Let us search the web for you! Check this page for current tender and grant opportunities offered by Commonwealth and State Governments and private enterprises. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list of all tenders and grants available in Australia.

If you wish to search or register for further tender or grant notifications, please see the list of websites below.

Tender websites

Australian Government (tenders.gov.au)
ACT Government (procurement.act.gov.au)
NSW Government (tenders.nsw.gov.au)
NZ Government (gets.govt.nz)
Qld Government (secure.publicworks.qld.gov.au/etender/index.do)
SA Government (www.tenders.sa.gov.au/tenders/index.do)
Tas. Government (www.tenders.tas.gov.au/)
Vic. Government (tenders.vic.gov.au)
WA Government (www.tenders.wa.gov.au/watenders/index.do)
NT Government (tendersonline.nt.gov.au/)

National grants

Transurban Group Grants
Transurban recognises that community organisations play an important role in the livelihood of our neighbourhoods. As an owner and operator of urban road networks, our company’s vision is “to strengthen communities through transport” and we know that one of the ways we can realise our vision is to support those groups with the potential to make an impact in the communities in which we operate. Our Australian community grants program has been established to fund initiatives that contribute to the social and /or environmental development of those communities.
Transurban Group
No closing date available

The Myer Foundation—Education Small Grants Program
This program aims to provide a quick response to community needs, and supports projects in educational settings for young people up to 25 years of age. It aims to address one of the following priority areas: disadvantaged young people, culturally and linguistically diverse young people and young people in rural and regional communities.
The Myer Foundation
No closing date available

Active After-school Communities program
The Active After-school Communities program is a national initiative that provides primary school-aged children with access to free, sport and other structured physical activity programs in the after-school time slot of 3.00pm to 5.30pm.
Australian Sports Commission
No closing date available

Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme
The Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme assists families with the extra costs associated with educating their children. If you have a primary or secondary school student who cannot go to an appropriate state school because of geographical isolation, disability or special health need, the Assistance for Isolated children may help you. The scheme also helps families that are isolated from an appropriate state school where the school-aged student is undertaking a tertiary course instead.
Centrelink (Department of Human Services)
Closing date: Ongoing

ExxonMobil Contributions Program
This program aims to support not-for-profit organisations that are seeking funding for specific community projects, especially in the areas of health, education and environment. Community support projects and the arts are also supported.
Closing date: Ongoing

Indigenous Wage Subsidy (IWS)
Indigenous Wage Subsidy (IWS) is an incentive paid to employers when they employ eligible Indigenous Australians on an ongoing basis.
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)
Closing date: Ongoing

Inger Rice Foundation Grants
This program fosters activities and programs concerned with improving parent and child relationships in Australia, in particular with younger children from birth to pre-birth up to primary school age (0–5 years). It aims to offer financial support for training, research and provision of material and equipment to persons and groups through approved organisations. Funding is available up to $5000.
Inger Rice Foundation
Closing date: Ongoing

Ian Potter Foundation—Education Program
This program focuses on improving outcomes for students in early childhood, primary and secondary schools.
The objectives of the program are to support:
– Innovative programs delivered in early childhood centres and in primary and secondary schools that foster parental engagement in children’s learning.
– Innovative programs delivered in early childhood centres and schools that increase wider community involvement in student learning and educational facilities.
– School leadership to increase parental and community participation in school life.
Grants in excess of $50,000 are available. Applicants are required to speak with a program manager if submitting an expression of interest (EOI) for a grant of more than $100,000.
Applicants are required to provide co-contribution or alternative providers of funding.
Closing date: 20 April 2018

New South Wales grants

Camden Council – Support for Special Achievers Program
This program aims to support gifted and talented people who live in the Camden local government area to meet the costs of participation in a cultural, academic or sporting event representing NSW or Australia. Grants of up 10% of costs, to a maximum of $500 are available.
Closing date: Ongoing

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants
This program seeks to assist Aboriginal communities and individuals by providing funds to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation, with the current focus on supporting art, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists. There are two types of grants available:
1. Seeding grants
– To research the relevance and value of new projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists that may be ineligible for support from existing agencies.
– To facilitate schemes or projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists which are of benefit to Aboriginal health, welfare or education which have potential for wider application.
2. One-off grants in support of:
– Health and well being of artists and their families.
– Education through art projects which will benefit health and well being.
– Individuals and communities, with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists, to meet special needs.
Grants between $500 and $5,000 are available.
Closing date: Ongoing

