Annual Community Grants Round 2016
Open now and closing on 12 September 2016

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The Scanlon Foundation’s annual community grants round 2016 will focus on 17 local government areas, with the purpose of funding projects that support the transition of migrants into employment. Projects should consider the experience of migrants and of receiving communities and aim to nurture positive outcomes. The Scanlon Foundation is seeking expressions of interest for projects that empower communities and develop intercultural connections.

Expressions of interest by DGR1 eligible organisations for grants up to $25,000 must be made through SmartyGrants. Applications are currently open and close at 5pm on Monday, 12 September 2016. Use the link to the SmartyGrants expression of interest form.

If you have any questions please see the FAQ page  or contact us.

Expressions of interest must meet the following criteria:

Projects must be located in one of the following Local Government Areas:

  • Brimbank, Victoria
  • Casey, Victoria
  • Greater Dandeong, Victoria
  • Hobsons Bay, Victoria
  • Hume, Victoria
  • Moreland, Victoria
  • Whittlesea, Victoria
  • Blacktown, NSW
  • Parramatta, NSW
  • Bankstown, NSW
  • Fairfield, NSW
  • Auburn, NSW
  • Liverpool, NSW
  • Logan, QLD
  • Ipswich, QLD
  • Inala, QLD
  • Murray Bridge, SA
  • Stirling, WA (Mirrabooka)

Key Criteria

The Scanlon Foundation is looking to support projects that fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

Successful projects will need to demonstrate their contribution to both building pathways to employment and encouraging social cohesion.

Employment Pathways
Programs that contribute to the building of employment confidence, conversational skills, resume building, presentation of experience and strengths both verbally and in written materials.

Local business engagement
Programs that actively facilitate engagement with local businesses to introduce or expand experience of  workplace cultures, language and colloquialisms, and offer and provide recognition of direct activities that build on strengths and capabilities or introduce new ‘in demand’ skills.

Programs may also provide support and coaching for new business initiatives that connect to business associations and market opportunities.

Programs that actively and innovatively develop literacy skills using means that engage with those that are unable or ineligible for other programs.

Applied English practice
We are also looking for programs that focus specifically on English literacy that can be applied in day to day and work environments.


As well as facilitating pathways into employment, it is vital that social cohesion is also supported in proposed projects. Therefore the project will also have to fulfill some or all of the following criteria.

Intercultural or culturally diverse programs
The Foundation looks specifically for projects that foster greater understanding between different cultures and faiths.

Cross cultural conversations
Projects should encourage intercultural conversations to share and recognize mutual contributions.

The Foundation is interested in exploring new ways to engage, empower and connect communities.

Applications for this grant round must be made through SmartyGrants. Click here to make an application.