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.
There are many grants available to help your Scout Group raise money for special events, building refurbishments, equipment purchases and other expenses. These include:
Australia Post Community Grants Program – closing date is 4 August 2019
The Australia Post Community Grants Program is open.
AusPost grants provides funding of under $10,000 to help non-profit organisations fund:
- Skills development (e.g. volunteer training)
- Equipment, materials and supplies
- Venue or furniture hire
- Refreshments (excluding alcohol)
- Outreach and referral support
- Communications – including website setup, newsletters and advertising
- Program coordination and facilitation
- Travel costs for participants
- and more…
Click here to learn more about the Australia Post Community Grants program.
ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program – closes 6 August 2019
If you have an environmental project and are living in a rural or regional area then this grant is for you. This year, the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program is focused upon supporting projects that align to one of ANZ’s three focus areas:
- Improving environmental sustainability
- Improving financial wellbeing within the community
- Improving access to housing.
ANZ funds projects up to $15,000 to community organisations for projects that will help their community thrive. Click here to learn more about the program.
Transurban Community Grants – closes 9 August 2019
The Transurban Community grants program has been established to fund initiatives that contribute to the social and /or environmental development of those communities. Areas of focus include school projects, youth education, road safety and environmental programs. Applications for grants of up to $5,000 are welcome.
Note – applications only open for groups that are located in communities close to Transurban roads
Click here to learn more about the program.
Northern Rivers Community Foundation Grants – closes 27 August 2019
The NRCF grants support community groups in the Northern Rivers region of NSW with grants from $2,000 to $10,000 (recommended amount is $4,000). Applications will carry weight if accompanied with letters of support from other community organisations.
Click here to learn more about the program.
The 2019 Round of the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Grants is opening soon. The CBPGs are offered by the NSW Government for the progression of capital works. Grant funding of up to $330,000 is available for every electoral district.
|Monday 2 September 2019||Applications open 9am|
|Friday 27 September 2019||Applications close 5pm sharp|
|October 2019 to February 2020||Eligibility, assessment and approval process|
|Late March 2020||Announcement of successful projects and advice to all applicants|
|Sunday 31 October 2021||Project completion deadline|
The 2019 program guidelines and tips for applications will be published on this website in early September 2019.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.