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Community Sponsorships and Donations program to continue during COVID-19

As part of our commitment to supporting local communities, we are still accepting applications to our 2020 Community Sponsorships and Donations Program.

However, with government social distancing measures expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future, we will only fund events and activities that comply with state restrictions.

Until further notice and subject to social distancing advice in each state, applications received prior to 30 April for community events likely to attract large groups will be held over until the next round of applications, closing on Friday 31 July.

We encourage applications for projects that:

  • increase the capacity of your organisation to deliver services; for example, installing or upgrading tech hardware or software to improve your online services and your staff’s ability to do their job
  • support online literacy education programs to local communities
  • include capital works which can be done by local tradespeople
  • include equipment which can be bought locally
  • create online STEM programs for students while they are being home-schooled.

The amount of funding you can apply for remains between $1,000 and $4,000. Eligibility requirements also remain the same.

Inland Rail is committed to supporting communities along the alignment, by making voluntary financial contributions to eligible community groups running events, projects and activities which contribute to local and regional prosperity, well-being and sustainability.

Financial requests between $1,000 and $4,000 will be considered from eligible community organisations.

There are four annual open rounds.

For projects, events, activities commencing:Round opens:Round closes:
June to August1 February each year30 April each year
September to November1 May each year31 July each year
December to February1 August each year31 October each year
March to May1 November each year31 January each year


How to apply

Please refer to the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program Guidelines for information about the Program, eligibility requirements, application and assessment processes and terms and conditions of funding.

All applications must be made using the Program’s application form.

More information

Please refer to the FAQs or email IRCommunitySponsorships@artc.com.au.

Community Sponsorships and Donations program to continue during COVID-19

As part of our commitment to supporting local communities, we are still accepting applications to our 2020 Community Sponsorships and Donations Program.

However, with government social distancing measures expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future, we will only fund events and activities that comply with state restrictions.

Until further notice and subject to social distancing advice in each state, applications received prior to 30 April for community events likely to attract large groups will be held over until the next round of applications, closing on Friday 31 July.

We encourage applications for projects that:

  • increase the capacity of your organisation to deliver services; for example, installing or upgrading tech hardware or software to improve your online services and your staff’s ability to do their job
  • support online literacy education programs to local communities
  • include capital works which can be done by local tradespeople
  • include equipment which can be bought locally
  • create online STEM programs for students while they are being home-schooled.

The amount of funding you can apply for remains between $1,000 and $4,000. Eligibility requirements also remain the same.

Inland Rail is committed to supporting communities along the alignment, by making voluntary financial contributions to eligible community groups running events, projects and activities which contribute to local and regional prosperity, well-being and sustainability.

Financial requests between $1,000 and $4,000 will be considered from eligible community organisations.

There are four annual open rounds.

For projects, events, activities commencing:Round opens:Round closes:
June to August1 February each year30 April each year
September to November1 May each year31 July each year
December to February1 August each year31 October each year
March to May1 November each year31 January each year


How to apply

Please refer to the Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations Program Guidelines for information about the Program, eligibility requirements, application and assessment processes and terms and conditions of funding.

All applications must be made using the Program’s application form.

More information

Please refer to the FAQs or email IRCommunitySponsorships@artc.com.au.

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