Tender/ Grant Writing Workshop


QCOSS Events: Tender writing workshops

Queensland wide
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 12:00pm to Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 3:00pm
Queensland wide

Need help writing successful grant or funding applications?

Looking for tips to make your funding applications stand out?

Want to know more about Skilling Queenslanders for Work and how to apply for funding?

Come along to one of our tender writing workshops. We can help you develop a proposal that gives you the best chance of success in a competitive funding environment and when applying for Skilling Queenslanders for Work.
QCOSS is again partnering with the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training to deliver workshops across the state to help community based organisations respond effectively to funding applications. 
While the workshop will focus on Skilling Queenslanders for Work, the tips learned will certainly help you with other funding proposals or grant applications.

Why come to the workshop?

If you're new to grant writing we'll give you a process and some tools to help you write a great funding application every time.
If you're an experienced tender writer we'll give you some checklists to save time, as well as tips to take your funding applications to the next level and improve your success rate.
If you've been thinking about applying for Skilling Queenslanders for Work funding we'll give you some inside tips on what the department is really looking for in funding applications.
If you've applied for Skilling Queenslanders for Work before we'll give you some reminders about how you can make your application stand out from the crowd.
There will also be an opportunity to network with people from other organisations in your region and share your ideas about regional priorities and opportunities.

What's covered in the workshop?

  • developing a methodology for writing tenders
  • how to make your response stand out
  • what sort of evidence can you use and how to build it up
  • establishing value for money
  • how to address the assessment criteria
  • key pitfalls in writing funding applications
  • checklists and resources

What's not covered?

The workshop won’t cover details about each of the different SQW programs, how to use the SQW Apps application portal or general information that will be covered in the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training Information Sessions.

Who should attend?

People from community services organisations who have little or no experience in writing funding applications and have to do it as part of their job.

Experienced tender writers looking for tips to improve their funding applications and improve their success rates.

Employees at community organisations who are responsible for writing funding applications for Skilling Queenslanders for Work and are looking for information on how to make their applications stand out.

If you've attended one of our SQW workshops in the past there will be some updated content and new tools, so come along for a refresher.

Register now

Places are limited so be sure to register now.


Monday 18 March
10:00am to 1:30pm
Register for the Logan workshop here

Sunshine Coast
Tuesday 19 March
10:00am to 1:30pm
Register for the Sunshine Coast here


Further venues to be confirmed. If you would like to express interest in a workshop in your area email QCOSS Events.




Disaster Assistance



Disaster Assistance for Non-profit organisations

Eligible to:    Not-for-profits 

Funding:       $0 - $105,000

Round:          Ongoing

The objective of this assistance measure, provided under the disaster recovery funding arrangements, is to support communities to recover after an eligible disaster.

The Disaster Assistance Loans Scheme provides concessional loans to non-profit organisations whose assets have been significantly damaged as a direct result of an eligible disaster.

Non-profit organisations whose assets have been significantly damaged as a direct result of an eligible disaster may be able to access low interest loans of up to $100,000.

Loans are provided for re-establishing the normal operations of the non-profit organisation.

What assistance is available?

Loan funds are provided to re-establish normal operations, this includes:

  • repairing or replacing damaged plant and equipment 
  • repairing or restoring essential premises, including – grounds, amenities and infrastructure 
  • supplying stock for up to one month to replace lost stock and maintain liquidity of the organisation 

Loan funds are not provided to compensate for loss of income suffered as a result of the disaster.


Disaster Assistance (Essential Working Capital) Loans for non-profits

Eligible to:    Not-for-profits 

Funding:       $0 - $100,000

Round:          Ongoing

The objective of this assistance measure, provided under the disaster recovery funding arrangements, is to support communities to recover after an eligible disaster.

The Essential Working Capital Loans Scheme provides concessional loans to non-profit organisations who have suffered a significant loss of income as a result of an eligible disaster.

Loans are provided for continuing the normal operations of the non-profit organisation.

Available funding:

The maximum loan amount is $100,000; and 

  • the amount available is based on an assessment of an applicant’s financial position, including any amount recovered under an insurance policy; and
  • cannot be more than the amount of essential working capital reasonably required.

How funding may be used:

Loan funds provided are to be used as essential working capital, this includes: 

  • paying salaries or wages 
  • paying creditors
  • paying rent or rates
  • buying goods, for example – fuel essential to carry-on the non-profit activities

Loan funds are not provided to:

  • compensate for loss of income suffered as a result of the disaster; or
  • provide assistance relating to direct damage suffered as a result of the disaster







Ignite Ideas Fund

Eligible to:  Businesses

Funding:       $ 0 - $250,000

Round:          Closes 25 March, 2019

The Ignite Ideas Fund supports startups and small to medium Queensland businesses to commercialise market ready innovative ideas that will help them grow and compete in a global market and create new jobs.

The Ignite Ideas Fund aims to:

  • strengthen key industries in Queensland
  • diversify the Queensland economy
  • engage and/or benefit regional Queensland
  • create new jobs today and in the future
  • help Queensland businesses compete in global markets.


