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Data Collections Local Schools Community Fund

The Australian Government is providing $30.2 million in 2019–20 for the Local Schools Community Fund (the Fund), with up to $200,000 available for each federal electorate. The Fund will benefit students and assist schools to meet their priorities through the contribution of funding for small scale projects and their associated costs.

The Fund is open to all schools—government, Catholic and independent.

Schools can apply for funding for one project between $1,000 and $20,000. Where a school is composed of multiple campuses, the school or campus may submit an application for each campus to fund a project between $1,000 and $20,000.

Funding requested can be for the total cost of the project, or part of the cost where the school contributes an amount.

Funding is not available from the Australian Government to meet ongoing costs incurred by schools and approved authorities from approved projects.

Approved projects can commence once notification has been received from the department and are to be completed by 31 December 2020.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for funding, a school must be in receipt of Commonwealth recurrent funding for 2019.

How to apply

Schools can submit an application form through SchoolsHUB. Applications opened on 25 July 2019 and close at 5:00 pm AEST, 30 September 2019.

Individuals applying on behalf of a school who are not already registered need to:

  1. Register a user account in SchoolsHUB
  2. Link their profile to their school record and apply for the Application Officer role, then
  3. Complete and submit their application.

More information on how to register and link to a school is available in the:

Application assessment

Each Member of the House of Representatives (MP) is responsible for forming a Local Advisory Committee which will assess applications in their electorate against the Fund criteria and make recommendations to the Minister for Education.

Each electorate has total funding of up to $200,000 that can be allocated to successful applications. There is no minimum or maximum number of projects which can be funded in each electorate.

If your local MP is not participating in the Fund, your school will not receive funding. Funding for schools in your electorate will be allocated to other electorates.

The Minister for Education will decide which applications to approve based on each Local Advisory Committee’s recommendations.

Successful applications

Schools approved for funding for a project will receive notification in early December 2019, with funds paid to the approved authority of a school from the start of the 2020 calendar year.


For more information, visit the Local Schools Community Fund website at


Further assistance

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