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Mackellar Grant Finder

I am delighted to provide all local businesses, community groups, not-for-profits and individuals with the Mackellar Grant Finder – a free service that provides a comprehensive list of grant and funding opportunities.

Create your profile to receive emailed alerts for new grants, save your favourites and manage your funding application process. You can also see our top tips and grants explained for further information and advice on grant writing.

I hope this service helps you to find a grant opportunity that may assist you. If you have a question or need help with grant information, please email our Grants Officer at [email protected]

Click here to head to the Mackellar Grant Finder now!


Mackellar Community Grants 

A community panel recommends a number of community grants in Mackellar each year that are administered through Sophie's office. In 2023, 40 local groups were awarded more than $230,000 in funding via these grants. 

“Volunteers and community groups make such a positive contribution. It is my pleasure to help support volunteers and community groups who generously support our community and make Mackellar such a caring and vibrant place to live and work.” Dr Sophie Scamps 

The Federal Government's Volunteer Grant and the Stronger Communities Grant support the work of community groups. 

Northern Beaches Council Community Development grants

The Community Development grant streams support projects and initiatives that focus on improving equality in the local area and reducing disadvantage and deliver direct benefit to local people, communities and the environment of the Northern Beaches Local Government Area. Funding up to $10,000 available. 

Applications close: August 5, 2024. Find out more here.

WIRES National Grants Program

The WIRES National Grants Program (WIRES NGP) has been designed to support best practice rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, an increase in emergency preparedness in the sector, along with native species recovery projects to improve long-term outcomes in Australia.

There are four tiers of funding available:

• Tier 1 – Individually Licensed Wildlife Rescuers and Carers: Grants of up to $2,000 are available for licensed wildlife carers for projects that can be achieved within six months.
• Tier 2 – Licensed Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Organisations: Grants of up to $8,000 are available for licensed wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organisations for projects that can be achieved within six months.
• Tier 3 – Environmental NGOs and Community Groups: Grants of up to $20,000 are available for projects that can be achieved within 12 months.
• Tier 4 – Consortia/Multi-partner Collaborations: Grants of up to $50,000 are available for collaborative multi-partner projects that can be achieved within 12 months.
A total funding pool of $5 million is available over five years, of which $1 million is allocated each year across all tiers or categories

Applications close August 18, 2024. See more here.

2024 My First Speech competition

The 2024 edition of the national My First Speech competition for year 10, 11 and 12 students opened today and is now accepting submissions. The competition asks students to write and record a 90-second speech on a topic they are passionate about as if they are making their first speech in the House of Representatives. A winner from each year group is selected and flown to Canberra with a parent or guardian where they deliver their speech at Parliament House. Winners will also meet MPs, tour Parliament House, and learn more about the democratic process.

Entries close at 5.00pm (AEST) on 27 July 2024.

See more here.

Future 2 Make the Difference Grants

Future2 seeks to support programs that help Australians build stronger financial futures. Applications are encouraged from all causes, charities, not-for-profit organisations or community programs. Priority is given to grassroots, community programs where you can see the ‘money at work.’ Focus is on Financial Wellbeing for Young Australians, Financial literacy and education programs for people under 25; Australians in need including those experiencing mental health, social isolation, domestic violence, homelessness or poverty, or for those who come from First Nations and Refugee & Migrant communities; Financial Wellbeing for Women, Financial literacy programs for disadvantaged women in Australia.

One-year grant of up to $10,000
Applications open: 16 July - close: 27 August 2024

See more here.