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Please note that while we update our lists of available grants regularly, this is not a comprehensive list and closing dates and details should be verified using the links provided as they are subject to change by the providers without notice.

If you have been affected by Coronavirus, details on the announced assistance is available on our dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Assistance page.

If you have been affected by the ongoing drought or the recent bushfires, a list of available grants and assitance is available on our dedicated Drought Assistance and Bushfire Assistance pages.

Telstra Footy Country Grants - 2024 - Round 1 Grant Opened: 5th of February 2024 Closes: 3rd of March 2024 Value: Up to $20,000 Run By: Telstra Further Information: https://play.afl/clubhelp/footy-country-grants

Local football clubs across Australia will have the opportunity to share in an $8 million funding boost over the next four years, as the AFL and Telstra launch Telstra Footy Country Grants. With a pool of $2 million to be distributed in 2024, eligible regional and metro clubs can apply for grants up to $20,000 – helping strengthen, sustain and grow local footy.

As the foundation of our great game and the heartbeat of communities, investment in local clubs is vital to ensuring everyone has access to play Aussie Rules and experience the health, social and wellbeing benefits that come with belonging to a club.

The Telstra Footy Country Grants is designed to financially assist initiatives that can support Community Clubs affiliated to the AFL to strengthen the base and secure the future in three key strategic areas:

  • Grow and assist volunteer capacity.
  • Grow and diversify participation.
  • Improve club environments and experiences.

Whether it’s upgrading to an electronic scoreboard, upskilling volunteers or introducing new initiatives to attract more participants, Telstra Footy Country Grants aims to provide tangible support for clubs and alleviate the challenges they may face. 

Last Updated: 26th of February 2024
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Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups Grant Current Round Closes: 5th of March 2024 - 3:00 pm Value: $10,000 to $50,000 Run By: Australia Council for the Arts Further Information: https://australiacouncil.gov.au/investment-and-development/arts-projects-for-individuals-and-groups/

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

The current round is for projects begining after the 1st of June 2024.

You can only submit one application to each closing date for Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups.

They fund a range of activities, for example:

  • professional skills development, including mentoring and residencies
  • the creation of new work
  • practice based research
  • creative development
  • experimentation
  • collaborations
  • touring
  • festivals
  • productions
  • exhibitions
  • performances
  • publishing
  • recording
  • promotion and marketing
  • market development activity
  • activities that creatively engage communities.

 

Last Updated: 17th of September 2023
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Playing Australia Project Investment Grant Closes: 5th of March 2024 - 3:00 pm Value: Unspecified Run By: Australia Council for the Arts Further Information: https://australiacouncil.gov.au/investment-and-development/playing-australia-project-investment/

Playing Australia Project Investment supports performing arts tours to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. The program supports net touring costs and other designated costs associated with tours. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested.

You can apply for:

  • a reasonable portion of costs associated with re-mounting a work
  • inter-state touring costs including freight, transport, accommodation and travel allowances
  • a contribution towards tour coordination at a set rate per venue
  • a portion of costs associated with reducing the environmental impact of your tour
  • a portion of costs associated with supporting the wellbeing of the touring company


There are three rounds depending on the dates of the tour:

  • Tuesday 7 March 2023, 3pm AEDT for projects starting after 1 June 2023.
  • Tuesday 6 June 2023, 3pm AEST for projects starting after 1 September 2023
  • Tuesday 10 October 2023, 3pm AEDT for projects starting after 1 January 2024
Last Updated: 29th of October 2023
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Sporting Schools - 2024 Grant Next Round Opened: 26th of February 2024 - 8:00 am Next Round Closes: 8th of March 2024 - 5:00 pm Value: $1,000 to $3,600 Run By: Australian Sports Commission Further Information: https://www.sportaus.gov.au/schools/schools/funding

Sporting Schools offers grant opportunities for primary schools, and targeted grant opportunities for secondary schools in relation to year 7 and 8 students. Grants support the delivery of sport-based programs to help students build the confidence and capability to be active for life. Sporting Schools has partnered with more than 35 national sporting organisations (NSOs) and national sporting organisations for people with disability (NSODs) to facilitate delivery of Sporting Schools programs.

The objectives of Sporting Schools are to:

  • engage primary school students in free, high-quality sport programs at school
  • engage secondary school students (Years 7-8) in free, high-quality sport programs at school, particularly inactive students, girls, and students attending schools in disadvantaged areas
  • establish partnerships between sporting organisations and schools to promote involvement in sport outside of school
  • develop the capability of schools and teachers to provide students with positive sport experiences
  • build the capability of coaches and the sport workforce
  • support life-long involvement in sport and physical activity to enhance health and wellbeing.

