Community grants available in December and beyond…

Australian Biological Resources Study: National Taxonomy Research Grant Program | 10 December

The Australian Biological Resources Study National Taxonomy Research Grant Program provides grants for research into taxonomy and systematics and to support the training and/or recruitment of taxonomists. For more information: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/australian-biological-resources-study

Aspiring Teachers Grants | 10 December

The Aspiring Teacher Grants provide a one-off financial incentive up to $5,000 to assist high-achieving Year 12 school leavers with study expenses associated with starting a teaching degree at a Queensland university. More info: https://www.qld.gov.au/education/schools/financial/scholarships/aspiring

Lambert McBride Perpetual Bursary | 10 December

This bursary provides the opportunity for one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander tertiary student studying in any field at a Qld higher education institution, a one-off grant of $5,000 to assist with study expenses. More info here: https://www.qld.gov.au/education/jobs/teacher/school/scholarships/lambert-mcbride-perpetual-bursary

Screen Finance Program | 10 December & 11 February

Supporting Queensland-produced series, films and games. This program is for screen stories seeking finance so they may head into production or game development.

Applications for films/series under $100,000 can be submitted anytime. Submissions for projects seeking more than $100,000 are due 10 Dec and 11 Feb. Applications for games are for a maximum of $50,000 and can be submitted anytime.

Find out more about what is funded under this program here: https://screenqueensland.com.au/investment-support/finance-program/

Marine Parks Grants | 16 December

This grant seeks to support achievement of Australian Marine Park objectives:

a) the protection and conservation of biodiversity and other natural, cultural and heritage values of marine parks in the Australian Marine Park Network

b) ecologically sustainable use and enjoyment of the natural resources within marine parks in the Australian Marine Park Network

For eligibility: https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/our-marine-parks-grants-round3

Live Music Australia | 20 December

This program will provide support to the live music sector, with a focus on small to medium venues that support high quality original Australian live music that is professionally staged. It aims to revive business ventures in local suburbs, towns and regions across the country, building capacity for a sustainable live music scene with strong community roots, in all parts of Australia. It is acknowledged that the music industry is facing increased pressures in light of the severe impacts of COVID-19, and that venues may require assistance as they begin to reopen and rebuild. Apply here: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=8753e294-eb56-4ba4-bf3d-7ce0e722c782

Landing Pads | 31 December

This program provides market-ready startups and scaleups the opportunity to land and expand in global innovation hubs. Apply here: https://www.austrade.gov.au/landingpads/about-landing-pads

Wiri Yuwiburra Community Benefits Trust | 31 December

This trust offers a wide variety of grant programs to support and assist Aboriginal Group beneficiaries. Funding is available in the areas of Education, Community, Training, Research and Business Development. This fund offers multiple programs to support the community impacted by the Hail Creek Mine in Central Queensland inland from the coast around Mackay.  Programs include:

  • Education Program – $2500 – $5000
  • Community Benefits Program – $2000 – $10,000
  • Training Program – $5000
  • Research Program – $5000
  • Business Development Program – $2500 – $3000

To find out more and to apply: http://www.wycbt.org.au/programs-applications/

Indigenous Local Employment Fund | 31 December

This is a new grant opportunity under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. The ILEF aims to provide a response to short term, one-off funding proposals that help overcome obstacles for Indigenous job seekers in accessing local employment opportunities and provide pathways into short term labour markets, particularly where COVID-19 has had a significant impact on job opportunities. Funding of between $5,000 and $250,000 is available. Find out more here: https://www.niaa.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/employment/indigenous-local-employment-fund

Damien Greer Lawyers Community Grant | 31 December

Grants of $2500 are available to not for profit and unincorporated groups who strive to make a positive impact within their local community.  To apply: https://damiengreer.com.au/community-grant/

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) | 31 December

Supporting organisations in the arts and entertainment sector to reactivate. Apply any time: https://www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/rise-fund

