Australia: Ongoing Funding

This list provides direct links to ongoing grants in Australia

If there are any sites that need to be added or links that need to be updated. Feel free to advise via the contact page


The Aboriginal Benefits Foundation will usually fund projects between $500 to a limit of $5,000

ABSTUDY Helps with costs for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians who are studying or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship

Accelerating Commercialisation helps small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, services and processes

Active in Parks has funding opportunities to support organisations and community groups across Australia. Take it Outside grants give you the opportunity to take your programs and activities outside by supporting you to buy equipment or resources. Grants of $500-$1500 are available – register for more info

The Arts Business Innovation Fund recognises the priority to strengthen income generating and entrepreneurial capacity in the areas of arts and cultural business development. The ABIF delivers on this priority as a flexible combined grants / no interest loan offer that will drive innovation in arts business models

The Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) is a not-for-profit organisation inspiring creativity and imagination by providing weekly music education classes and instruments to disadvantaged children and youth at risk throughout Australia

The Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) is a treaty level agreement between the Australian and Chinese governments designed to:

  • enhance cooperation across agricultural industries
  • develop the trading relationship
  • provide a forum for the exchange of scientific information.

Australian Communities Foundation

The Australia Council for the Arts Grants ongoing and specific arts grants

Australian Geographic Society donates generously to scientific, conservation and adventure projects. Applications are taken throughout the year for the sponsorship rounds on 30 April and 30 November

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts funding and support page

Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs Grants

Australian Government Disaster Assist

Australian International Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation: Enabling Growth and Innovation program are to support projects that strengthen the fundamentals of Australia’s international education sector, promoting partnerships between Australian institutions, students, business and overseas counterparts

Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation (ALCMF)

Australian Research Council (ARC) is a Commonwealth entity and advises the Australian Government on research matters, administers the National Competitive Grants Program, a significant component of Australia’s investment in research and development, and has responsibility for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

ARC The Linkage Projects scheme promotes national, and international, collaboration and research partnerships between key stakeholders in research and innovation including higher education institutions, government, business, industry and end-users. Research and development is undertaken to apply advanced knowledge to problems, acquire new knowledge and as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research

The Australian Scholarships Foundation – ASF – is the only Australian organisation solely focused on funding and facilitating scholarships for Australian not for profit (NFP) directors and staff

Australian Sports Commission Various grants available

Australian Sports Foundation For over 30 years they have helped clubs and organisations from the grassroots and community level, to professional and elite national level, and individual athletes to fundraise for sport

Bakers Delight Bundraisers and bread donations

The Bennelong Foundation provides support to a number of organisations and community projects across Australia. They aim to enhance community wellbeing and provide opportunities for positive and lasting change in their community

The Blum Foundation  –  dedicated to the promotion and encouragement of education of the Polish language and culture in Australia

Boeing’s Australia & South Pacific – Local Grantmaking Guidelines

Bunnings Local Community Support

Business Grants Hub

Business Growth Grant

Business Incubator Support The Incubator Support initiative assists New and Existing Incubators to:

  • improve the prospects of Australian start-ups achieving commercial success in international markets
  • assist Australian start-ups by delivering a range of activities to develop the capabilities required to realise their economic potential in international markets faster than they otherwise would; and
  • develop Australia’s innovation ecosystem including in Australian regions

Cadbury Fundraiser

Caltex Community & Sponsorships

Canon in the Community Scholarships, Grants and Sponsorship and Donations

Capital Grants Programme for Non-government Schools

Caterpillar sponsorship opportunities

Centrelink Crisis Payment A one-off payment to help people who are experiencing difficult or extreme circumstances

Centrelink Special Benefit Help if you are in severe financial hardship, not able to support yourself and your dependants, and unable to receive another income support payment

CEO Grants Program (for small grants of up to $10,000) for energy advocacy or research grants

Chief Executive Women’s scholarship program helps develop women leaders by supporting them at critical junctures in their careers, from their first management roles to top executive positions

The Coca-Cola Company, its global philanthropic arm, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and its regional foundations strive daily to be responsive to the citizenship priorities in the global communities


Community Broadcasting Foundation – Grants available

The Community Development Grants Programme supports needed infrastructure that promotes stable, secure and viable local and regional economies

