Grants for Groups

Grants are an extremely valuable source of funding for Scout Groups.

Grant programs are run by all levels of government (local, state and federal), business (eg. ANZ, NAB, RACV, Bendigo Bank) and Philanthropic Trusts and Foundations. Government and business grants are the most relevant to Scout Groups. In order to find and secure funding through grants it is important to identify your funding needs and research grants to find the most suitable for your purposes.

Grant Opportunities

Available Grants
There are many grants available to help your Scout Group raise money for special events, building refurbishments, equipment purchases and other expenses. These include:

Budget Direct Sponsorship
Budget Direct is accepting applications from local community groups that make meaningful improvements to the lives of Australians.
Sponsorships are available for amounts of $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000.
Click here for more information and to apply.

Grant closes 29 February 2020

Australian Geographic
Australian Geographic sponsors community organisations up to $10,000 in developing projects across the key areas of science, environment, adventure and community. These sponsorships are perfect for Venturers or Rovers completing their Queens Scout/BP awards.
Click here for more information and to apply.

Grant closes 30 April 2020

WestConnex Community Grants Program

Community groups and organisations are being encouraged to apply for grants up to $10,000 which support local initiatives within the WestConnex corridor and deliver positive and lasting outcomes for communities. Sporting facilities, playground upgrades and educational programs are just some of the initiatives which have been delivered through the successful program. Local not-for-profit groups such as schools, sporting clubs and social enterprises with a strong community focus are encouraged to apply. Grants of up to $10,000 are available.

Click here for more information and to apply

Grant closes 3pm, 13 March 2020

Westfield Local Heroes

Funds community nominated individuals with a $10,000 grant to support their affiliated organisation’s work, programs or activities. 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.

Click here for information and to apply.

Grant closes 16 March 2020

DOOLEYS Community Funding – Cumberland and Parramatta LGA

DOOLEYS supports a wide range of community groups, charities, schools and sporting organisations through the ClubGRANTS Scheme. There is also a variety of other funding opportunities available including sponsorship, donations and in-kind support. Expenditure on other community development and support services. Also includes sponsorship, donations and in-kind support.

To apply, visit the DOOLEYS website.

Grant closes 16 March 2020

Essential Energy’s Community Hall Program

Essential Energy’s Community Hall Program aims to give back to local halls in regional NSW (note – halls located in Sydney, Wollongong and the Central Coast are not eligible). Through the program, eligible halls will receive $200 (GST exclusive) in support to put towards general maintenance costs. Click here to see if you’re hall is in an eligible area.

For more information and to apply click here.

Applications close 5pm on Friday, 20 March 2020

Australian Communities Foundation

The Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) supports a range of charitable organisations and projects each year offering funds between $2,000 and $15,000. The Foundation’s donors are part of an engaged community of individuals, families, corporate giving groups, location-based giving circles and like-minded groups. As part of their donor engagement, ACF hosts a Funding Proposal Portal that allows their Donor community to identify grant opportunities aligned with their interests.

To submit a funding proposal, visit the Australian Communities Foundation website.

Grant is ongoing.


Grants Toolkit

Getting a Grant
There are some things you can do to improve your chances of securing funding. These include:

  • Decide what you want to do – have a clear project plan.
  • Identify sources of funding – check the Internet, local community newspapers and magazines, and the national press for advertised grants.
  • Target your application – check what type of submission is required, talk to the funding agency for more information, read the guidelines thoroughly and strictly adhere to the deadlines.
  • Research your submission – assess community needs, locate data and information to support your request, get accurate costings, and canvass local community and political support for your project.
  • Quotes, quotes and more quotes! The more quotes you have the better your application will fare.
  • Letters of support – where possible get letters of support from other community organisations, for instance, groups that hire your hall or local support organisations such Lions, Apex or Rotary.
  • Take care with presentation – be clear and concise, avoid using jargon, and structure your submission so it’s easy to follow.
  • Follow-up and support your submission – make sure it has been received and record all contact with the funding body.

Essential Information
All the bits and bobs you need to complete your grant applications can be found here.

Need help with your grant? Contact the Scouts NSW Grants Administrator on