The ACT Government provides a wide range of grants and funding opportunities to financially support individuals, groups, and organisations that benefit Canberrans and the Canberra community. Information on the various categories of ACT Government grants can be found below.

The grants are administered by different ACT Government Directorates and Agencies. For information, help or advice on a specific grant please contact the Directorate or Agency responsible. Contact details are listed on each grant’s guidelines or you can search through the ACT Government Directory.

For further information please visit the pages Applying for a grant and Receiving a grant.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander

New and Emerging Organisation Support Program

The New and Emerging Organisation Support Program provides financial support to businesses and community organisations that develop and deliver culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


Cultural Grant

The Cultural Grants supports the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and contributes to the building of respectful, fair and sustainable communities.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


Leadership Grant

Leadership Grants support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have a strong voice, are decision makers on issues that impact them and lead in the achievement of positive life outcomes.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


Scholarship Grant

Scholarship Grants supports preserving the world’s oldest living cultures, enhancing social inclusion and empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to fully engage in lifelong learning and positive generational experiences.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


Reconciliation Day Grant

Individuals, local community groups and organisations can apply for grant funding of up to $5,000 to support events on and around Reconciliation Day in Canberra.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.

Arts

Arts Activities Funding

Arts Activities funding is available to ACT-based artists at all stages of their careers and to organisations providing the Canberra community with opportunities to engage in the arts.

To find out more about this grant please visit the ArtsACT website.


CBR Screen Fund

The CBR Screen Fund is a multi-purpose, strategic Fund that supports the local ACT screen industry to become more commercially oriented and develop Canberra stories and content for mainstream markets, as well as attracting productions and film industry activity to Canberra.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Innovation, Industry and Investment website.

Business

Innovation Connect Grant

The Innovation Connect grant program is designed to help Canberra-based businesses develop innovative products and services. Innovation Connect is now delivered in a partnership between the ACT Government and Canberra Innovation Network.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Canberra Innovation Network website.

Community

Nature Play Grants Program

The Nature Play Grants Program provides financial assistance to eligible organisations for projects, programs and initiatives to support participation in active lifestyles through quality outdoor recreation, play and adventure programs and services for the benefit of all the Canberra Community.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Sport and Recreation website.


Community Support and Infrastructure Grant

Support for local community organisations to be more effective and efficient is provided through the Community Support and Infrastructure Grant Program. There are three categories including community support and capacity, non-fixed infrastructure and equipment, and minor capital works and fixed infrastructure.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


Digital Communities Participation Grant

The ACT Government is supporting local community organisations to establish or enhance their digital capacity through the Digital Communities Participation Grants Program.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


Technology Upgrade Fund Grants

Community groups and organisations can apply for grant funding to foster digital connection in Canberra and provide more accessible technology for Canberrans in need.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


ACT Prevention of Violence Award

The ACT Violence Prevention Awards recognise projects, organisations and individuals who are making significant contributions to the prevention of violence against women and children in the ACT.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.

COVID-19

COVID-19 Stimulus Rapid Response Grants Program

The COVID-19 Stimulus Rapid Response Grants Program will provide fast and flexible funding to support eligible organisations adopt innovative and essential business model changes that adapt their service in response to COVID-19.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.

Disability

Disability Inclusion Grant

The Disability Inclusion Grants encourage community organisations, volunteer-run groups and small businesses to better include and engage people with a disability.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


International Day of People with Disability (I-Day) Grant

The annual grants round to support the celebration of the International Day of People with Disability (I-Day) provides an opportunity for individuals and organisations to apply for financial support for a program or event for I-Day, which is celebrated on 3 December each year.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards

The Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards provide acknowledgement of the outstanding achievements of businesses, organisations and individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to encourage, welcome and support people with disability in their workplace, business and community.

To find out more about this event and the nomination process please visit the Community Services Directorate website.

Education and Training

Adult Community Education Grants Program

The Adult Community Education Grants Program strengthens foundation skills for Canberrans faced with complex barriers to participation in learning or work.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Skills Canberra website.


Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants Program

The Future Skills for Future Jobs Grants Program provides funding for innovative projects with a strong connection to Australian Apprenticeship commencements and job creation to address future workforce needs.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Skills Canberra website.

Environment

Community Zero Emissions Grants

The Community Zero Emissions Grants Program provides funding to eligible community groups and sponsored individuals to lead initiatives which support the ACT’s transition to net zero emissions by 2045 at the latest.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate.


ACT Environment Grants

ACT Environment Grants funds community projects that support environmental activities consistent with the ACT Government’s policies and priorities. They help strengthen participation and engagement in community led environmental initiatives.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate.


Community Gardens Grants Program

The Community Gardens Grants Program provides funding to support the development and expansion of community gardens across Canberra.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate.


ACT Farmers Support Package

The ACT Farmers Support Package is designed to support farmers and help them to prepare for the future, and the increasing likelihood of drier and warmer conditions due to climate change.

To find out more about this support package please visit the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate.

Events

ACT Event Fund

The ACT Event Fund has been established as a key mechanism for stimulating and fostering a range of positive economic, social and community outcomes for the Canberra region through the festivals and events sector.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Events.act.gov.au website.


Major Event Fund

The Major Event Fund has been established to proactively acquire, create or develop tourism events that have the capacity to drive significant interstate and/or international visitation to the ACT.

