How do you find out what grants are available for Australian not-for-profits and regional community groups?
We’ve taken the hard work out of finding grant information for Australian grant writers by compiling this handy list of our best sources. It contains links to some of the most useful online portals you’ll find for up-to-date grant info.
Like many handy resources, we’re starting with social media.
Australian Grants and Awards on Facebook
This page is a very handy timeline of active and current funding rounds from a variety of funders as well as grant-related news being covered in mainstream media. It’s completely free and lands right in your Facebook stream, so there’s kinda no excuse to not know what’s going on.
Grants for businesses
This Grantslink database of Australian Government funding programs has a focus on business-related grants. Always check with the funding program regarding closing dates and availability as these sometimes change after they’ve been added to the database.
Grants for communties
The Community Grants Hub is another Australian Government portal for information about grants available for community projects (including, for example landcare projects on private property).
Monthly subscription service for grants
Our Community produces a monthly e-newsletter which outlines funding opportunities. Unfortunately, it’s not particularly targeted specifically at community projects, but to a much broader range of projects including Councils and businesses. That said, if you have the time to read through 60 odd pages a month, it’s absolutely worth the annual subscription fee which is around $100.
Grants for Queensland communities and businesses
Using the Queensland Government Grant Finder is fairly straight forward: simply answer a couple of questions and then be pointed to a list of suitable Queensland Government grants. Some of the specific Queensland grants it includes Arts Queensland, Community Benefit Funding Programs, Tourism and Events Queensland and the Queensland Community Foundation.
Australian Directory of Funders
Philanthropy Australia produces The Australian Directory of Funders which lists over 350 trusts and foundations. There is an annual fee to access the Directory online.
Federal and State members
Federal and State members of parliament often manage mailing lists within their own electorates to keep people up to date with funding opportunities. You can see a list of state and federal members in Queensland) or the Australian Parliament House website for a list of federal members and senators.