Leadership grants

Leadership grants can help you realise a community-focused project or personal and professional development opportunities.

Many activities are eligible for a grant. These include community fundraising for Australian charities, student-led events and attendance at major gatherings such as the University Scholars Leadership Symposium and Melbourne International Students Conference. You can log your hours and get recognition for your work through the Leadership and Volunteering Program and Emerging Leaders Program

Leadership grants are divided into two categories: student development grants and community development grants. Read the assessment criteria and guidelines, and complete the project plan and budget document before you start the online application.

Assessment criteria: community development grant

Your application will be assessed on the following criteria with a total score out of 10:

  • Project objective (scored out of 2)
    Clearly describe the project and the project objectives.
  • Community benefit (scored out of 3)
    Identify the target community, the community’s needs and how the proposed project will address these needs.
  • Personal benefit / team development (scored out of 5)
    Reflect on the skills you will develop through the project. How will they be of benefit to you and/or your team?
  • Project plan
    Provide realistic and accurate details of the project and project planning.
  • Budget
    A clear, realistic and accurate budget.

Assessment criteria: student development grant

Your application will be assessed on the following criteria with a total score out of 15:

  • Background information (scored out of 1)
    Clearly describe yourself, what you are passionate about and why.
  • Opportunity outline (scored out of 6)
    Describe the project and the project objectives.
  • Personal development (scored out of 4)
    Reflect on the skills you will develop and how they will be of personal benefit to you.
  • Budget
    A clear, realistic and accurate budget.

Guidelines

  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed.
  • You should submit your grant application no earlier than three months (60 business days) and no later than 4 weeks (20 business days) before the start of your proposed event/project.
  • Allocated grant funding must only be used for the stated purpose.
  • Allocated grant funding must be used within 30 days from the start date of your specified event or project.
  • Students are not eligible for funding if they have received a leadership grant for the same event/project in the previous 12 months.
  • After completion of the project you will be required to submit a Leadership Grant Post-project Report.

Online application and required documents