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Community Grants and Funding Opportunities

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.

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program - 2024-25 - Batch 1 Grant Closes: 20th of June 2024 - 9:00 pm Value: Up to $150,000 Run By: Department of Veterans Affairs Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=8f80a57c-4453-4014-8ef3-7ce786b356d7

The objective of the program is to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and their families.

The intended outcome of the grant opportunity is to provide funding for projects and activities that:

  • promote appreciation and understanding of the experiences of service and the roles that those who served have played
  • preserve, add to the sum of knowledge on, or provide access to information about Australia’s wartime heritage.

Projects and activities relating to all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations are eligible.

The program aims to provide funding for projects and activities that are ready to proceed and where STS grant funding will ensure their completion. Projects must be able to be completed within 12 months of the funding agreement being executed.

There are 2 categories of grants available under the program:

Community Grants (CG)
Grants to a maximum of $10,000 are available for local, community-based projects and activities. These small grants are for projects and activities that are focused on the local community, commemorate the service and sacrifice of local community members, and are primarily accessed by the local community.

Some examples of CG projects and activities include:

  • development of a digital honour roll
  • restoration of an honour board
  • purchase of a cabinet to display military memorabilia
  • installation of a flagpole to display Australian National Flags on days of commemoration.

Major Grants (MG)
Grants between $10,001 and $150,000 are available for major commemorative projects and activities that are significant from a national, state, territory and/or broader regional perspective. These projects may include the construction of new war or peace memorials, where none currently exists, as well as additions to existing memorials.

Major Grants will have a much wider focus than CG category applications and must be commemorative of the service and sacrifice of service personnel beyond the local community, and/or consist of elements that are available to the whole nation, or residents of a state, territory, or broader regional area. A high monetary value project or activity does not necessarily mean that it is of national, state, territory and/or significant to a broader region.

Some examples of MG projects and activities include:

  • construction of an interactive memorial walking track dedicated to Australian service personnel from the Vietnam War
  • development of a digital honour roll and interpretive signage to commemorate the history of service personnel from a particular region
  • publication of a book commemorating Australian service personnel from the Malayan Emergency
  • development of a documentary commemorating Australian Prisoners of War.

Assessment and notification of outcomes will be divided into 3 batches closing in June 2024, October 2024 and February 2025.

Last Updated: 28th of February 2024
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Thrive Community Grants - 2024 Grant Closes: 24th of June 2024 - 4:00 pm Value: Up to $50,000 Run By: St George Foundation Further Information: https://www.stgeorgefoundation.com.au/our-grants/thrive-community-grants

Each year, Thrive Community Grants provide smaller, local charities with one-off grants of up to $50,000 to assist children and young people to connect with friends, family and the community, participate in activities that build resilience, develop new skills, enrich lives, and create a sense of belonging. Our support is focussed on children and young people experiencing discrimination and disadvantage.

We invest in charities that support the direct involvement of children and young people to:

  • Foster individual learning and interests through education, training or skills development
  • Develop independence, engage in society and join the workforce
  • Create connections and build relationships with others
  • Feel they belong to a wider community, social or cultural group
  • Build resilience, self-awareness and confidence
  • Have the practical things they need to participate and develop as active members of the community
  • Have a positive sense of identity and culture
  • Have a say about things that matter to them

Eligibility

  1. Organisation is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR-1 status) and registered with Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC)
  2. Organisation can provide recent, audited financial statements, signed by the auditor
  3. Organisation has an annual gross revenue of less than $5 million
  4. Organisation receives less than 60% of its annual revenue from federal, state or local government funding, where income is above $1million per annum
  5. Proposed initiative is located within NSW/ACT/QLD/WA
Last Updated: 24th of May 2024
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National Carers Week Grants - 2024 Grant Closes: 24th of June 2024 - 5:00 pm Value: Up to $500 Run By: Carers Australia NSW Further Information: https://www.carersnsw.org.au/training-events/national-carers-week/grants-to-celebrate-national-carers-week

Grants are available for carer support groups and organisations from across NSW to celebrate and recognise the contribution of family and friend carers in their local communities by holding local events and activities.