Budget Direct Sponsorship | 31 December and 31 March 2022

This fund aims to help groups — including registered organisations, small community groups, not-for-profits and government bodies — 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. This one-off cash donation can be spent as your organisation sees fit. To apply: https://www.budgetdirect.com.au/about-us/sponsorships.html

The Environmental Music Prize | 7 January

This prize is a new $20,000 prize that is being launched in partnership with Green Music Australia. It aims to celebrate and amplify powerful music videos that inspire action for climate and conservation. To nominate: https://www.apraamcos.com.au/about-us/news-and-events/environmental-music-prize

Learning in Action Program | 10 January

This education program that teaches high school students in rural and regional Australia how to solve problems facing agriculture, using innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset. AgriFutures Australia will provide seven Australian Secondary Schools with funding of $7,935* ex GST. *Schools will be required to privately fund or secure funding from other sources to cover the remaining program delivery cost of $4,250* exc GST that will be payable to startup.business prior to commencement of the program. To apply: https://agrifutures.com.au/people-leadership/agrifutures-startup-business/

Australia-India Council Grants Program | 12 January

The Australia-India Council (AIC) seeks to advance Australia’s foreign and trade policy interests by building awareness and understanding between the peoples and institutions of Australia and India. The Program promotes people-to-people links and a contemporary and positive image of Australia to support the Australian Government’s international policy goals. Up to $250,000 is available. Download the full guidelines here: https://www.dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/foundations-councils-institutes/australia-india-council/grants/grants-guidelines

Global Grand Challenges Grants | 14 January

The Grand Challenges family of initiatives fosters innovation to solve key health and development problems. Follow this link to discover the five funded innitiatives available in this round: https://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/grant-opportunities

Stronger Communities Programme | 19 January

This programme funds projects that aim to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities. Federal Members of Parliament (MPs) identify potential projects and invite applications from their electorate. Up to $20,000 of funding for small capital projects. Applicants must have an ABN and be invited to apply by their local MP, so get in touch now! https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/stronger-communities-programme-round-7

Regional Connectivity Program | 27 January

The Regional Connectivity Program (the RCP) is a grants program funding the delivery of ‘place-based’ telecommunications infrastructure projects to improve digital connectivity across regional, rural and remote Australia. Download the guidelines here: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=37e9f4d7-946e-42f6-8ef4-70d8da73e662

Army History Research Grants | 28 January

This scheme values new or unique research that contributes to a deeper understanding of the history of the Australian Army and can contribute to Army’s current and future development and the professional military education of its members. Grants are available up to a maximum amount of $15, 000 for one year. Find our more here: https://www.army.gov.au/our-heritage/history/army-history-research-grants

Harcourts Foundation Grants | 3 February

Team Harcourts throughout Australia have been raising money to provide support that helps, grows and enriches their communities. The Harcourts Foundation can only make grants to organisations with BOTH Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status. Funding of around $5000 is available. To apply: https://harcourtsfoundation.org/australia/

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation | 7 February

The Foundation provides grants to assist Aboriginal communities and individuals by providing funds to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation, with the current focus on supporting art, literacy, education, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists. Must have DGR status. Grants between $5,000-$20,000 are available. Apply here: https://aboriginal.org.au/grants/

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program | 8 February 2022

The Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants 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 servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

Two categories of grants are available:

Community Grants (STS-CG) — Grants up to a maximum of $10,000 and Major Grants (STS-MG) — Grants between $10,001 and $150,000

To apply: https://www.dva.gov.au/about-us/overview/consultations-and-grants/grants-and-bursaries/saluting-their-service

James N Kirby Foundation Grants | 14 February
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:

Large (>$15,000) and small grants ($3,000 – $15,000) are available. Apply online: https://www.kirbyfoundation.com.au/eligibility-criteria/how-to-apply/

Gambling Community Benefit Fund | 28 February

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) is Queensland’s largest one-off community grants program and distributes approximately $60 million each year to not-for-profit community groups. The GCBF allocates funding to these groups to help them provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.

