Education Grants

Sporting Schools

This is a government grant that is designed to help schools to increase children's participation in sport and to connect them with community sporting organisations.

To help achieve this, Sport Australia has partnered with more than 30 national sporting organisations (NSOs). There is a program for primary schools and a targeted program for Year 7 and 8 students in secondary schools.

For The Primary Schools Grant, funding amounts are usually between $1,000 and $3,600 per term.

For The Secondary School Grant, funding amounts are usually between $1,000 and $2,500 per term and are based on your expected overall participant numbers, as well as alignment of your planned program to the program goals in your grant application. 

Term 4, 2021
Monday 16 August 2021 (8 am AEST) - Friday 27 August 2021 (8 pm AEST)

For more information, please click here.


Sustainable Schools Grants

All NSW public schools and preschools to apply for funding up to $15,000 to deliver practical sustainability-focused projects that link to the NSW curriculum.

The grants are part of a four year, $10 million dollar program that gives schools the opportunity to develop and implement innovative hands-on projects that help students learn about environmentally sustainable practices and take real steps to enhance the sustainability of their school environment.

Teachers and Principals can find out more about the Sustainable School Grants on the department’s intranet.

To apply, schools must summarise their proposal in an online form and attach a Project Plan which sets out a budget, performance measurement and risk management processes. They also need the approval of their Principal or Director before applying.

Grant funding this year is merit-based and applications will be evaluated against the following criteria that the project demonstrates:

  • Improve sustainability outcomes in the local school/preschool environment including student involvement
  • Link to the NSW Curriculum
  • Provide opportunities for hands-on student activities to learn about sustainability
  • Building knowledge and collaborative partnerships around sustainability at the school and with a wide range of stakeholders such as Environmental Education Centres, P&C committees, community members, Councils, Local Land Councils and other organisations.
  • Originality or innovation
  • Adequate project planning of risks, timelines, performance measurement and reporting, ongoing management of program and links to existing school plans
  • Value for money.

Opens Term 4, 2021

For grant guidelines, please click here.


National Careers Institute Partnership Grants – Round Two

Grants from $20,000 to $525,000 for up to 18 months are available to assist organisations to deliver innovative career guidance services for people at all stages of their careers.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • improve the quality of, and access to, locally-based, personalised career guidance
  • demonstrate the value of career guidance to those seeking to re-enter the workforce, change or further develop their careers, primary school students and students in years 7 to 10
  • increase knowledge and create greater awareness of career paths and career guidance
  • develop and deliver innovative locally-based approaches to delivering career guidance services.

This funding round will support locally based, face-to-face (including virtual face-to-face) career guidance projects, activities and services and is aimed at supporting:

  • adults looking to re-enter the workforce or change careers, or people developing their career
  • primary school students and their influencers (such as parents, carers and peers)
  • students in years 7 to 10 and their influencers (such as parents, carers and peers).

Organisations that can apply:

Incorporated not for profits

Primary or secondary schools

Local government agencies

State/Territory Government agency or body

Note: Government schools without an ABN may apply using their state or territory department’s ABN.

Closes 23 June 2021

For grant guidelines, 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.

Students must visit three of the four mandatory national institutions:

  • 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).
  • The National Electoral Education Centre(including booking into an education program offered).

In the event that a mandatory institution is fully booked (evidence of this in writing is required), then a school can request to attend one of the following non-mandatory national institutions:

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

Rebates are paid per student 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.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the school sector and the number of schools required to reschedule their PACER excursions in 2020, if in the event that a mandatory institution is fully booked, then a PACER program at an alternative institution may be booked. Written evidence that the mandatory institution is fully booked is required for this to be deemed eligible. Please refer to the website for more information on the eligibility exemption policy.

For more information, please visit PACER or email [email protected]


Impact Investment Ready - Growth Grant 

The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant equips for-profit and not-for-profit organisations with the support they need to create tangible social outcomes.  The fund allows them to secure investment capital to fast-track the growth and scale of their project which will solve a predominantly Australia-based social problem.

The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grants are funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) Sector Readiness Fund and the following trusts in Equity Trustee's SIP Program; Trudy and Florence Williams Charitable Trust, managed by Equity Trustees and The Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation (LMCF).

Grant decisions are made by an independent panel of experts.

Applications are encouraged from all organisations that focus on one or more of the following outcome areas:
•Early Childhood & Education
•Employment, Training & Participation
•Housing & Local Amenity
•Physical Health & Disability
•Family, Communities & Inclusion
•Mental Health & Well-being
•Income & Financial Inclusion
•Indigenous People.

Grants up to $140,000 are available.

Expressions of Interest are accepted on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.


Industry PhD Program

iMOVE is Australia’s leading applied research centre in the transportation and mobility sector. They help businesses and government tackle transport-related challenges by connecting and activating the ideas, people, and resources to get things moving.

This program links businesses with universities and PhD students to work on an agreed topic over a three-year period. The student receives academic and iMOVE support, access to additional professional development activities, as well as financial assistance.

Companies can form iMOVE Industry PhD projects by:

  • Coming up with topics/thoughts and finding the right university/student 
  • Talking to existing iMOVE university partners directly to develop a project
  • Universities can approach industry/government partners to develop a project idea before applying to iMOVE.

Visit the Transport Research Activities page for a guide as to which research topics fall within iMOVE areas of interest.

Contact us with any questions about how to progress an idea.

PhD funding is $40,000 a year for a maximum of three years, which includes the student stipend and a travel and materials allowance for the project. The industry/government partner contributes $20,000 per annum, the remaining $20,000 is contributed by iMOVE and the university combined.

Who is eligible?

  • Any ‘industry’ participant (business/government) – you don’t need to be an existing iMOVE CRC partner
  • Universities must be one of the 17 that is an iMOVE partner

This program is open on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.


COVID-19 free preschool funding program for community and mobile preschools

The temporary COVID-19 free preschool funding program has been extended throughout 2021 to continue to support families with the cost of living pressures and to support the ongoing provision of 600 hours of early childhood education in the year before school.

Funding will be provided as a top-up payment to replace a high proportion of estimated fee income. In turn, services are required to provide at least 15 hours of fee-free preschool per week for families. Start Strong funding for community preschools and mobile preschool contract funding is provided in addition to any funding under this program. Payments received under the Australian Government’s JobKeeper program will be taken into account before any additional funding support is provided under this program.

Start Strong funded community preschools and mobile preschools on contracts are eligible to opt in to receive funding under this program.

Approved Providers who have opted into the program during 2020 will still need to opt-in for the program in 2021. Services that did not opt in to the program in 2020 are able to opt into the program in 2021.

The COVID-19 free preschool funding program is a temporary funding program designed to replace a high proportion of estimated fee income so that free preschool can be offered.

Preschools set their own fees, and as a result, fees vary widely.

It is important to ensure that funding is provided equitably, and is focused on those families and communities most in need.

The amount of funding provided to each service will be based on the characteristics of the service and the children attending the service.

  • Services in lower socioeconomic areas (SEIFA bands 1-8) will receive 100% of the calculated fee income per term for 2021.
  • 100% of the calculated fee income will also be provided for all equity children, that is, regardless of the socio-economic profile of the area (all SEIFA bands).
  • For services in higher socioeconomic areas (SEIFA bands 9-18), a minimum of 80% of calculated fee income will be provided to services.
  • In circumstances in which enrolments have declined (as per the August 2020 census), services will not receive less funding per term in 2021 than they did per term in 2020.

Funding is provided for children eligible for funding under the Start Strong guidelines for community preschools. Eligible children are those who are at least 3 years old on or before 31 July in that preschool year and not in compulsory schooling and are attending an early childhood education program.

As was the case in 2020, to prevent duplication of funding, final payments to services will also take into account any payments the service may be receiving from the Australian Government’s JobKeeper Payment scheme.

For grant guidelines, please click here.



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