Annual Community Grants Round 2018
The round will close on 14 September 2018

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The Scanlon Foundation’s annual community grants round for 2018 will fund projects that either support the transition of migrants into employment or support practical English literacy. Projects should consider the experience of migrants and of receiving communities and aim to nurture positive outcomes. All submissions are expected to also empower new arrival communities and develop cross cultural connections.

This year’s community grants will provide funding up to a maximum of $25,000.

This year’s grants will focus on 15 local government areas. As sometimes great projects exist outside these specific local government areas. This year there is the opportunity for organisations outside of the listed LGAs, but within the identified states, to provide an expression of interest. This would require additional information as to why their area should be included.

Due to the Foundations existing, significant investment within Victoria this year’s community grants only call for expressions of interest outside Victoria.

Expressions of interest by DGR1 eligible organisations for grants up to $25,000 must be made through Smartygrants. Applications are open now and close at 5pm on Friday, 14 September 2018. Use this link to Smartygrants to complete an expression of interest form.

We would encourage you to also view the FAQs before submitting your application.


Expressions of interest must meet the following criteria:

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

  • Blacktown, NSW
  • Canterbury-Bankstown, NSW
  • Cumberland, NSW
  • Fairfield, NSW
  • Liverpool, NSW
  • Parramatta, NSW
  • Wollongong, NSW
  • Logan, QLD
  • Ipswich, QLD
  • Inala, QLD
  • Murray Bridge, SA
  • Playford, SA
  • Port Adelaide Enfield, SA
  • Stirling (Mirrabooka), WA
  • Canning, WA
  • Other (outside Victoria)

Key Criteria

The Scanlon Foundation is looking to support projects that demonstrate their contribution to social cohesion by

1. building pathways to employment; or
2. increasing applied English literacy.

Successful projects will need to fulfil the criteria relevant to either ‘pathways to employment’ OR ‘literacy’ below. In addition all grants will be assessed against the innovation criteria.

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


Pathways to employment 

Grants in this category are looking to actively support people into employment. Successful applicants will go beyond resume writing and interview skills to actively engaging with local employers.

1. Employment pathways
Programs that contribute to the building of employment confidence, conversational and business skills, resume building and the presentation of experience and strengths, interviewing techniques, business behaviours and resources to assist in starting a new position.

2. Local business engagement
Programs that actively facilitate engagement with local businesses to introduce or expand experience of workplace cultures, language and colloquialisms, formal recognition of experience. Exposure to multiple functional areas of business, specific job opportunities, coaching of business in new arrival recruitment and employer management.
Programs may also provide support and coaching for new business initiatives that connect to business associations and market opportunities.

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

4. Transition support
Projects should look to engage participants post-employment to ensure they are supported by their employer. This may involve actively engaging with employers to ensure they have the sufficient skills to retain their new employees.



Grants in this category will focus on English literacy. Specifically, programs will teach applied and conversational English which can be used in both day-to-day and work environments.

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

2. Applied English practice
We are also looking for programs that focus specifically on the English literacy that supports both conversational interactions as well as enables the ability to communicate in a workplace environment.

3. Community engagement
Programs should link participants into the broader community. This could occur by engaging with a broad range of community organisations or additional interactions in a cross-cultural environment.

4. Cross cultural conversations
The Foundation looks specifically for projects that foster greater understanding between different cultures and faiths.