Grants for schools, educators, students and groups who work with kids

If you are involved with the education industry in any way, you might be pretty excited and relieved that it’s nearly all over for another year. Congratulations, you made it!

While we’re all looking forward to cold bevvy over the summer break, we encourage you to spare a thought for the funding opportunities that will support your activities in the new year.

We have compiled a list of grants that might support your activities throughout 2022 and are available now.

SunSmart Shade Creation Initiative – Permanent Shade | 19 November

Cancer Council Queensland and the Queensland Department of Health are excited to support the SunSmart Shade Creation Initiative. The Initiative provides 75 percent of the total cost of the project, up to a maximum of $20,000 for permanent shade. All eligible not-for-profit organisations, for example schools, sporting clubs, childcare centres, and community groups, that cater to children 0-18 years are encouraged to apply. Find out more:

Children’s Program Production | 25 November

Screen Australia aims to support the creation of a diverse slate of quality, innovative, original, culturally significant small-screen storytelling that resonates with contemporary audiences. Screen Australia will contribute up to 45 per cent of the total budget, inclusive of any Producer Offset amount, other than in exceptional circumstances. Find out more here:

NBN Grant Program | 30 November

A grants program that’s designed to support regional and remote businesses. The following categories can apply for grants of between $10,000 and $25,000:

  • Women in Regional Business
  • Health
  • Arts
  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Tourism
  • Indigenous Business

Apply here:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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

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 prior to commencement of the program. To apply:

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!

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:

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:

  • Education and Technology
  • The Environment
  • Health
  • Social Welfare, and The Arts

Large (>$15,000) and small grants ($3,000 – $15,000) are available. Apply online:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

  • Receive up to $150 per student attending.
  • Be further supported by the Outback Queensland Education Handbook which aligns themes of Outback Queensland to the Australian school curriculum.

Apply here:

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:


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