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Apply for a Grant

Why we give grants

Your local Country Education Foundation (CEF) supports youth in your area through financial grants for education and employment expenses. Our grants contribute towards apprenticeships, traineeships, cadetships, diplomas, certificate level studies, university qualifications or employment.

How we provide grants

CEF assistance is determined through our local grants program. When you apply for a CEF grant you will need to apply to the local CEF foundation in your area. If you are successful your grant will be awarded and managed by your local foundation. Please check if there is a local CEF near you.

Find Your Local CEF

CEF grants are non cash. Instead you are reimbursed for education or work related expenses, or a supplier can be paid directly. Grants can cover any education or work related expenses, eg. text books, tools, work equipment, petrol, transport, accommodation, computers, internet access.

Please note: We are not able to provide grants for the payment of HECS fees or debt.

Who is eligible?

CEF grants are based on financial need. Grants are not assessed on academic success. The four essential selection criteria are:

  • You have a demonstrated financial need;
  • You are aged 16-25 years;
  • You have attended school in or currently live in the region covered by your local CEF (view full list HERE) and
  • You are able to demonstrate commitment to achieving your goal.

How to apply

Please read these instructions before completing and submitting your application form.

  • Create a profile so you can save and review your application later.
  • Check the list of closing dates for your local CEF HERE.
  • Any documents you need to provide can be scanned or photographed and attached at the end of the form.
  • Applicants will be notified in regards to the next step. Make sure your contact details are up to date.
  • You may be asked to attend an interview with your local CEF committee.