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Community Heritage Grants (CHG)

The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program from the National Library of Australia provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant, collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs and audio-visual material.

The types of projects supported include:

  • significance assessments of collections
  • preservation needs assessments of collections
  • conservation activities and collection management, and
  • training workshops.

Closing date: 7 May 2018, 5.00pm

More information

Access the 2018 Community Heritage Grant guidelines and application form

NAIDOC Week Local Grants

Applications are now open for the 2018 NAIDOC local grants round. NAIDOC local grants supports activities that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, achievements and their continuing contributions to our country and society. Activities should be held during NAIDOC Week, 8–15 July 2018.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The 2018 NAIDOC local grant round provides grant funding to Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations to contribute to the costs of local and regional NAIDOC activities across Australia. The program is important in contributing to the Australian Government’s commitment to support, and raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture within the wider community.

The program’s intended outcomes are to:

  • increase awareness and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and contributions to modern Australia
  • support Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations to come together as part of reconciliation to celebrate local, regional and national achievements in their communities.

Closing date: 3 April 2018, 5.00pm

Download the application kit

Apply online

Australian Sports Foundation Giving for Grassroots (G4GTM) Small Grants Program

Australian Sports Foundation Giving for Grassroots Small Grants Program is dedicated to initiatives that help increase participation in grassroots and community sport across Australia. The program grants up to $10,000 to community-based organisations, schools and clubs to support grassroots sport.

The funds for the program come from the donations of passionate sports fans in Australia.

Closing date: 26 April 2018

Download the funding guidelines

More information


Stockland CARE Grants Program

Stockland aims to create sustainable and vibrant communities that thrive now and into the future. The Stockland CARE Grants program provides an opportunity for local community groups to apply for grant funding to support local community infrastructure, programs and opportunities. Multiple grants of up to $1,000 are available to support local health, leisure and recreation clubs or programs, local employment, education and skills development initiatives and social engagement clubs and programs from participating Stockland retail centres, residential communities and retirement living villages.

Applications close: 23 March 2018.

More information and application

The Channel LGBTQIA+ Grants EOI [DGR status required]

The Channel is seeking expressions of interest from projects that are fostering pride and resilience in Australian rainbow communities and that are willing to take a risk / agitate for change / get way outside the comfort zone; are smaller and community-lead; take an intersectional approach; and focus on areas that are particularly under-funded and/or have low awareness.

Eligibility: charitable organisations with DGR1, and a turnover of less than $3 million in FY17. All projects must be fully conducted within Australia and be for Australian LGBTQIA+ community benefit.

Expressions of Interest close: 11 March 2018 (Short listing 12-21 March 2018. Full applications open 22 March-6 April 2018).

More information and EOI

National Landcare Program Environment Small Grants

The National Landcare Program Environment Small Grants program will provide a total of up to $5 million in grants in 2017-18 to community, environment, and other groups to undertake eligible natural resource management activities that improve the quality of the local environment.

The program will support projects that address the following National Landcare Program objective:

  • to protect and conserve Australia’s water, plants and animals and the ecosystems in which they live and interact, in partnership with local communities.

The intended outcomes of the program are an:

  • increase in the protection, rehabilitation and restoration of environmental assets
  • increase in the natural resource management community delivering biodiversity and natural resources practice.

The grant will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project expenditure.

  • The minimum grant amount is $5,000.
  • The maximum grant amount is $50,000.
  • The maximum grant period is 12 months.

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • be a legal entity that can enter into a grant agreement with the Commonwealth
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be 18 years of age or older, if you are applying as an individual.

To be eligible your project must:

  • include eligible activities and eligible expenditure
  • have at least $5,000 in eligible expenditure.

Eligible activities must directly relate to the project and must include one or more of the following:

  • weed treatment
  • pest or disease management
  • fencing
  • erosion management
  • revegetation
  • education activities and raising community awareness/participation
  • access management
  • indigenous land and sea country planning
  • recording of indigenous ecological knowledge
  • administration support related to the project.

