Community grants: a quick guide to key internet links

Updated 21 March 2018

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Matthew Thomas
Social Policy Section


This guide provides links to selected sources of financial assistance to community groups. Links are sorted according to Federal, State and Territory Government and non-government sources. This guide does not include links to scholarships, fellowships or research grants.

Australian Government grants

New South Wales

  • Create NSW Arts, Screen and Culture offers a range of grants to cultural and community groups involved in artistic activities.
  • The communitybuilders.nsw website 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 NSW Community Building Partnership program awards grants for community infrastructure projects.
  • The ClubGRANTS scheme is funded by gaming machine revenue from 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 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 that involve rehabilitating or regenerating the environment, or promoting environmental education and sustainability.
  • Sport and recreation grants, provided to ‘nurture sporting talent, help build sports facilities and develop the industry as a whole’.


  • 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) can provide general information about programs and funding.
  • Creative Victoria provides funding for individuals and arts  organisations.
  • The Local History Grants Program is administered by the Public Record  Office Victoria and funds activities that ‘preserve, record and share the local, social and community history of Victoria and Victorians’.
  • The Victorian Multicultural Commission provides community grants.
  • Business Victoria administers grants, vouchers and assistance programs.


Western Australia

South Australia

  • Grantassist is a guide to assistance and programs relevant to community organisations.
  • Grants SA provides funding to community organisations ‘to support local projects that strengthen communities across South Australia’.
  • Arts South Australia provides funding for community groups involved in artistic and cultural activities.
  • The Office for Recreation and Sport offers a range of sport-related grants and scholarships for individuals and organisations.


  • The Tasmanian Community Fund awards general grants to community organisations and particular initiatives that either improve the well-being or assist in the social, environmental and economic development of Tasmanian communities.
  • The Department 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 sport and recreation clubs and charitable organisations.
  • Arts Tasmania funding and investment programs provide financial assistance for projects or activities that enhance the arts sector in Tasmania.
  • Tasmania’s Department of Premier and Cabinet administers a range of community, sports and recreation grant programs that support community development and engagement.
  • The website provides links to a range of grants, funding and assistance.

Northern Territory

Australian Capital Territory

Non-government grants

  • The ANZ Staff Foundation offers grants to support projects run by charitable organisations for the benefit of local communities.
  • Aurizon offers grants to community groups that provide support in the areas of health and wellbeing, community safety and environment and education.
  • The CommBank Foundation aims specifically to assist community groups with youth programs focused on health, education and social inclusion.
  • The Community Enterprise Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group.
  • The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal provides a broad range of grant programs, each with the requirement ‘that funds be used for a charitable purpose that benefits the residents of Australia’s rural, regional or remote communities’.
  • Good2Give allows charitable organisations to be placed on a registry to be matched with corporate donors and sponsors.
  • The Ian Potter Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavours.
  • Landcare Australia offers grants through a number of programs.
  • The Macquarie Group Foundation supports community 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 and humanities; education; poverty and disadvantage; and sustainability and the environment.
  • The 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 National Library of Australia offers grants to community organisations to assist with the preservation of locally-owned, nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible.
  • The nib foundation supports initiatives which make a positive difference to the health and well-being of people living in communities across Australia.
  • The Optus Future Makers program provides grants to organisations to help develop technological applications aimed at supporting disadvantaged youth.
  • The Peter Brock Foundation provides funding and support for community groups and organisations with a focus on youth disability and child protection.
  • The Reichstein Foundation funds projects aimed at advancing social justice and social change.
  • The Telstra Foundation provides community development grants for technological innovation projects aimed at children and young people.
  • Wesfarmers makes contributions to community activities through its corporate office and through subsidiary businesses. The corporate community partnership program ‘is focused on four key areas: the arts; Indigenous programs; health and medical research; and education’.
  • The Woolworths Group provides support to local community organisations and charities.


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