Education Grants

National Science Week Funding 2020

Grants between $2,000 and $5,000 are available to support the delivery of National Science Week (15-23 August 2020) activities.

Applicants must be committed to either founding or joining their region’s Science Hub. Initiatives that are collaborative, involve multiple partners and attract other sources of funding towards program of activity will be highly regarded.

First time applicants are advised to check whether there is a NSW Regional Science Hub in their region and to make contact with its lead organisation.

Northern Sydney Science Hub is the nearest Science Hub to Warringah
CSIRO, Willoughby City Council Library, Macquarie University, the Laboratories Credit Union, the National Measurement Institute, The Australian Astronomical Observatory, the Northern Beaches Council, scientist Yianni Mentis, Ku Ring Gai Council, Sydney Institute of Marine Science, Ku Ring Gai Council Library Network, Ryde Council and Chamber of Commerce and Mosaic Multicultural Centre.

Lead organisation: CSIRO
Contact: Selena Boyfield
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This funding should be used to support initiatives that bring together at least three of the following types of individuals and organisations:

- Local scientists
- Local government (e.g. councils, National Parks and Wildlife services, youth and family services)
- Business associations and chambers of commerce
- Schools, universities and TAFE colleges
- Arts and community organisations
- Local clubs and societies
- National Parks and Wildlife services and Landcare groups

National Science Week events and activities run by NSW Regional Science Hubs should have enduring benefits and must meet at least two of the following criteria:

- Inspiring young people to pursue an interest or aptitude in science.
- Extending networks and partnership opportunities in the region.
- Encouraging community participation and feedback.
- Encouraging diversity and inclusion in programming.
- Sharing science achievements and knowledge within the local community.
- Sustaining ongoing science activity programs without significant future grant funding.

One-off events from groups that do not have an intention of continuing to work together in the longer term will not be considered.

Closes Monday 20 April 2020. Applicants will be notified of the results by Friday 1 May 2020.

For Grant Guidlines, please click here.


Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER)

This program provides financial assistance for students in Years 4-12 travelling 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 1, 2020 grant applications closed on Friday 22 November 2019
  • Term 2, 2020: Monday 2 March 2020 - Friday 13 March 2020
  • Term 3, 2020: Monday 25 May 2020 - Friday 5 June 2020
  • Term 4, 2020: Monday 10 August 2020 - Friday 21 August 2020

To get more information or to register, please click.    


National Careers Institute Partnership Grants Round 1 (GO3828)

The National Careers Institute Partnership Grants program provides grants from $20,000 to $700,000 for up to 2 years to enhance partnerships with industry, employers, schools and tertiary institutions to deliver innovative career advisory products and services for people at all stages of their careers. This grant is to help in the transition to work.

The objectives of the program are to:
•improve the quality of, and access to, careers information and advice
•build an evidence-base for best practice career development
•demonstrate the value of career development
•increase knowledge and create greater awareness of career paths and career information
•develop and showcase innovative approaches to delivering career development services

The intended outcomes of the program are:
•enhanced career pathways that help all Australians to reach their full career potential
•increased understanding of skills sought by employers
•stronger collaboration in the delivery of careers information and advice
•improved quality of careers information and advice

Examples of the types of project we expect to fund under this program include, but are not limited to:
•establishing virtual workspaces with industry partners
•growing career advisor capacity and capability and industry engagement to new cohorts
•increasing the reach and impact of existing proven programs
•supporting career influencers to help career decision-makers
•research projects to inform government policy

Refer to the grant opportunity guidelines for further detail regarding eligible grant activities.

Preference will be given to projects that directly deliver innovative approaches to career development services, however research projects or scoping studies will also be eligible. Note that you will be required to justify the amount of funding you request against project scale and outcomes.

Total grant amount available $5 million

Closes 30 June 2020

For Grant Guidelines, please click here.