The grants are to be used to plan events or activities either online or in person to support and celebrate carers as part of National Carers Week. It is preferable that the events and activities are held during, or as close as possible to, National Carers Week (13-19 October 2024).

Last Updated: 30th of April 2024
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SilverChef Community Grants Program - 2023/2024 - Round 4 Grant Opened: 1st of April 2024 Closes: 30th of June 2024 Value: Up to $5,000 mix of equipment and cash Run By: SilverChef Further Information: https://www.silverchef.com.au/pages/community-grants

Each quarter, SilverChef provides four grants, each worth $5,000, to community groups that use foodservice and hospitality to uplift the community. The grants comprise $3,750 credit to be spent on SilverChef’s Certified Used equipment range; with a balance of up to $1,250 that can be paid in cash, or allocated towards more equipment and/or freight costs.

The SilverChef Community Grants Program is open to eligible Australian community groups that use hospitality or food services to help disadvantaged or under-served members of their local community. 

These community groups can include:

  • Registered charities and not-for-profits
  • Social enterprises (direct-benefit, cross-subsidy or donation model)
  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Corporations (organisation with an ABN which uses more than 50% of its time and/or resources to improve the lives of Indigenous peoples)
Last Updated: 13th of April 2024
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Aboriginal Languages Small Grant Program 2024- 2025 Grant Opened: 15th of March 2024 Closes: 1st of July 2024 - 12:00 am Value: Up to $15,000 Run By: Aboriginal Languages Trust Further Information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding/aboriginal-languages-small-grant-program-2024-2025

The Small Grants Program provides grants to support time critical Language activities by NSW Aboriginal not for profit Community orgs, groups, and Aboriginal sole traders, consistent with the Aboriginal Languages Act 2017.

Types of projects funded under this grant

  • Community driven Language activities that support the growth and recognition of Aboriginal Language  
  • Strengthening Aboriginal Community participation in Language activities state-wide or nationally  
  • Meeting short term Language training and development costs of Aboriginal Community organisations and groups

The following NSW Aboriginal not for profit Community organisations and groups are eligible: 

  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the (Commonwealth) Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006  
  • a company incorporated in Australia under the (Commonwealth) Corporations Act 2001  
  • an Incorporated Association (incorporated under state legislation, and commonly have ‘Association’ or ‘Incorporated’ or ‘Inc.’ in their legal name)  
  • an Incorporated Cooperative (incorporated under state legislation, and commonly have ’Cooperative’ in their legal name)  
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust  
  • a Local Aboriginal Land Council under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) 

The following NSW Aboriginal Sole Traders are eligible where they are: 

  • an Aboriginal sole trader whose primary business activity relates to cultural expression or revitalisation (noting projects must not be profit-making in nature) 
Last Updated: 24th of March 2024
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Eearly Childood Education and Care Flexible Initiatives Trial Grant Opened: 30th of April 2024 Closes: 2nd of July 2024 - 7:00 pm Value: Up to $20 Million total pool Run By: NSW Government Department of Education Further Information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding/flexible-initiatives-trial/early-childhood-education-and-care-flexible-initiatives-trial-round-2

The broad objective of the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Flexible Initiatives Trial (the program) is to increase families' economic, educational, and societal participation through improved access to ECEC services, by supporting services to trial new or adapted flexible operating models. The program also aims to ensure that the ECEC workforce is supported to deliver flexible models of ECEC.

The objectives of the ECEC Flexible Initiatives Trial are centred on enhancing the accessibility and adaptability of early childhood education and care services for families across New South Wales. The program seeks to address the challenges families face in accessing ECEC by promoting increased flexibility in how services are provided.

‘Flexibility’ in this program refers to any modification to core ECEC business operations that promotes accessibility for families. This could involve extending service operating hours, offering flexible attendance patterns, implementing casual care day booking systems, providing wraparound care, or other initiatives that increase the availability of early childhood education and care

The key objectives of the program are to:

  • increase accessibility of ECEC for families who need more flexible options, including an increase in the number of available places
  • increase participation, particularly of women, in work and/or study, which is enabled by increased access to ECEC services
  • increase service providers’ knowledge of local flexibility needs and their capacity to meet those needs
  • provide appropriate support and working conditions for educators delivering flexible models
  • develop an evidence base for successful flexible models to inform future program development.
Last Updated: 28th of February 2024
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National Women's Alliances Grant Closes: 3rd of July 2024 - 5:00 pm Run By: Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=76689554-6946-4a58-b2e2-82df6bc6671c

It is critical for government to hear the views of experts and the lived experience of women to deliver practical changes to improve gender equality. This grant opportunity will establish a network of up to 6 civil society organisations to provide expert gender advice to Government and ensure women’s voices inform implementation of the Strategy.