Queensland grants

Literacy and Numeracy – Targeted Intervention Grant
This program enables literacy and/or numeracy support to be provided to students identified through school monitoring and assessment data.
Funds are to be spent on support for literacy and numeracy intervention strategies to improve the learning outcomes for all students. No acquittal is required.
Please review the website for the payment details and complete allocation of funds for this program.
Queensland Government
Closing date: Ongoing

Environmental and Outdoor Education Centre Grant
This program aims to provide assistance to environmental and outdoor education centres in meeting recurrent operating costs.
Assistance is provided as a formula-generated cash grant calculated for each semester using actual and estimated visitation data. Please refer to the website for the comprehensive details on the funding allocations.
Closing date: Ongoing

Establishment Grant
This program provides funding to purchase resources needed to establish a new facility and deliver subject curriculum. Grants are available under the following categories:
– Pre-opening grant for new schools
– Business education centres
– Senior schooling grant
– Resource centres
– Science grants (new schools)
– Science grants (established schools)
– Manual arts
– Home economics
– P and C startup
– Curriculum resourcing
– New special education facilities
– New specialist support staff
– New preparatory year curriculum resourcing
– New preparatory year facilities and furniture
Funds are available as one-off cash grants based on current rates. Current rates range between $1,000 and $700,000. Please refer to the program website for allocation paid per grant.
Closing date: Ongoing

Literacy and Numeracy – Curriculum into the Classroom
Purpose:To assist with the implementation of the new curriculum across the state. Expenditure Guidelines: Regions and schools are to use the allocated funds based on the regional professional development plan.
QLD Department of Education, Training and Employment
Closing date: Ongoing

Literacy and numeracy – getting the basics right
To assist students in Prep to Year 2 to enhance their literacy and numeracy skills and to provide schools with more flexibility to design and deliver intervention targeted to the specific needs of their students.
QLD Department of Education, Training and Employment
Closing date: Ongoing

Gifted and Talented
Funds are provided to regions to support the development of programs and strategies for gifted students.
Regional Officers assist schools to meet the needs of gifted students by leading or coordinating professional learning, and by providing advice and support to schools and teachers.
QLD Department of Education, Training and Employment
Closing date: Ongoing

Indigenous Education Grant
To support Indigenous school students to be enrolled, engaged and achieving in school; and progressing at the same rate as non-Indigenous students.
QLD Department of Education, Training and Employment
Closing date: Ongoing

Rural and Remote Education Access Program (RREAP)
To assist state schools to improve the educational opportunities and outcomes of students in geographically isolated areas.
QLD Department of Education, Training and Employment
Closing date: Ongoing

Education Support Funding Program
This program aims to implement new strategies and deliver enhanced services and programs identified through the education support planning process. This funding is aimed specifically to support children in the care of the state in relation to participation, wellbeing, academic achievement and other priorities.
Department of Education and Training
No closing date available

ICT School Grant
This program assists schools to implement the Smart Classrooms initiative by supporting the development of information and communication technologies (ICT) in schools.
Department of Education and Training
No closing date available

The Courier Mail Children’s Fund
This program provides financial support to charitable organisations through Queensland to help them meet the needs of children with special needs. It aims to provide funds to help sick and disadvantaged children achieve their full potential.
No closing date available

Year 2 Diagnostic Net Grants
This program aims to assists schools to ensure improved literacy and numeracy outcomes for young children in state schools.
Department of Education and Training
Closing date: Ongoing

Queensland Environmentally Sustainable Schools Initiative (QESSI)
This program exists to establish a network of environmentally sustainable schools that demonstrate curricula connections, and environmental action based upon ecologically sustainable development principles.
Department Of Education, Training and Employment
Closing date: Ongoing

Refugee Program (YNSR)
This program provides support to schools with refugee students, especially those with very complex learning, social and psychological needs. Funding is distributed regionally to schools based on identified need.
Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE)
Closing date: Ongoing

