The Office of Youth Affairs has provided links to major youth portal sites and other appropriate sites that provide information on grants and award programs available to young people living in Australia.
City of Darwin's Community Grants Program
City of Darwin's Community Grants Program assists projects or events directly benefiting and promoting the City of Darwin and which have broad community appeal. Each year Council allocates $100,000 for community projects and $50,000 for community based climate change and environment projects.
Submissions for funding of community projects and climate change and environment projects occurring in the first half of 2014 (1 January 2014 - 30 June 2014) will open on Saturday 14 September 2013. Applications close on Friday 18 October 2013.
The Mercy Foundation
The Foundation offers a Small Grants Program once a year. Small grants are provided for a range of social justice and community initiatives and are not limited to a focus on homelessness. Funding is available up to $5000. Priority will be given to small organisations and those groups that receive no other funding. If the organisation is a community group which is not an incorporated association, that group might seek out an ‘auspicing organisation’ that does have incorporated, company or other appropriate legal status.
Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA)
The ANPHA seeking applications from community groups and local government associations for grants to help tackle the widespread problem of binge drinking among 12–24-year-olds. Grants of up to $300,000 are available for individual projects, and up to $500,000 is available for partnerships and collaborations.
Youth Development and Support, Australian Government
This grant Program will focus funding on projects under the theme ‘Youth arts and creative enterprises’. Applications should demonstrate how the projects will enable young people aged between 12 and 25 years to engage in the arts and creative enterprises. There are two streams of funding support for eligible organisations. Stream 1 offers grants of up to $40,000 and is targeted at community-based organisations to provide opportunities for Young People in their local community. Stream 2 offers grants of up to $70,000 and is open to national youth organisation operating in more than one jurisdiction.
Building Community Resilience, Australian Government
The Building Community Resilience - Youth Mentoring Grants Program is a pilot project and represents part of the Australian Government’s $9.7 million investment in counter radicalisation initiatives. Under the Program, the Government will provide grants from $5000 to $200 000 to help communities organise and run local programs and initiatives to promote a tolerant, safe and inclusive environment.
The focus of the Matana Foundation for Young People is to work with other groups which share its common purpose and vision to assist disadvantaged young people to benefit from and contribute to the common good and provide a vehicle which nurtures self worth.
Headspace is Australia's new National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Headspace is changing the way that mental health services are delivered to young people across Australia with an emphasis on youth-friendly environments and improved accessibility. Funding made available by the Australian Government is enabling headspace to improve access and care for teenagers and young adults aged 12 to 25 years.
Youth Portal, the Australian Government
The Youth Portal provides access to online information on Commonwealth government awards, grants and scholarships available to young people aged 12 to 25 years. The Youth Portal links to hundreds of resources across a range of Commonwealth agencies and departments, and encourages youth sector networking and information sharing.
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Australian Government
The Stronger Families and Communities Strategy is an Australian Government initiative giving families, their children and communities the opportunity to build a better future. Through this program, there is funding support available to help communities build capacity and to develop strategies to strengthen families.
The Northern Territory Area Consultative Committee, the Australian Government
Through the Australian Government, the NTACC provides Regional Partnerships funding to make it simpler for communities to get Government backing for their regional development ideas. Regional Partnerships is based on a partnership approach, which enables local communities to develop their own priorities and then access government support to help make them a reality.
Rio Tinto Aboriginal Fund
The Rio Tinto Aboriginal Fund provides support to a number of programs that are initiated and/or supported by Indigenous Aboriginal Communities. Health is one of the five areas of focus. Research is supported where it incorporates a community program. Rio Tinto calls for applications four times a year.
The Australia Council for the Arts
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. It directly supports young, emerging and established artists.
Community Builders, New South Wales
Looking for funding for your community project? Here's a website that lists grants from federal, state and local government, as well as institutions and business.
Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
The Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies (ACYS) is a not-for-profit organisation partly funded by the Australian Government through the Youth Bureau, Department of Family and Community Services. The website has heaps of links to funding and sponsorship sources. ACYS operates under the auspices of the Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania.
Social Ventures Australia
Social Ventures Australia (SVA), Australia's first venture philanthropy organisation, was established in 2002 by the Benevolent Society, The Smith Family, WorkVentures and AMP Foundation. Its aim is to integrate the Australian public, corporate and social sectors to create entrepreneurial, innovative and results-driven solutions to Australia's social problems.
Australian National Commission - UNESCO Grant Scheme
Up to $75,000 is available annually to be divided amongst competing Australian projects. The National Commission decide which projects are to be funded, and the level of funds approved for each project.
More information on UNESCO Grant Scheme
Online resource for community and non-profit groups offering funding advice, free online donations service, management and tools to assist in running organisations.
Peter Brock Foundation
The Peter Brock Foundation is a significant contributor to the community providing assistance to various organisations and worthwhile causes. The Foundation also has a strong commitment to assisting the community and individuals in times of need.
Coca Cola Australia Foundation
The CCAF’s mission is making a difference to Australia’s youth and as such is committed to funding projects that help Australia’s young people realise their potential.
More information on Coco Cola Australia Foundation
Anna Wearne Trust
The Anna Wearne Trust will, by ensuring funds are provided to appropriate charitable institutions, create opportunities for young people to reach their potential, where such potential is hampered due to disadvantage or inequality.
More information on Anna Wearne Trust
Territory Proud is committed to supporting young Territorians to achieve their goals in sport, music or the arts.
More information on Territory Proud
There are heaps of fantastic 'searchable directories' out there that will lead you to thousands of individual grant opportunities. Try searching on your project key words, for example funding, music or youth. Here are some of them: