Grants Program

Directly investing in programs and supports to assist residents to achieve their life goals


A key part of BHC’s Impact Fund is our Grants Program which has been designed to assist residents experiencing financial hardship to reach towards their goals.

The following grants are being offered to BHC residents in the 2023/24 Financial year:

Bright Futures Fund
Bright Futures has funding to distribute in the form of grants to support young residents’ educational and extracurricular needs.

Kickstart Grants
Kickstart Grants are available all year round to provide support for residents experiencing financial difficulty to fund “small ticket” items that support their participation, health and housing outcomes. See more information below.

Learning, Employment and Participation (LEAP) Grants
New for the 2023/24 Financial Year, LEAP Grants are available to assist residents with education, training, employment and social participation goals, including assistance with digital connection. See more information below.


Bright Futures Fund

BHC’s Bright Futures Responsive Fund is designed to assist younger residents (under 18s) to enhance their educational outcomes, opportunities for social inclusion and general well-being.

Grants of up to $800 per applicant, per year are available to support expenses relating to:

  • Education: uniforms, school fees, book lists, after school care, school camp costs, BYO devices etc
  • Participation: extracurricular courses, social activities, hobbies, sporting fees/sporting equipment etc
  • Wellbeing: health supports (excluding medications)

To apply for a grant or find out more information:


Kickstart Grants

The Kickstart Grants are available all year round to support BHC residents to fund small ticket items such as uniforms, travel cards, small household goods including white goods, as well as small projects that strengthen the communities of our residents.

Low to medium cost requests can be submitted, with each application assessed on a case-by-case basis. To be successful, applicants must clearly demonstrate:

  • genuine need
  • that the requested item/s cannot sourced from alternate funding opportunities or grants
  • how the requested item/s will support improved outcomes for the resident and / or community
  • that the cost of the item is reasonable and justified

Please note that where the application does not address the above criteria adequately or where total available funding has been expended, some applicants may be unsuccessful.

There is a limit of one successful Kickstart Grant per resident each financial year. Please speak to your Housing Manager or the Community Development Team for more information about this grant, or to apply.

More information:


Learning, Employment and Participation (LEAP) Grants

New this Financial Year, LEAP Grants are available to assist residents to access opportunities relating to their education, employment and social participation goals. 

Please note that this year, LEAP Grants will replace and combine the previously offered “Educate and Participate” and “Connect” Grants.

Grants of up to $800 per applicant, per year are available to support expenses relating to:

  • Education– any formal or informal education or course fees relating to general education, TAFE or tertiary studies, as well as associated costs such as textbooks, course supplies.
  • Employment– any costs associated with accessing employment, items required to maintain employment or getting ready for work such as uniform costs, getting “interview-ready” supplies.
  • Participation– any costs associated with programs or activities that encourage community or social inclusion such as volunteering, personal development, skills development, local/place-based community development, artistic or health and fitness related activities.
  • Digital technologies to support the above goals– costs relating to computer equipment, access to home-based or mobile internet connections, digital training and skills.

Please note to be eligible for this grant applicants must check they are not able to access other funding opportunities in the community. If BHC is aware of other funding opportunities, applicants may be referred to these opportunities before their applications can be considered.

LEAP Grants are now closed for 2023. Please check back later for updates.


For further information on the BHC Grants program, or for assistance regarding the application process, please contact BHC’s Community Development tea via email at, telephone 3307 3000 or speak with your Housing Manager.