Closing date: 19 March 2018, 5.00pm

More information and to apply

Download the Grant Opportunity Guidelines

St George Foundation Inspire Grant [DGR status required]

This newly introduced funding opportunity is a large, multi-year grant of up to $200,000 per year to a total of up to $600,000 per organisation over three years. The grant will be awarded to one eligible Australian children’s charity each year for the purpose of providing innovative interventions that will change the course of a child’s life and inspire their future prosperity.

The grants are embedded with milestones and outcome reporting that align with St.George Foundation’s priorities. This grant is a new program that has been developed to further St.George Foundation’s core purpose of supporting small charities to make a significant impact on the lives of disadvantaged Australian children.

Projects funded should:

  • Provide innovative opportunities for children experiencing disadvantage in Australia to reach their full potential.
  • Be national in scope, either immediately or with the potential for future national scaling.
  • Provide impact reporting and measurement of agreed outcomes.

Funding priorities:

Innovative or pilot projects providing:

  • Alternative pathways to or opportunities for education.
  • Other projects at the Governors’ discretion that provide significant positive impact on the future potential of Australian children.

Additional considerations:

  • Projects with demonstrated positive impact on women and girls will be considered favourably by the Board of Governors.
  • Projects with a particular focus on providing interventions for children at the age of 12 years will be considered favourably by the Board of Governors.

Organisational eligibility criteria:

  • Focus their efforts on children in Australia under the age of 18 years.
  • Be endorsed as a deductible gift recipient (but not another ancillary fund). Deductible Gift Recipients must be listed with the Australian Taxation Office under Item 1 of the Table in Section 30–15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act, 1936.
  • Provide current, signed, audited financial statements (from the last 2 years).

What we won’t fund:

  • Projects outside Australia.
  • Auspiced applications.
  • Organisations or projects with religious affiliations.
  • Sponsorship or fundraising appeals.
  • Parenting programs/ programs for adults.

Closing date: 16 March 2018, midnight

Download Grant Information Sheet

Apply online

The Pierce Armstrong Foundation Grants Round 1 [DGR status required]

The Pierce Armstrong Foundation seeks to positively impact and enhance the lives of Australians and will support those organisations who demonstrate they can make meaningful and lasting contributions to our community.

Current areas of focus

  • Education
  • Children & Youth
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Community Support


Only charitable organisations that hold both DGR and TCC status are eligible to apply for a grant. Applications received from organisations that do not hold both endorsements will not be considered.

Funding available

Although the Foundation does not specify a minimum or maximum funding amount, it generally provides small donations up to $20,000.

Closing date: 5.00pm, 15 March 2018

More information

Apply online

Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP)

The Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP) supports a broad range of locally-based projects designed to increase all-hazard disaster preparedness and build community capacity and resilience. CRIP projects are based on collaboration and partnership between local community organisations and emergency services agencies.

CRIP aims to:

  • Foster ways to effectively engage the local community in creative, community focused activities that build local capacity and capability for disaster resilience
  • Develop effective partnerships and build networks between local community organisations, councils, businesses and emergency services agencies
  • Share knowledge and lessons learnt about approaches and models through project evaluation
  • Support initiatives that can be integrated into current business and maintained in the longer term

Projects supported through the CRIP are designed to respond to the specific needs and characteristics of the local community. Projects may involve the entire community or be tailored to the needs of particular groups, such as people identified as more vulnerable to disaster events.

Funding arrangements

The CRIP is administered by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and funded jointly by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments through the National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience. Applications are assessed by an expert advisory panel. The panel will prioritise applications for recommendation to the Minister for Emergency Services for funding approval. Funding will be paid in instalments.

