Education Grants

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


Disability Strategy Innovation Program

The program will partner with schools to test innovative ideas that improve the learning and wellbeing of students with disability.

The Department will pilot ideas already underway in a school, or new ideas that haven’t been tested yet. They are looking for ideas that are innovative, measurable and scalable. Ideas could improve transitions, foster inclusion, test flexible approaches to resourcing or create better learning outcomes.

Funding will support the additional staffing and physical resources required to bring these innovative ideas to life through the design, implementation and evaluation of pilots.

Proposals are open to principals of all NSW Government schools including preschools. Principals are encouraged to consult with students, parents, teachers, support staff, and non-teaching staff when preparing their applications.

Principals can partner with other principals, early childhood providers or external stakeholders, such as a research partner, advocacy group or parents association. All school staff can join a webinar to find out more about the program and answer any questions.

School principals can submit proposals through the Innovation Program online application form until 21 February 2020.

For Program Guidelines, please click here.


Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Program: Community Languages Multicultural Grants Stream One in 2019-20 and 2020-21 (GO3396)

The objective of the grant is to support the administration of community language schools by providing funding based on student enrolment numbers to help cover school operating costs.

The Community Language Multicultural Grant aims to:

  • Support the maintenance, development and acquisition of languages other than English.
  • Connect young Australians to the languages and cultures of their community.
  • Enhance cross-cultural awareness and respect for cultural diversity.

The Australian Government announced $10 million over 2 years for the Community Languages Multicultural Grants. Stream One funding will include a base payment of $1,500 plus a per capita amount based on student enrolment numbers, capped at a maximum of $30,000 per school. Eligible students are 4-19 years and are Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents.

The money can be used for (but not limited to) wages, textbooks, computers, software, Working With Children Checks or professional courses.

To be eligible you must be a not-for-profit community language school that is legally registered in Australia.

For the purpose of this grant opportunity, a community language is defined as a language other than English that is used on a day-to-day basis by members of cultural/linguistic groups residing in Australia.

Closes 17 February 2020

Program Guidelines


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.    


Community STEM Engagement Grants 2020 (GO3380)

This grant is part of the Inspiring Australia Science Engagement Programme which funds a range of events, like National Science Week.

The aim of this grant is to foster creativity and support the development of STEM skills in students under 18 years of age through hands-on learning.  The goal is to encourage practical skills and entrepreneurial thinking, inspiring students to pursue STEM disciplines in their study and work.

Projects must be collaborative in nature, partnering with organisations such as libraries, private companies, schools and not-for-profit bodies.

Eligible activities include interactive workshops, exhibitions and the creation of resource packs.  

Eligible expenditure includes venue and equipment hire, domestic travel, tools and materials, graphic design, displays, advertising and promotion.  For guidance, see Appendix A in the guidelines.

Primary or secondary schools, as well as Parents and Citizens, Parents and Friends cannot apply, however, schools may benefit from activities.

The grant amount is a minimum of $20, 000 and a maximum of $100, 000 with a total pool of $1 million.

You must complete your project and submit it by 30 June 2022.

Closes 19 February 2020

For grant guidelines, please click here.