Funding and sponsorship


Future2Make the Difference! Grants

Future2 Make the Difference! Grants focus on the under 25s who may be financially disadvantaged, homeless, juvenile justice offenders, drug or alcohol dependent, disabled or Indigenous. Grants are awarded to projects and programs in the areas such as financial literacy, skills training, work experience, community service or mentoring.


Max e Grants

Max e Grants is an initiative from Barnardos Australia and OfficeMax®. It is a small grants program designed to help children get the most out of their education through better participation.
The Max e Grants program provides small grants of up to $5,000.00 per grant to:

  • Community groups
  • Schools
  • Kindergartens
  • Day care centres
based in Australia or New Zealand and who apply on behalf of a disadvantaged child or young person (or group of children for a single project - eg school excursion) to further their education prospects.


100F Foundation grants

The IOOF Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that was established in June 2002 as part of the demutualisation of IOOF Ltd.

They are committed to making an ongoing contribution to the community in which we live, by providing grants that support Australian not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged families, disadvantaged children and youth and aged care.

Grant information: 


Governor-General’s Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarship Program

The Governor-General’s Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarship program aims to assist and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students to obtain a teaching degree.


NAB Schools First

Launched in October 2008, NAB Schools First is a national awards program pledging $15 million over three years.

The program provides:

  • financial recognition of success in establishing effective 
    school-community partnerships; and
  • financial support to build stronger school-community partnerships.


Youth Homelessness Matters Day

Youth Homelessness Matters Day, on 15 April, aims to bring youth homelessness into the public arena. Want to be involved in the 2015 campaign? Check out our Campaign Kit which is full of ideas and information on what you can do. See here

05 Mar 2015

A New Start?: Implications of Work for the Dole on Mental Health of Unemployed Young Australians

This paper, by the QUT Children and Youth Research Centre, summarises literature on unemployment, mental health and Work for the Dole programs. Australian and international evidence suggests that unemployed young people are more likely to experience mental health problems than employed people (e.g. greater anxiety and depression, higher suicide rates).  Drawing on research undertaken in Australia and overseas we identify a link between mental health and unemployment. However, there is a lack of firm evidence with respect to the impact of Work for the Dole programs on the mental health of unemployed young Australians. See more

05 Mar 2015

First-year university students happier than ever

FIRST-YEAR university students are happier than ever. They like their teachers, reckon they get plenty of helpful feedback, and are less likely to drop out than any time in the past 20 years. They are clear about why they go to university, have a sense of purpose when they get there and enjoy the intellectual stimulation, according to a new study of the first year experience due to be released next week.

But the overall positive findings of the study, which has been published every five years since 1994, are marred by two clear and disconcerting findings. Students with low ATARs are not sharing the positive experience of the rest of their cohort. And only a minority of all first-year students are enjoying the ­collegial aspect of university. See more

05 Mar 2015

Vocational education research messages 2014

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) have released a report recapping the research published in 2014 across a range of issues associated with supporting students, apprentices, trainees and education providers. Original article

04 Mar 2015

Report - Lessons from a flexible learning program

A new report on the Brotherhood of St Laurence ‘Community VCAL’ (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) program describes the evolution of an integrated approach to assisting young people through teaching, wellbeing and pathways support. Original article

04 Mar 2015

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