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Safer Children, Safer Communities Impact Grants

Supporting community organisations and not-for-profits that are working across a range of child safety and protection programs and initiatives.

Submissions to the 2020 Impact Grants closed on 17 August 2020 at 5pm AEST.

In line with our Safer Children, Safer Communities work program, we want to work with organisations that are helping to protect and create safer communities for children in Australia, with a focus on helping prevent the sexual exploitation and abuse of children, including online sexual exploitation of children.

Through our Impact Grants, we are looking to support a range of new and innovative ideas as well as evidence-based innovative models.

There are two types of Impact Grants:


Scale grants

Up to eight multi-year grants of $300,000 per year over three years for organisations with existing evidence-based innovative models looking to scale and move to their next stage of growth.

Impact Grants target areas and funding principles


Through the Impact Grants we are looking to support the following target areas


Raising awareness and understanding Technology Education and prevention Response and recovery
Raising awareness and understanding of child exploitation, including online child sexual exploitation and creating a sense of urgency to act in business, across industry and society. Investing in technology or other means of collaboration to help detect, monitor, report and prevent harm to children. Investing in the delivery of effective educational, e-safety and child sexual exploitation and abuse prevention programs and initiatives particularly to at-risk and vulnerable youth and children and their families. Investing in the provision of trauma-informed services including response, recovery, and remedy to survivors in a way which complements and/or enhances existing services and puts children’s needs first.

The funding principles outlined below will guide our investments:

Outcome focused and measurable Expansion Long-term impact Engage and empower children Collaboration
We invest in programs and initiatives that create meaningful and measurable change and specifically align with the outcomes we have prioritised for Safer Children, Safer Communities. We seek to deepen and scale the efforts, reach and effectiveness of programs, initiatives and organisations safeguarding and protecting children. We prioritise programs and initiatives that endeavour to create positive impact for children and their families beyond the period of our funding We support organisations that prevent harm to children by engaging them in the design of programs and initiatives using a child safe approach which empowers children and young people of their rights. We look for programs and initiatives run by organisations that will share learnings, research and insights and collaborate with other child-focused stakeholders working to safeguard, protect and care for children.


Application process


Funding principles and eligibility criteria Application Assessment Outcome Reporting
Read the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 117KB) for information on funding principles, target areas and eligibility criteria.

If your organisation meets the eligibility criteria, please complete an online application.


The Safer Children, Safer Communities team will review your application as well as engage independent partners to review potential grantees.

Outcome advised.

If successful, grant agreements will be established.

Grants paid.

Six monthly updates and yearly progress reports for scale grants.

Project end report for seed grants.

Key dates

  • Applications open: 20 July 2020
  • Applications close: 17 August 2020, 5pm AEST
  • Notification of outcome: September 2020 

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