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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.
New South Wales
NSW Arts, Screen and Culture offers a
range of grants to cultural
and community groups
involved in artistic
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.
Community Building Partnership program awards grants for community
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.
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.
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’.
Multicultural Commission provides community grants.
Business Victoria administers
vouchers and assistance programs.
is a guide to assistance and programs relevant to community organisations.
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.
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.
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.
of Premier and Cabinet administers a range of community, sports and
recreation grant programs that support community development and engagement.
The business.tas.gov.au website provides links to a range of grants,
funding and assistance.
Australian Capital Territory
Staff Foundation offers grants to
support projects run by charitable organisations for the benefit of local communities.
offers grants to community groups that provide support in the areas of health
and wellbeing, community safety and environment and education.
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.
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
The Ian Potter Foundation
makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit
the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavours.
Australia offers grants through a number of programs.
Group Foundation supports community groups and activities in Australia and overseas.
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
and humanities; education; poverty and disadvantage; and sustainability and the environment.
Australia Bank provides regular community grants to organisations nominated by employees.
Foundation for Australian Women runs a program through which other women’s
groups can receive tax deductible donations and grants through their preferred
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.
Future Makers program provides grants to organisations to help develop
technological applications aimed at supporting disadvantaged youth.
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.
Foundation provides community development grants for technological
innovation projects aimed at children and young people.
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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