Community grants: a quick guide to key Internet links

6 November 2013

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Matthew Thomas
Social Policy

This guide provides links to selected sources of financial assistance to community groups. It does not include links to scholarships, fellowships or research grants.

Australian Government grants

  • The Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department administers a range of grants and funds for artistic, cultural and heritage activities and events in Australia.
  • identifies grants and other funding programs for business related activities.
  • On the Department of Social Services (DSS) website there is a range of information related to DSS grants. The Grants and Funding page lists all funding currently open for application. Information on all current and completed funding rounds for community projects is listed under the Communities and Vulnerable People heading.
  • The Australia Council's Arts Funding Guide provides an overview of funding programs and other forms of support for the arts in Australia.

State government grants - New South Wales

  • ArtsNSW offers grants to cultural and community groups involved in artistic activities.
  • communitybuilders.nsw has links to funding sources for community groups and projects from federal, state and local government as well as some philanthropic funds and companies.
  • The ClubGRANTS scheme is funded by gaming machine revenue from New South Wales (NSW) clubs. This website provides information on the scheme and guidelines for applications. Projects are supported and decided upon by local committees.
  • The Department of Education and Training's Community Grants Programs include funding for groups involved in promoting community languages, education, Aboriginal community projects and programs assisting disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities.
  • The Community Relations Commission provides funding for projects involving culturally diverse and socially or geographically isolated communities in NSW through the Multicultural Advantage Grants Program.
  • Environmental Trust grants for individual projects which involve: rehabilitating or regenerating the environment or promoting environmental education and sustainability.
  • Sport and recreation grants

State government grants - Victoria

  • Grants Victoria lists a large number of Victorian government grants by area of interest. Grants are available for a wide range of groups and projects including volunteers, sporting groups, community infrastructure and multicultural events. The Grants Information Line (phone 1300 366 356) staffed by Information Victoria can provide general information about programs and funding.
  • Arts Victoria funding for individuals and arts organisations.
  • Local History Grants Program (LHGP) administered by the Public Record Office Victoria.
  • The Victorian Multicultural Commission provides community grants.
  • Business Victoria grants and assistance administered by the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation.

State government grants - Queensland

State government grants - Western Australia

State government grants - South Australia

  • SA Grants Database provides a list of links to state government grants and other sources of community support.
  • Grants for community organisations contains a range of databases with information about grants available through government and non-government organisations.
  • Community Benefit SA is one of the state’s main programs offering funding for projects assisting community service agencies.
  • Arts SA provides funding for community groups involved in artistic and cultural activities.
  • The Office for Recreation and Sport SA offers a range of sport related grants and scholarships for individuals and organisations.

State government grants - Tasmania

  • The Tasmanian Community Fund makes both general grants to community organisations as well as for particular initiatives which improve the well-being or assist in the social, environmental and economic development of a particular community.
  • Tasmania Online provides a directory of grants and links to other forms of support for community groups.
  • A percentage of gaming profits in Tasmania is paid into the Community Support Levy (CSL) through which grants are made to assist organisations registered as charities and for the benefit of sporting organisations.
  • Arts Tasmania grants and loans programs provide financial assistance for projects or programs of activities that enhance the arts sector in Tasmania.
  • Tasmania’s Department of Premier and Cabinet administers a range of grant programs that support community development.

Territory government grants - Northern Territory

Territory government grants - Australian Capital Territory

Non-government Grants

  • ANZ Trustees lists a wide range of funds and foundations providing grants in different areas.
  • APEC Education Foundation offers grants for community building education projects in countries who participate in the APEC Forum.
  • Australian Charities has a selection of links for fundraisers and a database of contact details for major Australian Charities.
  • Australian Communication Exchange (ACE) provides funding for projects by non-profit organisations which benefit the deaf, hearing or speech impaired in the community.
  • The Business Enterprise Centres (BEC) Australia website provides information on grants that may be available to business.
  • The Charities Aid Foundation allows charitable organisations to be placed on a registry to be matched with corporate donors and sponsors.
  • The Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund aims specifically to assist community groups with projects that improve the health and well-being of children and young people nationally.
  • The Community Enterprise Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group.
  • Foster’s Community Grants fund specific projects run by community groups and charities.
  • The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) aims to take a leadership role in assisting regional, rural and remote communities to respond to social, cultural and economic change. The FRRR administers a number of funding programs and grants.
  • The Foundation for Young Australians is a not-for-profit organisation that offers grants and scholarships to support individual students and groups of students from Victoria or Queensland.
  • The Givewell site provides a comprehensive database of Australian charities, giving strategies, bequests, charitable trusts and corporate philanthropy, as well as links to charities and related sites.
  • The Ian Potter Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavours.
  • The JASON postgraduate scholarship search engine is a scholarships database for Australian students wishing to study at home or abroad, and for international students wishing to study in Australia.
  • Landcare Australia offers grants through a number of programs.
  • The Macquarie Group Foundation supports groups and activities in Australia and overseas.
  • The Mercy Foundation provides support for organisations involved in reducing inequality and poverty in Australia.
  • The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund provide grants in four key areas, the arts, education, poverty and disadvantage and sustainability and the environment.
  • National Australia Bank provides regular community grants to organisations nominated by employees.
  • The National Foundation for Australian Women runs a program through which other women’s groups can receive tax deductible donations and grants through their preferred donor fund.
  • The NRMA Insurance Community Grants Program provides grants for crime and injury prevention, emergency services and the environment. In Western Australia the program operates under SGIO and in South Australia under SGIC.
  • The Optus Connecting Communities Grants Program provides grants to organisations to help reduce social isolation and to reconnect disengaged youth.
  • Perpetual philanthropic services assist individuals, families, organisations and non-profit groups.
  • The Peter Brock Foundation provides funding and support for community groups and organisations with a focus on welfare services, social issues and community programs.
  • The Reichstein Foundation funds projects aimed at assisting disadvantaged communities.
  • The Rockefeller Foundation supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges.
  • The Telstra Foundation provides community development grants for projects particularly aimed at children and young people. It also provides assistance through its Indigenous Community Development program and Social Innovation Grants.
  • Wesfarmers makes contributions to community-benefiting activities through its corporate office and through subsidiary businesses. Applications for small donations, such as gift vouchers, should be made to individual business outlets.
  • Woolworths provides support to local community organisations and charities.

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