Community Enterprise Foundation™ –  Grants and scholarships page

The Community Grants Hub offers a simplified grant experience for grant applicants and recipients, client agencies and the community

Community Led grants enabling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and service providers to seek grant funding to address emerging needs and/or opportunities that they have identified as priorities

Community Broadcasting Foundation In 2015/16 the CBF provided $16.7 million in funding support to 230 community broadcasting organisations and 823 program production groups

Concessions – see Smart Savings: Concessions and rebates

Connecting Up in partnership with TechSoup provides donated technology products and services from companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec and Adobe to eligible income tax exempt (ITE) Australian not for profit groups and libraries

Coopers Brewery Foundation

The Copland Foundation Grants – Applications for acquisition grants are accepted at any time

Crop insurance research grants are an initiative of the Rural Assistance Package and are intended to support the development of risk management products such as multi-peril crop insurance in Queensland

The CSIRO Innovation Fund will invest in start-up and spin off companies, and SMEs engaged in the translation of research generated in the publicly funded research sector

dAIS – Athlete grant provides an opportunity for athletes in Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games sports to receive a direct cash grant from the Australian Government. As well as supporting current podium finishing athletes, dAIS also provides support to a growing number of emerging athletes

Defence Cooperative Research Centres Program The program will establish Defence Cooperative Research Centres (Defence CRCs) to deliver game-changing capabilities critical to Australia’s defence and national security. Program funding will enable Defence CRCs to partner with industry, particularly SMEs, and researchers to develop next generation technologies to improve Australia’s defence and national security capabilities

Department of Health Tenders and Grants

Department of Social Services Funding Open for Application

Department of Veterans’ Affairs Grants

The deviantART Creative Grants Program is a pilot project designed to make modest grants to artists upon application for projects related to making and displaying art

The Digital Enterprise Program provides free group training and face-to-face support for small-to medium enterprises (SMEs) and not-for-profit organisations (NFPs) to help improve the way you do business and deliver services online

Disaster Assist The Australian Government is working alongside local communities to assist in times of crisis by providing financial assistance to individuals and the states and territories to provide support and help with disaster recovery costs

Efic’s Small Business Export Loan has been developed to meet the specific needs of small business exporters by bringing together convenience, accelerated approvals and flexibility

Elite Indigenous Travel and Accommodation Assistance Program – Funding is available for athletes, coaches, managers or officials to assist with out-of-pocket travel and accommodation expenses when attending eligible national championships or international competitions or School Sport Australia

Emissions Reduction Fund

Employment Assistance Fund (EAF)

Energy Rebates Portal Australian, State and Territory Governments offer a range of rebates and assistance. Select from the options to find programs you may be eligible for

English Family Foundation Global Giving is seeking to partner with organisations that are creating grassroots, community-driven, people-focused social business or entrepreneurial solutions in tandem with one or more local partner agencies

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme provides business support and advice to help businesses commercialise novel products, processes and services, as well as improve their productivity and competitiveness. The Programme connects businesses to a national network of more than 100 experienced Advisers and Facilitators

Equity Trustees administers a number of other charitable trusts and foundations which provide grants across a range of areas

Equity Trustees Tertiary Education Scholarships make regular donations throughout the year to a handful of small community organisations that are ‘working for a better world’

Financial Legal Assistance Schemes The Attorney-General’s Department administers a range of statutory and non-statutory legal financial assistance schemes. Payment of cost certificates – The department administers payment of costs certificates issued by federal courts. To apply for reimbursement visit the Payment of costs certificates page.

Gandel Philanthropy awards grants to community organisations to meet both the immediate as well as long-term needs within the Australian and Jewish community, in a number of clearly defined Areas of Interest

The Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia (GALFA) raises and distributes funds for activities that benefit lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTIQ) people, and allied communities, in Australia

Global Fund for Women invests in women’s groups that advance the human rights of women and girls. We strengthen women-led groups based outside the United States by providing grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 per year for operating and project expenses

Good2Give is a not-for-profit organisation that makes it easy for businesses and donors to give

Google Ad Grants – $10,000 USD of in-kind advertising every month from AdWord

Grill’d Local Matters love to give back to the local communities they call home

GWF supports our charity partners and community initiatives through donating our products and providing funding to support nutrition and health related education programs for disadvantaged children

