Eligibility and Assessment criteria

All organisations interested in applying for a grant through the Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund must meet the set criteria.

Application criteria

Organisations must meet the following eligibility criteria before submitting a grant application:

  • be an incorporated charity or not-for-profit entity registered with one of the following, the:
    • Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)
    • Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations
    • NSW Fair Trading or equivalent other equivalent regulatory bodies,


  • be a registered business with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and classed as a small business under the ATO’s definition (annual turnover of $10 million or less)

All applicants shall be registered for GST and have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN).

All applicants will need to:

  • demonstrate commitment to Child Safe standards
  • provide or intends to provide student wellbeing related programs, services or initiatives in schools in NSW (this does not exclude organisations that are located outside NSW borders).

Assessment criteria

All applications will undergo an eligibility assessment and if successful they will then be assessed using the following criteria:

  1. Aligned with the objectives of one or more of the priority areas for the Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund
  2. Clearly articulates a student outcome focused approach and how it will be measured
  3. Identifies at least one (1) public school in NSW that will benefit from the program/initiative
  4. Identifies the evidence-base it will use or seeks to develop to improve student wellbeing (sense of belonging, resilience and behaviour)
  5. Demonstrates a collaborative approach, where partnerships are developed to deliver whole child wellbeing outcomes
  6. Be technically feasible and can be delivered on time and on budget (ie projects must be completed within 18 months of funding)
  7. Details a credible means of monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the achievement of proposed student wellbeing outcomes
  8. Shows value for money.

In addition, for applications involving technology development (in addition to the above criteria):

  • Provides information as to the technical skills required to successfully undertake the work, and the specific personnel proposed to do the work along with an outline of their demonstrated experience and competence to do the work
  • Details how the technology will address inclusive design, data security, student safety, ongoing user support, and any technical integrations required.

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