native Title (Assistance from Attorney-General) Guidelines 2012 which are available in the GO Documents section.

The Legal Financial Assistance Assessment of Costs applies to the NTRFS scheme and is available in the GO Documents section.

Native title respondent funding scheme

Close Date & Time: Ongoing – more information available here

Mantana Foundation for Young People Funding

Amount: Up to $10,000

Closing date: Ongoing

Funding available for organisations that focus on youth programs that assist with school retention and increased education, employment skills as well as social and community connectedness.

There are two stages for applications: 1. Preliminary Submission and 2. Detailed Submission.

Organisations must have Tax Concession Charity (TCC) and Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) statuses. View website for overall eligibility and application process. More information available here –

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