Commencing in 2022, there will be changes to the GCBF funding program. There will be 4 funding rounds each year, with 3 of these rounds having funding available up to $35,000 and 1 super round (February) with up to $100,000 of funding available. Find out more: https://www.justice.qld.gov.au/initiatives/community-grants

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups |1 March 2022

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date. Watch the info session here: https://australiacouncil.gov.au/investment-and-development/arts-projects-for-individuals-and-groups/

Contemporary Music Touring Program |1 March 2022

The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. Varying amounts of up to $50,000 is available. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR APPLICATION TO THE LAST MINUTE!

If you think you will have difficulty submitting your application online, please contact the Artists Services team at least four weeks before the closing date. To apply you must be registered in our application management system a minimum of two business days prior to the closing date.

For eligibility and to apply: https://australiacouncil.gov.au/investment-and-development/contemporary-music-touring-program/

Capstone Editing Research Scholarship for Honours Students | 30 May 2022

This fund provides up to A$3,000 (tax free) to one student per year to assist with covering the costs associated with the research for their thesis. Apply now here: https://www.capstoneediting.com.au/honours-scholarship

Capstone Editing Laptop Grant for Postgraduate Coursework Students | 22 July 2022

A grant aimed at overcoming economic barriers to academic success by providing students with the computer equipment necessary to excel in their studies. $3000 gift voucher for Harvey Norman is available. Apply here: https://www.capstoneediting.com.au/laptop-grant

Regional Australia Microgrid Pilots Program | 31 December 2026

RAMPP aims to improve the resilience and reliability of electricity supply in regional communities and demonstrate solutions to technical, regulatory or commercial barriers to the deployment of microgrid technologies in Australia.

Funding is available to projects that have successfully completed a feasibility study. Grants of between $50,000 and $5mil are available. Read the guidelines here: https://arena.gov.au/funding/regional-australia-microgrid-pilots-ramp/

Hamer Sprout Fund | Apply any time

This fund aims to support projects and organisations that:

Up to $5,000 is available. Find our more here: https://www.thehamersproutfund.com/apply-for-funding/

Dept of Premier and Cabinet Sponsorship Opportunities | Apply any time

Sponsorship is available to businesses, associations, local councils and not-for-profits to deliver significant initiatives and events that help with Queenslanders to:

Safeguard health                                                Support jobs                                        Back small business

Make it for Queensland                                    Build Queensland                               Grow regions

Invest in skills                                                      Back frontline services                     Protect the environment

Two grant tiers are available:  <$10,000 and > $10,000.  To apply: https://www.qld.gov.au/about/events-awards-honours/events/sponsorship-opportunities/sponsorship-request

Living Away From Home Allowances Scheme (LAFHAS)  | Apply any time

This fund supports eligible Queensland families whose children need to live away from home to attend a state school or an accredited non-state school. For eligibility criteria: https://www.qld.gov.au/education/schools/financial/ruralremote/lafhas

Courier-Mail Children’s Fund | Apply any time

The Fund maximises its impact and efficiency by only directing its funds to registered charities that demonstrate that they have the specialist skills and knowledge to deliver high-value, life-changing programs to children in need. Apply here: https://www.childrens.fund/how-you-can-apply/

Inclusive Kids Fund | Apply any time

This fund aims to provide much needed funds that will create better inclusion into community life for children that would otherwise be isolated through poverty, family breakdown, disability or severe illness. This fund targets young individuals aged 0-18 years; fast tracking immediate financial support not covered by other forms of funding.

