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.
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 of $2,500 is available on average but can be up to $5,000. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Online resource for community and non-profit groups offering funding advice, free online donations service, management and tools to assist in running organisations.
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
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: