If you are unsure whether your proposed project is eligible or have any questions relating to your application, please contact the Enrich team at info@enrich.org.au

If you are emailing about an application that has been lodged or funded, please quote your application ID number. We aim to reply to you within two (2) working days.

Can any school apply?

The program is open to schools in Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. Schools must be registered by the relevant Education Department to operate as a school and have an ICSEA of 1000 or below. You can check your school's ICSEA on the MySchool website. The program supports children aged 4-18 years from the beginning of Primary School through to the end of secondary school. 

Schools can include:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • K-12
  • Specialist 

Please note that this program does not support home school programs, pre-schools, family day care, or schools run by organisations that have charitable status or support their activities through general fundraising. The program does not support projects aimed at children under 4 years of age, students in tertiary programs or programs aimed at supporting students entering employment that are not being run by a registered school.

Application dates and stages

22 January 2018 - Grant round opens.

30 April 2018 - Grant round closes.

4 May 2018 - Applications reviewed.

8 June 2018 - Schools informed of decision.
Successful applications sent agreements to read and sign.

22 June 2018 - School returns approved agreements.

4 July 2018 - Payments made to schools.

31 December 2018 - Grant funds used for approved project. 

31 March 2019 - Grant acquittals completed by schools 
(due no later than 3 months after the project completed)

Can schools make joint applications?

For projects that meet the overall aims of the grants program: one school may apply on behalf of a group of schools to address an issue faced by students in a particular geographical area. In this instance, one school can complete the application and include the names of the partner schools. If successful, the school lodging the application will be responsible for acquitting the grant.

We are a small community group, can we apply?

Unfortunately, no as the program only takes applications from schools. However, if a school is working in partnership with a small community group that is running a program, which meets the needs of specific children, and the overall Enrich guidelines, then a school may choose to lodge an application to assist that project. The project does need to be integrated into the school program.

What activities may be supported by Enrich?

The aim of Enrich is to support a child/children experiencing major disadvantage and isolation in the school system.

The grants program gives preference to small, discrete projects rather than contributing to the funding of large projects. The projects must address the needs of an individual child, group of children or young people who are experiencing major social or educational disadvantage.

One of the main aims of the program is to ensure that disadvantaged children or young people do not feel separated or isolated from their peers due to circumstances beyond their control. The grant should help the nominated child/children undertake increased participation in sporting activities, healthy nutrition and empowerment programs. It can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Material assistance for sports; equipment, uniforms, shoes and transport to attend sports games and training
  • Promoting inclusion in team or individual sporting, personal interest or community activities
  • Assisting with healthy lifestyle education - sport, personal hygiene/care, well-being and resilience
  • Improving nutrition through breakfast/lunch clubs and cooking classes

Can I apply for funding for a replacement teacher while I attend training?

Yes, with the support of your Principal to confirm that this training will benefit students and upskill other teaching staff. Outcomes of this training should have both short term and long term results.

Is it possible to apply for assistance across a number of categories?

We would prefer applications to remain in one category. Nevertheless, we understand and accept that in some situations an application may be across different categories to support a particular student.

Does Enrich have more than one closing date a year?

At present, there is one application closing date each year as grants are offered subject to available funding. Please check the Enrich homepage for the current closing date.

When do I need to use the funding?

The activity to be funded must be completed during the 2018 school year. If the planned activities are postponed or do not proceed, please contact the Enrich team as soon as possible.

Will all eligible applications be successful?

Unfortunately, no. While Barnardos would like to support all children experiencing disadvantage, there is a limited pool of funds available for the program. Enrich attracts a large number of applications at each closing date, so there is competition between many worthwhile projects for the available funds. As a result, many worthy applications are unable to be funded.

Can I apply for funding for a project that has already taken place?

Applications are not accepted for retrospective funding of activities: ie. projects that are already underway or completed.

Why do I have to include outcomes in my application?

We would like an indication of how the grant will make a difference to your school. By sharing measures of how this funding helps children in need, we hope to extend the life of Enrich.

How do I preview the application form?

If you would like to discuss this with your Principal, please download the PDF of the application.

How do I make my application more competitive?

  • Consider the overall aims of the program when writing your application. The main themes of the program are inclusion and unlocking a child's potential to achieve more through education. The focus should be on an individual child or group of children to ensure they are given the opportunity to improve their health, life skills, and build personal resilience to help them both now and in the future.
  • Consider the size of the grants and whether they are appropriate for the scale of the project you wish to apply for e.g. if it is an ongoing issue or a larger project; could the application have an impact by covering the first stage of a larger project or dealing with a component of the project? Or is the project/issue beyond the scope of the program.
  • By providing measurable educational outcomes, which may be mapped against the curriculum and reported on after the acquittal process.
  • By providing outcomes concerning children’s general improvement.
  • If your project is for a whole class or year group consider whether everyone in the group requires assistance. The program is trying to address ‘major disadvantage’.
  • The program is about supporting children who are experiencing major disadvantage and it is presumed that their circumstances are known to the school. The program is not about providing a grant for the school to decide at a later date which children it will support.
  • Any proposed changes to a funded project require approval for variation.
  • Consider whether there is an official source of funding for the service that you would like to apply for through, for example, the Education or Health Department. This is a small grants program, it cannot replace other funding sources.
  • Provide a detailed and accurate budget. Not only does this provide more information on your project, but should the Enrich team not have enough funds to support the whole application, they may be in a position to fund particular items. The fund supports applications for amounts up to $5,000. If you are applying for the full amount, please show evidence in your budget that the full amount is required.
  • Sample applications are provided as a guide only to assist your writing.
  • Acronyms: please assume we don't know what they mean, it will be beneficial to avoid abbreviations.

Will the privacy of the child/children be protected?

Barnardos Australia undertakes every precaution to ensure privacy. We do not undertake any publicity without obtaining the permission of the school, and if given, all individual identifying details will be changed.

Does my application require support from the child’s family?

If successful, the grant is made to your school for the project as outlined in the application. The grant is paid directly to the school's bank account. The Enrich team expects the school to work with parents/guardians to facilitate this spending if successful.

When will I find out if my application is successful?

The process of evaluation, assessment and approval takes approximately twelve (12) weeks from the funding round closing date. After the assessment meeting, you will be emailed whether or not your application has been successful. The website is updated regularly regarding the dates when decisions will be emailed and the dates of future rounds. Please note that unsuccessful applications will not be automatically considered in future application rounds.

My school has received a grant. Can we re-apply in the next round?

Schools are welcome to apply again once they have lodged their grant acquittals and do not have any outstanding acquittals from previous rounds.

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