Thursday, 3 March 2016

Smart Giving funding opportunity for schools facing disadvantage

Contact: Sherrill Nixon, Australian Schools Plus
p: 02 8880 0296   e:

Date: Smart Giving round opens 25 February    RSVP: Round closes Midday 24 March
Location: Statewide

Intended Audience: Disadvantaged schools with an ICSEA value below 1000 on the MySchool website

Schools seeking funding for projects that will assist students facing disadvantage are invited to submit their initiatives to the Smart Giving round being conducted by new charity Schools Plus.

The round is open until March 24 to schools with an ICSEA value below 1000 see the My School website. Schools Plus will promote the projects selected through the round to potential donors who want to make a difference to the lives of students from a disadvantaged background.

Schools Plus is a national education charity that improves the education outcomes of students facing disadvantage by increasing philanthropic support to their schools. Schools Plus was granted Deductible Gift Recipient DGR1 status in 2015 – a unique status for an education charity, which makes donations to schools through Schools Plus tax-deductible. Schools Plus was established following a recommendation in the Gonski Review.

Smart Giving projects will be selected using the advice of independent education experts. To make a submission, eligible schools must:
  • Nominate a project with a value between $10,000 and $30,000
  • Clearly articulate the project they are submitting, including the need, the activities, the expected outcomes and the budget
  • Report on the outcomes, so the information can be shared with the donor/s and the wider education community.
Schools Plus also hosts a Fund-raise Yourself crowdfunding platform to make it easier for eligible schools to raise their own funds for projects, while offering their donors the benefit of a tax deduction.

Program details are available on the Schools Plus website at or email