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The Funding Centre is the best place to go to get information on grants and fundraising in Australia.

The website and associated tools and newsletters are an initiative of Our Community, a world-leading social enterprise that provides advice, tools and training for Australia’s 600,000 community groups, as well as services for business, government and the general public.

Like other Our Community initiatives, the Funding Centre is built around a self-sustaining social enterprise model. Our paid products and services help to subsidise the free or reduced-cost ones, including the free help sheets provided on all our websites, and the GiveNow online fundraising services. We aim to reach as many organisations as possible so we can make our tools as cheap as possible.

The creation of Our Community in 2000 was made possible through the passion and inspiration of the founding team of staff and volunteers, and the social capital investment provided by a forward-thinking group of social investors. We are sustained by our ongoing commitment to contribute to the health and vitality of the Australian community sector, and we are delighted to be assisted in that aim by a number of leading groups, businesses and individuals.

Some of the Our Community Group’s other offerings include:

  1. Our Community – Knowledge, tools and training for Australia’s 600,000 not-for-profit organisations on essential topics including marketing and media, insurance, leadership, advocacy, technology and finance.
  2. GiveNow – Australia's first and best giving platform, providing no and low cost donation and social fundraising services to Australian not-for-profits.
  3. Institute of Community Directors Australia – Accredited training, short courses, advice and tools for not-for-profit sector board members and those who support them.
  4. Australian Institute for Corporate Responsibility – Cutting edge corporate responsibility resources for large, medium and small business and community organisations.
  5. Australian Institute of Grants Management – The unique suite of grantmaking services, including the groundbreaking online grants management system, SmartyGrants.

The Funding Centre has strong linkages with all these other Our Community Group initiatives. You can read more about Our Community here.

The EasyGrants Newsletter and associated grants database was created in 1995 as the first consolidated grants newsletter in Australia and went on to become the very first product of the Our Community Group. While other grants newsletters and websites of varying quality have come and gone, EasyGrants has endured, unlocking essential funding for not-for-profit organisations of all sizes across the country, while providing a financial backbone for Our Community throughout its formation years and beyond.

The online Funding Centre seeks to lead the fundraising knowledge revolution in Australia through the provision of low-cost or free information and tools, including online and hard copy materials and face-to-face training.