How to search for grants
Grants aren’t about supporting your organisation as a whole. They are about specific projects within your organisation. If you are a sports club, look for grants that support the projects you want to see happen. If you need a new club room with new change rooms, you might get better results by looking in the Infrastructure Sector.
4 easy steps to get the results you want
Your filter selections will appear above the search results.
Remember: Less is more! The more different categories of filter you make, the less results you’ll get.
Using a keyword means you might be missing things relevant to you that use a similar, but different word. Try using some filter categories instead.
Don’t use a keyword if you can use a filter. Eg. Don’t type ‘sport’ into the keyword. Go to ‘Sector>Sports’.
Use one word at a time.
You will get a better result if the word appears in the program name or the short description on the results page.
Start out with Activity then add an Industry to narrow it down to less results if needed. Select an activity that applies to your project. The more Activity options selected, the more search results you will receive. Now refine your search by selecting from the remaining drop down choices from Industry, Location and Status if you want to.
Do a search that includes Industry: General and Activity: General Operations to ensure you haven’t missed something! These categories include grants for all industries, and general business activities.
Sector Name: General includes grants for the whole sector.
Sector Name: Other includes grants for specific area that aren’t listed. They aren’t enough to warrant their own category.
Try the Other: Other sector just to ensure you haven’t missed something!
Search on the location of your project. For example: You may be based in Victoria, but your project is for kids in the Northern Territory. Select National AND Northern Territory.
Selecting a state does not include grants available nationally.
National does not include grants restricted to specific states or locations – the activities could be anywhere in Australia.
Overseas includes grants for activities conducted overseas.
Exclude Specific Location will remove grants that are for a smaller area than a State. Local Government grants will be excluded. For example, the City of Melbourne grants that are for specific parts of Melbourne wont be included.
Looking for your Local Government grants? Put the city name in the keyword and ensure that Exclude Specific Location isn’t ticked. For example: Add “Whitehorse” as a keyword to find grants provided by the City of Whitehorse. Just one word gets the best results – there are lots of “city of …” and “… council”.
Open includes grants currently open for applications.
Opening Soon includes grants that will open in the next few weeks.
Pending includes grants currently closed to new applications, that may open again in the future. A new round may open or it may only be open for certain times a year. Or, it may close forever soon, but nothing has been announced. Why don’t we use the word ‘closed’? Well, closed could mean ‘closed forever’ or just ‘closed for the moment’. So, we use ‘pending’.
We use an AND between categories and OR within a category.
If you select Activity: Export, Activity: Marketing, Industry Agriculture, Industry: Mining, Location National, Location: NSW
You will get results for: (Activity: Export OR Activity: Marketing) AND (Industry Agriculture OR Industry: Mining) AND (Location: National OR Location: NSW)