Closing date: 26 March 2018, 11.45pm

Contact: Mandy Moore, Senior Manager – Strategic Policy and Resilience, 9212 9241, crip@mpes.nsw.gov.au

More information

Download program guide

National Disability Conference Initiative

The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open process for the Disability, Mental Health and Carers Program – Disability and Carer Support – National Disability Conference Initiative. The initiative provides funding of up to $10,000 to conference organisers for disability-related conferences with a national focus planned for the 2018-19 year to:

  • assist people with disability with the costs of attending conferences, (for example, conference fees, accommodation, travel for domestic participants); and/or
  • assist family members or carers providing support to a person with disability attending a conference (for example with costs associated with conference fees, accommodation, travel for domestic participants); and/or
  • facilitate access so that people with disability can participate in conferences (for example, by funding accessible materials, Auslan interpreters, assistive computer devices or software, aids or appliances or other costs of ensuring venue accessibility).


  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Company
  • Incorporated Association
  • Cooperative
  • Partnership
  • Statutory Entity
  • Trustees on behalf of a Trust

Closing date: 20 March 2018, 2.00pm

More information

YGAP First Gens Accelerator Program

YGAP is an international not-for-profit that backs impact entrepreneurs. It accelerates early-stage social impact ventures that exist to improve the lives of people living in disadvantage. YGAP’s First Gens program supports migrant and refugee led social impact ventures that are improving the lives of people living in disadvantage in Australia.

Funded by LaunchVIC, YGAP is offering multiple intakes into its internationally acclaimed and proven program. Each First Gens Program will consist of a five-day live-in accelerator followed by three months of tailored support. The program is completely free. It exists simply to support and grow early-stage social impact ventures.

Who is YGAP looking for?

  • Early stage ventures that have launched or have at least run a pilot and shown some early traction or proof of concept.
  • Ventures that have at least one migrant or refugee co-founder.
  • Founders that intimately understand the problem that they are trying to solve.
  • Ventures that are improving the lives of migrants or refugees who are experiencing disadvantage. This can be through a process enterprise (a venture creates change as it does its work) or a profit enterprise (a venture that sells something and directs that funding to social change).

Closing date: 30 March 2018

More information

Apply online

Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) Grants

CRC-P grants support short term industry-led collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services that deliver tangible outcomes. They provide industry-led collaborations with short term (up to three years) matched funding of up to $3 million.

To support the overall aims of the CRC Program, CRC-Ps undertake the following essential activities:

  • a short term, industry-identified and industry-led collaborative research project to develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for industry and deliver tangible outcomes. Projects should benefit SMEs and increase their capacity to grow and adapt in changing markets
  • industry-focused education and training activities, such as internships and secondments between industry entities and research organisations.
  • Up to $3 million over three years is available for each CRC-P. The collaboration must at least match the amount of grant funding sought through cash and/or in-kind contributions. In-kind contribution means non-cash resources provided by a participant to conduct the activities of the CRC. They may be staff or non-staff resources.

The funding can be used to support the costs of:

  • research
  • salaries
  • student placements
  • commercialisation
  • capital items, such as equipment.

The funding cannot be used for the same activities or project previously or currently financed through any other funding scheme.

CRC-Ps will receive funding for a single, specified term to undertake the Project in the Funding Agreement.


Collaborations from all industry sectors, research disciplines and community sectors can apply.

A lead participant (that is an industry entity) must submit the application. The collaboration must, at a minimum, include:

  • two Australian industry organisations including at least one small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • one Australian research organisation.

Closing date: 27 March 2018, 5.00pm

Contact: 13 28 46

More information and to apply

Greater Charitable Foundation Funding [DGR status required]

The Greater Charitable Foundation offers funding to programs based in either New South Wales or South-East Queensland that aim to improve the life outcomes of the beneficiaries. Applications for the 2018 funding round are now open. Applicants can apply for funding of between $30,000 (12 month program) and $350,000 (2-3 year program).

To be successful, applications must be aligned with the Foundation’s Vision, Mission and Charter, be focused on improving life outcomes, and address the focal areas for funding.

Closing date: 12 March 2018

More information

Information on the application process

Download eligibility criteria


Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund


Trust Overview

The Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund (AFTF) provides grants and loans for the enhancement, maintenance and protection of Aboriginal cultural fishing as well as for Aboriginal communities to develop businesses associated with fisheries resources throughout NSW.

