Literacy changes lives

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Small grants criteria 2021

The Learning Changes Lives Foundation seeks to create greater social equity and inclusion in the Australian community through adult education.

Priority cohort

The purpose of the 2021 Learning Changes Lives Grants Program is to support adult Australians with low levels of literacy and numeracy who are experiencing barriers to finding and keeping work, meeting their goals and aspirations or managing their daily lives.


We are seeking applications from eligible organisations for innovative and effective community education programs that support adults with low literacy and numeracy. Successful applications will offer highly supportive pathways for adults with low literacy and numeracy into further learning, training and/or work, focussing strongly on literacy and numeracy development, and/or offer strong social connection outcomes.

Who can apply?

Applications are accepted from community-based Australian organisations supporting adults through education. Organisations applying for funds must be a legal entity (or auspiced by a legal entity), not-for-profit and exempt from income tax (deductible gift recipient DGR status not required).

Organisations with a turnover of less than $1,000,000 with limited access to other funding sources will be prioritised.


Applications must target disadvantaged adult Australians with low literacy and numeracy and include clear and measurable outcomes.

Applications will be assessed and prioritised for funding according to the above criteria, with consideration given to ensuring there is a fair representation of projects from different states and territories across Australia.

Successful applicants will need to measure and report on the success of their program.

What the grants will not fund?

The Learning Changes Lives Small Grants will not fund operating costs, vehicles, for-profit organisations, general fundraising appeals or government entities.

Further information

Applications must be completed in full. Successful grantees must expend the grant within the agreed period and for the purpose agreed unless prior approval is received from the Foundation in writing.

The Foundation must be acknowledged in any promotion or media to do with the grant. All outcomes from the grant must be reported to the Foundation, including providing approved images of participants and adult learning activities.

Please contact the Learning Changes Lives Foundation via email foundation@ala.asn.au for any further queries.

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