Grants and scholarships

There are many organisations willing to help a good cause – not just governments, but also community organisations, trust and charities.

If an organisation you are involved with is looking for a grant to assist with a project or activity, or if you or someone you know is looking for a grant, scholarship or similar financial assistance to help with a good cause, this page may help you find out.

Below are details of some of the organisations that regularly provide grants, scholarships and other assistance for good causes, as well as details of grants and scholarships that are or have been available in recent times.

 Grants Victoria

Grants Victoria

 A Victorian Government directory you can search for government grants and assistance available in Victoria.

It shows community, education, legal and business grants or financial assistance. 

It also lists Victorian government assistance available for people in need, such as concessions, goods or funds. 

Local infrastructure grants

Local infrastructure grantsThis site gives details of grants available for sporting, boating and other local community infrastructure.





Vichealth provides a wide range of grants for sporting and other projects that promote a healthy lifestyle, as well as a number of research grants.


Business Grant Finder

Business Grant Finder

This Commonwealth Government site helps you find the grants and assistance programs most relevant to your business, whether from Commonwealth, State or local government.

Local Sporting Champion Grants - Blackburn

Applications are open for the latest round of the Local Sporting Champions program.

This is a Commonwealth Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships or a School Sport Australia state or national championships.

Applications close on 30 June 2016. For more information, see Local Sporting Champions.

(Image courtesy of the Blackburn Football Club)

Whitehorse Road and Station Streets, Box Hill

Applications are now open for Community Heritage Grants from the Commonwealth government. This program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and indigenous groups.

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

Applications close on 9 May. For more information, see the National Library of Australia website. 

(Pictured is the Railway Hotel on the corner of Whitehorse Road and Station Street sometime between 1911-1921. Image is courtesy of the Box Hill Historical Society.)

Safer Streets grants

Applications for grants under the Commonwealth government’s Safer Streets program are open until 17 February.

These grants are a great opportunity for community groups and councils to obtain funding for local safety initiatives such as CCTV, better lighting and graffiti removal.

 With the State Labor government not renewing many of the State Coalition government’s community safety grant initiatives, this is one of the limited sources of funding still available.

For more, see the media release by my fellow MP, Michael Sukkar, Member for Deakin, and the application form and other details at Proceeds of Crime Act on the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s department web site.

Crime Prevention Grants

The current Labor government has extended some of the previous Liberal-Nationals government’s crime prevention grants for a 12 month period.  These include

1. Community Safety Fund grants, where grants of up to $10,000 can be made to public halls and buildings to improve security and encourage community participation. In previous rounds, scout halls, neighbourhood halls and a range of other facilities have used this grant scheme to improve lighting, security systems, external fencing and the like.  Applications close on Friday 10 July.

2. Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants, where applications must be in by Friday 21 August. This scheme is open to local councils and can fund infrastructure upgrades to a maximum of $250,000. In the past this grants scheme has been used to deploy CCTV systems across Victoria and to upgrade community parks with Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles.

I encourage local community organisations and councils to apply for one of these grants.

For further information visit http://www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/home/our+grants/

Box Hill City Band 1955

The National Library of Australia is calling for applications for the 2015 Community Heritage Grants.

The grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material. Projects supported include significance assessments, preservation needs assessments, conservation activities and collection management.

Applications should be submitted online at www.nla.gov.au/chg by Friday 1 May 2015 at 5 pm (AEST). Grant guidelines and the application form are available at: nla.gov.au/chg/guidelines.

Image (circa 1955) courtesy of the Box Hill City Band.