Grants & Funding

Federal Government Grants and Information

A full list of the Australian Government’s grants can be found here.

The Australian Government’s Community Grants Hub can be found here and local organisations can subscribe for updates and information on grants relevant to them.

Local Schools Community Fund

Schools can apply for one projects between $1,000 and $20,000. Projects will be for small scale capital and non-capital initiatives.

The LSCF is currently closed. Eligible Schools will be contacted when the Fund opens later in 2021.

For more information and the Fund’s guidelines, visit here.

Stronger Communities Programme

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 for capital works or capital expenditure projects that deliver social benefits to the community. The Stronger Communities Programme provides each of the 151 Federal electorates with $150,000 to fund small capital projects.

These projects aim to improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant viable communities. Federal Members of Parliament (MPs) identify potential projects and invite applications from their electorate.

Applications have now closed for 2021.

Successful organisations and recipients will be advised of the outcome of their application in due course.

For more information, visit here.

Communities Environment Program

Local organisations can apply for grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 for small-scale, community-led environmental projects that deliver positive environmental and social outcomes. The CEP is currently closed.

Eligible organisations will be contacted when the Program opens in 2021.

For more information, visit here.

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants

Local veteran and defence organisations can apply for grants of up to $10,000 for community based projects and activities.

The program is designed to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage, involve people around the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations and promote appreciation and understanding of the experiences of service and the roles that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

Applications are currently open and close on 9 June 2021, visit here.

 For more information on eligibility and the application process, visit here.

Volunteer Grants 

Volunteer Grants aim to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering. The grants provide small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers. 

The objectives of Volunteer Grants are to help community organisations to support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers, help community organisations to support the inclusion of vulnerable people through volunteering and encourage, support and increase participation in volunteering.

Grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 are available to eligible not-for-profit community organisations. Funding of up to $132,450 (GST exclusive) is available in each of the 151 federal electorates.

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are currently open. Interested local community groups should contact our office to obtain an EOI form and speak to our Community Liaison.

Applications have now closed for 2021.

For more information, visit here.

Powering Communities Program

The Powering Communities Program provides each of the 151 Federal electorates with $67,700 to fund small projects. These projects aim to assist community organisations improve their energy efficiency practices and lower their energy bills. Federal Members of Parliament (MPs) identify potential projects and invite applications from their electorate.

The program will assist organisations to:

  • upgrade equipment to reduce energy consumption
  • undertake energy management activities and assessments, such as energy systems  assessments and feasibility studies
  • invest in energy monitoring and management systems
  • invest in on-site renewable energy and solar-connected batteries.

The grant amount will be up to 100% of eligible project expenditure. Grants will be between $5,000 and $12,000. You must fund any expenditure over the grant amount they are awarded. You should complete your project by 30 June 2022.  

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are currently open. Interested local community groups should contact our office to obtain an EOI form and speak to our Community Liaison.

Applications have now closed for 2021.

For more information, visit here.