Got a cool project that needs funding? Check out these grants listings


One of the most difficult things about grant writing isn’t actually writing the funding submission, it’s knowing where to go for information about grant opportunities. As a professional grant writer, I spend hours every week checking out any new funding opportunities, reading guidelines and criteria and being a bit of an investigative researcher, literally stalking potential funders online for anything that will help win funds.

Next week I’m running three grant writing courses out in western Queensland. There’ll be about 60 people joining me in Mt Isa, Julia Creek and Hughenden to hone their grant writing skills. In preparing for next week I updated my personal list of grants-related websites. I thought I’d save you all a heap of time and share it with you.

Australian Government business grants listing
A database of Australian Government funding programs with a focus on businesses. Always check with the funding program regarding closing dates and availability as these sometimes change after they’ve been added to the database. Get the list here.

Parliamentary Library
This is a quick reference guide to community grants, published in January 2016. It contains a bunch of links to other useful grant listings across government agencies at state and federal level. Visit the Parliament of Australia website to access the list.

Queensland Government Grants
This list focuses on programs related to Queensland Government agencies and can be found here. Some of the specific programs included in the list are:

Federal and State members of parliament
Your local member often manages mailing lists within their own electorates so that they can keep people up to date with funding opportunities. You can see a list of state and federal members here (for Queensland). or the Australian Parliament House website for a list of federal members and senators.

Our Community
This is probably the longest running grants sniffer dog service in Australia. Our Community produces a monthly e-newsletter which outlines funding opportunities. Unfortunately, it’s not particularly targeted at community benefit projects, but to a much broader range of projects including Councils and businesses. If you have the time to read through 100 odd pages a month, it’s definitely worth the $80-odd annual subscription fee. Subscribe here.

Australian Directory of Philanthropic Funders
Produced byPhilanthropy Australia, this database lists more than 300 funding bodies, including philanthropic trusts and foundations, that offer grants for community projects. You probably need to have DGR status to be able to access these grants. The subscription costs around $100 per year to subscribe. Get more information here.

Non-government Grants
This list has been modified from one found at the Parliament of Australia website.

  • ANZ Staff Foundation offers grants to support projects run by charitable organisations for the benefit of local communities.
  • Charities Aid Foundation allows charitable organisations to be placed on a registry to be matched with corporate donors and sponsors.
  • Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund aims specifically to assist community groups with projects that improve the health and well-being of children and young people nationally.
  • Community Enterprise Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group.
  • Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) aims to take a leadership role in assisting regional, rural and remote communities to respond to social, cultural and economic change. The FRRR administers a number of funding programs and grants.
  • Ian Potter Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavours.
  • Macquarie Group Foundation supports groups and activities in Australia and overseas.
  • Mercy Foundation provides support for organisations involved in reducing inequality and poverty in Australia.
  • Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund provide grants in four key areas, the arts, education, poverty and disadvantage and sustainability and the environment.
  • National Australia Bank provides regular community grants to organisations nominated by employees.
  • National Foundation for Australian Women runs a program through which other women’s groups can receive tax deductible donations and grants through their preferred donor fund.
  • NRMA Insurance Community Grants Program provides grants for crime prevention, road safety, emergency readiness and response and the environment.
  • Optus Community Grants program provides grants to organisations to help reduce social isolation and to reconnect disengaged youth.
  • Perpetual philanthropic services assist individuals, families, organisations and non-profit groups.
  • Peter Brock Foundation provides funding and support for community groups and organisations with a focus on welfare services, social issues and community programs.
  • Reichstein Foundation funds projects aimed at assisting disadvantaged communities.
  • Rockefeller Foundation supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges.
  • Telstra Foundation provides community development grants for projects particularly aimed at children and young people.

Now you have no excuses. You know where to find grants. Go forth and write.