Our Neighbourhood Community Grants aim to:

  1. build healthier, more vibrant and inclusive communities
  2. build capability within communities and leave a positive legacy around Australia
  3. develop community leadership at a national and local level

Although our community service extends to all Australians, Our Neighbourhood Community Grants will focus on the following community groups:

  • Local communities
  • Regional and remote communities*
  • Socially disadvantaged
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Cultural and linguistic diverse groups
  • People with a disability
  • Small businesses (of up to 20 employees)
    *Regional and remote communities are defined as non-metropolitan areas that are outside of the capital cities and their surrounding suburbs.

To help reach our goal of creating a healthy, vibrant and inclusive community, Our Neighbourhood Community Grants will focus on the following areas:

  • Providing all Australians with access to essential products and services - as well as the knowledge to use these services to connect in both the physical and digital world
  • Maintaining a diverse, inclusive workplace that values the contribution made by people from varying backgrounds and neighbourhoods across our nation
  • Investing in programs and activities that foster community spirit, connect communities and contribute to building a more inclusive Australia
  • Providing support to Australian communities in times of major crisis

Funding of one-off cash grant payments between $1,000 and $25,000 are available for community projects or initiatives, based on how strongly they meet the theme of inclusion and support disadvantaged audience groups within Australia.

All applications must be submitted by 5pm (AEST), Friday, 28 June 2013. All information provided must be contained within the application form for both online and paper-based applications.  We reserve the right to request further information, if required.

To submit an application, click here. For more information, click here.


10 Tips for a Strong Application:

  1. Give yourself enough time to gather the required information in order to submit your application by the deadline provided
  2. Make sure you read the application kit, including eligibility criteria and guidelines, carefully, as they will assist you in the quality of your application and to ensure your project meets our assessment criteria
  3. Follow all application instructions, adhere to word limits and make sure you answer all the required questions
  4. Ensure you complete all contact details as this enables the assessors to contact you if they have questions about your application
  5. Clearly identify how receiving a grant will meet a need in your community that will help foster inclusion
  6. Provide evidence/a compelling reason for your organisation to receive the funding requested
  7. Ensure you have included your ABN and noted if you have DGR1 status (check at http://abr.business.gov.au (External link))
  8. Keep your application short, sharp and succinct so it is easy to read, and remember to check spelling before submitting your application
  9. Ask someone unfamiliar with the project to read the application to check your information
  10. Ensure you have engaged the necessary stakeholders within your organisation before applying for this grant