Community grants available in May 2021…and beyond.

Arts grants regional Australia

Regional Arts Fund Quick Response Grants | 7 May

Assists regional artists, arts organisations and communities to take up professional / skills development or small projects. This is a rolling fund and applications close 7 May or whenever funds are expended. $3000 available for individuals and $5000 for organisations. More at:

Feed Appeal – Rural Schools Grants Program | 16 May

supporting local charities to deliver effective and targeted food relief programs to their local community. Grants of up to $50,000 are available. Applications close 16 May. To apply:

Feed Appeal Grassroots Grants Program + Major Projects Grants | 16 May

Funding in the Grassroots and Rural Grassroots program is focussed on minor infrastructure, commercial quality kitchen equipment and capacity building training that will help organisations meet the demand and alleviate food insecurity in rural communities. Grassroots funding requests of between $5,000-$25,000 are available. Grant closes 16 May.

Tackling Tough Times Together Grants | 24 May

Helps communities support one another through the ongoing effects of drought. Grants are available for grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are ongoing basis and assessed quarterly. Applications for projects over $150,000 are due 13 April with all others due 24 May 2021. More at:

Strengthening Rural Communities | 25 May

Gives small rural, regional and remote communities in funding for broad community needs. Applications close 25 May 2021. Small and large grants are available. More at:

Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Grants (Round 3) | 31 May 2022

The objective of the program is to assist eligible communities to undertake economic development projects to respond to the impact of water recovery activities under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Thirty-eight identified communities

are eligible for funding. The grant opportunity will run from 1 June 2021 to 31 May 2022. To assess eligibility and to apply:

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:

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

This grant aims to support regional communities where BHP operate. 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:

Small Business COVID-19 Adaptation Grants | Round 2 – Regional Qld open

$2000 to $10,000 is available for businesses and not-for-profits with payroll less than $1.3 million who’ve had to adjust to COVID.  Supports businesses to pay for services such as financial advice, operating costs, strategic planning, marketing, communication, digital technology, digital re-training, upskilling or digital equipment to move operations online. Regional Queensland applications are open now. SEQ applications have closed.

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund | 9 June

Grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 are offered to Australians of all ages, walks of life and interests who are working hard to positively impact the community. Apply for a Tomorrow Fund grant between 3 May and 9 June. This grant fund has a broad scope. To find out more:

Queensland Destination Events Program | 9 June

This fund aims to support regional Qld by funding events hosted in Qld.  Significant criteria apply. Funding of between $10,000 and $100,000 is available. This round closes 9 June followed by an October round. To find out more:

Arts Queensland – Touring Queensland Fund | 16 June

This fund supports exhibitions, performances and community engagement activities, as well as touring arts and education activities, and artists in residence projects targeted at schools and kindergartens in regional Queensland. Funding available:

  • Up to $20,000 for an artist in residence component of any application.
  • Up to $150,000 total per application for a single tour or program of two tours.
  • Up to $200,000 total per application for a multi-tour program of three or more tours.

Round two closes 16 June and round three closes 13 October. More info:

Budget Direct Sponsorship | 30 June

Budget Direct offers one-off sponsorships of up to $5000 for organisations that provide community services, community education, promote health and wellbeing, advocate for road safety, provide emergency services, support at-risk Australians and build strong, vibrant communities. Applications close 30 June 2021. More at

Investing in Queensland women grants | 31 July

One-off funding of up to $15,000 is available for initiatives that help implement the Queensland Women’s Strategy 2016–21. Applications close 31 July 2021. More at:

NAB Foundation Grants | 31 July

Community Grants of up to $10,000. for projects that help communities prepare for natural disasters, support long-term recovery and build resilience to future disasters. Applications close 31 July 2021. More at:

RACQ Community Grant Program | 2 August

RACQ Foundation supports community groups, charities and sporting clubs to rebuild after cyclones, severe storms, bushfires and drought. There are three application rounds per year and the next one closes 2 August 2021. Applications for between $50,000 – $100,000 are accepted. More at:

Australia Council for the Arts – Arts Organisations funding | 7 September

This program funds organisations that undertake arts programs, projects or that provide services to artists. Single projects, a suite of projects or annual programs of activity between $20,000 and $100,000 may be funded. Closing date is Tuesday 7 September 2021 at 3pm AEST. To apply you must be registered in their application management system a minimum of two business days prior to the closing date. More info here:

Australia Council for the Arts – Individuals and Groups funding | 7 September

This program funds a wide range of activities that deliver benefits to groups and individuals in the arts sector. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. More details:

Sisters of Charity Community Grants Program | 30 September

The Sisters of Charity Foundation provides charity grants of up to $15,000 to eligible applicants. We deliver practical, real world support to smaller “grass-roots” organisations that can’t find help from more traditional sources. Opens 1 August, Closes 30 September. To apply:

Norman Wettenhall Small Environmental Grant Scheme

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:

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:

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:

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) | Apply any time

Supporting organisations in the arts and entertainment sector to reactivate. Apply any time:

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:

Outback Queensland Education Experience Program | Apply any time

This program encourages teachers to take their students to Outback Queensland and integrate its rich history and heritage into classroom learning. The scheme provides a subsidy of up to $150 per student to assist towards a school camp in Outback Queensland. The scheme only applies to trips to certain shires. This is a rolling fund and you can apply anytime. More at:

Inger Rice Foundation Grants | Apply any time

The objective of the Foundation is to promote children’s health and funding is for programs/projects which focus on parent/child relationships for children aged between 0 to 5 years. No formal application process. Applications are assessed every 6-8 weeks. Find out more:

National Cultural Heritage Account | Apply any time

Australian cultural institutions can apply for funding on a case-by-case basis. More info here:


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