To find out more about this grant please visit the VisitCanberra website.

Health

ACT Health Promotion Grants Program

The ACT Health Promotion Grants Program (ACTHPGP) offers grants to community-based organisations to improve the health of Canberrans and minimise the risk of them developing chronic diseases. This funding supports the objectives of the Healthy Canberra: ACT Preventive Health Plan 2020 - 2025.

To find out more about the funding opportunities available through the ACTHPGP please visit the ACT Health Directorate website.

Heritage

ACT Heritage Grants Program

The ACT Heritage Grants Program is an annual funding program to assist the community in working to conserve and promote the heritage of the ACT.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate.

Housing

Tenant Participation Grant

The aim of the Tenant Participation Grant Program is to encourage and support ACT Social Housing (Public Housing and Community Housing) tenants and their families to participate in a range of sporting, arts, cultural, education, employment and training activities for physical, social and personal development. The program also supports participation in domestic and family violence awareness training.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


Private Buildings Cladding Scheme

The Private Buildings Cladding Scheme is designed to provide assistance for eligible private building owners in the ACT. It is to cover the testing and assessment of a building’s cladding in determining the level of risk (if any) that the cladding represents and what actions the building owners should take to reduce the risk.

To find out more information about this grant please visit Private Buildings Cladding Scheme website or email claddingprogram@act.gov.au

LGBTIQ+

Capital of Equality Grants

The Capital of Equality Grants are available for initiatives that support individuals and organisations with innovative approaches to inclusion and promote the visibility of LGBTIQ+ Canberrans'.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate.

Multicultural

Participation (Multicultural) Grant

The Participation (Multicultural) Grant highlights and promotes community participation, cultural diversity and inclusion in the ACT.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


National Multicultural Festival Grants

National Multicultural Festival Grants provide funding to highlight and promote community participation, cultural diversity and inclusion at the annual National Multicultural Festival.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.

Seniors

Seniors Grant

The Seniors Grants Program provides funding for innovative projects that promote seniors as valued members of the ACT community and enable their active participation in community life.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.

Sport

Sport and Recreation Operational Program

The Sport and Recreation Operational Program is designed to subsidise operational costs to assist eligible peak body organisations to work in partnership with Sport and Recreation to develop participation opportunities in sport and physical recreation in the ACT.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Sport and Recreation website.


Community Sport and Recreation Development Program

The Community Sport and Recreation Development Program is to provide financial assistance for projects, programs and initiatives to support participation in active lifestyles for the Canberra community.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Sport and Recreation website.


Capital Assistance Program

The Capital Assistance Program provides financial assistance for capital developments to sport and recreation facilities that will assist to increase community access and participation opportunities in sport and physical recreation in the ACT.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Sport and Recreation website.


Inclusive Participation Funding Program

The Inclusive Participation Funding Program is designed to increase participation opportunities in sport and recreation for the identified target populations.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Sport and Recreation website.


Motor Sports Training and Education Program

The Motor Sports Training and Education Program provides financial assistance to eligible clubs (and through them to individuals) within the ACT to support education and training activities that enhance the experiences and safety of motor sports participants, develops volunteer capacity, improves facility management or increased club capacity and sustainability.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Sport and Recreation website.


Sport and Recreation Grants Program

The Sport and Recreation Grant Program provides assistance to organisations to support participation in active lifestyles through the delivery of quality programs, services and facilities for the benefit of the Canberra community.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Sport and Recreation website.

Veterans

Veterans Grant

The aim of the Veterans Grants Program is to support veterans and their family's well being and social inclusion. To best meet the needs of the veteran community, a focus on ageing veterans, contemporary veterans and veterans’ families might be considered collectively or separately as the focus of the grant application.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.

Women

Women's Sport and Recreation Participation and Leadership Program

The Women's Sport and Recreation Participation and Leadership Program provides financial assistance to eligible individuals, clubs and organisations to support participation, education and training activities.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Sport and Recreation website.


Participation (Women's) Grant

The Participation (Women’s) Grants supports proposals which have a direct impact on women, in the areas of health and wellbeing, housing and homelessness, safety, economic security, and/or leadership.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


Women's Safety Grant

The Women’s Safety Grants Program supports initiatives that aim to prevent violence against women and their children.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


Audrey Fagan Young Women's Enrichment Grant

The Audrey Fagan Young Women’s Enrichment Grants supports efforts in creating a community where women are safe, healthy, equally represented, and valued for their contribution to society.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


Women's Return to Work Grant

To make the transition back to the paid workforce easier, the Women's Return to Work Grants Program provides women with financial assistance, information and resources.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.

Youth

Youth InterACT Scholarship

The Youth InterACT Scholarships provide funding to individuals and groups of young people to participate in an activity, event or program. This may include sporting events, conferences, courses and training that enhance personal or career development.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


Youth InterACT Grant

The Youth InterACT Grant is for young people aged 12-25 years with youth focused projects, supporting young people to actively engage and connect with other young people across Canberra.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


Youth Week Grant

The Youth Week Grants are available to young people aged 12-25 to lead and participate in activities engaging other young people during ACT Youth Week.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.


Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards

The Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards recognise individuals and groups of young people aged between 12 and 25 years who have made a significant contribution through their personal endeavours, or are actively involved in the ACT community in areas such as community work, sport, education, science, culture, the arts or the environment.

To find out more about this grant please visit the Community Services Directorate.