The Harcourts Foundation raises money to provide support that helps, grows and enriches their communities

Holden Home Ground Advantage Inspired by the power of local communities, Holden started the Home Ground Advantage grants program – to help clubs improve facilities, purchase equipment and even develop exceptional talent

The Honda Foundation supports organisations who focus their activity on the disadvantaged, the disabled or those suffering from long-term and life-threatening illnesses

IBA’s Business Development and Assistance Program assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to access the skills, knowledge and resources required to start and grow a viable, sustainable business

IGA Community Chest raises funds to support local communities, charities and other worthwhile causes

Inger Rice Foundation The foundation’s primary purpose is to foster activities and programs concerned with parent/child relationships in Australia. (Children up to and including age five years). Grants considered every 6-8 weeks

The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant provides impact businesses and mission-driven organisations with grants of up to $100,000 for business, financial, legal and other capacity building support from providers to secure investment

The Impact Investment Ready Discovery Grant provides not-for-profit organisations with grants of up to $50,000 to explore pathways towards financial sustainability and plant the seed for future impact investment propositions through capacity building

Incubator Support Initiative The initiative provides funding to incubators to improve the prospects of Australian start-ups in international markets

Industry Skills Fund – Assists industry to invest in training and support services to help businesses achieve growth

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Infrastructure Investment Programme as well as the Grants Programmes for regions

ING Direct The ING DIRECT Dreamstarter community is here to provide knowledge, support and funding to help a wide range of social projects – from empowering refugees and migrants with training and employment in the fashion industry to reducing the cost of illegal graffiti on communities by investing in legal street art – to affect real change in the communities they live in

Impact Investment Readiness Fund $100k funding for enterprises to purchase specialised capacity building support from providers such as advisory, financial, intermediary or legal services

Innovation Connections Expert Innovation Facilitators work with your business free of charge to identify knowledge gaps that are preventing your business’ growth. The outcome is a report that identifies growth opportunities and connects you to the expertise needed

Jetstar’s Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community

The John T Reid Charitable Trusts

The John Wallis Foundation supports projects that are small, local, and completed within twelve months.  Projects accepted reflect the spirit of the work of the Missionary Sisters of Service, that is, reaching out to people on the margins, building relationships, offering practical support and developing leadership

The June Canavan Foundation – multiple application rounds in the four areas close to June’s heart: Sport – Health – Education – Wildlife. The Foundation will support projects within Australia in the regions of the Sunshine Coast and North East Victoria.  Occasionally it may be relevant to provide support to projects which have a nation-wide impact

Lion Community Investment Program includes four key focus areas – positive relationships, a positive drinking culture, better nutrition for all and the preservation of our lands and natural resources

Lions Clubs throughout Australia and Papua New Guinea are involved in establishing and managing a range of national Projects and Foundations

Australian Lions Visual Independence Foundation aims to bring happiness to the blind and low visioned through the use of assistive/adaptive technology

Living Fundraisers Social Firm and fundraising platform

Local Sporting Champions Grants to help young people pursue their sporting dreams

Macca’s® in the Community like to be an active part of communities across Australia

Many Rivers Microfinance Limited (Many Rivers) is a not-for-profit organisation that supports aspiring business owners with microenterprise development support and access to finance in order to see the potential of people and communities realised

The Matana Foundation for Young People creates a more just society by giving every young person in Australia an equal opportunity to access the skills to negotiate life’s journey

The Mazda Foundation supports children with physical and/or mental disabilities or their carers, particularly projects seeking to address social isolation experienced by such children and their carers and elderly people suffering from mental disabilities (including dementia) or their carers, particularly projects seeking to address social isolation experienced by such elderly persons and their carers

Music Australia – Funding opportunities

NAB Impact Investment Readiness Fund is operated by a partnership between Impact Investing Australia (IIA) and National Australia Bank (NAB). It aims to bridge the gap in the Australian market that exists between mission-driven organisations in need of funding and investors actively seeking impact investment opportunities

National Health and Medical Research Council Information on applying for all NHMRC funding schemes

