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 (https://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders/)
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

Sporting Schools program
The Sporting Schools program for primary schools helps to provide a range of sporting programs that will increase children’s interest and participation in sport. It also aims to create stronger links between children and local sporting clubs, nurturing a lifelong love of sport
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

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

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

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

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

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
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

Scholarships for early childhood professionals

Applications are now open for the early childhood scholarships program.

The early childhood scholarships program is designed to attract new early childhood teachers to the field and support existing educators who wish to upskill to a teaching qualification or gain a relevant postgraduate qualification. Early childhood teachers and educators play a critical role in the first years of children’s lives by laying the foundations for lifelong learning and future success.

There are two scholarship options available: 

Early childhood scholarships to become a teacher (bachelor degree and postgraduate qualifications)

This option is for eligible individuals wanting to study to become a registered early childhood teacher or upskill.

Early childhood Aboriginal pathway scholarships (Certificate III to postgraduate level qualifications)

This option is for eligible Aboriginal people wanting to become an early childhood educator or teacher. Aboriginal applicants completing bachelor degree and postgraduate qualifications must meet the same conditions as the teaching scholarships.

Those completing vocational training must enrol in one of the following eligible courses:

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113)
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113)

For more information see the early childhood scholarships program guidelines:

To apply see the early childhood scholarships program application portal

Closing date: Ongoing

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

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

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 (communitydevelopment.org.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.