Federal Government Grants

The Morrison Government have several grants programmes currently open to support community groups, schools and businesses in Fairfax. Below is a snapshot of each programme and links for further information and advice. Please note that the 2019 Stronger Communities Programme, Communities Environment Programme and Local Schools Community Fund have closed.

For a full list of Federal Government grants, please visit the Grants Portal or Community Grants Portal.



Science Scholarship Grants

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions opened on 5 September.  

The Morrison Government’s Sponsorship Grants Program supports students aged under 18 to develop skills and potential career opportunities in STEM.

The Program offers grants to organisations of between $1,000 and $20,000 for student participation in STEM events and competitions that take place both within Australia and overseas.

Grants are capped at $1,500 per student for domestic, and $5,000 per student for international events and competitions. As the name suggests, grants are awarded to organisations that sponsor participation, not to individuals – so it is ideal for schools who are looking to field teams in competitions.

The $1.6 million funding pool is allocated via first-in, eligibility-based grants with a split between:

  • $1 million per year for student participation in STEM engagement activities and events that take place in Australia and overseas; and
  • $600,000 per year for student participation in international STEM competitions.

Schools are encouraged to make sponsorship applications as soon as possible on behalf of any students who are planning to take part in such activities, as these grants have proved very popular in the past and have exhausted within a few months.

Application forms and eligibility criteria HERE.



The Festivals grants program provides Commonwealth Government funding to support individual art projects at festivals or significant one-off community events, such as a town’s centenary celebration or opening of a major new community resource, including:

  • provide access to a diverse range of high quality, innovative arts projects that grow audiences at festivals across regional Australia
  • support partnerships and collaboration across the arts sector
  • encourage community participation in arts projects at regional and remote festivals.

Applications close 18 October.

Festivals Grant thumbnail - Ted O'Brien MP


Veteran and Community Grants Program

The Veteran and Community Grants Program provides funds to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the Australian veteran community by providing funding for projects that sustain or enhance health and wellbeing, specifically:

  • Deliver projects that are sustainable, financially viable and have an ongoing benefit for members of the Australian veteran community; and

  • Deliver projects that increase opportunities for members of the Australian veteran community, associated with social activity and community participation and/or improve health behaviours and support healthy places.

Applications are open until 27 February 2020.

Veteran and Community Grants program



Swimming Australia’s Community Swimming Grants Program

Local community groups are encouraged to apply for new swimming grants to enable or improve opportunities for people with disabilities and from diverse backgrounds to enjoy this great Aussie past-time.

The Community Swimming Grants Program allows organisations to apply for grants of up to $10,000 as part of the Morrison Government’s $28.9 million Move It AUS – Participation Grants Program.

For more information and to apply for Swimming Australia’s Community Swimming Grants Program, click below. Applications close 8 November 2019.

Who can apply for funding?

Organisations with the capability to provide or facilitate the provision of swimming and aquatics activities (including but not limited to learn to swim, water safety, aquatics fitness or play and competitive swimming programs and activities).

Eligible organisations may include:

• Learn to swim providers

• Aqua fitness providers

• Aquatics facilities

• Swim Clubs

• Other aquatics sport clubs (e.g. Water Polo Clubs etc.)

• Community organisations

• Charity organisations

• Councils

• Schools

• Universities

• State or Territory Sport Organisations

Community Swimming grant - Ted O'Brien MP


Agricultural Show Grants

Agricultural Shows are the heart and soul of regional communities and the Federal Government wants them to stay that way.

Grant funding is now available for organisers of regional Agricultural Shows to upgrade existing facilities and the building, purchase, rent or construction of new infrastructure to keep our shows running well into the future, bring communities together and bridge the divide between country and city.

Applications close 13 December 2019.

For all the details on how to apply click below:

Ag Show Grants - Ted O'Brien MP