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UNICEF Australia’s research has shown that the coronavirus pandemic has impacted children and young people across Australia in a myriad of ways, and the number of young people who are coping is in decline.

As part of our support to assist children and local communities in the context of COVID-19, we will be providing a one-off round of School Community Grants for 30 primary and high schools to use on activities related to strengthening connectivity, wellbeing and implementing social distancing programs in a child-friendly way during the pandemic.

COVID-19 is impacting children and young people differently across the country. For many, especially those who have been recently impacted by bushfire and drought, this isn’t their first crisis. In furthering UNICEF Australia’s work in drought and bushfire affected communities, the grant is open to Parents and Citizens’ Associations attached to eligible schools in drought and/or bushfire affected areas. It is intended to benefit students and their school community by contributing to small scale projects (including the purchase of technology/supplies) and their associated costs at the local level.

Parents and Citizens’ Associations are encouraged to make an application on behalf of their schools for this grant, but we request that the chosen school Principal’s approval is given when submitting your applications.


Applications for the School Community Grant have now closed.

Decisions will be communicated via phone and/or email by 27 July 2020. Should you have any questions, please email Sue-Ellen, Australian Programs Officer on schoolgrant@unicef.org.au

Existing applicants: log in here to check your application status.


Important information

  • To be eligible, your school needs to be located in a drought and/or bushfire-affected area.
  • Only ONE application per school/Parents and Citizens’ Associations, and if successful, the maximum award granted for each school is AUD$3,000.
  • Applications must be received by 30 June 2020 and decisions will be communicated via phone calls and / or emails to your contact details submitted by 27 July 2020.
  • UNICEF Australia will award grants to maximum 30 schools in this grant round.
  • To ensure this grant is targeted at those most in need, for you to be an eligible school, you must have an ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage) percentile of 40% or lower according to the My School website.
  • Successful applicants are expected to adhere to UNICEF Australia’s Child Safeguarding Policy. See Section 8.1 (pages 9-11) for one-off, short-term or small-scale partners and contractors.
  • For grant enquiries, please contact: Sue-Ellen, Australian Programs Officer, or Juliet, Program and Advocacy Manager, on: schoolgrant@unicef.org.au. Alternatively, you can email Sue-Ellen or Juliet and they will call you on a contact number that you provide.