Mazda Foundation Grant Program

Eligible to:  Not-For-Profits

Funding:       $ 0 - $250,000

Mazda Foundation are dedicated to enriching Australian communities. Fostering a spirit of community involvement, the foundation supports a broad range of charitable projects with assistance and funding.

The Mazda Foundation aims to provide financial aid for community advancement, such as the improvement of education and employment skills, development of technology and the protection of the environment.

The Foundation periodically identifies a priority area of focus. The Foundation currently has two priority areas of focus, being:

Children with physical &/or mental disabilities: Projects by community based organisations to support children with physical and/or mental disabilities or their carers, particularly projects seeking to address social isolation experienced by such children and their carers (For the avoidance of doubt, this Priority Area of Focus does not include research projects).

Elderly people suffering mental disabilities: Projects by community based organisations to support elderly people suffering from mental disabilities (including dementia) or their carers, particularly projects seeking to address social isolation experienced by such elderly persons and their carers (For the avoidance of doubt, this Priority Area of Focus does not include research projects).


Queensland Citizen Science Grants

Eligible to:   Not-for-Profits | Businesses

Funding:        $30,000

Round:          Closes 25 March, 2019

The Queensland Citizen Science Grants are offered to increase community participation in citizen science projects and for scientists and citizen scientists to work in partnership to increase scientific knowledge.

Projects vary in how citizen scientists contribute, and there are many ways in which people can take part in scientific investigations – from formulating questions, to collecting samples (samples could include scats, weeds, taking photographs, recording sounds) and analysing data as well as writing and disseminating outcomes.

As with any scientific research, citizen science projects should have a project leader and explicit scientific objectives and outcomes resulting in credible, reliable data that will be shared (as appropriate) with participants, the science community, and the broader public.

The types of citizen science activities eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:

  • delivering a new citizen science project: the project leader conducts project design research (including prototyping) with anticipated community stakeholders, and develops a project that engages community members to collect and/or analyse samples or data. There must be a demonstrated need for new projects and we encourage applicants to reach out to collaborate with other existing projects
  • enhancing an existing project: the project leader of a well-established project aims to extend duration, collaborations, reach, citizen scientist activities, and/or other aspects of project scope
  • developing communications to increase engagement: developing or enhancing a website or producing a media/social media campaign (may involve video production) to recruit interest and participation in a new or existing project during the project timeline designing new technology: developing software (such as a mobile app) or hardware (such as camera traps, sample collection tools) to help in data or sample collection or data analysis—this is then used by citizen scientists as part of the project
  • training and resource creation: developing training materials, teaching citizen scientists and then guiding them through a new/existing project, including activities such as collecting samples or analysing data.


International Relations Grants: Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR)

Eligible to:   Not-for-Profits | Local/State/Territory Governments | Universities

Funding:        $10,000 - $50,000

Round:          Closes 28 March, 2019

COALAR grants are part of the International Relations Grants Program and are intended to provide seed funding to innovative projects relevant to the aims and objectives of the Council. This includes proposals which demonstrate potential for the development of long term linkages between individuals and institutions in Australia and their counterparts in Latin America.

The objectives of the Council on Australia Latin America Relations are:

  • Enhanced and strengthened links between Australia and Latin America, particularly in the areas of mutual economic support (encompassing two way trade and investment), education, sustainability and applied research, sport, culture and tourism, aligned closely with the policy of economic diplomacy 
  • Closer engagement at a corporate level between Australia and Latin America 
  • Increased engagement with and understanding of Australia in Latin America, and of Latin America in Australia and 
  • The provision of advice to government about opportunities that will enhance the Australia – Latin America relationship.

The Council supports activities that promote:

  • Latin America and Australia’s business capabilities, including in integrated management of energy, water, sustainability, agriculture and mining – and in development of infrastructure; building – where possible on opportunities to extend interest and linkages between Australia and Latin America on public policy issues and administration 
  • Australia’s economic credentials in terms of the ways and means by which Australian governments and public sectors facilitate the sound operation and growth of the Australian economy 
  • Australia as a competitive, high quality tourist destination 
  • Australia’s profile as a competitive and high quality provider of education and that encourage linkages between Australian schools, TAFEs, colleges and universities with Latin American institutions 
  • Showcasing Australia's academic and science institutions as a potential source of direct or collaborative research and innovation where capabilities and strengths align with Latin American institutions. Tropical medicine and agribusiness, health, innovation and the digital economy have been highlighted as of current interest 
  • public diplomacy and cultural activities in Latin America which showcase Australia as a diverse and dynamic society – and a willing collaborator – in performing arts, visual arts, literature, fashion and food among others and 
  • supporting sports diplomacy and cooperation activities in Latin America that create or extend linkages and exchange from community to elite level.


With one Voice Community Choir Start-Up Grants

Eligible to:   Not-for-Profits | Businesses |Unincorporated Groups | Schools | Individuals

Funding:        $1,000 - $10,000

Round:          Closes 29 March, 2019

The purpose of this grant is to enable individuals and community groups to develop sustainable With One Voice Social Franchises through establishing a community choir.

