annual grants round 2019 are now open

Grants status


Close date

12th September 2019

Expression of Interest

  • Pathways to employment
  • Literacy


The Scanlon Foundation’s annual community grants round for 2019 will fund projects that 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 also expected to empower new arrival communities and develop cross cultural connections.

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

The community grants will focus on 21 local government areas. Sometimes great projects exist outside these specific local government areas so there is the opportunity for organisations who are located 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 Foundation’s existing, significant investment within Victoria this year’s community grants only call for expressions of interest outside Victoria.

Expressions of interest can be made by DGR1 eligible organisations for grants of up to $25,000 through Smartygrants. Applications are now open and will close at 12pm midnight on Thursday 12 September 2019. 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

Expressions of interest must meet the following criteria:


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

In New South Wales: Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Liverpool, Parramatta, or Wollongong. 

In Queensland: Brisbane, Inala, Ipswich, Logan, Rockhampton, or Townsville. 

In Western Australia: Canning, Stirling, or Wanneroo.

In South Australia: Murray Bridge, Playford, Port Adelaide Enfield, or Salisbury.

In Tasmania: Glenorchy.

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

1. 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. Facilitate mentor relationships
  3. Actively facilitate engagement with local businesses
  4. Encourage intercultural conversations
  5. Post-Employment support   

2. English literacy 

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. Participants ideally will be able to participate for as long as needed.
  2. Applied English practice
  3. Ability to provide practical support 
  4. Practice with native English speakers
  5. Consideration of childcare needs

how to apply