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Smart Giving
About the program

Through our Smart Giving program, we help connect schools across Australia with individuals, businesses and foundations who are passionate about education. 

We invite schools to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to seek additional funds for their school, for projects that explore innovative, creative and progressive approaches in education. 

We draw on advice from independent experts to select a range of projects, then promote them to potential donors who want to know where they can have the greatest impact. 

Please subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date with our opportunities.


Frequently Asked Questions

How would our school benefit from the program?

Funding support: Your school will receive funding for a significant project to improve student outcomes.

Strategic support: Schools receiving Smart Giving funding will be connected to our team of education expert coaches who will provide an element of strategic support for you to help with design, evaluation and implementation of your project. We will tailor this support to match your requirements. 

The round is now closed.

Is our school eligible?
  • Schools submitting and EOI 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 My School.   
  • Only one project per school or school cluster will be considered under this round.   
  • If your school has received funding through Schools Plus’ Smart Giving (including Smart Giving Invitation), Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards or Fair Education programs within the last 12 months please email Schools Plus at to discuss your eligibility.

The round is now closed.

What level of funding is available?

Schools Plus will be seeking submissions for strategic projects ranging in value from:  

  • $20,000 to $30,000 for an individual school project  
  • up to $60,000 for projects by a cluster of schools (4 – 10 schools)  

In addition to project funding, schools receiving Smart Giving funding will be partnered with a coach allocated from our team of education experts. All our coaches have had extensive recent experience in schools and will provide each school with up to four coaching sessions over the duration of the projectFocused support will be provided on the design, implementation and evaluation of the project.  

The round is now closed.

What type of projects will be supported?

We are seeking projects that will lead to improved learning outcomes for students in schools facing disadvantage.

  • We are keen to support 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.
  • In designing their projects, schools should be able to clearly identify why change is needed, how the project will enable the change to be achieved and the difference the change will make to the school community.
  • Projects should align closely with the school’s strategic plan.
  • Projects must be supported by the school leadership team and have an ongoing and sustainable benefit to the 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.

The round is now closed.

How do we apply?

The round is now closed for 2020. Please subscribe to our newsletter for further opportunities. 

Which schools are eligible

To be eligible for support through Schools Plus, schools must have a value below 1000 on the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) or be a special school, as defined by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Check ICSEA values at More than 4,600 schools in Australia, across the government, independent and Catholic sectors, are eligible for our support.

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Free fundraising workshop

Want to learn how to raise more funds for your school?

We are hosting a free grant workshop on Thursday 11 March 2021 which will cover:

*An overview of grant types and how they can benefit your school
*Where to find grants
*Preparing your project and planning for success
*Grant application and writing tips
*Best practice for reporting and saying thank you
*A Q&A session with our grant writing experts

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