To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Creativity Australia is offering grants of up to $10,000 to people or groups who are wanting to start their own With One Voice choir. Only 10 of these grants are available, and all must be awarded before 30 June 2019.

Applications will be assessed on a first-come basis. You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.

Local community groups, social businesses and not-for-profits wanting to promote social inclusion and tackle loneliness, isolation, depression and disadvantage in their community are invited to apply.


Family and Communities Funding

Eligible to:   Not-for-Profits | Businesses | Not-for-Profits

Funding:        $30,000 - $350,000

Round:          Closes 29 March, 2019

Applicants can apply for funding of between $30,000 (12 month project) up to $350,000 for a two (2) to three (3) year program.

The Foundation's two key priority areas for funding are Families and Communities, and projects which may focus on -

Health and Wellbeing Initiatives  
For example:

  • Practical Interventions aimed at strengthening family health, nutrition and lifestyle (current partner University of Newcastle’s Healthy Youngsters Healthy Dads program);
  • Research designed to provide insight and answers to some of society’s most pressing health problems (current partner Hunter Medical Research Institute’s Modafinil stroke recovery trial).

Education, Employment and Training Initiatives  
For example: 

  • Programs aimed at supporting young adults to remain engaged in mainstream educational opportunities (current partner Clontarf Foundation’s Academy program for Indigenous young males);
  • Activities designed to assist the disadvantaged and marginalised to gain skills and/or qualifications (current partner OzHarvest’s NEST program).


Harcourts Foundation Grants

Eligible to:   Not-for-Profits 

Funding:        $Undisclosed

Round:          Closes 31 March, 2019

No matter the size of your organisation, the Harcourts Foundation not only gives back to those affected by large scale cataclysmic disasters but to charitable community organisations or assists with helping individuals in need. 

  • Grants applications must be requested for a specific event, project or initiative.
  • Requests for the event, project, item, or initiative must be scheduled to occur within four months of the upcoming Grant decision meeting date (meetings are held in the month following the end of the quarter).
  • Grants will not be given for items already purchased or events/initiatives/projects already held.
  • If the Grant is not used for the purpose for which it was applied, we will request that you return it so we can provide it to another deserving group.
  • We may ask for supporting documents such as quotes, references etc.
  • If you are a branch of an organisation where another branch has been successful in achieving a Grant from us in the past, this does not mean you automatically qualify for a Grant. Each application will be considered independently based on funds available and circumstances at the time.
  • If you are successful, please do not apply within the next 18 months, as we would like to assist other organisations.
  • You may apply as a national or regional organisation, however your application must be for a specific community event, project, item, or initiative that fits the criteria.


Brisbane Airport Community Giving Fund

Eligible to:   Not-for-Profits 

Funding:        $1,000

Round:          Closes 31 March, 2019

The Brisbane Airport Community Giving Fund provides cash grants to community groups, organisations and schools working hard to make our city and our state a better place.

If you are a school or community group that provides health and wellbeing, safety, sport, education, environment or other community benefits, you may be eligible to apply. Simply select ‘The Giving Fund’ when completing your online application below, and tell us in 1,000 words or less (or provide a video link) as to how your group will benefit from a cash grant.


Growth Grant

Eligible to:   Not-for-Profits | Businesses 

Funding:       $0 - $100,000

Round:        Closes 01 April, 2019

The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant provides impact businesses and mission-driven organisations with grants of up to $100,000 for business, financial, legal and other capacity building support from providers to secure investment.

Growth Grants were created in recognition of the potential for impact investing to change the way Australia addresses social issues and the important role that access to capital can play in delivering better outcomes for people and communities. They support enterprises that are high growth, can deliver positive social outcomes and have the potential to secure capital investment.


All grant funds must be used to pay for capacity building services from external intermediaries (Providers) that are directly related to your investment readiness and securing capital.

The support financed by the grant must get you all the way to your capital raise. The support needed is largely dependent on the characteristics of your organisation, but often includes:

  • Financial modelling and preparation of the investment case
  • Preparation of term sheets, legal documentation and information memorandum
  • Review of the organisation’s constitution and legal structuring
  • Liaison with and introductions to investors


ING Direct - Dreamstarter Program

Eligible to:   Not-for-Profits | Businesses | Unincorporated | Individuals

Funding:       $ Undisclosed

Round:        Closes 05 April, 2019

The ING DIRECT Dreamstarter community is here to provide knowledge, support and funding to help a wide range of social projects - from empowering refugees and migrants with training and employment in the fashion industry to reducing the cost of illegal graffiti on communities by investing in legal street art - these projects affect real change in the communities we live in.

There are hundreds of social entrepreneurs in Australia with the ideas and energy to create positive change in the world. The problem is, without proper support, getting these projects off the ground so everyone can realise their potential can be difficult.

Exactly how does Dreamstarter help?

ING DIRECT is a catalyst for change and for inspiring the Dreamstarter community, through:

  • Crowdfunding & Support
    • By spreading the word about the impact they're having on their communities, to get more people involved.
    • Helping social projects use the power of crowdfunding to get their businesses off the ground.
  • Grants for Growth
    • Providing grants to boost and grow projects when they're up and running.
  • Bursaries
    • Giving bursaries to help the next generation of social entrepreneurs build their capacity and turn their big ideas into fully-fledged community projects.