There are four rounds for 2024:
Term 1, 2024 - Opens Monday 6 November 2023 8am and closes Friday 17 November 2024 5pm
Term 2, 2024 - Opens Monday 26 February 2024 8am and closes Friday 8 March 2024 5pm
Term 3, 2024 - Opens Monday 20 May 2024 8am and closes Friday 31 May 2024 5pm
Term 4, 2024 - Opens Monday 12 August 2024 8am and closes Friday 23 August 2024 5pm

Last Updated: 19th of November 2023
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Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) - Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Communities Grant Closes: 8th of March 2024 - 9:00 pm Value: $5,000 to $400,000 Run By: Australian Government Department of Education Further Information: https://www.education.gov.au/early-childhood/community-child-care-fund/cccf-disadvantaged-and-vulnerable-communities-grant

The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) disadvantaged and vulnerable communities grant provides funding to services to help them stay open and increase the number of children in care. Services in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. can apply when grant rounds are open.

The grant provides funding to services in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities to:

  • stay open
  • increase the number of children in care.

This grant has two funding activities – sustainability support and capital support. You can apply for both activities.

  1. Sustainability support grants help improve the service’s sustainability and viability.
  2. Capital support grants help improve existing ECEC facilities.

Applications for capital support are required to make a co-contribution towards the cost of the project. The amount of co-contribution required will depend on the funding applied for.

CCCF grant recipients are also eligible for free business support. This can help you review and improve your service’s financial viability and sustainability.

Last Updated: 26th of February 2024
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Return to Work Pathways Program - 2024 Grant Closes: 12th of March 2024 Value: $100,000 to $250,000 Run By: Women NSW Further Information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding/2024-return-to-work-pathways-program

This program funds NSW organisations to implement projects that support women from focus communities who are experiencing persistent barriers to employment.

The primary objective of the RTWPP is to reduce barriers for women to enter or re-enter the workforce.  The RTWPP will address the needs of women experiencing complex and persistent barriers to employment, and support women to gain increased work readiness, confidence and employment.

A variety of bespoke and tailored projects will be funded to provide wraparound supports including training, mentoring and pathways to employment. Projects will be targeted to focus communities, responding to their specific needs, life stages and circumstances.

The 2024 RTWPP grant round will target focus communities which were not represented in the projects funded under the first grant round.

Last Updated: 26th of February 2024
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Indigenous Languages and Arts - Open Competitive - 2024 Grant Closes: 12th of March 2024 - 11:30 pm Value: Up to $200,000 Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=89e24480-9599-4d9f-9bee-9cadc06df958

The ILA program invests around $30 million per annum as part of the Australian Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program. This includes operational funding support to a network of 24 Indigenous language centres around the country working on conserving, revitalising and sustaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

The ILA program also supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to develop, produce, present, exhibit or perform Indigenous arts and language projects that showcase Australia’s traditional and contemporary Indigenous cultural and artistic expressions.

The ILA program understands the importance of language in reconnecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with their culture and heritage, and how this in turn contributes to improved health and wellbeing outcomes

To be eligible for an ILA program grant, your organisation must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the purposes of GST - if your business has a gross annual income minus GST of $75,000 (or $150,000 for non-profit organisations)
  • have an account with an Australian financial institution
  • be one of the following entity types:
    • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 200611 and are compliant with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission’s (ASIC) requirements regarding director ID numbers
    • a Commonwealth or State or Territory government corporate entity
    • a company incorporated in Australia
    • a company limited by guarantee
    • an incorporated association
    • a not-for-profit organisation
    • a partnership
    • a joint (consortia) application with a lead organisation
    • a publicly funded research organisation
    • a State or Territory local government council
  • have no overdue acquittals or serious breaches relating to Australian Government funding (a serious breach is one that has resulted in, or warrants, the termination of a grant agreement)
  • not be bankrupt or subject to insolvency proceedings (as relevant to the entity type)
Last Updated: 12th of February 2024
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Small Grants Program Grant Opened: 1st of February 2024 Closes: 15th of March 2024 - 5:00 pm Value: Up to $4,000 Run By: Highways and Byways Further Information: https://hb.org.au/grants/

Highways and Byways continues the work of the Missionary Sisters of Service (MSS) reaching out in hope and love to people socially and geographically isolated, strengthening community relationships and networks, developing leadership and empowering people to meet the challenges that confront them.

