Community Grants and Funding Opportunities

Building Better Regions Fund: Community Investments Stream

Closes: 19 December 2017 5:00 pm AEDT
Value: $5,000 to $10,000,000
Run By: The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
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The $481.6 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government's commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.
The program will fund projects in regional Australia outside the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra.

There are two streams of funding available under the program, for infrastucture projects and community projects.


The Community Investments Stream will fund the following community activities, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability strengthening activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. 

Small Grants for Rural Communities

Closes: Various

Value: Up to $5,000

Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

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The Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program FRRR offers, opening twice per year.


It is a great example of a collaborative program supported by various partners which has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities.


Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities  in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer. Applicants must be not-for-profit community organisations with an ABN or incorporation certificate.

Festivals Australia: Regional Festivals Project Fund

Closing: Various

Value: Dependant on the grant applied for

Run By: Australia Council for the Arts

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The Regional Festivals Project Fund supports the inclusion of an arts project at festivals in regional and remote Australia. Grants are available to support the costs to produce and present an arts activity. The Australia Council for the Arts Grant runs a wide range of grants and programs with closing dates from March to December and ranging from $5,000 to 6 year organistation funding grants.

Australian Communities Foundation

Closes: Various dates

Value: Dependant on grant

Run by: Australian Communities Foundation

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ACF is committed to helping build healthy and resilient communities. To achieve this, ACF supports a range of charitable organisations and projects each year. Grants are made domestically and internationally through Australian registered charitable organisations for specific projects, or for purposes that support the ongoing activities of those organisations.


With over 250 sub-funds, ACF provides over 500 grants annually that broadly fall into the following categories: arts and culture, community development and advocacy, community services and welfare, disability, training and employment, environment, health and medical research, education and overseas aid and development. Within these categories, target groups are also supported, including Indigenous communities and refugee/asylum seekers.


ACF also administers a number of specific scholarships and awards to promote educational achievement.

Google Ad Grants

Closes: Applications are ongoing

Value: Up to $10,000 per month

Run By: Google

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Google Ad Grants is the nonprofit edition of AdWords, Google's online advertising tool. Google Ad Grants empowers nonprofit organisations, through $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords™ advertising, to promote their missions and initiatives on Google search result pages.

Quick Response Grants

Closing date: Ongoing

Value: Up to $1,500

Run By: Regional Arts NSW

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Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants offer funding of up to $1,500 for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice. The program is intended to:

  • support professional development opportunities for artists and arts workers involved in community programs that will increase their knowledge, skills and experience
  • support skills and or arts development for individuals and groups in regional communities through the employment of arts and cultural workers to conduct workshops, seminars and forums.


‘Quicks’ are offered on a quarterly basis. There is no deadline for applications, which may be made as required, although applications are processed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Applicants MUST speak to the Funding Manager at Regional Arts NSW before applying (see contact details below). Decisions will be advised within 5 working days of receipt.

Community Litter Grants

Closes: 12 December 2017, 5.00pm AEST

Value: Up to $5,000

Run By: Keep Australia Beautiful

Further Information


Are you fed up with litter in your local area? Or maybe you’re part of a group who are already doing something to clean up your neighbourhood, but could do with some extra funds to help out?

Litter is a universal issue. Understanding why litter occurs in a particular location is necessary to tackling the problem at its root. Community Litter Grants started in 2013 to equip locals with tools and resources to implement litter solutions in their neighbourhoods.

Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program

Closing date: Ongoing

Value: Up to $10,000

Run By: Sidney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation

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This Small Grants Program supports strategies to benefit Australian communities.


The aims are to:

  • alleviate the negative effects of poverty and disadvantage;
  • demonstrate new ideas about how to address poverty and disadvantage;
  • strengthen communities’ abilities to deal with poverty and disadvantage.

Unity Grants

Closes: 15th of December 2017

Value: Up to $30,000

Run By: Multicultural NSW

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Unity Grants bring culturally diverse communities together to promote social cohesion and harmony.  Priority areas for Unity Grants are established each year prior to applications opening. Applications must address at least one of the identified priority areas.


