Disadvantaged Children

The focus of the Disadvantaged Children grant program is to foster children’s emotional wellbeing, educational attainment, and life achievement opportunities to help them grow and thrive  

Key dates

Status: Closed

Round reopens Oct/Nov 2026 (TBC)

Granting overview

Available Funding:

Program objectives

We have developed the Disadvantaged Children grant program to address systemic issues contributing to disadvantage for children. 


We are seeking submissions that: 

  • Address systemic issues impacting children’s emotional wellbeing, educational attainment, and life achievement 
  • Are innovative and take a systems view 
  • Have a focus on prevention 
  • Deploy integrative and collective impact approaches 
  • Promote cross‐sector collaboration 
  • Provide an evidence base to demonstrate the effectiveness of programs 
  • Are Victorian based 


Item 1 DGR organisationswhich are registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and endorsed with charity tax concessions.

Current recipients




Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative (BADAC)

Aboriginal Youth Cultural Engagement worker – Connecting vulnerable/at risk children and youth to Aboriginal culture, BADAC services, education and housing, before they are (further) enmeshed in the justice system


Geelong Youth Engagement

Geelong Kokoda Youth Program student support – At risk young people participating in 20 weeks of physical training and mentoring to ultimately walk the 96km Kokoda Trek in Papua New Guinea.


Banksia Gardens Association Incorporated

Northern Centre for Excellence in School Engagement (NCESE) – Initiative to address disengagement increasingly affecting younger students in the Northern region.


MacKillop Family Services

Positive Pathways to Leaving Care – Preparing young people coming out of care to develop independent living skills through employment (FareShare charity kitchen) and mentoring


Little Dreamers Australia

Young Carer Intake and Support – Working closely with young carers and their families to make sure the young carers are receiving tailored support.


Beyond the Bell

Stepping Stones to School – Working with individual children and families to increase learning readiness for school and advance engagement and completion.


All grant programs

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