Grants and Scholarships

Posted on 16 February 2022


ILC Economic and Community Participation Grants - Building Employer Confidence and Inclusion in Disability

The ILC Program provides information and capacity building supports for all people with disability, regardless of whether they are eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The objective is to increase social and community participation for people with disability. The ILC Program seeks to do this by:

  • building the capacity of people with disability to participate in their community
  • creating opportunities for people with disability to participate by creating more inclusive services and communities.

Applications close: 23 February 2022


Investing in Queensland Women Grants

The purpose of this grant program is to support community groups and organisations across QLD develop and deliver initiatives that align with the Queensland Government’s strategic priorities and address the unique issues faced by women.

One-off grant funding will be made available to support projects and/or events that:

a) Target people who identify as women and who may be more vulnerable or experience multiple levels of disadvantage, including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people with a disability
  • LGBTIQ+ people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (including people on temporary visas)
  • people in rural, regional and remote communities
  • young people, and
  • older people

b) help achieve the objectives of the Queensland women’s strategy, and inspire and encourage the Queensland community to respect women, embrace gender equality and promote and protect the rights, interests and wellbeing of women and girls

c) help achieve the objectives of Queensland’s Domestic and family violence prevention strategy 2016–2026 to reduce domestic and family violence reoffending, including working with perpetrators and/or with victim-survivors, particularly the Third action plan, or

d) help achieve the objectives of Prevent. Support. Believe. Queensland’s framework to address sexual violence.

There are 3 categories for initiatives:

Category 1—up to $5,000 for small initiatives, such as targeted campaigns or events like awareness–raising events, workshops or training for small groups, or development of resources such as posters.

Category 2—up to $10,000 for larger initiatives which will operate on a broader scale or are more sustainable such as development of resources such as videos, or a series of workshops or events.

Category 3—up to $15,000 for substantial initiatives which are undertaken jointly between 2 or more organisations or community groups, with favourable consideration given to applications where there is a matched contribution to the initiative from the initiative

Applications close: 28 February 2022


Scaling Impact Accelerator

Scaling Impact is an accelerator that helps social enterprises and purpose-driven startups grow their business and prepare for future impact investment. Given COVID-19, they are focused on enterprises with strong business models operating in resilient sectors. If selected, you will be in a cohort of 6-12 enterprises participating in the program. Scaling Impact offers a menu of activities, delivered over a 5-month period, that build investment readiness, including:

  • Masterclasses facilitated by relevant experts
  • Investment readiness diagnostic session
  • Tailored advisory
  • 1 on 1 mentoring and coaching
  • Peer support and facilitated networking
  • Introductions to investors and opportunities to pitch
  • Co-working space

By the end of the program social entrepreneurs in the program will have taken concrete steps forward on the path to becoming investment ready. The total value of the program to each enterprise is approximately $70,000.

Applications close: 1 March 2022


Rolleston Open Cut - Community Investment Program

This program aims to build positive and lasting social and economic benefits by seeking out, undertaking and contributing to activities and projects aligned with these goals.

Applications must demonstrate how the initiative will make a positive contribution to the community and should target at least one of the following focus areas:

  • Education
  • Enterprise Development
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Identified Local Need

Applications close: 2 March 2022

Another round opens on 7 November 2022


Pride Foundation Australia (PFA) Small Grants Program

The Pride Foundation Australia (PFA) Small Grants program supports projects proposed by individuals and or organisations and or communities who would otherwise be limited by the constraints of other funding programs. Grants are up to $750, and the project needs to directly or indirectly assist, involve and benefit LGBTQIA+ people and promote positive social outcomes and mental health in the community.

PFA welcome applications that are particularly creative and innovative, and those that are put forward by individuals, communities and organisations that have not received small grant funding in the previous 2 years. PFA regard favourably projects that work as partnerships between individuals and organisations.

Applications Close: 7 March 2022

Further rounds close on 11 July 2022 and 14 November 2022


Incubator Grant

The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Australia incubator grants provides seed funding for the early stages of innovative new research efforts to a maximum value of $25,000 excluding GST. It is expected that this will lead to subsequent project grant applications to NHMRC and/or MS Australia. The proposed research must explore a novel hypothesis in a field relevant to MS research.

There will be two rounds of Incubator applications per year. 

Applications close: 18 March 2022

A second 2022 round will open on 4 July 2022 and close 12 August 2022


Westfield Local Heroes

Westfield Local Heroes discovers and celebrates individuals who promote social wellbeing and/or harmony in our communities through their work, programs or activities, across one or more of the three social values of Family, Youth Opportunity and Inclusion.

Three finalists for each Westfield Centre are selected to go to a community vote, with the successful hero for each centre awarded a $20,000 grant for the organisation or group they represent. Finalists receive a $5,000 grant for their organisation or group.

Individuals and the organisations they represent are nominated for their work in the following areas:

  • Family and Youth Support
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Inclusion and Equity
  • Community resilience
  • Environmental sustainability

Applications open: 22 February 2022 and close 21 March 2022


Stockland CARE Grants Program

This program provides an opportunity for local community groups to apply for grant funding to support local community infrastructure, programs and opportunities.