To be eligible, you must be one of the following entity types:

  • Company
  • Cooperative
  • Corporate State or Territory Entity (Universities only)
  • Incorporated Association
  • Indigenous Corporation
  • Partnership
  • Statutory Entity

To achieve maximum national impact, applicants must specify which of the following theme(s) their application relates to:

  • gender-based violence
  • women’s economic equality and leadership
  • migrant and refugee and culturally and linguistically diverse women
  • First Nations women
  • women living in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia
  • women with disability
Last Updated: 24th of May 2024
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Pick Fresh Play Fresh Netball Grants - 2024 Grant Closes: 7th of July 2024 - 11:59 pm Value: Up to $20,000 Run By: Woolworths Further Information: https://pickfreshplayfresh.netball.com.au/grants-2024/

Woolworths Pick Fresh Play Fresh Grants support grassroots netball clubs and associations across Australia. Entries are open to any Australian netball club or association with a Woolworths NetSetGO Centre.

There are two types of Grants available.

  • People’s Choice – 1 x $20,000
  • Other Grants – 10 x $8,000

Every club that submits an application to the Woolworths Grants programme will automatically be entered into the draw for the People’s Choice. All clubs will be listed on the Woolworths Grants website and anyone can vote for the club they feel is most deserving of the funds.

Applicants will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Applicants have a tangible project, activity or equipment they have in mind to utilise the Pick Fresh Play Fresh grants money for
  • All projects for grant funding must tie into Pick Fresh (eating healthy food) or Play Fresh (being Active)
  • Applicants are an Australian Netball club or Association with a Woolworths NetSetGO Centre.
Last Updated: 30th of April 2024
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Pride Foundation Australia Small Grants - 2024 - Round 2 Grant Opened: 6th of May 2024 - 9:00 am Closes: 15th of July 2024 - 11:59 pm Value: Up to $1,000 Run By: Pride Foundation Australia Further Information: https://pridefoundation.org.au/small-grants/

The Small Grants program supports projects proposed by individuals and or organisations and or communities who would otherwise be limited by the constraints of other funding programs. The project needs to directly or indirectly assist, involve and benefit LGBTQIA+ people and promote positive social outcomes and mental health in the community.

The Small Grants Program is open all year round with particular cut off dates throughout the year for assessment purposes. If an Application is received after the cut-off date, they will be assessed in the next round.

  • Second round opens 9am AEDT Monday 6 May 2024 and closes on 11:59pm AEDT Monday 15 July 2024.
  • Third round opens 9am AEDT Monday 5 August 2024 and closes on 11:59pm AEDT Monday 18 November 2024. 
Last Updated: 24th of May 2024
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Community War Memorials Fund - 2024-25 - Round 1 Grant Opened: 25th of April 2024 Closes: 24th of July 2024 - 11:00 pm Value: Up to $15,000 Run By: NSW Department of Veterans Affairs Further Information: https://www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund/

The NSW Government established the Community War Memorials Fund to help conserve, repair and protect war memorials across NSW. Since the establishment of the program in 2008, grants have been provided for a wide range of projects including conservation assessments, honour roll repair, war memorial cleaning and conservation work, arborist advice for war memorial trees, security measures for memorials, repairs to war memorial halls and improvements to the accessibility of memorials.

Two application rounds are run each year. The rounds open on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

Last Updated: 26th of February 2024
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ARTC Sponsorships and Donations - 2024 - Round 2 Grant Round Opened: 1st of May 2024 Round Closes: 31st of July 2024 Value: $1,000 to $4,000 Run By: Australian Rail Track Corporation Further Information: https://inlandrail.artc.com.au/opportunities/sponsorships-and-donations/

Since 2019, our sponsorships and donations program has benefitted more than 300 community projects in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria with grants worth more than $1 million.

