Annual Community Grants Round 2015

SCANLON LOGOAnnual Community Grants Round 2015
Open now and closing on 16 October 2015

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The Scanlon Foundation’s annual community grants round 2015 will focus on 14 local government areas, with the purpose of funding projects that support the transition of migrants into the local community. Projects should consider the experience of migrants and of receiving communities and aim to nurture positive outcomes. The Scanlon Foundation is seeking expressions of interest for projects that empower multicultural communities and develop intercultural connections.

Expressions of interest by DGR1 eligible organisations for grants up to $25,000 must be made through Smartygrants. Applications open now and close at 5pm on Friday, 16 October 2015. Use the link to the Smartygrants expression of interest form.

Expressions of interest must meet the following criteria:


Projects must be located in one or more of the following local areas:

  • Brimbank, Victoria
  • Dandenong, Victoria
  • Hobsons Bay, Victoria
  • Whittlesea, Victoria
  • Blacktown, NSW
  • Parramatta, NSW
  • Bankstown, NSW
  • Fairfield, NSW
  • Auburn, NSW
  • Liverpool, NSW
  • Logan, QLD
  • Ipswich, QLD
  • Murray Bridge, South Australia
  • Mirrabooka, Western Australia

Key Criteria

The Scanlon Foundation is looking to identify projects that meet one or more of the following:

Intercultural and/or interfaith

The Foundation has an interest in projects that foster greater understanding between different cultures and/or faiths and for receiving communities where the intent is to improve the transition pathways for migrants into Australian society


The project engages with existing services and programs or other grant-based programs in the local area (or immediate surrounds) to improve outcomes through collaboration.

Future focused

Participants will gain an increased sense of belonging in the community and will be empowered to participate in the broader community.

The project focuses on envisaging a positive, empowering future where the participants feel engaged and an active member of their communities.

The project will see ongoing benefits to support the current and future transition of migrants into the community.


The project explores new ways to engage, empower and connect with new and emerging communities.

There is opportunity to demonstrate new ways to facilitate successful culturally diverse communities in Australia.

Place-based and person centric

Engages the local community in consultation and outreach initiatives.

The project explores the migrant experience with reference to removing the barriers to participation in the local community.

Encourage interaction with the broader community

Projects identify opportunities for participant outreach, increased language development, understanding of the Australian way of life, skills recognition, employment and interaction and network development with the broader community.

Create a model that can be shared, leveraged or scaled up

The project can be applied in different cultural communities or locations, scaled up to include a larger cohort of the population or leveraged through supporting programs.

Priority will be given for projects that engage one or more of the following: young people (particularly high school), disengaged or isolated families, educators, or the role of the arts in fostering intercultural awareness.

How will the project engage with the chosen demographic(s)?

What tactics will be used to ensure participation?

Applications for this grant round must be made through Smartygrants. Click here to make an application.