Dreams for a Better World Community Grant

Eligible to:   Not-for-Profits |  Individuals

Funding:       $5,000 - $50,000

Round:        Closes 05 April, 2019

Sunsuper's community grants are here to give you the leg up, a helping hand to make your dream a reality.

Win a share of $150,000 in grants from Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better World program and help make a difference in your local community.

The judges look for eligible dreams that will make a difference to the lives of other Australians and have a positive impact on the community. Tell us about your grassroots community group or not-for-profit organisation and how you would spend a grant of up to $50,000 to make your dream a reality.

There are three rounds for community grants and each round has a different theme.

  • Round 1: Better Living - Applications close April 5 2019

We're looking for dreams that improve the lives or living standards of other Australians.

It may be a community development program to create more affordable housing or help our ageing population or new-comers to Australia. Or your dream may help kids and families in need or simply create a better environment for a more sustainable world. Dream big and tell us how your not-for-profit organisation can help others live better.

  • Round 2: Brighter Futures - Applications close 21 June 2019

Does your dream empower others to learn and earn to have a brighter future?

Tell us if you need funding for education initiatives or to create jobs for those in need, or improve financial wellbeing and affordability for Australians. We're also looking for dreams that enhance employment opportunities, or offer training and support to those who need a helping hand to get into or back to work.

  • Round 3: Active Community - Applications close 13 September 2019

Let's create active and healthy communities across Australia.

If you're looking for sports grants to help people of all ages and abilities be more active, or to improve the health and fitness of those in your community, apply for our Active Community grant. Or if you have a dream to create more active communities through health initiatives, wellbeing programs or by tackling medical issues faced by the wider community we also want to hear from you.



Get Started Vouchers

Eligible to:   Not-for-Profits | Individuals

Funding:       $0 - $100,000

Round:        Closes 06 April, 2019

Get Started Vouchers is one of the funding programs that comprise the Queensland Government’s Get in the Game initiative to support sport and active recreation at the grassroots level.

Get Started Vouchers assists children and young people who can least afford or may otherwise benefit from joining a sport or active recreation club. Eligible children and young people are provided with a voucher

1 valued up to $150, which can be redeemed at a sport or recreation club that is registered for Get Started Vouchers.

A maximum of $150 (GST exclusive) per voucher is available to help pay the cost of sport or recreation membership and/or participation fees

2. There is a limit of one voucher per child/young person per calendar year.

Who are referral agents?

Children and young people who do not or whose parents, carers or guardians do not have a valid Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card (at the time of application) may be eligible for the program if they are recommended by two referral agents that hold different positions. Referral agents are people who hold the following positions:

  • police officer/police liaison officer
  • school principal/guidance counsellor 
    • teachers are no longer eligible to be a referral agent
  • youth justice coordinator/case worker/manager
  • Government officer who holds an Identified position and regularly engages with Indigenous clients
  • health promotion worker/officer employed by a Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) member organisation or Primary Health Networks.

Children and young people who hold, or parent, carer or guardian holds, a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card should apply using their registered card.

What are the referral criteria?

Referral agents assist with identifying children and young people who would benefit from payment of membership/participation fees so they can participate in sport/active recreation.

Referral agents must meet the following criteria to refer a child or young person:

  • child/young person cannot be an immediate family member
  • child/young person cannot be referred to a club where the referral agent is involved as a member or employee
  • must have known the child/young person for a period of 12 months or longer
  • must be able to demonstrate the reasons why the child/young person has been referred
  • is not an employee of Sport and Recreation Services, Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing.

To be eligible for referral, an application must be endorsed by two referral agents who hold different positions.


Queensland Seniors Week Grant

Eligible to:   Not-for-Profits | Local Government | Schools

Funding:       $0 - $1,000

Round:        Closes 07 April, 2019

The purpose of the subsidy is to provide support to host events and activities held during Queensland Seniors Week, 17-25 August 2018.

The Queensland Seniors Week subsidy is to provide support for events and activities, and it should be considered that the subsidy will not fund the total cost of the event.

For example: If the total cost of your event is $2,000, your organisation can apply for $1,000 and must match the other $1,000.

All funded events and activities must be held in Queensland between Saturday 17 August and Sunday 25 August 2019.

Program Objectives

The five objectives of the 2018 Queensland Seniors Week Subsidy are to:

  1. Improve community attitudes towards older Queenslanders and ageing 
  2. Empower older Queenslanders to connect to inclusive events and activities by producing multicultural, intergenerational or lifestyle events/activities for older Queenslanders in their communities 
  3. Create opportunities for older Queenslanders to continue to participate in activities outside of Queensland Seniors Week
  4. Empower older Queenslanders to live active and healthy lives with improved physical and mental wellbeing
  5. Enhance opportunities for older Queenslanders to continue to learn through community education, lifelong learning, and digital literacy

Queensland Seniors Week subsidised events and activities should be inclusive of all, and accessible to the diversity of older people including: 

  • Aboriginal, Torres Strait, and South Sea Islander people 
  • People from Culturally and Linguistically Divers (CALD) backgrounds 
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex (LGBTI) people 
  • People of all ages (intergenerational) 
  • People with disability 


Education Funding

Eligible to:   Not-for-Profits 

Funding:       $ 0 - $30,000

Round:         EOI Closes 17 April, 2019

The Ian Potter Foundation Education program focuses on improving outcomes for children aged 0-8 years acknowledging that early interventions have the greatest long-term impact. 

