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 What the best applicants do

  • We put a lot of effort into clearly communicating ACCAN's and the Grants Program's objectives. Please read the guidelines carefully to see if your project fits.

  • Write in clear simple English - avoid jargon and long-winded sentences.

  • Be specific. For example, rather than "a large number of consumers will benefit" say "150 consumers in the Armidale community will gain access to tailored digital literacy training programs."

  • Make sure that your budget figures add up - check and double check.

  • Clearly explain how your project differs from other related projects that exist. This is particularly important for projects involving cyber-safety and digital literacy training. This is because the Australian government and other not-for-profits are largely addressing these issues through various training programs. If you see a gap or a limitation to these resources, explain why and how your project is addressing a significant gap.

  • Demonstrate that you understand the context of your project as well as the research and other work that exists. Check other published work including by government bodies such as communications regulators.

  • Clearly explain the future your project work will have after our funding ceases. Do you expect the work to continue in any way?

  • Look through our previous grants projects to get a better understanding of what and who we fund.


Watch one of the previous grant winners, Justine Humphry, chat about her project and grant application. Justine offers some great tips on compiling budgets and project planning and discusses the process she went through when thinking about and writing her application.

Justine's project 'Homeless and Connected' researched the use of mobile phones among young people and families who are experiencing homelessness.

Contact us

We encourage applicants to get in touch with the ACCAN grants team before submitting an application.

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Call: 02 9288 4000 and ask to speak to a member of the grants team.

If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service: and ask to speak to a member of the grants team.

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