Funding to support community-based projects

Help with grant applications

Submitting a good application for funding will improve your chances of success. It is important that you refer to the guidelines that are provided by the funding body. For additional guidance on writing applications, visit the CommunityBuilders NSW, Philanthropy Australia and Our Community websites. Bill Somerville's Proposal Writing Kit : Tips & Techniques on Philanthropic Ventures Foundation's website provides useful guidance on preparing funding applications. The publication Good Practices and Pitfalls in Community-Based Capacity Building and Early Intervention Projects: A Toolkit is also provided on the DSS website.

Australia-wide funding sources

The Guide to Community Grants prepared by the Parliamentary Library provides an extensive list of funding sources. is a website that helps you find funding available under a variety of grant programs for individuals, businesses and communities. Other community funding options may be sourced on Philanthropy Australia's PhilanthropyWiki.

The Australian Government Attorney General’s Department, Ministry for the Arts list options for cultural, arts, heritage, musical and events funding. Information about sports funding is also available on the Australian Sports Commission and on the Department of Health websites.

State and territory funding sources

In New South Wales, the Community Builders website provides a list of funding programs from federal, state and local government, as well as institutions, philanthropic trusts and companies. Another funding option is the Multicultural Advantage Grants Program, or for communities in South-East NSW the IMB Community Foundation.

Victorians can use Grants Finder to find grants that individuals or organisations may be eligible to apply for. Other sites to visit for grants information include Department of Planning and Community Development and  Arts Victoria.

For Tasmanians, various community grants are listed on the Service Tasmania website. Other options are the Community Support Levy, the Tasmanian Community Fund.

The South Australian Government lists funding and grants on their website. The Volunteer Support Fund helps volunteer-involving organisations to improve support to their volunteers.

In Western Australia, funding options are available through the Department of Local Government and Communities, the Grants Directory lists options for communities and local governments in regional and metropolitan Western Australia, and Lotterywest grants provide various grant opportunities.

The Queensland Government Grants website allows individuals and organisations to find suitable grants

The Northern Territory Government provides information on community grants and funding, financial assistance to sport, recreation and local government organisations, funding through Youth Grants, and support for arts, entertainment and film.

Australian Capital Territory community organisations and individuals can use the ACT Government Grants Portal which provides information on various grant programs.

Local government funding options

Many local government agencies in Australia provide support for community organisations in their area of responsibility. Find your council's website on Councils on the Web and search the council's website for any funding or grant opportunities that might be available.

Subscription services

In addition to the above information which is freely available, there are also a number of directories and subscription services that can be purchased to assist in your search for funding. These include GrantSearch, the Funding Centre grants database, the Australian Directory of Philanthropy, and Get A Grant.


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