Grant funding model

The Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund is a $3.2 million grant released in two rounds over two calendar years (2023 and 2024). Successful applicants will be required to expend the funding within 18 months of grant allocation.

Applications will be assessed against the eligibility criteria, program objectives and priorities, application requirements and spending rules.

The Grant

Funding will be provided as a one-off allocation. Applications should not seek funding to support programs with an expectation of ongoing funding.

Organisations may apply for a Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund grant for one or more projects or initiatives in each annual grant round (2023 and 2024), however funding is limited to one grant application per project/initiative.

Organisations are advised to choose to apply for a grant amount that best matches their proposal and ability to spend the grant. Partnerships are encouraged, however one organisation will be the lead organisation for funding and reporting.

The Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund has two streams:

  1. To provide one-off capacity building funding for providers of wellbeing programs/initiatives who are wanting to scale or deliver their wellbeing programs and/or initiatives in new areas or to new cohorts listed as a priority area (see below).
  2. To support ‘incubator’ student wellbeing programs and/or initiatives by providing seed funding (via one-off grants) to providers to research, create, develop and test new approaches to supporting and addressing student wellbeing issues.


Funding cannot be used for the following resources and initiatives, and applications that propose the following are ineligible to receive funding:

  • programs approved on the Department’s quality assured panel, unless to expand to new priority areas specified
  • resources already funded by the Department
  • activities where the external provider is receiving funding through an existing alternative source
  • activities that are centred around workforce capacity and capability, including professional learning activities.

Application assessment

The Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund is a competitive grants program. All eligible applications will be considered by an Assessment Panel and final approval made by the Deputy Secretary, Learning Improvement, in the Department of Education.

Application and reporting requirements increase in complexity with increasing grant amounts, as does the reporting requirements.

For further information about the Student Wellbeing Innovation Fund please email:

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