We are proud to give back to our communities that are home to Inland Rail.
Since 2019, our sponsorships and donations program has benefitted more than 300 community projects in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria with grants worth more than $1 million.
In 2023, as per the updated Ministerial Interim Statement of Expectations, Inland Rail is now focused on building the Beveridge to Parkes section of the alignment while planning and approvals work will continue north of Parkes to Kagaru.
Whilst we will continue to offer funding between $1000–$4000 for individuals and organisations in regional areas along the Inland Rail route, applications from areas where construction is underway will constitute a greater focus for the Community Sponsorships and Donations Program.
This change is reflected in our updated eligibility criteria in the guidelines.
Funding will be available to short-term projects and activities that contribute to local and regional prosperity, wellbeing and sustainability, such as upgrading community facilities and equipment, implementing unique STEM projects in schools, mentoring and developing local business communities, and hosting community events.
Annual sponsorship rounds
Applications open 1 February to 30 April
Applications open 1 May to 31 July
Applications open 1 August to 31 October
Applications open 1 November to 31 January
How to apply
If you have an activity, event or project that will benefit your local community and you represent a community group or organisation that is a not-for-profit or local government body, we welcome your application.
Please refer to the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program Guidelines for eligibility requirements, assessment processes and terms and conditions of funding.
Application forms must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6:00pm on the due date.
Please be aware that outcomes of each round can take up to 6 weeks after the closing date to be finalised and applicants will be contacted in due course.
Funding round dates
We offer four rounds of funding each year. Check the table below to find out when you need to apply.
|Date of your event/activity
|June-August||1 February||30 April||Round 1|
|September-November||1 May||31 July||Round 2|
|December-February||1 August||31 October||Round 3|
|March-May||1 November||31 January||Round 4|
Applications must be received before the funding round closing date to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Representatives from across the Inland Rail team sit on our assessment committee, including team members from Community Engagement, Social Performance, Cultural Heritage, Communications, Marketing, and Project teams. Each application is assessed by the committee to ensure local knowledge and understanding is included in each assessment process.
Supporting our communities
Learn how the DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum in Drayton, QLD, has benefitted from Inland Rail funding.
Find out more
For more information about the Inland Rail Community Scholarships and Donations program or to check if you’re eligible to apply, please phone 1800 732 761 or email email@example.com
December 4, 2023
Boys to the Bush push new frontiers with camp trailer
Our construction partner McConnell Dowell are doing their bit for the Wangaratta community, sponsoring Boys to the Bush, a local non-for-profit organisation that helps boys become good men.
August 10, 2023
Trainee workers on track to a brighter future with Inland Rail
Seven local First Nations students are on track for a bright future in the rail industry after completing a critical five-week course to build their rail infrastructure skills thanks to the Inland Rail Skills Academy (IRSA), opening up potential career opportunities as track workers, track installers, and track maintenance crew.
June 28, 2023
Tooraweenah aviation event soars with Inland Rail support
More than 500 aviation enthusiasts flocked to Tooraweenah Aerodrome in May for the inaugural ‘Winging it Down the Castlereagh’ event organised by the Arthur Butler Aviation Museum. The occasion saw pilots test their flying skills and event goers learn about aviation’s important contribution to the region.