Grants Bulletin

Last updated: 9 August 2019



CAGES Grants for ATSI Children


CAGES Foundation funds organisations working to improve the lives of Aboriginal people and create an environment that enables every Aboriginal child to reach their potential.


CAGES Foundation will intentionally seek to fund DGR 1 organisations with high levels of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation, influence, identity and leadership.

The foundation’s principle around self-determination is best enacted through supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led organisations however they also recognise the need to build skills and capabilities in these organisations and the communities they exist in. An effective way to do this is to support respectful partnerships between non-Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations where two-way learning and capacity building at an organisational and community level is intentional.

CAGES Foundation is currently accepting enquiries for funding. Please note the primary funding stream will distribute funds in June 2019 however Community Grants (for Aboriginal controlled organisations only) are available more regularly. All enquiries will receive a response within two weeks of submission.

CAGES are always interested in learning more about organisations working in our focus area, if you believe you would be a good fit for CAGES Foundation funding please get in touch.

Facts you need to know:

  • Approximately 70% of the funds available for distribution in 2019 are already committed to long-term activities or other grant programs. As such, we expect there will only be an additional 1-2 grants available in 2019.
  • Gifts from the primary funding stream are for large and/or long-term work involving capacity building, infrastructure, systemic change or program development.
  • Focus will be primarily on organisations working in NSW or based on the east coast who have a national reach.

Before proceeding:

  • Is the focus of your activity Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children in the first five years of their life?
  • Is your organisation Aboriginal controlled or led or do you partner with Aboriginal controlled or led organisations?
  • Can you demonstrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership and participation?

Please review the following criteria before applying:

  • Charities with DGR 1 status operating in Australia
  • Aboriginal initiated and led organisations preferred (majority Aboriginal inspired organisations with >50% Aboriginal board and demonstrated high levels of Aboriginal employment, participation and leadership)
  • If you're organisation is not Aboriginal initiated and led you must be in partnership with an Aboriginal initiated and led organisation
  • The ultimate outcomes of the funded activities will benefit children and their families in an early childhood setting
  • Primary funding stream focusses on NSW or east coast activities with national impact Community grants are national.

Applications can be made online:

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