Unity Grants are available to:

  • non-profit sharing community organisations
  • local councils in partnership with non-profit sharing community organisations.

Partnership Grants

Opens: 5th of February 2018

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Partnership projects can last for up to three years and are expected to make a real impact, with positive demonstrable outcomes for NSW in the long term. Project partners will work closely with Multicultural NSW to achieve their desired outcomes.


Each partnership will have a different focus and will outline a specific skill set for organisations eligible to apply.

RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant

Closes: 14th of January 2018

Value: Up to $25,000

Run By: The Royal Agriculutral Society of NSW

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The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is offering an opportunity for community-minded people to be awarded up to $25,000 in funding for a community project in their local area.


The RASF invites ideas that deliver strong community benefits and result in enhanced economic and social outcomes for your community.  Projects that involve collaboration between people in your town and deliver sustained and broad community benefits will be highly regarded. Applicants will be passionate about rural and regional NSW, and have a good understanding of any issues affecting their community.


Infrastructure for local showgrounds and Show Societies are eligible. The improvements must demonstrate that they go beyond benefiting just the local Show Society in running the local Show, but rather enabling broader use by other community groups to run on-going projects or programs. While the criteria for this program are broad, the RASF does not fund wages, consultant’s fees, one-off events, operational and administration costs, travel or accommodation.

Jetstar Flying Start Programme

Current Round Closing Date: 31st of March 2018

Value: $30,000 consisting of $15,000 cash grant and $15,000 of Jetstar flights

Run By: Jetstar

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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.


Entry is open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community; and can be classified into one of the following categories:

  • Charity
  • Educational and Health Organisations
  • Arts Group or Organisation
  • Sporting Group or Organisation


The community group or organisation should have a specific project in mind for how the grant will be used to benefit their local community.


Grants will be awarded twice a year.

ANZ Staff Foundation

Rounds Close: 15th of January 5:00PM (AEDT) and 15th of July 5:00PM (AEST) each year

Value: Up to $5,000

Run By: ANZ

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The ANZ Staff Foundation is funded by regular contributions made by ANZ staff and ANZ. The Foundation aims to support projects run by charitable organisations which offer a direct and tangible benefit to local communities.


A National Advisory Board and State Committees comprising ANZ employees decide the granting rounds each year.

National Cultural Heritage Account

Closes: Applications are ongoing on a case-by-case basis

Value: $500,000 is available each year

Run By: Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

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The National Cultural Heritage Account helps Australian public cultural organisations buy significant objects that they could not otherwise afford. Australian cultural institutions can apply for funding. This includes museums, art galleries, libraries, archives, historic buildings, national trusts and local history museums and galleries, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander keeping places for sacred/secret material.



Closes: Various

Value: Dependant on grant applied for

Run By: Club Grants

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Each year through ClubGRANTS, clubs across NSW provide support to tens of thousands of local community organisations, sporting groups, and charities that make a difference in their local area. With more than $1 billion in funding provided since the program’s inception, including a record $100 million in 2014, ClubGRANTS is without doubt one of the largest and most effective grants programs in Australia.


All funding is processed locally and community groups can contact their local clubs easily and at any time for information and advice. ClubGRANTS is also flexible, allowing clubs to provide support quickly, efficiently, and often as soon as a need emerges.


To be eligible to apply, you must be a not-for-profit organisation and provide the following project and/or services: community welfare or social services, community development, community health services or employment assistance activities. You are also eligible if you or your organisation is involved in community or professional sport.


Category 1 funding is allocated on the basis of local government areas, and Local Committees set their own deadlines, which vary from area to area. Opening and closing dates are available on Committee Search listings.


Clubs allocate Category 2 funding and while some clubs set deadlines, most accept and consider Category 2 applications year-round. Category 2 applicants should contact the individual clubs for more information.