In 2023, as per the updated Ministerial Interim Statement of Expectations, Inland Rail is now focused on building the Beveridge to Parkes section of the alignment while planning and approvals work will continue north of Parkes to Kagaru.

Whilst ARTC will continue to offer funding between $1000–$4000 for individuals and organisations in regional areas along the Inland Rail route, applications from areas where construction is underway will constitute a greater focus for the Community Sponsorships and Donations Program.

Funding will be available to short-term projects and activities that contribute to local and regional prosperity, wellbeing and sustainability, such as upgrading community facilities and equipment, implementing unique STEM projects in schools, mentoring and developing local business communities, and hosting community events.

Last Updated: 26th of February 2024
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Ski for Life - 2024 - Round 2 Grant Opened: 1st of May 2024 Closes: 31st of July 2024 Value: Undisclosed Run By: Ski for Life Further Information: https://www.skiforlife.com.au/grants

Ski for Life Inc is a group of people committed to raising awareness and promoting mental health, wellbeing and suicide prevention. Members share compassion and empathy for those impacted by suicide and passion and commitment to reducing the frightening statistics we find before them.

To help acheive this, they support projects for rural and remote communities throughout Australia that would benefit from awareness, promotion of mental health, wellbeing, and suicide prevention.

Last Updated: 26th of February 2024
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Telstra Footy Country Grants - 2024 - Round 4 Grant Opened: 13th of June 2024 - 3:01 pm Closes: 7th of August 2024 - 5:00 pm 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: 3rd of September 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 beginning after the 1st of December 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: 24th of March 2024
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The Hamer Sprout Fund Grant Closes: 30th of September 2024 Value: Up to $5,000 Run By: Australian Communities Foundation Further Information: https://www.thehamersproutfund.com/our-practice

The mission of the Hamer Family Sprout Fund is “to build communities inspired to take action for a sustainable future”.

Our aim is to support projects and organisations that:

  • Promote innovation in environmental education
  • Facilitate engagement in environmental action
  • Advocate for environmental sustainability
  • Foster collaboration between young people engaged in environmental leadership

A total of $25,000 is available for the Sprout Grants each year. Up to $5,000 is available per project, however more (up to $10,000) may be awarded in exceptional circumstances.

Groups or individuals may submit more than one application if they have a number of eligible projects. However, preference may be given to applicants that have not already been allocated a grant within the current funding round.

Last Updated: 19th of November 2023
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Skills Development Grants - 2024 Grant Ongoing Until Closes: 27th of October 2024 or until expended Value: Up to $4,000 Run By: Museums and Galleries NSW Further Information: https://mgnsw.org.au/sector/funding/grants-we-administer/volunteer-museum-grants/skills-development/

Skills Development Grants provide funding to volunteer museums, museum networks, and Aboriginal cultural spaces for regional or state focused skill development training and networking events involving more than one organisation.

There are no set categories for funding, and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered.

Skills Development Grants can be applied for at any time throughout the year, until the cut-off date of the 27 October 2024, or all funds are expended.

Skills Development Grant applications must be received by M&G NSW at least 6 weeks before the activity/event (e.g. conference, workshop, seminar) is scheduled to take place. Activities funded by 2024 Skills Development Grants must take place between March 2024 and January 2025. Acquittals are due two months after the activity.

Last Updated: 26th of February 2024
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Leg Up Grants - 2024 Grant Opened: 5th of February 2024 Closes: 27th of October 2024 or until funds expended Value: $50 to $500 (matched funding) Run By: Museums and Galleries NSW Further Information: https://mgnsw.org.au/sector/funding/grants-we-administer/volunteer-museum-grants/leg-up/

The Volunteer Museum Grant Program provides assistance to volunteer-initiated community museums and Aboriginal cultural spaces (such as cultural centres and Keeping Places) with collections and displays in NSW.

Leg Up Grants are “quick response” grants for volunteers in volunteer managed museums and Aboriginal cultural spaces who require financial assistance to attend some form of skills development activity, or to bring such an activity into their museum.