Contact Inclusive Kids to apply: https://www.inclusivekids.com.au/

Crisis Relief Grants for Performing Artists | Apply any time

You can get help by applying for financial support if you are an artist, crew or music worker in crisis. SupportAct will also contribute to the cost of a funeral. To get help: https://supportact.org.au/get-help/

ContagionOfLove community micro-grants | Apply any time

Black Rainbow are currently offering community micro-grants to self-identifying LGBQTI people of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. These micro-grants are to the value of $300 and include $200 to assist with hosting Indigenous LGBQTI community events.  They also include Black Rainbow merchandise, including t-shirts. To apply: https://blackrainbow.org.au/contagion-of-love-projects/

Grater Charitable Foundation | Apply any time

Each calendar year the Foundation will provide approximately $1million to programs, based either in NSW or South-East Queensland, which are designed to improve the financial wellbeing of their beneficiaries. Funding is available to charitable organisations only.  For eligibility criteria, please visit: https://www.greater.com.au/greater-charitable-foundation/funding/

Community Initiated Proposals | Apply any time

Under the IAS, the NIAA considers grant proposals that address a need for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Proposals must be developed with the community or group who will be impacted by the activity. They recognise that preparing a grant application is a significant commitment of time for any organisation. The Agency will therefore review your funding proposal, before you are asked to prepare a full application. For more info: https://www.niaa.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/grants-and-funding/community-led-proposals

Direct Aid Program | Apply any time

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program funded from Australia’s aid budget. It has the flexibility to work with local communities in developing countries on projects that reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development consistent with Australia’s national interest. DAP projects cover a range of sectors such as education, health, water and sanitation, environmental protection, women’s empowerment and gender equality, supporting people with disabilities, economic livelihoods, food security and human rights. Up to $60,000 per project is available. Find out if you’re eligible: https://www.dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/direct-aid-program/direct-aid-program

Continence Aids Payment Scheme | Apply any time

To assist eligible people who have permanent and severe incontinence to meet some of the cost of continence products. To apply: https://www.independenceaustralia.com.au/caps/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw18WKBhCUARIsAFiW7Jz4YhTvdK5pHucR563sAhwd33bzFj4CKidzD6o79GC_Z6udD5GWmTkaAq_2EALw_wcB

Roddenberry Catalyst Fund | Apply any time

This fund makes grants between $2500 and $15000 to support innovative ideas to address urgent challenges across a range of fields, anywhere in the world. To find out more about what this fund offers, visit: https://roddenberryfoundation.org/our-work/catalyst-fund/

Funding for Charitable Organisations | Apply any time

Registered charities are asked to showcase their social change initiative through an expression of interest. Grants of between $2000 and $15,000 are available. To apply: https://www.communityfoundation.org.au/making-a-difference/seeking-funding

Country Education Foundation (CEF) | Various depending on location

This fund supports youth through financial grants for education and employment expenses. Our grants contribute towards apprenticeships, traineeships, cadetships, diplomas, certificate level studies, university qualifications or employment. To find out more: https://cef.org.au/our-grants/

The Ideas Program | Apply Any time

Script and concept development for films, series and games.  This program is for Queensland-based screen practitioners with engaging ideas that have potential to excite global audiences and secure market.  The program is suited to applicants with projects in development who are seeking investment from Screen Queensland to progress their project to the next stage of development or production. Find out more: https://screenqueensland.com.au/investment-support/investments/ideas-program/

Rural Aid Australia | Apply any time

Rural Aid is offering Primary Producers a ONE OFF $1000 payment to assist with bill expenses. Complete the online application form here: https://faa.ruralaid.org.au/

Touring Queensland Quick Response Fund | Open until funding is exhausted

This fund provides Queensland-based artists, arts organisations and presenters (including performing arts venues, galleries and museums, community or local government presenters) with grants of up to support the delivery of touring performances and community engagement activities allied to performing arts or exhibitions touring.  Up to $20,000 available per project. Full details here: https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/arts/funding/individuals/touring-qld-quick-response

