Frequently Asked Questions

The Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund is a new initiative of the NSW Department of Education

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Applying for a grant through the Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund

Applications open: Monday 20 February 2023 at 10:00 am AEDT

Applications close: Sunday 2 April 2023 at 11:59 pm AEDT

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Application criteria is available on the website.

Briefly, applicants need to be registered for GST and have a registered Australian Business Number (ABN), and be either:

  • An incorporated charity


  • A not-for-profit entity


  • A registered business (classed as a small business).

Additionally, applicants will need to:

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

Applications must be made through SmartyGrants, an independent online grant management system.

The link to the Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund will open on SmartyGrants on Monday 20 February 2023, and will be available on this website from that date.

Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund framework

Programs or initiatives that receive a grant through the Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund will need to address one or more of the five priority student cohorts in New South Wales:

  • Primary school-aged students
  • Students transitioning to school and into high school
  • Students living in regional and remote areas
  • Students from target cohorts including First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse, students with additional needs and/or disability, students from a migrant or refugee background, and female students
  • Cyber health.

Before submitting a grant application, applicants must also meet the set eligibility and assessment criteria.

The Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund will offer a total of $3.2 million over two calendar years, 2023 and 2024.

Applicants can apply for grants of up to $200,000 for each unique project or initiative.

Student Wellbeing external programs catalogue

The Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund provides seed and capacity building funding to develop new innovative programs and initiatives or expand existing programs and initiatives to meet areas of high and/or emerging needs in supporting the wellbeing of students.

The Student Wellbeing external programs catalogue includes existing programs that have already been quality assessed by the Department. The catalogue is a resource for NSW public schools. Program information includes pricing structures and delivery models shared with schools as part of a commercial-in-confidence arrangement.

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