Since 1944 the MSS have travelled vast distances to reach people in all kinds of places and situations, and support those on the margins: geographically, culturally, spiritually, socially and economically.

Each year they provide small grants to community-led organisations for projects that address disadvantage and exclusion within towns and communities, especially in rural and regional Australia.

In 2024, they are offering grants up to $4,000 for projects that advance our program theme of ‘Valuing Community Connections in an Ancient Land’.

Community organisations can apply for grants up to $4,000 for:

  • Projects that recognise the wisdom and cultural identity of our First Nation’s peoples, and provide opportunities to protect and celebrate Indigenous identity and cultural connections, particularly through sharing knowledge, skills, or stories.
  • Projects with an ecological and environmental focus – that encourage rehabilitation and restoration, and encourage the intergenerational sharing of knowledge and skills for the sustainable or regenerative management of the land.
  • Community-focused projects – that encourage community connections and partnerships, build strong and resilient communities, alleviate isolation and loneliness and provide opportunities for leadership and personal and community-building skills.
Last Updated: 24th of January 2024
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NSW Justice Reinvestment Grant Closes: 18th of March 2024 - 5:00 pm Value: $100,000 to unspecified maximum Run By: NSW Department of Communities and Justice Further Information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding/nsw-justice-reinvestment-grant-program

Justice reinvestment is an approach that supports communities to find local solutions to local issues. The aim of justice reinvestment is to resource communities to develop, and deliver solutions that reduce contact with the criminal justice system, including the police, courts and prison. Justice Reinvestment aims to support communities to identify the reasons why people end up in the criminal justice system in the first place, and then come up with activities and initiatives that can make real change.

The NSW Justice Reinvestment Grant Program will fund Aboriginal community-led change to address the underlying causes of imprisonment and re-offending.

The Department of Communities and Justice is committed to funding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community-Controlled Organisations (ACCO). Priority will be given to 3-year proposals from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community-Controlled organisations (ACCOs).

Last Updated: 26th of February 2024
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Festivals Australia - 2024 Grant Closes: 18th of March 2024 - 11:30 pm Value: $5,000 to $150,000 Run By: Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=018EA773-8D47-4BF6-9204-833F8F1CF496

Festivals Australia funds engaging arts projects that invite community participation and audience engagement in regional and remote Australia. Projects can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.

The aim is to give people the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or a significant one-off community celebration. Regional artists, arts workers, and organisations can apply for arts and cultural projects that encourage community participation and audience engagement from people living in regional and remote communities in a festival or community celebration.

Festivals Australia will only fund a single project (not a range of unrelated activities) delivered at a festival or significant one-off community celebration in a regional or remote location.

Last Updated: 26th of February 2024
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Kitchen Garden Kickstart Grants Grant Closes: 20th of March 2024 Value: Up to $5,000 plus program membership valued at $2,728 Run By: Kitchen Garden Foundation Further Information: https://www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au/kickstart_grants_2024

These grants are designed to enable schools to kickstart a successful and sustainable Kitchen Garden Program. Grant funds support the purchase of key infrastructure and are often spent on items such as garden beds, ovens, accessible work top benches, greenhouses and outdoor learning spaces. 

12 successful schools will each receive a 2-year Kitchen Garden Program Membership and a once-off $5,000 grant to spend on kickstarting or boosting their Program. The grant will enable schools to purchase necessary garden and/or kitchen materials, such as garden beds, garden tools, benches, pots and pans – whatever the school needs to support their Program to grow!

The Program Membership Package valued at $2728, includes:

  • Printed resource package (including 8 books)
  • Access to the Shared Table – our online resource library and community hub
  • Two places to our Getting Started webinar
  • Two places to a Program Enrichment webinar
  • Access to Virtual Tours and face-to-face Professional Development sessions, nationwide
  • One-on-one online catch ups + weekday phone or email support
  • A set of aprons
  • A Kitchen Garden Program Seasonal Planner
  • Discounts on additional printed resources, from our shop
  • Plus! Membership to The Diggers Club
  • Access to Trellis –our online, individualised support tool

The $5,000 grant can be used for items that relate to the development of garden or kitchen infrastructure and/or the equipment and resources to support the Kitchen Garden Program.

Last Updated: 26th of February 2024
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Supporting First Nations Events Program Grant Closes: 21st of March 2024 - 5:00 pm Value: Up to $120,000 Run By: Shell Further Information: https://www.shell.com.au/about-us/projects-and-locations/qgc/community/sponsorship-donations-and-qgc-communities-fund.html

This initiative will provide up to $150,000 each for a maximum of six YouTube projects and both scripted and documentary projects are encouraged to apply. For the first time, this year projects for short-form platform YouTube Shorts will also be eligible.

