Grants are available to any non-profit organisation: charities, universities, and social enterprises.
Departments of education, Catholic education offices and for-profit companies may apply to the Learning Impact Fund for an independent evaluation of a program. The Learning Impact Fund will not fund program or overhead costs of government departments, Catholic education offices or for-profit companies.
Please note that the Learning Impact Fund can only fund projects for the benefit of Australian students and schools, including early childhood centres. We are, however, very open to innovative ideas from overseas that are applicable to schools in Australia.
These three questions guide our assessment of all funding applications we receive:
- Is there evidence of promise that your program will have a positive impact on academic achievement for Australian children?
- If your program works, can it be scaled up affordably and effectively?
- Does your application focus on addressing an important educational challenge in Australia, including raising the achievement of economically disadvantaged students?
Program scale in schools
Process and timeline
The Learning Impact Fund application process has three stages:
Application Stage 1
All applicants must begin by submitting an initial application form. Once the funding round closes, all applications are separately and individually reviewed by the Learning Impact Fund team to identify a long-list of potential projects.
Applications will be assessed on the basis of how well they match with the funding criteria, indicated above. Applications to co-funded rounds will also be shared with the co-funder(s).
The Learning Impact Fund team will undertake further research and due diligence prior to making a recommendation to the Evidence for Learning Steering Group, which will give initial approval to a smaller number of projects. We will then let all applicants know the outcome of their application, usually within two months of the closing date for applications. Applications that have progressed through the initial Steering Group will proceed to Stage Two.
Application Stage 2
Projects that have received initial approval will be progressed by our Grants and Evaluation teams. The Learning Impact Fund will appoint independent evaluators. The applicant, the evaluator and the Learning Impact Fund will work together to develop a detailed project plan, evaluation design and budget, and the Learning Impact Fund will undertake further due diligence. This is also the stage at which we would look to discuss the potential for co-funding with strategic partners in addition to any co-funding you have already identified. This process also usually takes 2-3 months.
Application Stage 3
Once there are specific, costed plans for the project (including the program and its evaluation), the remaining applications will be taken to a second meeting of the Evidence for Learning Steering Group, which will give the projects final approval. We will then draw up a Grant Agreement with the new grantees which sets milestones to assure successful delivery of the project.
There is normally at least 4-6 months between our Steering Group’s approval of the project and delivery beginning in schools, in order to allow time for recruitment of schools, delivery of training and evaluation set-up. A delivery timeline will be agreed during the project planning stage outlined above.