The Ian Potter Foundation Education program focuses on improving educational outcomes for children (0–8 years) through initiatives in early childhood and the early years of primary school.


  • To support innovative programs delivered to young children (ages 0–8) that aim to improve school readiness (as measured by the AECD) and/or foster parental engagement in their children's learning
  • To support the development of evidence and shared measurement tools for the early childhood sector.

The Foundation only considers grant applications in excess of $100,000 in this program area.

Applicants are required to speak with a Program Manager before submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).

The Foundation rarely awards the full amount of any project. Please ensure that you have alternative providers of funding, and that your application clearly considers any possible grant from the Foundation in this context. They are unlikely to fund 100% of a project cost.

Details of previous Education grants can be found in the Foundation's Grants Database.

The online application can only be accessed when a funding round is open.


Backing Indigenous Arts (BIA)

Eligible to:   Businesses | Individuals

Funding:       $150,000

Round:         Closes 23 April, 2019

The Queensland Government’s Backing Indigenous Arts (BIA) initiative aims to build sustainable and ethical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts industries

The aims of the BIAPA CoCA Call Out aims to: 

  • support the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and companies
  • support the development of new work that showcases the stories of First Nations peoples in Queensland
  • build sustainable and ethical Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander arts industries. 

The new BIA - Performing Arts includes three funding streams:

  • New Commissions - Funds of up to $150,000 per applicant (matched by the applicant) – to support the commissioning of new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performance work that engages new audiences and showcases the unique stories of Queensland’s First Nation peoples.
  • Producer Placements - Funding of up to $35,000 per applicant (matched by the applicant) – to encourage sustainable ongoing employment and increase career opportunities for Indigenous arts workers and grow the number of Indigenous producers working in Queensland’s performing arts industry.
  • Next Stage - Funds of up to $150,000 over two years per applicant – to build business and artistic capacity within the Indigenous performing arts sector in Far North Queensland, new audiences for Indigenous performing arts product including regular programming of new performance work at the Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns, and enhanced engagement within Far North Queensland Indigenous communities.


Native Title Anthropologist Grants Program

Eligible to:   Businesses | Individuals 

Funding:       $Undisclosed

Round:          Closes 02 May 2019

The purpose of the Programme is to support the resolution of native title claims by facilitating native title parties having access to qualified and experienced anthropologists. Consistent with Australian Government policy, promoting claims resolution achieves recognition and protection of native title for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and contributes to land tenure certainty, key to achieving economic growth for Indigenous Australians and Australia generally.

The Programme is part of the Australian Government’s wider investment in the native title system.

The objective of the Programme is to increase native title anthropology capacity by supporting native title anthropologists working in the system. A key focus of this funding round is to increase capacity by assisting mid to senior anthropologists to become ‘exemplary’ anthropologists. Exemplary native title anthropologists are distinguished by the depth of their knowledge as well as their ability to translate that knowledge into the native title legal framework (including acting as expert witnesses in court).

The programme objective will be achieved through grants to promote collaboration amongst this specialist sector including delivery of targeted training and professional development and increasing the expertise of those working in native title anthropology. The Programme objective has three priorities:

  1. Professional development and support for native title anthropologists working in the native title sector, particularly mid to senior level native title anthropologists
  2. Stronger linkages between academic and applied anthropological work, particularly for mid to senior native title anthropologists
  3. Supporting mid to senior level native title anthropologists to continue to develop their technical skills through access to higher education courses


Good for Good Community Grants

Eligible to:   Not-for-Profits 

Funding:       $5,000 - $30,000

Round:          Closes 03 May 2019

Queensland Country Good for Good Community Grants is Queensland Country Credit Union's way of giving back to communities, Members and paying it forward to their Charity Partner, Ronald McDonald House North Queensland.

Eligible not-for-profit organisations are invited to apply for funding of between $5,000 and $30,000 to deliver projects that make a practical difference to the lives of people in Queensland communities - projects that help Queenslanders ‘live better’.

People are the lifeblood of Queensland communities. The Good for Good Community Grants are about projects that make a practical difference to the lives of people within communities. We’re looking to support projects that enable people to participate, experience, grow, learn, reach out, connect, make a difference and be safe. In other words, projects that facilitate inspirational stories in the everyday lives of people.

The 2019 Good for Good Community Grants has a total funding pool of $100,000, with between four and 15 community grants awarded to eligible not-for-profit organisations. Successful organisations have eight months to spend the funding and complete the project.

As part of the funding agreement successful applicants commit to raising 10% of their funding amount to support the valuable work of Ronald McDonald House Charities.