To apply for a Leg Up Grant, an organisation must:

  • Be incorporated (or provide the details of an auspicing body that is incorporated, such as a local council) OR provide evidence of appropriate alternative governance structures (eg. S355 Committee, Trust, Company limited by guarantee, Local government authority, etc.)
  • Be not-for-profit
  • Be an established museum, museum network (such as an AMaGA chapter), or Aboriginal cultural space, with a displayed collection (not an archive or historical society without a museum function)
  • Be regularly open to the public (i.e. not open by appointment only)
  • Have no more than the equivalent of two full-time paid positions
  • Provide a written commitment to contribute 50% of the overall costs of the project, thereby matching the amount funded by the Leg Up Grant
  • Agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the grant
  • Not apply for a VM Grant if they have also applied for, or received, Create NSW funding for the same activity
  • Ensure that the project meets all current NSW Health Covid Safe Guidelines.
Last Updated: 5th of April 2024
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Active and Creative Kids Vouchers - 2024 Grant Opened: 1st of February 2024 Closes: 31st of December 2024 Value: $50 to $100 Run By: Service NSW Further Information: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/active-and-creative-kids-voucher

From February 2024, eligible parents, guardians and carers of school-aged children can apply for a new voucher. This program to support eligible families with school-aged children to participate in sport, recreational, creative or cultural activities with registered providers.

The voucher is valued at $50 and:

  • will be available twice a year, starting from February 2024
  • can be used for eligible active or creative activities with registered providers
  • must be redeemed before the expiry date on the voucher.

You will be able to apply for a voucher if:

Last Updated: 23rd of January 2024
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State Heritage Emergency Works Grant Opened: 1st of July 2023 Closes: 30th of June 2025 Value: Up to $10,000 Run By: Heritage NSW Further Information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding/heritage-emergency-works

Supports the protection or repairs to gazetted Aboriginal Places, items listed on the State Heritage Register, or items with a current Interim Heritage Order that have been damaged by unexpected events (such as an extreme storm or accident) and where your insurance does not cover this cost.

No matched funding is required, and each listed item can only receive funding once for each unexpected event. Funding is available on an ongoing basis;however limited funding is available each financial year.

Last Updated: 24th of March 2024
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Cancer Patient Care Program Grant Opened: 2nd of April 2024 Closes: 1st of August 2025 - 2:00 pm Value: $400,000 to $1 Million Run By: Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care Further Information: https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=389ff82d-bebd-435b-9098-e101ce0fa0d8

This grant opportunity seeks to ensure that all Australian’s living with cancer have access to high-quality and culturally safe support throughout their cancer experience. Acknowledging the existing national cancer screening programs and funding provided for more commonly diagnosed cancers, this grant opportunity will prioritise activities that focus on increasing equity across tumour types and/or priority populations. 

The Cancer Patient Support Program (the Program) will support, one-off, time-limited activities that provide national leadership on emerging priorities across the cancer control continuum. 

Assessment and notification of outcomes will be divided into three Submission Periods during the life of this Program. Each Submission Period will include assessment of applications that have been submitted to the grant opportunity over the preceding Submission Period. 

  • Submission Period 1 will contain all applications submitted to the grant opportunity between the opening date and 2:00pm AEST on 14 May 2024.
  • Submission Period 2 will contain all applications submitted to the grant opportunity between 2:01pm AEST on 14 May 2024 and 2:00pm AEST on 18 September 2024.
  • Submission Period 3 will contain all applications submitted to the grant opportunity between 2:01pm AEST on 18 September 2024 and 2:00pm AEST on 1 August 2025. 

To be eligible you must be one of the following:

  • Indigenous Corporation (registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006)
  • a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation
  • Cancer advocacy groups
  • Community Organisations
  • Company
  • Cooperative
  • Incorporated Association
  • Statutory Entity, or
  • Partnership.

To be eligible, your grant activity must be for a project that will provide improved outcomes for Australian’s living with cancer. Your activity should:

  • provide access to high-quality and culturally safe resources and/or care throughout the cancer experience, where applicable;
  • be supported by evidence to align with a priority population group and/or increasing equity across tumour types;
  • align with the strategic objectives as identified in the Australia Cancer Plan and/or the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Plan; and
  • demonstrate national applicability.
Last Updated: 3rd of April 2024
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