The Trust is established under the Fisheries Management Act 1994 which directs expenditure and establishes other key operational rules including the involvement of the Aboriginal Fishing Advisory Council (AFAC) in advising on expenditure.

Applications for funds will be assessed on their merits against set criteria. An Investment Plan will also be developed with the AFAC to provide a structured approach for planning and expending trust funds . This will allow long term commitments to be made for ongoing programs and provide for better management of funding for short term projects.


Who can apply?


To be eligible applicants must be:

  1. An Aboriginal person, or
  2. An Aboriginal entity, which includes a family/clan or community organisation, or an Aboriginal owned and run business, or
  3. Someone acting on behalf of an Aboriginal entity.

Note: please refer to the ‘Guidelines for Applicants’ for the definition of these for the purposes of this program.


When can applications be submitted?

The 2017/2018 AFTF funding round is currently open!

Applications close, 21 March 2018.


How are funding decisions made?

Applications for funding will be first assessed by the Aboriginal Fishing Trust Expenditure Committee (AFTEC). The AFTEC assesses and ranks applications against set criteria and provides its views to the AFAC. After considering applications and the advice of AFTEC, the AFAC then provide a formal recommendation to the Minister for Primary Industries over expenditure from the Trust. The income and expenditure from the AFTF is subject to an annual audit by the NSW Auditor-General and regular announcements are made about expenditure from the Trust.


Aboriginal Fishing Trust Fund 2017/2018 are currently open until 21 March 2018

Link to website below.




Law and Justice Foundation of NSW General Grants 2018 Round 1

The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW’s grants program aims to improve access to justice, particularly for economically and socially disadvantaged people living and/or working in NSW, by supporting selected projects to improve access and decrease barriers to justice, or through research, to identify needs or ways to improve access to justice.

The current focus of the grants program is on projects from which lessons will be learned that contribute to identifying effective reforms, initiatives and programs to address legal need.

General grants are awarded for projects with budgets of between $5,000 and $50,000 (plus GST).

Applications close: 31 March 2018.

More information and application

Try, Test & Learn Fund: Tranche 2


The Try, Test and Learn Fund was announced in the 2016-17 Federal Budget as an initial response to the Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare. Tranche 2 of the Fund will finance small-scale trials of new or innovative approaches to support people at risk of long term welfare dependence.

Tranche 2 has four priority groups but also welcomes ideas to support other groups proposed (and appropriately justified) by applicants.

The priority groups comprise Newstart Allowance recipients aged 50 and over (with a focus on those who have been out of the workforce for longer than 12 months); migrants and refugees aged 16-64 and receiving income support; carers aged 16-64 and receiving Carer Payment; and at-risk young people aged 16-21 and receiving income support.

This grant opportunity invites applications for small scale trials to provide services or supports to improve workforce participation or capacity to work for people at risk of long term welfare dependency. These services can be delivered anywhere across Australia. Tranche 2 grants will provide funding for both the co-development and delivery of projects. Co-development refers to collaborative activities to refine project design, for example through workshops with end users.

Trials supported by the Fund must generate useful evidence to inform future Government policy, including by producing measurable outcomes within a two-year timeframe. Projects will be robustly evaluated to produce high quality policy evidence about what works, for whom, and under what circumstances. The evidence gathered will allow the Government to transform investment in existing programs or make the case for new investments.


To be eligible to apply your application must satisfy all of the eligibility criteria detailed in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines.

Closing date: 28 September 2018, 2.00pm

More information and to apply

Holden Home Ground Advantage Project


Sporting clubs or community organisations that run or support sporting activities can apply for the Holden Home Ground Advantage grants. There’s $250,000 in cash grants up for grabs, plus a new initiative: apply for eBook vouchers, that you can then sell for $5 each with 100% of the proceeds going straight to your club.

Applications close: 31 March 2018.

More information and application


Jo Kerr

Sydney Regional Office | NSW East  ACT

Indigenous Affairs Group | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

  1. 02 8262-0843 | e. joanne.kerr@network.pmc.gov.au

GPO Box 9932 SYDNEY NSW 2001



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