Bushfire Restoration Grants – Tree Planting | Apply any time

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife invites applications to support tree planting projects as part of bushfire restoration projects in and around regions impacted by the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires. This grant provides in-kind support only. To apply: https://fnpw.org.au/grant/bushfire-restoration-grants/

Outback Queensland Education Experience Program | Appy any time

Outback Queensland offers an authentic live classroom with a wealth of educational opportunities. Immerse your students in a land where dinosaurs once roamed, where Australian legends were born and experience life on the land. Teachers can take advantage of the Outback Queensland Education Experience Program:

Apply here: https://teq.queensland.com/destinations/outback-queensland/outback-education-subsidy-scheme

Parliament and Civics Education Rebate | Apply any time

This program provides financial assistance to support students on site learning about national democratic, historical and cultural institutions in Canberra. More info here: https://www.pacer.org.au/

IGA Community Chest | Appy any time

The 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.

Click here to apply: https://www.iga.com.au/community-chest/

Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Package | Apply any time

The Agriculture Stewardship Package aims to help farmers improve on-farm land management practices. It will develop arrangements to reward farmers for protecting biodiversity and identify other sustainability opportunities. To find out more please visit: https://www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/natural-resources/landcare/sustaining-future-australian-farming

Norman Wettenhall Small Environmental Grant Scheme | Apply any time

Providing support for projects (usually under $10,000) that make a positive difference to the natural living environment. Projects must be directly making positive changes to biodiversity conservation in Australia. Next round opens 1 April 2021. More at: https://wettenhall.org.au.

Google ad Grants | Apply any time

Google Ad Grants are designed to help organisations connect with people to make a greater impact on the world. This fund provides free advertising – up to $10,000/month for not-for-profit organisations. Applications are ongoing and considered at any time of the year. To find out more: https://www.google.com.au/grants/

Copland Foundation Acquisitions Grants | Apply any time

Assists galleries, museums and historic houses to acquire objects that may come up at auction. Applications are ongong and considered at any time of the year. All applications must be set out on the appropriate form which requires a description of the object, provenance, a full condition report, as well amount applied for and the benefits of its acquisition to the applying institution. More at: https://www.coplandfoundation.com.au/grants.

Walter and Eliza Hall Trust | Apply any time

This trust was established to provide funding to organisations who provide support to those with a disability or health condition. Must have DGR status to apply. For more info: https://www.wehalltrust.org.au/apply-for-assistance

Indigenous Native Food Program | Apply any time

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and innovators can apply for support to develop and commercialise native food products. Applications for this pilot program are ongoing and open now. More: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/starting-business/advice-support/support/support-indigenous/native-foods.

Accelerating Commercialisation | Apply any time

This program provides small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers with access to expert advice and funding to help get a novel product, process or service to market. Find out more here: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/accelerating-commercialisation

BHP Covid-19 Vital Resources Fund | Open until funding is exhausted

This grant aims to support regional communities where BHP operates. The Fund will support communities in a range of areas such as health services and resilience building during this difficult time. Depending on needs, the support can be in kind or financial donations. For more info: https://www.bhp.com/sustainability/community/bhp-vital-resources-fund/

Global Fund for Women Grants | Apply any time

Grants fund bold, ambitious, and expansive gender justice movements to create meaningful change that will last beyond our lifetimes. Grants range from $5000 – $30,000 per year. Applications are ongoing. More at: https://www.globalfundforwomen.org/apply-for-a-grant/

National Cultural Heritage Account | Apply any time

Australian cultural institutions can apply for funding on a case-by-case basis. More info here: https://www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/national-cultural-heritage-account

Farm Household Allowance Program | Apply any time

This program run by the Department of Human Services offers financial assistance to farming households in hardship. To find our more: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/farm-household-allowance

Cages Community Grants | Apply any time

This program seeks to fund DGR 1 organisations with high levels of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation, influence, identity and leadership. Funding of up to $50,000 is available. For eligibility: https://cagesfoundation.org/how-we-work/

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