Funding and Resources

Budget Direct Sponsorship Program      

Budget Direct will consider your sponsorship request whether you’re a leader in your field or a grassroots organisation. As long as you want to make meaningful improvements to the lives of Australians, you have their attention. Requesting sponsorship from Budget Direct is the first step of this journey.

Budget Direct is open to supporting organisations that:

  1. Provide a service or other benefit for the community, on either a local or state basis;
  2. Provide awareness and education;
  3. Promote health, education, and wellbeing in their communities, sporting clubs included;
  4. Help to build friendly, supportive communities across Australia;
  5. Provide assistance and care for Australians in need;
  6. Provide road safety and emergency support services;
  7. Encourage healthy lifestyles; and
  8. Are a registered organisation or association.

They will not consider applications if any of these criteria apply:

  • Requests to sponsor individuals/individual sporting teams (sporting clubs are accepted);
  • Organisations or activities that go against our brand values and business needs;
  • Religious groups, political parties or lobby groups; and
  • Organisations linked to contentious issues.

Sponsorships will be assessed and granted quaterly in amounts of $1,000 – $5,000.

Application rounds close: 31 May 2020

More information and application


NSW Community Building Partnership (CBP) Program 2020 Round

The NSW Government is investing in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes, while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion. In 2020, there is a maximum of $300,000 to allocate in each electorate.

Incorporated not-for-profit community organisations and local councils are eligible to apply for grants of between $2500 and $300,000.

CBP supports projects involving:

  1. the construction of new community infrastructure
  2. the refurbishment, repair and maintenance of existing community infrastructure
  3. the purchase of capital equipment with a minimum individual asset value of more than $2500

Applications close: 12 June 2020

More information and application

Contact: 8753 8144

NSW Carers Week Grants 2020

Thanks to funding from the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, Carers NSW are once again offering grants to organisations and carer support groups to run events or activities, either online or in person to support and celebrate carers across NSW as part of National Carers Week.

This year, National Carers Week will be held from 11-17 October 2020.

Grants of up to $300 are available to help carer support groups and organisations across NSW put on an activity or event, online or in person, to acknowledge family and friend carers in their local community.

While it is hoped that events and activities may be able to go ahead by October 2020, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, funding will be provided to support and celebrate carers through a range of approaches including events or activities either online or in person.

While it would be ideal to run events around the time of National Carers Week, to allow flexibility, this year events and activities may be run at a later date if necessary, with the funding to be spent by June 2021.

Applications close: 22 June 2020

More information and application


Heywire – Youth Innovation Grants

Applications are now open for the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants!

Community organisations are invited to apply for a share in $100,000 in grants, to bring one of these six youth-developed ideas to life.

These inspiring ideas were created at this year’s Heywire Regional Youth Summit and can be adapted to suit the needs of your community.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available.

Idea 1: Green Book
Green Book seeks to encourage youth to connect with their local, natural environment and to build and strengthen local communities.

Idea 2: Skillin’ It
Skillin’ It is a community-based and locally-driven initiative that aims to create a culture of skills and knowledge-sharing network between people, individuals, businesses and community organisations.

Idea 3: We Need Farmers
We Need Farmers is an educational program aimed at primary school students to teach them about the processes and stories behind each meal and what it takes to get it from the paddock to the plate.

Idea 4: L.E.D
Let’s Embrace Diversity (L.E.D) aims to help people to understand the importance of embracing diversity. People can join the online movement to help connect and collaborate with people from all over Australia and share stories of what makes them different.

Idea 5: Filling the Gap
Filling The Gap aims to share the untold stories of what makes Australia special – we are multicultural and we are diverse. This program will help teach a more inclusive history that covers all countries and cultures.

Idea 6: Just Relax
Just Relax hopes to help create a more accessible community for everyone to enjoy. For those who have mobility issues, it would create a safe space for them.

Applications close May 26.

More information including how to apply is available on the ABC Heywire website

COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund

Australian Progress, together with Australian Communities Foundation and other partners, have launched the COVID-19 Rapid Advocacy Fund, a donor pool that can rapidly inject funds into strategic advocacy campaigns demanding ambitious policies in response to the pandemic in Australia.

As Australians grapple with the impacts of the pandemic on their lives we are seeing outpourings of community spirit and concern. This energy is ready to be channelled into creative and innovative advocacy campaigns that win policies that transform our society, protect vulnerable communities and look after one another.

The Fund is looking for advocacy campaigns that will fight for policies that put communities at the heart of the response to the pandemic, and have a clear plan to create real-world impacts.

Projects will be selected that:

  1. Are advocacy campaigns with a clear theory of change for how to influence decision-makers and win ambitious policy changes.
  2. Are grassroots in nature and have a plan to create real-world change.
  3. Insert an important perspective, issue or constituency related to coronavirus into the national policy debate. Examples might include projects advocating for policy changes on issues like housing, health and justice, First Nations justice and access for people with disability.
  4. Demand that communities are centred in the response to the pandemic.
  5. Benefit from a small, immediate contribution. All grants will be in the realm of $3,000-$10,000.
  6. Leverage cutting-edge tools and tactics, which may include polling, media, direct lobbying, research, stunts, cultural intervention and digital organising.
  7. Are non-profit, consistent with obligations on charities, legally compliant, and fall within the definition of ‘social welfare’ (ultimately helping people facing tough times).

Organisations can pitch their project via an online form. A formal grant process will be announced once more funding has been confirmed.

The fund will primarily rely on larger gifts from the philanthropic sector, although any individual can contribute to the fund.

More information and online form

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:

  1. Adventure-Based Social Development
  2. Environmental Projects
  3. 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: 31 July; 31 October.

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

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