Skip Ahead is a joint initiative of Screen Australia and YouTube Australia. Since 2014, over the course of eight funding rounds, Skip Ahead has supported 39 YouTube content creators to develop their skills, and support them to work towards sustainable careers.

Skip Ahead is open to both documentary and scripted projects. In 2024, Skip Ahead will seek to support at least one project aimed at a children’s audience to premiere on YouTube Kids.

Skip Ahead aims to:

  • support a new generation of online storytellers and IP creators to expand their vision and ambition,

  • cultivate original Australian narrative content made specifically for local and global online audiences,

  • ensure the storytellers and stories being told reflect the diversity of people and experiences from around Australia, and promoting their importance - culturally, creatively and economically.

Applications will be open to original content creators (individuals or teams), responsible for either:

  • A current YouTube channel with at least 25,000 subscribers, OR

  • A maximum of two current YouTube channels with a combined subscriber base of 40,000, OR

  • A YouTube video which has achieved a minimum of 1 million views on a channel which has a subscriber base of at least 10,000.

Last Updated: 26th of February 2024
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Housing Australia Future Fund Facility and National Housing Accord Facility - Round 1 Grant Closes: 22nd of March 2024 - 2:00 pm Run By: Housing Australia Further Information: https://www.housingaustralia.gov.au/housing-australia-future-fund-facility-and-national-housing-accord-facility

The Housing Australia Future Fund (HAFF) and the National Housing Accord are Federal Government initiatives to improve housing outcomes for Australians and will collectively support the delivery of 20,000 new social and 20,000 new affordable homes across Australia over five years. 

The following entities are eligible to apply for funding under the HAFFF and NHAF:

  • Community housing providers that are registered under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing and are registered charities
  • Australian States and Territories, local governing bodies, and Local, State or Territory government-owned corporations
  • Charitable entities with a primary purpose of improving housing outcomes for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, or for current or former members of the Australian Defence Force
  • Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) whose purpose is to increase social and/or affordable housing, where at least one member is an entity mentioned above.

Over the 5-year program rollout, it is anticipated that there will be multiple HAFFF and NHAF funding rounds. Applicants who are unsuccessful or do not participate in Funding Round One are encouraged to participate in future potential funding rounds.

 

Last Updated: 30th of January 2024
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Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought Initiative – Small Networks Grants Grant Opened: 13th of February 2024 Current Round Closes: 26th of March 2024 - 5:00 pm Value: Up to $50,000 Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Further Information: https://frrr.org.au/funding/disaster-resilience-and-climate-solutions/small-networks-grants/

Small Network Grants are now available to community organisations in regional and rural Australia to develop and deliver one-off events or initiatives to strengthen community networks and capabilities that build drought preparedness.

Through this initiative, with the support of the Australian Government, we are investing in the future by enabling agriculture-dependent communities to identify and act on their drought preparedness priorities at a grassroots level and in ways that best suit their communities.

The Small Networks Grants will fund networks, community events, training initiatives, community infrastructure, development and learning initiatives that assist local people and communities to strengthen social capital and capability to prepare for future droughts.

Two streams of grants are available via two rounds:

  • Up to a maximum of $20,000; or
  • Up to a maximum of $50,000 (dependent on location)  
Last Updated: 19th of November 2023
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Early Childhood Development Grant Opened: 7th of December 2023 Closes: 26th of March 2024 - 5:00 pm Value: $100,000 to 0 to unspecified maximum over multiple years Run By: The Ian Potter Foundation Further Information: https://www.ianpotter.org.au/what-we-support/program-areas/early-childhood-development/

The early years are a critical period for brain development. During that time children learn social, interpersonal, and cognitive skills that help them lead healthy, happy lives and participate in learning and work.

Early interventions are both cost-effective in that they reduce long-term costs to society, have the benefit of early mitigation of problems that can cause significant lifelong anguish and enhance the chances of children thriving throughout their lives. 

The Foundation’s Early Childhood Development program seeks to improve learning and development outcomes for Australian children (aged 0-8 years) by supporting targeted and universal programs.  

Objectives: 

  • To support innovative projects that target vulnerable communities that seek to improve child development outcomes and have potential for scale. 
  • To scale and consolidate successful evidence programs to a point of sustainability. 
  • To support initiatives that seek to better integrate fractured services/systems in early childhood, improve access to and quality of ECEC and/or strengthen the ECEC workforce.  
  • To develop shared measurement tools and or resources for the early childhood sector.    
  • To evaluate large scale interventions (particularly randomised control trials) that contribute to enhancing the evidence base for early years intervention.  

