Community grants available in September & beyond…

Arts grants regional Australia

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 at  

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:

Australia Council Fellowships | 7 September

Fellowships of $80,000 support outstanding, established artists’ or arts professionals’ creative activity and professional development for a period of up to two years. More info:

Business Basics Grants Program – Regional Qld | Open 8 September

The Business Basics grants program provides support to businesses to increase core skills and adopt best practice.

This support includes funded activities in 5 priorities:

  • Training and coaching
  • Website build or upgrades
  • Professional business advice
  • Strategic marketing services
  • Business continuity and succession

Grants of $5000 are available. To apply:

Community Fishing Grants | 12 September

This Program supports activities and projects that enhance recreational fishing experiences and support traditional fishing. Grants of up to $250,000 is available but a pool is set aside for small grants too. Applications close 5pm, Sunday 12 September 2021. To apply, visit:

CREATE Grants | 13 September

These grants offer opportunities for mid-career and established creative writers and visual artists to create and develop new work. Amount of grant: $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000  To apply:

Online Grant Seeker Workshop NT Only | 14 September

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) is holding a free grant seeker workshop for community groups in the Northern Territory. The workshop will highlight FRRR’s grant programs and provide grant-writing tips to help community groups become more confident in applying for any of FRRR’s grant programs, like the Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) grant program. Targeted to support not-for-profit groups, these grant programs give rural and remote community organisations the opportunity to access funds for a broad range of initiatives that directly benefit local communities.  Register online for this workshop:

Suncorp Rebuilding Futures | 15 September

The first grant round is for communities in New South Wales and South-East Queensland impacted by the March 2021 flood events. Grants of up to $15,000 will be made for applications that are clearly focused on supporting the long-term recovery and resilience building of communities impacted by these events. To apply:

Visual Arts Grant | 30 September

This fund prioritises exhibitions of Australian, Asian, Pacific or other international art, or those of significant local importance.  It will assist with the costs of research, travel, publication, and the dissemination of knowledge and the enjoyment of all aspects of the visual arts to the widest possible audience. The Foundation is normally prepared to support well-conceived projects of all kinds in the Visual Arts (other than capital works). Applicant organisations must have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. More here:

James Frizelle Charitable Foundation Grants | 30 September

Several funding opportunities are available through this foundation. NGR status is required. They all close on 30 September and more information can be found here:

  • Community Health Grants Round Two 2021
  • Disadvantaged Grants Round Two 2021
  • Domestic Violence Grants Round Two 2021
  • Homelessness Grants Round Two 2021
  • Housing and Accommodation Grants Round Two 2021
  • Mental Health Grant Round Two 2021
  • Natural Disasters Grants Round Two 2021

Variety Children’s Charity Grants | 30 September

Two funding opportunities are available to support children with a disability or medical needs. To apply:

Sisters of Charity Community Grants Program | 30 September

The Sisters of Charity Foundation provides charity grants of up to $15,000 to eligible applicants. Sister of Charity 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:

The Queensland Arts Showcase Program | 1 October

The QASP supports vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland by individuals, organisations or collectives. The QASP program is delivered through three streams Arts Accelerate, Arts Activate and Arts Advantage.  Applicants can be approved for one QASP grant only per financial year. Arts Accelerate and Arts Activate provide up-front, one-off grants of up to $30,000 (sole-funding) and up to $60,000 (co-funding). To apply:

Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition | 8 October

In 2009, Alberts collaborated with APRA AMCOS to establish an international songwriters competition, acknowledging great songwriting whilst supporting and raising money for Nordoff-Robbins.  Alberts has been a longstanding supporter of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia through its mission to transform lives through the provision of music therapy. To Enter:

Cultural Fund Organisations Grant | 11 October

The program provides multi-year operational funding to Queensland-based organisations that demonstrate a critical role in the sector and that contribute to Queensland’s cultural profile. Approx. $5000 to $25,000 available. Find out more here:

The Dreaming Award | 12 October

This award was established in 2012 to support an inspirational young First Nations artist aged 18-30 years to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships.  Two $20,000 awards available. To nominate:

Playing Australia | 12 October

The Regional Performing Arts Touring program (Playing Australia) supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Find out more:

Touring Queensland Fund | 13 October

The Touring Queensland Fund (TQF) supports the delivery of high quality, tour-ready work to and from regional Queensland communities with demonstrated community interest and demand.

  • 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.

To apply:

Expression Deaf Grants | 31 October

This funding is provided to groups and individuals who are working to provide a positive impact on people who are Deaf and hard of hearing people. Around $1000 – $3000 available. Apply here:

Future Drought Fund | 1 November

The Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund provides a sustainable source of funding to help remote, rural and regional communities, and farmers, become more prepared for, and resilient to, the impacts of drought. The Fund is part of the Government’s Drought Response, Resilience and Preparedness Plan.  Three tiers of grants are available:

  • $10,000 to $20,000;
  • $20,000 to $50,000;
  • $50,000 to $150,000

For eligibility criteria and to apply, visit:

Australian Film Television and Radio School Scholarships | 9 November

Six different scholarships are available, so jump over to the website to find out which one best suit you.

Temporary Interruption Fund | 26 November

The fund provides assistance for new local productions which have been unable to start production due to production insurance exclusions relating to COVID-19. Funding of up to $4,000,000 is available. To find out more:

Export Market Development Grant | 30 November

This is a financial assistance program for exporters. The fund assists small and medium enterprises to start or expand their export business. To apply:

Landing Pads | 31 December

This program provides market-ready startups and scaleups the opportunity to land and expand in global innovation hubs. Apply here:

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:

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:

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

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

Roddenberry Catalyst Fund | Apply anytime

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:

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 $14,000 are available. To apply:

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:

The Ideas Program | Apply Anytime

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:

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:

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:

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:

IGA Community Chest | Appy anytime

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

Walter and Eliza Hall Trust | Apply anytime

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

National Cultural Heritage Account | Apply any time

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

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:


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