The Education Small Grants Program aims to provide a quick response to community needs, and supports projects that aim to improve educational outcomes for 0-25 year olds and that target:
- Disadvantaged young people
- Culturally and linguistically diverse young people
- young people in rural and regional communities, or
- improvements in maths and numeracy skills in any of the above groups.
The Education Small Grants Program accepts applications on an ongoing basis.
While applications are assessed at regular intervals please note that there is a longer gap between November of one year and February of the next. Should you be seeking funding for a project with a start date during January or February you should aim to have your application submitted by mid October of the previous year.
Please allow three months from the submission date of your application to be notified of its outcome. Applicants will be notified via email provided on your application form. Successful applicants will need to allow a further two weeks to receive payment of your grant.
Eligibility for Organisations
Applications will be accepted for grants for charitable purposes from Australian incorporated organisations that have been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as Tax Concession Charities (TCC).
If you are unsure of your organisation’s tax status, check with your financial advisor or the Australian Government’s ABN Lookup website.
If your organisation is not endorsed as a TCC, but you are an Australian incorporated organisation, you may still be eligible to apply as long as we can be satisfied that the nature of your project is charitable.
Eligibility for Individuals
The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund do not provide grants directly to individuals or unincorporated bodies.
If you fall within this category, an application for funding may be made through a funding partner that has been endorsed by the ATO as a Tax Concession Charity. If your funding partner organisation is not endorsed as a TCC, but is an Australian incorporated organisation, you may still be eligible to apply as long as we can be satisfied that the nature of the project is charitable.
Grants are capped at $10,000 and are for a 12 month period only. The requested amount may be part of a budget of up to $50,000
Documentation and Support Materials
Please refer to the application form for information regarding the documentation you are required to supply with your submission.
- The Education Small Grants Program only supports small community-based organisations
- Applications will be accepted from government schools. Private or non-government schools are not eligible to apply
- Only small, discrete projects that meet the needs of a community rather than supplementing the funding of large projects will be supported
- Where request is to support the running of an ongoing program, for example employment of a music teacher or a social worker, identify how this position will be sustained after the funding period has concluded. Ongoing programs with no identified pathway to sustainability will not be supported.
- Professional development of teachers will not be supported
- National school competitive arts productions, such as the Rock Eisteddfod, will not be supported
- International travel of students and teachers will not be supported
- Applications for projects that begin within three months of your submission date will not be accepted
- Submissions will not be accepted from organisations that have received a grant in the last 12 months from The Myer Foundation or Sidney Myer Fund
- Applications that have been previously unsuccessful cannot be resubmitted
- Submissions will not be accepted from organisations that have not successfully acquitted previous grants
- Only one submission can be considered per applicant. This includes those submitted to another funding area of The Myer Foundation or Sidney Myer Fund. Exceptions are made when multiple applications are received from universities and other large organisations where they represent different faculties, departments or schools, and the proposals are unrelated.
Please refer to our FAQs section of the website for further information on our funding exclusions and eligibility.