The Foundation has a particular interest in programs that recognise and foster parental engagement in their children’s learning and development and prioritise support for programs that engage with or target parents.  

Last Updated: 4th of December 2023
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Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought - Small Network Grants Grant Opened: 13th of February 2024 Closes: 26th of March 2024 Value: Up to $50,000 Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Further Information: https://frrr.org.au/funding/disaster-resilience-and-climate-solutions/small-networks-grants/

Small Network Grants are now available to community organisations in regional and rural Australia to develop and deliver one-off events or initiatives to strengthen community networks and capabilities that build drought preparedness.

Through this initiative, with the support of the Australian Government, we are investing in the future by enabling agriculture-dependent communities to identify and act on their drought preparedness priorities at a grassroots level and in ways that best suit their communities.

The Small Network Grants will fund networks, community events, training initiatives, community infrastructure, development and learning initiatives that assist local people and communities to strengthen social capital and capability to prepare for future droughts.

Last Updated: 24th of January 2024
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Telstra’s Connected Communities Grant Opened: 27th of February 2024 Closes: 27th of March 2024 Value: Up to $10,000 Run By: Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Further Information: https://frrr.org.au/funding/place/telstra-connected-communities-program/

Telstra’s Connected Communities Grant Program will boost support for communities across remote, rural and regional Australia to improve resilience, environmental sustainability and liveability through the power of connection. 

The program offers grants up to $10,000 for not-for-profit community organisations that are providing access to information, technology, education and facilities to support their communities to embrace new technologies and ways of working to build social capital and digital capability.

The program seeks to foster: 

  • Resilient communities that are well prepared and socially connected when disaster strikes with the ability to renew and recover together;
  • Sustainable communities that are diverse and inclusive, planning for the health, wellbeing, and prosperity of their people and the planet; and
  • Liveable communities that have digital capability, and help to equip individuals with the skills to live, learn and work in a digital society.
Last Updated: 24th of January 2024
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At Home Care Grants Grant Opened: 14th of February 2024 Closes: 27th of March 2024 Value: Up to $10,000 Run By: Youngcare Further Information: https://youngcare.com.au/what-we-do/grants/home-care-grants/

Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants (AHCG) provide funding for equipment, home modifications and essential support that is unable to be funded through other means (eg. NDIS). This funding is to both enhance the quality of life for young people with high physical care needs and assist them to remain living in their own home with loved ones.

The grants provide one-off funding of up to $10,000 to help those aged 16-65 with high physical care needs who are living at home, and are at risk of entering inappropriate housing.

Grants are offered nationwide.

Last Updated: 24th of January 2024
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Natural Hazards STEM Support Program Grant Closes: 29th of March 2024 - 10:00 pm Value: Up to $400,000 Run By: Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer Further Information: https://www.chiefscientist.nsw.gov.au/funding/science-education/natural-hazards-stem-support-program

The Natural Hazards STEM Support Program (the Program) is a new $800,000 competitive grants program in 2023/24 to enhance STEM outreach in schools, focusing on technology education relevant to natural hazard management and response. It builds on the success of the Bushfire STEM in Schools Program, expanding the remit to deliver STEM-focused education programs covering natural hazards to improve student learning outcomes and build resilience in communities.

The Program aims to enhance the STEM education and skill development of students in kindergarten through to Year 12, through the implementation of program/s that focus on technologies directly relevant to the management and response of natural hazards. This strategic focus is intended to inspire the next generation of innovators and technologists by not only educating but also igniting the curiosity of students in technological domains.

Eligible organisations will be required to deliver STEM-focused education programs covering natural hazards directly to the school children and/or provide the training required for school staff and teachers to deliver the programs themselves. A program can be either an established program or a pilot program. Eligible organisations can apply for up to $400,000 per grant application in FY 2023/24, with projects delivered in the following financial year.

Last Updated: 26th of February 2024
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The Mazda Foundation Grant Current Round Closes: 31st of March 2024 Value: Undisclosed Run By: Mazda Foundation Further Information: http://mazdafoundation.org.au/obtaining-funding/

The foundation provides funding for two priority areas:

1. Children with physical &/or mental disabilities
Projects by community based organisations to support children with physical and/or mental disabilities or their carers, particularly projects seeking to address social isolation experienced by such children and their carers (Not including research projects).

2. Elderly people suffering mental disabilities

Projects by community based organisations to support 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 (Not including research projects).

Last Updated: 29th of October 2023
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