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Learning Impact Fund


This program aims to identify, fund and evaluate programs that will raise the academic achievement of children in Australia, especially those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. It supports the growth of those programs which have been shown to work best at raising achievement.

The program intends to achieve two outputs:
- A well-delivered intervention that has the potential to improve the academic achievement of children.
- A robust evaluation of the intervention, which includes an estimate of its impact on achievement, an estimate of its cost per student, and a rating of the strength of the evaluation.

The Fund grant rounds run in three forms:
1. General rounds
- Open to applications in any area.
- Currently closed to applications.

2. Themed rounds
- Accept applications focused only on a specific area (e.g. mental health, STEM – science, technology, engineering and math, etc.).
- Currently closed to applications.

3. Matched funding rounds
- Grants of up to $500,000 is available in matched funding basis for independent trials of programs in any area.
- Applicants are expected to raise 1:1 match funding for the project costs. Total cost of the project must be less than $1 million.
- Opened 13 February and closed 31 March 2019.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include:
- Not-for-profit organisation such as catholic education offices, charities, universities, and social enterprises
- Government departments
- For-profit companies

Eligible Activities

Eligible project costs (for Matched funding rounds) include:
- Direct costs of the program (e.g., licence/subscriptions fees, materials, training costs).
- Indirect costs to schools (e.g. teacher release, travel and training time).
- Independent evaluation costs (e.g. tests, evaluator visits, statistical analysis, reporting).
- Project management (e.g. Evidence for Learning management, reporting and promotion costs).
- In-kind contributions (e.g. covering staff costs) will be taken into account.

The Fund can only fund projects for the benefit of students and schools in Australia, including early childhood settings.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Well-defined programs with clear explanation of how they will be implemented.
- Evidence that suggests the intervention is effective at raising the attainment and skills of disadvantaged students.
- Programs that are scalable (i.e. can be replicated in schools across Australia).

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- Program or overhead costs of for-profit companies.
- Capital-only projects, such as building new classrooms or a new library.

  • Start-up
  • Research & Development
  • Marketing
  • Export
  • Business Support
Documentation Uploaded
FAQs - Matched Funding Round 2019-02-26 Download

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Status Pending
Opening Date 13 Feb 2019
Start By Date 17 Mar 2019
Closing Date 31 Mar 2019
Closing Information
The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Training / Employment
General Operations
CommunityServices : Other
Education : Travel
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
General - Non-Industry Specific
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Other
Program Administrator
Evidence For Learning
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