Education Grants

Start Strong Capital Works Grant

Research shows that children who participate in a quality early childhood education program for at least 600 hours in the year before school are more likely to start school equipped with the social, cognitive and emotional skills they need to engage in learning.

Grant-based funding allows the use of innovative approaches to improve access to quality services and increase community preschool places.

The $20 million Start Strong Capital Works grants program aims to increase the number of 600-hour community preschool places available in areas of need and demand.

Eligible services can apply for funding through this program to:
•Build a new centre-based community preschool
•Extend an existing centre-based community preschool
•Renovate premises for a centre-based community preschool
•Purchase a motor vehicle for an existing mobile preschool
•Respond to a crisis situation with a capital works project

Capital Works grants will be awarded through a competitive assessment process.

To be eligible to apply, service providers must:
•be registered or incorporated in NSW
•be a not for profit organisation or association, or a local government entity
•have appropriate governance mechanisms and sound financial management
•hold, or will hold a valid Provider Approval to operate an early childhood education service in NSW (Provider Approval must be obtained within 12 months of receiving notification of the successful outcome of the grant application)
•operate, or will operate, a center-based community preschool service with a valid Service Approval (Service providers intending to operate an early childhood education centre must obtain Service Approval within 12 months of receiving notification of the successful outcome of the grant application)
•comply with the requirements of applicable national and state laws and regulations for the relevant service type (e.g. the Early Childhood Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010, Children (Education and Care Services National Law Application) Act 2010
•applicants applying for funding to purchase a motor vehicle must currently operate a mobile preschool service in NSW with a fixed-term mobile preschool funding contract with the NSW Department of Education.

Closes 23 August 2020 

For grant guidelines, please click here.


Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER)

This program provides financial assistance for students in Years 4-12 traveling to Australia's national democratic, historical and cultural institutions in Canberra.

Three of the four mandatory national institutions must be visited. These are:

  • Parliament House (including taking a guided educational tour and, wherever possible, participating in a Parliamentary Education Office Program and meeting their local Member/Senator)
  • The Australian War Memorial (including booking an education program or self-guided tour)
  • The Museum of Australian Democracy
  • and/or the National Electoral Education Centre (including booking into an education program offered).

If one of these institutions is fully booked (evidence of this in writing is required), then a school can request to attend one of the following:

  • Government House
  • High Court of Australia
  • National Archives of Australia
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Museum of Australia

Rebates are paid on a sliding scale, with more money paid to schools further away from Canberra. 
Applications should be made at least three weeks before the excursion. Funding is limited, therefore, it is recommended that the application is done as soon as possible.

For more information, please visit PACER or email


Sporting Schools

Whether you are looking to register your school and apply for funding, or if you are a teacher looking to deliver sporting activities in your school, you can join Sporting Schools and access over 30 national sporting organisations (NSOs) to help your school community get moving.

Sporting Schools is a $240 million Australian Government initiative designed to help schools to increase children's participation in sport, and to connect them with community sporting opportunities.

Sporting Schools provides a program for all primary schools and a targeted program for Year 7 and 8 students in secondary schools which aims to:

  • Improve children’s fundamental movement skills to encourage lifelong participation in physical activity
  • Increase the awareness of the value of sport in schools
  • Engage children in high-quality sporting programs
  • Connect children with sport in their local communities
  • Develop the capability and capacity of sport to drive nationwide participation growth

Funding amounts include a base amount determined by your whole school enrolment, plus an amount for your expected overall participant numbers.  Funding amounts are usually between $1,000 and $3,600 per term.

Special Circumstances funding is also available to assist schools with additional costs due to location or demographics. 

Application open dates - 2020

  • Term 4, 2020: Monday 10 August 2020 - Friday 21 August 2020

To get more information or to register, please click.    


2020 NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship scheme (GO3917)

The NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship scheme funds successful applicants to attain a research-based postgraduate degree (Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Research Masters Degree).

The objective of the Postgraduate Scholarship scheme is to support outstanding graduates early in their careers so they can be trained to conduct health and medical research that is internationally competitive.

The intended outcome of the Postgraduate Scholarship scheme is to build research capacity within Australia. Applications will only be accepted from NHMRC approved Administering Institutions. A list is available at

The total grant amount is $7 million.

Closes 8 July 2020

For grant guidelines, please click here.