Click on the following links to find the most suitable grant available for your needs or that of your organisation.
The Grant Finder directory has information about federal, state and local government funding programs.
Boroondara Community Development Grants
The Boroondara Annual Community Development Grants provide funding of up to $10,000 to community organisations, groups and clubs for one-off projects and equipment purchases that support community strengthening initiatives and improve the quality of life of Boroondara residents.For further information click here or email communitygrants@
Commonwealth Bank Community Grants
This year the Commonwealth Bank is awarding $2 million in community grants to organisations across Australia that are improving the health and wellbeing of young Australians. Applications for the 2015 Commonwealth Bank Community Grants program close on 27 February 2015. More information about the grants can be found here.
RACV Community Foundation
The RACV Community Foundation delivers vital funds to not-for-profit community groups. Grants of up to $10,000 help grassroots organisations deliver local projects that help improve the lives of people in need throughout Victoria. Since 1997, the Foundation has approved grants worth over $2 million to approximately 400 Victorian charities. More information about the grants can be found here.
Leader Local Grants
Leader Newspapers is giving away financial grants to support ideas that will help improve our local community. If you have an idea that will make your community a better place to live, why not apply for a Leader Local Grant. There are three grant cycles and in each grant cycle, up to $33,000 worth of grants may be awarded. This is broken down into 33 grants of up to $1,000 each. Further information including eligibility can be found here
Multicultural Commission Grants
Victorian Multicultural Commission
LaunchVic is an independent State Government corporation that provides grants to start-up incubators and accelerators to help transform great ideas into viable start-ups. Further information can be found here.
Australia Post offers eligible registered charities and community organisations grants of between $1,000 and $25,000 to support local projects through its Our Neighbourhood grant program. The program seeks to assist local communities, regional and remote communities, socially disadvantaged, Indigenous Australians, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, people living with a disability and small businesses. Further information can be found here.
Community Heritage Grants
Under the National Library of Australia’s Community Heritage Grants program, grants of up to $15,000 are available to not-for-profit community organisations, such as historical societies, museums and public libraries, to assist in the preservation of nationally significant heritage collections. Guidelines for the Community Heritage Grants program can be found here.
The Department of Planning and Community Development’s Find a Grant lists a large number of Victorian government grants by area of interest and by program. Grants are available for a wide range of groups and projects including volunteers, sporting groups, community infrastructure and multicultural events. The Grants Information Line (phone 1300 366 356) staffed by Information Victoria can provide general information about programs and funding.
- Arts Victoria funding for individuals and arts organisations.
- Local History Grants Program (LHGP) administered by the Public Record Office Victoria.
- Sport and Recreation Victoria funding.
- Heritage Grants to support the maintenance, use and education of heritage sites in the state.
- The Victorian Multicultural Commission provides community grants.
- ANZ Trustees provides a listing of a wide number of funds and foundations providing grants in different areas.
- Australian Communication Exchange (ACE) provides funding for projects by non-profit organisations which benefit the deaf, hearing or speech impaired in the community.
- The Business Enterprise Centres (BEC) Australia website provides information on grants that may be available to business.
- Charities Aid Foundation allows charitable organisations to be placed on a registry to be matched with corporate donors and sponsors.
- Comic Relief Australia grants are managed through Volunteering Australia and are available for a wide range of not for profit organisations.
- The Community Enterprise Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group.
- The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal aims to take a leadership role in assisting regional, rural and remote communities to respond to social, cultural and economic change. The FRRR administers a number of funding programs and grants.
- The Ian Potter Foundation – The Ian Potter Foundation makes grants across a broad range of sectors and endeavours. Grants are managed through nine program areas: Arts, Community Wellbeing, Education, Environment & Conservation, Health & Disability, Medical Research, Science, Travel, and Conference.
- The JASON postgraduate scholarship search engine is a scholarships database for Australian students wishing to study at home or abroad, and for international students wishing to study in Australia.
Landcare Australia offers grants through a number of programs.
- Macquarie Group Foundation As the philanthropic arm of Macquarie Group, the Macquarie Group Foundation supports a range of community programs around the world. The Foundation contributes meaningfully to the communities in which our staff live and work in Australasia, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
- The Mercy Foundation provides support for organisations involved in reducing inequality and poverty in Australia.
- The Myer Foundation and The Sidney Myer Fund As two key entities of Myer family philanthropy the funds engage with the community to promote a just, creative, enlightened, caring and sustainable Australia.
- National Australia Bank provides regular community grants to organisations nominated by employees.
- NRMA Insurance Community Grants Program: grants for crime and injury prevention, emergency services and the environment. In Western Australia the program operates under SGIO and in South Australia under SGIC.
- Optus Connecting Communities Grants Program provides grants to organisations to help reduce social isolation and to reconnect disengaged youth.