Multiple grants of up to $1,000 are available to support local health, leisure and recreation clubs or programs, local employment, education and skills development initiatives and social engagement clubs and programs from participating Stockland retail centres, residential communities and retirement living villages. Focus areas are:

  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Connection
  • Biodiversity
  • Waste and Materials
  • Carbon and Energy
  • Water Management and Quality

Applications Open: 21 March 2021


Queensland Training Awards

The Queensland Training Awards is an opportunity to shine and be recognised and rewarded for your contribution to the state's vocational education and training sector, by showcasing your achievements, best practice and innovation in training.

There are 14 award categories encompassing all areas of the training sector. Examples of previous winners, including the one below, can be found via the more information link.

Kieran Chilcott: 2015 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Queensland winner and Australian finalist

"As a full-time employee, husband, father and contributor to my community, it was an honour and privilege winning a Queensland Training Award—it has raised my profile within the sector I work in and has demonstrated to my community that hard work and perseverance is rewarding. Since winning the award, I have been able to promote the importance of education and training to Aboriginal and Torres Strait young people across the country."

Kieran is the Executive Officer of Gold Coast-based Kalwun Development Corporation, which employed 135 staff in 2015. A lifelong learner, Kieran enrolled in his Certificate IV in Mental Health to better support his employees and to build a greater empathy for those with mental health issues.

Applications close: 31 March 2022


Australian Business Awards

The Australian Business Awards recognise organisations demonstrating the core values of business innovation, employee engagement, customer satisfaction, experience management, business sustainability, product and technology innovation over the following categories:

Applications close: 7 April 2022


Collaborative Research Grants

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Collaborative Research Grant provides up to $15,000 for international interdisciplinary pain research collaborations between two or more research groups located in different countries, with an emphasis on collaborations among basic, translational, and clinical scientists.

The grants primarily cover travel and accommodation, are typically awarded for projects lasting one year and collaborations between basic science and clinical research groups receive highest priority.

Applications close: 15 April 2022


Churchill Fellowships

A Churchill Fellowship offers Australian citizens a life-changing opportunity to travel overseas for 4 to 8 weeks to learn more about a topic or issue they are passionate about. Applicants are empowered to design their own projects to explore international best practice and innovation that can be applied in Australia.

There are no prescribed qualifications required and the subject of your proposed project is limitless provided a benefit to Australia is evident. The value of every Fellowship is different as it is calculated based on the number of countries to be visited, the duration of the approved Fellowship and an estimated airfare, but the average value of a Fellowship is $29,000.

Applications close: 28 April 2022


EastWeb Grants (VIC)

EastWeb gives small grants to projects within Victoria working with Indigenous, Asylum Seeker or Refugee communities that build the capacity of communities to create long term strategies for change. The focus is on health care, employment, education and cultural heritage promotion / maintenance.

EastWeb looks to fund whole start-up projects (not parts of larger projects) and can also help source in-kind support including volunteers, assistance with grant-writing or businesses willing to donate their products or services.

Applications close:

  • Round 2: Friday 29 April 2022
  • Round 3: Friday 29 July 2022 

The Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP)

Up to $10,000 in funding available for professional development to help health professionals in rural and remote Australia retain and enhance their skills, capacity and scope of practice.

  • Scholarships: A payment up to $10,000 per year, for up to two years, towards the cost of completing a course leading to a postgraduate qualification. 
  • Bursaries: Payments up to $10,000 per year for professional development and upskilling course fees and a contribution to associated accommodation and travel-related expenses.

Who is eligible? Health professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, midwifery, allied health, pharmacy, dentistry and Aboriginal health who are working in:

  • rural and regional areas (MMM 3-7) in a non-government organisation or private practice, or
  • an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) or Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) in an MMM 1-7 location, may be eligible.

Applications close: 15 May 2022


Attendance grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women leaders

As part of the 2022 Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums, Women and Leadership Australia is once again offering 64 full attendance grants (valued at over $100,000) to current and aspiring women leaders to attend the Symposiums, a national series of events focused on the experiences of women in the contemporary workforce. Held annually, in every state and territory, the Symposiums have been running for over ten years and have become the most highly attended women's leadership events in the country.

The Symposiums are a valuable opportunity for female leaders to come together to hear from an exceptional line up of inspirational guest speakers and explore topics including gender equality, leadership, career advancement and life fulfilment. Women from every sector, industry, background and level attend the Symposiums each year, and this diversity allows participants to learn from each other’s experiences and be empowered to move forward on their leadership journey.

The grants will be awarded to current and aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who play active roles at the community, local and state levels, and who would otherwise be unable to attend the Symposiums due to a lack of funding or employer support. 

Applications close: 6 weeks prior to each state event


Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV)

RWAV has grants available for rural and regional Victorian health professionals. Our grants are designed to help you achieve your career goals including relocation, professional development and postgraduate education.

Grants currently open for applications are below.

  • RWAV Pain management grant 2022
  • RWAV Mentor grant for VACCHO cadets
  • Health Workforce scholarship program for locums
  • Workforce incentive program
  • Rural Allied health and nursing grant
  • RWAV Reconciliation action plan grant
  • Rural practice training grant
  • Rural ambassador student grant
  • UCAT Exam preparation grant
  • RWAV Rural clinical placement grant

Applications close: Dates vary for each grant