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Social Policy Section
This guide provides links to
selected sources of financial assistance to community groups. It does not
include links to scholarships, fellowships or research grants.
A guide to grants available from Commonwealth
Government agencies, as well as state and territory governments, can be found
Through its grants and assistance page, business.gov.au provides
direct links to grants and assistance by category. business.gov.au’s Grant Finder enables users to search for suitable
and relevant grants for community projects from the many government grants that
State government grants - New South Wales
- ArtsNSW offers grants to cultural and community groups involved in artistic
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 Multicultural NSW Grants
Program provides funding for projects and activities
that promote community engagement, build community harmony and social cohesion
and celebrate cultural diversity.
The NSW Environmental
Trust offers grants for projects which involve
rehabilitating or regenerating the environment or promoting environmental
education and sustainability.
and recreation grants.
State government grants - Victoria
State government grants - Queensland
State government grants - Western Australia
State government grants - South Australia
- Grants 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
- Arts South Australia 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.
of State Growth provides loans and grants to
businesses and individuals to support professional and sector development.
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.
Tasmania funding and investment 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.
- business.tas.gov.au provides links to a range
of grants, funding and assistance, including interest free loans for social
enterprises active in the Hobart community.
government grants - Northern Territory
government grants - Australian Capital Territory
Government Grants lists a wide range of grant programs
under two streams: Health and
Community Wellbeing Grants and City and
Territory Services Grants.
The Health and Community Wellbeing Grants support,
among other things, health promotion, adult and community education, community
infrastructure, people with disability, the community participation of older
people and cultural diversity, social harmony and inclusion.
The City and Territory Services Grants support a
range of arts, environmental, heritage, sports and recreation activities.
Staff Foundation offers grants to support projects run by charitable
organisations for the benefit of local communities.
- APEC offers funding for projects that create
tangible benefits for people living in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Aurizon offers grants to community groups that
provide support in the areas of health and wellbeing, community safety and
environment and education.
The Charities Aid Foundation allows charitable
organisations to be placed on a registry to be matched with corporate donors
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.
Enterprise Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group.
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 Ian Potter Foundation
makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations
working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavours.
The Good Universities Guide Scholarship Search 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.
Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund provide grants in four
key areas, the arts, education, poverty and disadvantage and sustainability and
- 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
prevention, road safety, emergency readiness and response and the environment.
The Optus Community
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.
Foundation supports work that expands opportunity and
strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental
The Telstra Foundation provides community development grants for projects particularly aimed
at children and young people.
- 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 Limited provides support to local
community organisations and charities.
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