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THE SMART GIVING PROGRAM GRANT APPLICATION ROUND IS OPEN 12 JULY – 20 AUGUST 2021


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. Further eligibility criteria is detailed in the application guidelines. Applications for the 2021 Grant Round open 12 July.

PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION

  • Applications open 9am AEST, 12 July and close Midnight, 20 August AEST
  • Our application guidelines are essential in helping you submit a quality application for your school
  • We have produced a short webinar with information on the program and tips on what to include in your application. We strongly recommend viewing this before beginning your application
  • When designing your project, 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 must be supported by the school leadership team and have an ongoing and sustainable benefit to the school community
  • Applications should be able to identify evidence or research 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 Schools Plus
  • Submit your application via our grants portal, Smarty Grants.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When can I submit an application?

Applications are open from 9am AEST, Monday 12 July and closes midnight AEST on Friday 20 August 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please read the guidelines for further information.

Is my school eligible to apply?

• 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.
• 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 you are not eligible to apply in this round. Please contact us if you are unsure.
• If you are a multi-site campus or operate a Flexible/Independent Learning site and have more than one project you are considering applying for, please contact us to discuss.
• Funding for projects designed to meet your long-term strategic school plan will begin in Term 1, 2022. 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 from:

  • 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 experts. Please read the guidelines for further information.

What sort of projects can be supported?
  • Projects that start in Term 1, 2022, align and meet 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.  
  • 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. 

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 12 July 2021
  • The round will close midnight AEST Friday 20 August 2021 (late applications will not be accepted)
  • Schools will be notified in September if they are shortlisted for further assessment
  • Shortlisted schools will be notified in early October of the outcome of the assessment. Schools who 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 November of the outcome of their application
  • First coaching session will take place in Term 4

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

How do I apply?

You can preview the application form through Smarty Grants

Before applying, please read the guidelines for information on eligibility, key dates and application information.

CHECK YOUR SCHOOL’S ELIGIBILITY

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION GUIDELINES

WATCH THE APPLICATION WEBINAR