Local Schools community fund

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 5PM, MONDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2019!

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APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

The Australian Government is providing $30.2 million in 2019–20 for the Local Schools Community Fund (the Fund), with up to $200,000 available for each federal electorate. The Fund will benefit students and assist schools to meet their priorities through the contribution of funding for small scale projects and their associated costs.

The Fund is open to all schools—government, Catholic and independent.

Schools can apply for funding for one project between $1,000 and $20,000. Where a school is composed of multiple campuses, the school or campus may submit an application for each campus to fund a project between $1,000 and $20,000.

Funding requested can be for the total cost of the project, or part of the cost where the school contributes an amount.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Examples of projects a school may wish to apply for include, but are not limited to:

  • master-planning

  • small scale extensions / refurbishments

  • installation of computer or ICT facilities / equipment / software

  • playground and sporting equipment

  • shade structures

  • landscaping

  • procurement of musical facilities, furniture, computer equipment (e.g. digital whiteboards), library resources

  • air-conditioning

  • measures to target student wellbeing

  • counselling or youth mental health support

  • excursions for students from remote areas

  • additional English as a second language support for refugee students

  • specific facilities for students with a disability in a school.

Additional eligibility criteria apply and can be found in the Local Schools Community Fund Guidelines.

Funding is not available from the Australian Government to meet ongoing costs incurred by schools and approved authorities from approved projects under this Fund.

HOW DO I EXPRESS INTEREST?

Schools can submit an application form through SchoolsHUB.

Applications are now open and close at 5:00 pm AEST, 30 September 2019.

Individuals applying on behalf of a school, who are not already registered in SchoolsHUB, need to:

  1. Register a user account

  2. Link their profile to their school record and apply for the Application Officer role, then

  3. Complete and submit their application.

More information on how to register and link to a school is available in the:

Schools approved for funding for a project will receive notification in early December 2019, with funds paid to the approved authority of a school from the start of the 2020 calendar year.

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