Eureka Prizes

Eligible to:  Businesses | Unversities | Not-for-Profits | School | TAFEs | Individuals

Funding:       $ Undisclosed

Round:          Closes 03 May 2019

Presented annually, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science.

A unique partnership between government organisations, institutions, companies and individuals committed to Australian science.

Presented annually by the Australian Museum in partnership with our sponsors and supporters, the prizes reward excellence in the fields of:

  • research & innovation
  • leadership
  • science engagement
  • school science

Key dates for 2019:

  • 1 February: Entries open
  • 3 May: Entries close 7pm AEST
  • Late July: Finalists announced online
  • 28 August: Winners announced at the Award Dinner


Community Heritage Grants

Eligible to:   Not-for-Profits 

Funding:       $0 - $15,000

Round:          Closes 06 May 2019

The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program aims to identify Australian cultural heritage collections which are publicly accessible, locally held and nationally significant.

Cash grants of up to $15,000 inc GST ($13,630 ex GST) are provided to assist in the preservation and access to these collections. Organisations may apply for more than one project provided the combined annual value is no more than $15,000 (inc GST), and all projects can be completed within one year.

The program is funded by the Australian Government and managed by the National Library of Australia, with support provided by the Department of Communications and the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; and the National Museum of Australia.

The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.

The types of projects supported include

  • significance assessments of collections
  • preservation needs assessments of collections
  • conservation activities and collection management, and
  • training workshops.


Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAAS)

Eligible to:  Businesses | Individuals

Funding:       $ Undisclosed

Round:          Closes 08 May 2019

The Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAAs) exist to recognise, honour and promote outstanding achievements in program and project leadership.

In 2019, the awards will consist of two classifications of awards: 

  1. Awards for the leadership and management of projects (10 categories)
  2. Awards for individual project management achievement (4 categories)

The PMAA has two levels:

  • Chapter: winners are awarded at events in each Australian state or territory 
  • National: chapter category winners progress to the national level at the gala dinner as part of the AIPM National Conference.

Note: There are entry fees to nominate for all categories. See the AIPM website for more info.

Project categories:

  1. Construction/Engineering
  2. Defence/Aerospace
  3. ICT/Telecomunications
  4. Organisation/Change Management
  5. Small Projects
  6. Regional Projects
  7. Community Service and/or Community Development
  8. Sustainable Projects
  9. Professional Services
  10. Internationally Funded Humanitarian Aid Projects


Ideas Grants

Eligible to:  Universities | Not-For-Profits

Funding:       $ Undisclosed

Round:          Closes 08 May 2019

The objective of the Ideas Grant scheme is to support innovative research projects addressing a specific question(s) to support cancer research in Victorian universities, hospitals and medical research institutes.

The expected outcomes are:

  • innovative and creative research
  • funding of researchers at all career stages, and 
  • funding any area of health and medical research from discovery to implementation.

The scheme will provide particular opportunities for early and mid-career researchers. It is expected that the CIA will have the scientific leadership and skills to achieve the proposed project aims.

The provisional funding allocation for the Ideas Grants 2019 grant opportunity is estimated to be between $213 million and $250 million. 

The amount of funding for an Ideas Grant will be based on assessment of the requested budget. Applications must clearly justify the requested duration and budget and how they will support the proposed outcomes of the research.

An Ideas Grant can be requested for between one and five years depending on the proposal.

Minimum data is due 5pm AEST Wednesday 10 April 2019.


Music Backers Grant Program

Eligible to:  Businesses |  Individuals

Funding:       $ Undisclosed

Round:          Closes 31 May 2019

Through The American Express Music Backers Grant Program aims to provide a boost to the Australian music industry and the fans that support it to help it thrive for many more years to come.

Over the next 12 months American Express are committing to support the Australian music industry by giving music venues, business, artists and fans the opportunity to share in a grant program valued at $1 million.

The Program offers backing through many different ways – it could be financial support, mentorship or other tools to help you fulfil your goals.

How much can I ask for?

It’s up to you. Please be realistic on how much you need to support your initiative as American Express will be looking to back numerous initiatives across the various categories over a 12 months period. Please be specific and itemise where possible.

If you’re selected as a grant recipient, American Express will not be paying you directly. They will work with suppliers we identify that can provide the support you require and settle invoices directly with the suppliers.

There are two ways in which American Express will provide backing to the Australian music industry:

1. You can submit an application to be considered across one of three categories: 

  • You have a Music Venue or Business 
  • You are an Artist or Band 
  • You’re a Music Fan

2. American Express will be on the look-out for initiatives they identify as needing support.


ARTS - RAF Stream: Quick Response Grants

Eligible to:  Not For Profits |  Individuals

Funding:       $0 - $3,000

Round:          Closes 31 May 2019

Quick Response Grants are intended to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to take up professional or skills development or small project opportunities.

Applicants can apply for a Quick Response Grant if their small arts or cultural project cannot be funded by any other means because of its nature or timing. This type of grant would also suit individual professional development.

This grant is for regional artists, arts organisations and communities.

Funding applications for up to $3,000 are available.