Victoria grants

EastWeb Grants
This program provides funding to support projects working with Indigenous, asylum seeker or refugee communities within Victoria. Its major objective is to fund whole start-up projects that build the capacity of communities to create long term strategies for change.
The dates for 2015 grant applications submission are:
– Round One: 1 March
– Round Two: 1 June
– Round Three: 1 September
– Round Four: 1 December
Funding up to $2000 is available per project. There will be up to, but no more than, two successful applications per funding round. EastWeb can also assist by sourcing in-kind support for applicant projects, including volunteers, assistance with grant-writing or donations of products/services from willing businesses.
Eligible organisations must have a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) or Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status. If not, they will need to be endorsed by an organisation with a DGR or a TCC status.
Eligible activities include projects that address the following areas:
– Health care.
– Employment.
– Education.
– Cultural heritage promotion and maintenance.
Closing date: Multiple (see above)

Early Childhood Scholarships for Aboriginal People (ECSAP)
Early Childhood Scholarships for Aboriginal People (ECSAP) provides scholarships to Aboriginal people who are currently working in a Victorian early childhood setting to attain or upgrade an early childhood qualification.
Closing date: Ongoing

Early Childhood Qualifications Fund
The Victoria Government is committed to supporting the early childhood workforce to meet early childhood sector reforms and the increased demand for early childhood services as a result of the biggest baby boom in a generation. A cornerstone of the Government’s support for the sector is the Early Childhood Qualifications Fund which provides support for educators currently working in a Victorian early childhood education and care service or primary school who wish to upgrade or attain an approved early childhood qualification.
Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Closing date: Application round opens December 2013

Aboriginal Health Project Grants
The Aboriginal Health Project Grants aim to improve the health of Western Australians by working through partnerships and supporting targeted programs which promote and facilitate healthy lifestyles, policies and environments and build the capacity of individuals, groups and communities to be healthier.
Closing date: Ongoing

 Western Australia grants

Shire of Chittering – KidSport Funding
This program aims to enable eligible families to access financial support to cover club membership fees for their children; getting more children into sport and supporting the future of local sporting clubs. Grants of up to $200 per child per calendar year are available.
Closing date: Ongoing

Regional Child Care Development Fund Operational Support Grants Program
The Regional Child Care Operational Grants Program provides funding to community managed child care organisations to support the viability and sustainability of quality child care for children and families in regional Western Australia.
WA Department of Local Government and Communities
No closing date available

Early Years activities money
Early Years activities money (EYAM) is available to support community initiatives around the early years to build capacity in communities to ensure the sustainable wellbeing of children and families, support families in nurturing and caring for their children and engage communities in the coordination of resources supporting early childhood.
WA Department for Communities
No closing date available

South Australia grants

Multicultural One-Off Grants
The grants are designed to develop and strengthen multicultural communities and to assist organisations to celebrate, showcase and support their cultures and communities. One-off projects can include community education and learning projects; community development projects (including equipment purchases); projects that use the media to promote multiculturalism and cultural events.
Projects that support women, youth or rural and remote communities will be given higher priority.
SA Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
Closing date: multiple

Northern Territory grants

NT EPA – School Environment Grants
This program aims to support action based educational projects promoting ecological sustainability and to build awareness of the cumulative impacts of our behaviour and lifestyle choices.
In 2016-17, the program will be focused on three broad categories:
– Waste
– Pollution
– Stormwater
Funding of up to $2,000 is available.
Closing date: 3 April 2017

Early Childhood Services Subsidy
This program aims to help child care providers with the cost of providing a service and to reduce the cost of child care for parents.
The subsidy has two flat rates:
– $30 per equivalent full-time place, per week for children aged under two years of age.
– $22 per equivalent full-time place, per week for children aged two to five years of age.
Eligible applicants include:
– Long day care
– Family day care
– Three year old kindergarten
Closing date: Ongoing 

Grant websites

National (community.grantready.com.au)
ACT Government (grants.act.gov.au)
NSW Government (communitybuilders.nsw.gov.au)
NT Government (nt.gov.au)
Qld Government (qld.gov.au)
SA Government (sa.gov.au)
Tas. Government (service.tas.gov.au)
Vic. Government (vic.gov.au/grants)
WA Government (grantsdirectory.dlg.wa.gov.au)

This webpage has been set up as an information service only; the tenders and grants listed on this page have not been quality assured by Early Childhood Australia. Seek further information or create an application at your own discretion.

If you know of any grants or tenders relevant to the early childhood sector, please let us know at: tenders@earlychildhood.org.au.