Community Grants

One-year grants for projects that build pathways to economic empowerment and social cohesion.

Grant round is closed. Follow us on social media to stay up to date with funding opportunities.
Length
Up to 1 year
Funding
up to $30,000
Open date
10 July 2024
Close date
14 August 2024

Our focus areas are education and employment, and community sport.

Education and employment.

Funding initiatives that open education and employment pathways to those facing ingrained barriers to participation.

Priority funding areas.

Building numeracy and literacy skills (all ages)

Fostering engagement in learning (all ages)

Building interpersonal, employability and workplace skills

Offering vocational training for adolescents and adults

Providing access to entrepreneurial and business foundations

Building learning skills through art or music programs

Building STEM capabilities for pre-school and school students

Preserving and building connection to Indigenous languages

Photo Credit: The Social Studio
Photo Credit: Centre for Multicultural Youth

Community sport.

Funding initiatives that develop community sport as a pathway to inclusion and cultural connection for those facing ingrained barriers to participation.

Priority funding areas.

Lessening financial barriers to entry for cohorts of people

Tackling lack of access in underserved communities

Cultivating cultural belonging and/or reducing cultural insensitivities

Promoting opportunities for people from the same, or different cultural or social groupings, to build relationships with each other, and have a voice.

Building interpersonal, employability and life skills

Fostering engagement in physical and relational activities

Eligibility

Community Grants criteria.

We prioritise projects that align with our ambition and aims.

The organisation must be DGR-1 registered

Beneficiaries must be in Australia

The organisation’s annual revenue is below $5m.

The project is designed by, or with, intended beneficiaries

The organisation’s work directly impacts individuals

We also have preferences for:

Organisations with lower levels of government funding

Opportunities for Bangarra Group employee involvement, such as volunteering or mentoring

Photo Credit: Ganbina
Photo Credit: The Social Studio
"They need the chance to use their voice, to express themselves and to have agency. We give them that through education and employment opportunities."

Dewi Cooke

CEO, The Social Studio

How to apply

The process.

Expressions of interest open

EOI submissions open on The Bennelong Foundation website on July 10 and close on August 14, 2024.

Applications invited

A select number of EOIs are asked to submit a full application. The Foundation team will conduct site visits, where possible, in September 2024.

Grantees selected

Grants decided by Bennelong Foundation Directors in early November 2024.

Grants announced

Grants announced and paid in November 2024.

Community Grants

Resources for applicants

PDF
Community Grants information pack
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PDF
Sample expression of interest
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Community Grants FAQs

What do your Community Grants fund?

Initiatives that increase pathways to economic empowerment and social cohesion.

What are your funding focus areas for Community Grants?

1. Initiatives that open education, training and employment pathways to those facing ingrained barriers to participation. Learn more here.

2. Initiatives that develop community sport as a pathway to inclusion and cultural connection for those facing ingrained barriers to participation. Learn more here.

What are the eligibility requirements?

View our eligibility requirements for Community Grants here.

What is excluded from funding?

— Programs with a main focus on mental health or directly addressing illness and disease
— Programs with a main focus on disability (unless directly related to employment pathways)
— General fundraising projects or appeals
— Building bricks and mortar infrastructure or facilities for community sport
— Travel, study or conferences (unless incidental to a project)
— Individuals
— Applications with a religious, political or sectarian purpose

What questions are in the expression of interest and application forms?

See our resource hub for samples of our expression of interest and application forms.

How is an expression of interest or application adjudicated?

The Bennelong Foundation team considers each expression of interest and application on how it does the following.
— Shows prudent governance at the organisation
— Demonstrates alignment between the project’s, and the Foundation’s goals
— Articulates the project’s goals and how success will be gauged
— Identifies the number of direct and indirect beneficiaries
— Articulates risks
— Demonstrates how the organisation has the capability and capacity to deliver the project

When can I apply for a grant?

Expressions of interest open on July 10, 2024 and close on August 14, 2024.

Do you fund capacity building?

The Foundation has a focus on funding goal-orientated outcomes, but will consider capacity-building funding as well.

What other support do you offer grant partners?

The Foundation believes strongly in two-way partnerships in which both parties can learn and grow. Each grantee is invited to send one leader to a two-day forum in Melbourne in February 2025, focused on helping the organisation meaningfully influence for impact. We also explore non-monetary support via volunteering, networking and use of Bangarra Group buildings and facilities.

How can I ask further questions?

Contact our management team for further assistance.

Community Grants

Our annual Community Grant round typically opens in July each year. Follow us on social media to stay up to date.