IndustryTech Funds Awards

Eligible to:    Not-for-profits | Local/Territory/State Governments |Universitites | Unincorporated Groups

Funding:       $250,000 - $5,000,000

Round:          Closes 28 June 2019

The Advance Queensland IndustryTech Fund (ITF) aims to accelerate the development and deployment of significant, highly collaborative, industry-based platform technology projects in Queensland to spur innovation-led economic growth.

The ITF aims to deliver a transformative ‘step change’ that speeds the emergence of new products and/or services based on a platform technology, or the convergence of platform technologies, with global potential across 1 or more industry sectors.

Queensland Government funding from a minimum of $250,000 to a maximum of $5 million will be available per project. ITF projects will be funded at a minimum 1:3 ratio of government-to-applicant funding. For example a total project investment of $1 million (i.e. a minimum $250,000 government grant and a $750,000 cash contribution from lead applicants and their partners, excluding GST).

The cash contribution from the lead applicant and their partners may include contributions from governments other than the Queensland Government. However, the cash contribution from private sector sources must be at least 25% of the project costs. The cash contribution must be new investment. Historic or expenses incurred prior to application cannot be counted towards the cash contribution.

Funded projects may span up to 3 years.


Dreams for a Better World Program - Better Business Round

Eligible to:  Businesses

Funding:       $5,000 to $15,000

Round:          Closes 02 August, 2019

Sunsuper's Dreams for a Better World Better Business round helps small businesses make positive change in their local communities. 

Dream big and you could receive a grant to help your business address local issues like housing affordability, unemployment, sustainability, mental health issues or even help boost your local economy. As long as your dream has a direct positive impact on an Australian community we want to hear from you.

If you've been dreaming of starting a project or need more resources to get the job done, a small business grant could be the helping hand your local business needs to make a lasting and positive change in your community.


2018 winners:

Autism Swim: an international, social enterprise of experts specialising in wandering and drowning prevention for those with ASD and other abilities.

Brett Phillips Dental: local dental practice in Gaydon's Building, first built in 1894 and is arguably one of the oldest running dental surgeries in Australia. As the local dentist for nearly 25 years, Brett's dream is to improve the dental health of his community, Childers, which has one of the lowest socio-economic profiles in Australia.

GG's Flowers & Hampers: a social enterprise florist and gift hamper business providing meaningful employment for people with special needs.


Foundation for Children Grants

Eligible to:  Not-for-profits | Individuals

Funding:       $0 to $100,000

Round:          Closes 30 September, 2019

To fund research programs and a wide range of other projects designed specifically to improve the health, welfare and well-being of the future of Australia - our children.

The Foundation generally awards grants of around $50,000 - $80,000 per year, and for either one or two years. A maximum amount of $100,000 for one year will be awarded, with no more than a total of $160,000 awarded for a two year project. Occasional exceptions are made to these general guidelines. 

Grant Period 
Grants normally are made for projects which can be completed within 12 - 24 months. The Foundation’s reviewers will need to be satisfied that the project can be carried out in the time scale envisaged and that the person(s) carrying out the project has the appropriate expertise and any other relevant resources to conduct and/or supervise the project.

The Foundation has an Expressions of Interest (EoI) process whereby participants can submit a two page  summary which then goes to the Grants Committee for review. Selected individuals will then be invited to  complete a full application.

E-mail Applications Only Are Accepted. Please email to:


NHMRC Partnership Projects

Eligible to:  Not-for-profits | Local/Territory/State Governments |Universitites | Businesses

Funding:       $0 to $1,500,000

Round:          Closes 04 December, 2019

Partnership Projects will support connections, within the Australian context, that translate research evidence into health policy and health practice, to improve health services and processes.

The scheme aims to support the work of healthcare policy and service delivery implementation agencies by supporting the translation of research outcomes into policy and practice and the evaluation of current policy and practice to identify gaps in knowledge. This type of research is normally conducted outside of universities and medical research institutes. It is for this reason that universities and medical research institutes are generally not eligible to partner with researchers through the scheme. Universities and medical research institutes can continue to participate as an Administering or Participating institution.

Partnership Projects will address the delivery, organisation, funding and access to services and programs that affect the health of Australians. Research may involve preventative programs, primary and community health care, hospitals, community services, the health workforce and infrastructure.


Veteran and Community Grants

Eligible to:  Not-for-profits | Unincorporated Groups

Funding:       $undisclosed

Round:          Closes 27 February, 2020

The objective of the Program is to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community by providing funding for projects that support activities and services to sustain or enhance health and wellbeing.

The Veteran and Community Grants (V&CG) program offers opportunities for both the veteran and broader community to participate in, and benefit from, projects that support healthy lifestyles, enhance quality of life and assist veterans and war widows/widowers to remain in their own homes as long as possible.

There is $2,360,000.00 available for this financial year. There is no minimum or maximum grant amount. 

The Veteran and Community Grants program is intended to: 

  • promote and enhance healthy lifestyles, particularly physical activity and mental wellbeing; 
  • support quality independent living at home; 
  • encourage involvement in community activities; 
  • reduce social isolation; 
  • encourage supportive and safe communities; 
  • increase access to community services; 
  • address gaps in local services; 
  • support carers; 
  • increase nutrition; 
  • increase social connectedness; and
  • increase mental wellness.