NAVA offers a range of grants, awards and scholarships to support and develop the work of visual arts, craft and design practitioners

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) is a program delivered by a network of 21 providers who provide individualised help for job seekers to become self-employed business owners

No-Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) provides individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit

Officeworks Making a positive difference to their communities

The Peet Group‘s community partnerships program provides grants that build capacity in our own communities and in the regions in which our residents and their families become involved. Community grants give motivated local groups a kick-start or well-deserved encouragement for their great work

PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts

Project Defib is a Red Cross initiative which aims to reduce the number of deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrest by making defibrillators and related training and support, accessible to all sporting clubs, schools and not for profits across Australia

QBE and community giving, reconciliation and sponsorships – Enriching Australia’s communities, sporting spirit and environment

QCWA offers a number of bursaries to assist secondary and tertiary students continue their studies

Queer Screen – Filmmaker Opportunities Now Open

Recovery assistance – Australian Goverment the Australian Government has a range of assistance measures to help hardest hit communities recover from disasters

The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) is a grant funding program that supports arts and cultural development projects in regional, remote and isolated communities. It is delivered nationally by RAA through its member organisations

Restart – help to employ mature workers

Rio Tinto Coal Australia currently operates four community development funds. The funds were established to allow us to contribute to projects which address educational, economic and social needs of communities and that will be sustainable in the long-term

The Rockefeller Foundation works to achieve its goal of creating meaningful and measurable impact for poor and vulnerable communities through smart globalization

Rotary Foundation link into your local community group

SAMSUNG has developed a strong relationship with the Australian community, with a rich history of supporting elite sporting teams and community events right across the country

Santos Community Investment

Screen Australia offers funding and resources to support the development, production and marketing of Australian screen content, as well as for the development of Australian talent and screen production businesses

Self-employment—New Enterprise Incentive Scheme Job seekers who are interested in running a new small business may be eligible to participate in the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), delivered as part of jobactive

Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation

Slater and Gordon Community Fund philanthropic support to individuals and groups for community projects

Smart Savings: Concessions and rebates Find and apply for concessions and rebates that can help ease cost of living pressures for Queenslanders. You can search, or explore what’s available

Social Leadership Australia is offering a limited number of sponsored places for successful applicants from the not-for-profit sector of $3,000

Sony in the Community ‘Helping youth discover their true colours’, the Sony Foundation Australia is a not-for-profit charitable organisation set up by Sony group companies. Its purpose is to contribute to the advancement of our community by assisting young Australians

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions

The STEM+ Business Fellowship Program provides a mechanism for Early Career Researchers (ECR) to build new skills and relationships with industry. ECR, research organisations and small and medium sized (SME) Australian businesses will work together to develop innovative commercial solutions that build Australia’s national competitiveness

Stronger Communities Programme provides grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to community organisations and local governments for capital projects

Subsidised wages for people with disability

Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World -Every quarter, the judges choose three finalists, who are each awarded a $5,000 grant

Supporting Younger Veterans grants program supports the needs of younger veterans as they leave the Australian Defence Force and integrate back into civilian life, with all the challenges that accompany that unique transition

Sustainability Loan – Primary producer Sustainability Loans provide you with finance up to $1,300,000 to assist in achieving a more productive and sustainable primary production enterprise

Telstra’s Disability Equipment Program is for customers who are deaf or blind or have a hearing, speech, vision, mobility or dexterity impairment

Toll Community Programs including donations and sponsorships

Virgin Australia Sponsorship

The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust provides help to those who are financially disadvantaged and / or those who suffer a physical impairment

The Wesfarmers Community Partnerships Program

Whole Kids Healthy Fundraiser

Wettenhall Environment Trust supports biodiversity conservation projects Australia-wide

The Wicking Trust seeks to achieve enduring, positive impact in the areas of vision impairment, care of the aged, problems associated with ageing and Alzheimer’s disease

The William Fletcher Foundation tertiary grants for talented young artists

Woolworths Group have a target of the equivalent of 1% of pre-tax profits going towards supporting their communities

Young Carer Bursary Programme helps to relieve the financial pressure on young carers to undertake part-time employment, in addition to managing their educational and caring responsibilities

The Youth Jobs PaTH has three elements: Prepare – Trial – Hire