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National History Challenge 2008

Closed 15 August 

Australia meets the world

The National Trust is offering prizes in 2008 for the best research and presentation on Australia’s heritage that addresses the competition theme Australia meets the world and the sub theme:

Australia’s heritage

Each State/Territory winner will receive a prize of $100. The overall national winner will receive an extra $200 and attend the national presentation in Canberra

Students from Upper Primary to senior secondary level are invited to enter the

National History Challenge.


NEW – funding for school buildings and facilities

The Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution - $14.7 billion

The Australian Government will invest a further $14.7 billion to boost the Education Revolution over the next three years.

Building the Education Revolution (BER) begins this year, and will provide infrastructure funding so each of Australia’s 9 540 schools can meet the needs of 21st century students and teachers.

Every Australian school will be able to access part of the Government’s investment of $987.2 million during the 2008–09 financial year, $8.5 billion over 2009–10 and $5.2 billion in 2010–11. The BER complements the existing and planned investments by the states and territories and non-government systems and schools.

See full details – Building the Education Revolution


See more general information on Federal Government funding for schools



Items listed on this page are often run annually.

If your school or P&C is interested in any of these items, you should put key dates for next year in your school calendars. Many Federal Government programs run by the previous government are under review or will not be continued by the new government. Visit the Federal websites below to obtain the latest information.

GrantsLINK Australian Government NEW

This website helps you find funding available under a variety of grant programs for individuals, businesses and communities to help you to develop solutions to local and national problems, fund ideas and initiatives or provide assistance in times of hardship.


Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Menu of Federal Programmes and Funding Initiatives


Rainwater Tanks in Schools Rebate Program  - Sydney Water

Sydney Water's Rainwater Tanks in Schools Rebate Program has been extended to 30 June 2009. A rebate of up to $2,500 is offered.

Sydney Water’s web site Includes lots of information for students and teachers; games; booking excursions to a Sydney Water Plant, and more.


Volunteer Grants Program 2008 Ideal for P&C’s.

Closed Friday 17 October 2008.

This program is part of the Australian Government's ongoing commitment to supporting volunteering, and building social inclusion and community participation in Australian communities.

The Volunteer Grants Program 2008 provides funding for eligible not-for-profit organisations to support their volunteers and encourage volunteering by:

  • purchasing small equipment and sporting items to help their existing volunteers and to encourage more people to become volunteers
  • contributing towards fuel costs incurred in their volunteering work, such as when using their cars to transport others to activities, deliver food and assist people in need.


Health Promoting Schools Grants  Closed Friday 12 June 2009.

Grants of up to $1,000.


National Solar Schools Program

The National Solar Schools offers grants of up to $50 000 (GST exclusive) to install solar and other renewable power systems, solar hot water systems, rainwater tanks and a range of energy efficiency measures.


From 1 July, 2008 the solar program replaced the

Green Vouchers for Schools Programme

The Australian Government will provide up to $50,000 for every school to install solar hot water systems and a rainwater tank to improve energy and water efficiency. Where a school has previously received funding for rainwater tanks under an Australian Government programme, such as Community Water Grants, this amount will be deducted from the $50,000 grant.


See also:

Rainwater Tanks in Schools Rebate – Sydney Water

Community Water Grants



Volunteer Small Equipment Grants (VSEG)
This program has now finished and there are currently no opportunities for funding.
When funding opportunities become available in 2008-09 they will be advertised on this website at www.fahcsia.gov.au.


New grants and schools competition to tackle obesity 16 May, 2007

The Australian Government has launched a new grants program and schools competition focused on preventing obesity and chronic disease. The $12 million ‘Healthy Active Australia’ community and schools program will provide grants of between $10,000 and $200,000 for local projects promoting healthy living among at-risk groups.

Applications for the grants closed on 26 June 2007 and it is anticipated that successful applicants will be notified by the end of September 2007. This program is apparently under review by the new Federal government. See the latest at the Healthy Active Australia website.


Tank a day challenge ninemsn 16 May, 2007

The TODAY BlueScope Tank a Day Challenge will give a rainwater tank to a primary school in Australia every school day for one year. That's 200 rainwater tanks a year. Tank a Day Web Site with details. Prizes from 16 July, 2007.  See Tank a Day Web Site for details.


Investing in our Schools   – Australian Government NOW FINISHED

Australian Government Capital Grants. In the period 2005 to 2007, $700 million was provided to State schools to help repair, replace or install new items critical to their school's overall needs. An additional $127m has been announced in February, 2007. Final round closed 2 May, 2007.