Ongoing Grants



Early Childhood Training Subsidies

Eligible to:     Individuals | Businesses | Not-for Profits

Funding:         $Unspecified

Round:            Ongoing

To reduce the cost of training, the following early childhood skill sets are available to educators with a Certificate lll or higher qualification through the Queensland Government’s Higher ?Level Skills? program:

Team Leader Skills Set (CHCSS00091)

Building inclusive practices in early childhood education and care (CHCSS00072)

- Supporting children with complex needs (CHCSS00090)


With One Voice Community Choir Start -up Grants

Eligible to:     Not-for-profits | Businesses | Unincorporated Groups | Schools | Individuals

Funding:         $10,000

Round:            Ongoing

The purpose of this grant is to enable individuals and community groups to develop sustainable With One Voice Social Franchises through establishing a community choir.

Creativity Australia is offering grants of up to $10,000 to people or groups who are wanting to start their own With One Voice choir. Only 10 of these grants are available, and all must be awarded before 30 June 2019.

Applications will be assessed on a first-come basis. You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.

Local community groups, social businesses and not-for-profits wanting to promote social inclusion and tackle loneliness, isolation, depression and disadvantage in their community are invited to apply.


Cyber Security Small Business Grants

Eligible to:     Not-for-profits | Businesses

Funding:         $1 - $2,100

Round:            Ongoing

The objective of this grant opportunity is to support small businesses across Australia to have their cyber security tested by a CREST approved provider.


Sport And Recreation Disaster Recovery Program (SRDRP)

Eligible to:     Not-for-profits 

Funding:         $0 - $20,000

Round:            Ongoing

The Sport and Recreation Disaster Recovery Program (program) supports not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations with funding to re-establish their facilities and activities after extreme natural events, including flooding and associated damage.


Community Child Care Fund Special Circumstances Grant

Eligible to:     Not-for-profits | Businesses

Funding:         Total Pool of $4,000,000

Round:            Ongoing

The objective of the CCCF Special Circumstances Grant Opportunity is to support continuity of child care, in particular in disadvantaged or vulnerable communities, where service viability is affected by an unforeseen factor outside the control of the service.


Data Science Strategy

Eligible to:     Not-for-profits

Funding:     $Undisclosed

Round:          Ongoing

TITAN's Free Data Science Strategy program matches organisation's with a data scientist on a sizeable project.


Match Funds and Website Grants

Eligible to:     Not-for-profits

Funding:     $1000

Round:          Ongoing

Match Funds and Website Grants aims to help charities turn their websites from a brochure site into a data-driven website, marketing and fundraising tool.


Mentorship From a Philothropist

Eligible to:     Not-for-profits

Funding:        $ Undisclosed

Round:          Ongoing

Titan mentorship is looking to buddy up Titans with charities where they could make a real difference to a particular challenge your organisation is facing.


Regional Employment Trials

Eligible to:     Businesses | Local Governments | Not-for-profits

Funding:        $7,500 - $200,000

Round:          Ongoing

The Regional Employment Trials program provides local stakeholders in selected regions, including businesses, not-for-profits and local government agencies, with grants to trial local approaches to delivering employment related projects. Regions are primarily based on Regional Development Australia boundaries, unless indicated otherwise.


Farm Business Analysis Assistance

Eligible to:     Businesses

Funding:        Undisclosed

Round:          Ongoing

Farm Business Analysis Assistance is administered by the Farm Debt Restructure Office (FDRO) within the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA).

FDRO assists primary producers experiencing financial distress by providing independent expert financial information and analysis of their farm business.


Youth Jobs PaTH

Eligible to:     Businesses

Funding:        $1,000 - $10,000

Round:          Ongoing

Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) is a flexible program that prepares young people for work and makes it easier for businesses to find great employees. You can trial a young person for 4 to 12 weeks in an internship so you can both be sure they're the right fit for your business. And because the trials are voluntary, you know they are motivated and eager to work.


Public Rural Crisis Fund: Drought, flood, fire, and family crisis support

Eligible to:     Businesses | Not-for-profits | Individuals

Funding:        $0 to $5,000

Round:          Ongoing

Born from the need to assist women and families during times of crisis, the Public Rural Crisis Fund has been an initiative of the Queensland Country Women’s Association since 1990. This fund not only supports families suffering from drought, flood or fire but is for all families experiencing any type of crisis.


Maker Projects Steam B: Community Capability Building

Eligible to:     Not-for-profits | Universities

Funding:        $5,000 to $20,000

Round:          Ongoing

The Maker Projects element aims to foster creativity and inquiry based learning in Australian schools and communities through the establishment of:

  • maker spaces in schools where students can apply their STEM knowledge, develop entrepreneurial skills, and gain experience in working with emerging and advancing technologies
  • STEM-related events delivered in partnership with industry for the benefit of youth under 18 years of age.

The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program aims to identify Australian cultural heritage collections which are publicly accessible, locally held and nationally significant.