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 are now closed. Schools will be notified of the status of their submission before the end of the year.


When can I apply? 

Applications for the 2022 Smart Giving are now closed. New submissions cannot be accepted. Schools will be updated on the status of their application before the end of the year.

Is my school eligible? 

To be eligible for a Smart Giving grant, tour 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. All special needs schools 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 per 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 to apply. This includes any cluster schools involved in a project. Please contact us if you are unsure. 
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). 

What sort of projects can be supported through Smart Giving? 
  • Projects that 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-focused 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.  
How do I apply?

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