Results were published on the DEST website on 30 August, 2007.

See updates on this program on this website.


Community Water Grants – Australian Government NOW CLOSED

Round 3 closed on: 22 June (hard copy special needs) + 4 July On line.

4,661 projects have been successful under Round 3 of Community Water Grants.

$200 million over five years has been made available for projects involving local communities that will result in wise water use. The site has lists and descriptions of projects that have been funded.


ASISTM  - Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics Project.

Part of the federal government's Boosting Innovation, Science, Technology and Mathematics Teaching Programme, the ASISTM Project aims to bring about real and permanent improvements to the ways in which science, technology and mathematics are taught in our schools.

Initiatives funded under the Project will bring schools together with industry, science organisations, universities and others to explore ways to encourage a culture of innovation in schools, attract greater numbers of quality students into teaching, better coordinate primary and high school curricula and provide positive role models for science, mathematics and technology students.

Successful projects for NSW from Rounds 1, 2, 3 & 4 are on the web more

It is unclear whether this program is to continue.


Eureka School Prizes  - cash prizes

Closed Friday 2 May for 2008

·         Action Against Climate Change

·         Science Teaching

·         Sleek Geeks Science Prize - Primary School

·         Sleek Geeks Science Prize - Secondary School

·         Sleek Geeks Science Prize - University


Canteen Grants NOW CLOSED

As a part of the Australian Government’s $116 million `Building a Healthy, Active Australia’ package, grants of up to $1,500 per school have been available to help schools develop programs that promote healthy eating. The program was a little open ended time-wise but was due to end when funds ran out some time in 2006.


National Awards for Quality Schooling

The Hon Julia Gillard MP, Minister for Education, will announce the winners of the 2008 National Awards for Quality Schooling at a ceremony to be held on Tuesday 3 June 2008 in the Great Hall, Parliament House Canberra.


Success for Boys Program NOW CLOSED

Success for Boys funding grants was provided to around 800 schools per year in each of 2006 and 2007.

The Australian Vocational Student Prize

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

NSW Government Competitions

Premier's Sporting Challenge

The Premier’s Sporting Challenge includes a range of initiatives with one common purpose - to have more students, more active, more often!

Debating and Public Speaking

Each year students across NSW have the opportunity to enter state-wide public speaking and debating competitions. The Performing Arts Unit, which organises the competitions for NSW primary and secondary school students, also conducts training and development courses for staff and students.

Enviro Inspiro! 2008

The NSW Student Representative Council (NSW SRC) invites secondary schools to showcase their successful student-led environment projects. Create a five minute DVD or video to showcase your school environment project.

The Critics' Choice

The Critics' Choice invites young people to critique twelve anti-smoking advertisements from around the world.


National Literacy and Numeracy Week Awards  NLNW

NLNW 2008 was celebrated between 1-7 September, 2008. Go to the web site for more information on next year.

Dorothea Mackellar Awards

Part of a national poetry competition for school-aged students, conducted from Gunnedah in north-west NSW and initiated in honour of Dorothea Mackellar and her famous poem, My Country. Held during NLNW,1-7 September, 2008 .

Commonwealth Bank Foundation

StartSmart Capital City Forums for Years 9 & 10; StartSmart Teacher Development Workshops

Venues: Capital cities, rural and regional, and some held in local schools. Need to book well ahead.


See list of 2006 ELearning Grants winners (now discontinued).

See list of 2006 Financial Literacy Grants winners (now discontinued).

Australian Junior Water Prize

By undertaking water science projects, Australian high schools can help our waterways and improve science skills. This competition is for individuals or small teams of senior high school students who carry out a water science project - it could be to develop a useful piece of equipment for working with water, or to research an aspect of water and its environment. Finalists win a cash prize and are brought to the Australian Water Association Conference to present their projects. The national winner(s) also earn a cash prize for their school and are sent to Stockholm in August to compete in the worldwide Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

Australian Government international scholarships and exchanges

Endeavour Awards, Monash Postgraduate Student Awards, Fulbright Awards

See below for more items, including

NEW **

The Flame Awards

Entry Form now ON LINE

Entries close

Friday 17 July, 2009

The Flame Awards are run by ABC Classic FM in association with the 'Music. Play for Life' campaign, to showcase the most outstanding music programs in Australian Schools. The Awards are open to government and independent schools.


Eureka School Prizes for Science  

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, science leadership, school science and science journalism & communication. 


Commonwealth Bank Start Smart Program













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