Through our Smart Giving program, we support strategic school projects that aim to improve student outcomes. Projects run for 12 – 18 months.

A smart giving grant provides schools with funding of up to $30,000 for individual schools or $60,000 for clusters of 4-10 schools and strategic support to help with project design, implementation and evaluation.

To be eligible to apply, schools must have an ICSEA value below 1000. Applications for this year’s grant round will open from 8 August – to 9 September 2022.


When can I apply? 

Applications for the 2022 Smart Giving round open 9am AEST, Monday 8 August and close midnight AEST on Friday 9 September 2022. Submissions past this date cannot be accepted. Please read the Guidelines for further information 

Is my school eligible? 

Your school must have a value below 1000 on the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA). Schools with no (zero) ICSEA value must contact Schools Plus to determine eligibility, except for special needs schools which are eligible. For current ICSEA values, see your school’s profile on MySchool at .  

  • Only one project per school or school cluster will be considered under this round.  
  • Schools involved in a cluster application cannot submit a separate individual application. 
  • If your school has received funding through Smart Giving (including Smart Giving Invitation), Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards or Fair Education programs your project must be acquitted by close of round (9th September) to apply. This includes any cluster schools involved in a project. Please contact us if you are unsure. 
  • Funding for projects designed to meet your long-term strategic school plan will begin in Term 1, 2023. 

Please read the Guidelines for further information 

What is available to schools through this program?   

Schools Plus is seeking submissions for strategic projects ranging in value:  

  • Up to $30,000 for an individual school project  
  • Up to $60,000 for projects by a cluster of schools.  (A cluster is between 4 – 10 schools working together on the one project) 

In addition to funding support, successful schools will be partnered with a coach allocated from our team of education professionals. Schools Plus coaches provide an independent sounding board for school leaders and teachers beyond their education system. They will provide schools with up to 12 hours of coaching over the duration of the project (up to 18 months). 

Please read the Guidelines for further information. 

What sort of projects can be supported? 
  • Projects that start in Term 1, 2023, and align with your long-term strategic school plan. 
  • Innovative projects that trial new designs or strategies that have a sound research base and the potential for significant transformational change.  
  • The project can extend an existing school initiative that is having a proven impact, or it could replicate projects where existing strategies are being tried in a new location or with a new group.  
  • All projects must lead to improved learning outcomes for students in schools facing disadvantage. 
  • In designing your projects, schools should be able to clearly identify the student-focussed intervention, why change is needed, how the project will enable the change to be achieved and the difference the change will make to students and the broader school community.  
  • Your project submission will be able to identify what evidence or research is available to support the purpose and design of the project, how you will measure the change it creates and how you will share that information with us. 
  • Projects must be supported by the school leadership team and have an ongoing and sustainable benefit to the school community.  

Please read the Guidelines for further information about what can be supported and examples of projects we are unable to support. 

What are the key dates? 
  • The round will open 9am AEST Monday 8 August 2022.
  • The round will close midnight AEST Friday 9 September 2022 (late applications will not be accepted). 
  • Schools will be notified late September if they are shortlisted for further assessment. 
  • Shortlisted schools will be notified in October of the outcome of the assessment. Schools that proceed to the final stage will participate in a short phone interview to provide further details of the project. 
  • Interviewed schools will be notified in December of the outcome of their application. 
  • First coaching session aims to take place in Term 4 2022. 

Please read the Guidelines for further information about key dates and other requirements. 

Is there any support you can provide in applying? 

We have a number of ways we can support you in submitting a quality application and encourage you to access all that is available. 

Project design support: If you would like to speak to an education professional prior to submitting your application to help guide project design, please email to arrange a time to connect. This support is available between Monday 11th July and Friday 26th August. After that, a Schools Plus team member is happy to assist.  

Application support webinar: This short webinar has key information about the Smart Giving program as well as tips for submitting a strong application. We highly recommend watching the webinar before beginning your application.

Application Guidelines: We have developed Guidelines to assist you to submit a quality application. They include eligibility requirements, guiding questions and other important information to help your submission. Please read these prior to applying for a Smart Giving grant.  

How do I apply?

Please read the Guidelines for further information including the four key questions that will be asked. We have provided some supporting information and we encourage you to read this prior to submitting an application.  

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