The Dame Roma Mitchell grants provide financial assistance for eligible young people under 30 who are, or have been in care for at least one full year to:

  • achieve personal goals
  • contribute to health and wellbeing
  • provide development opportunities.

There are two funding rounds each year, in January/February and August/September.

The first grant round is now open.

For more information please refer to the grant program guidelines (PDF, 719.8 KB).

To be eligible for a Dame Roma Mitchell Grant you must be 29 years or younger at the closing date for applications and be, or have been:


  • a child or young person from a remote Aboriginal community who:
    • is, or was placed in, the long-term care of relatives under family care agreements
    • financially supported on a regular basis by the Department for Child Protection (or a previous equivalent) for a combined total of at least one year.

How much you can apply for

There is no set limit, and all requests will be considered by the board.

Grant rounds

Applicants may only submit one grant request per funding round.

What is not supported by the Dame Roma Mitchell Grants

The fund will not provide assistance where there are existing government or other avenues of funding that should reasonably fund the service, item or activity.

The Dame Roma Mitchell Grants will not fund the following:

  • Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) debts
  • funds for emergency or crisis relief, including the payment of bills, debts or fines
  • 'lay-by' or 'hire purchase' instalment payments or pay-outs
  • reimbursement of something you have already paid for
  • gaming consoles, mobile phones
  • non-essential furniture or household items such as home entertainment systems, stereos, clothes dryers.

There are two funding rounds each year, in January/February and August/September.

The next grant round opens Friday 24 January 2020.

Complete the relevant application form:

Further education grants

Further education grants are available for post-secondary educational costs and associated expenses.

Applications will be considered outside the normal grant rounds. Please contact the Executive Officer for further information.


The information you provide when applying for a grant is kept confidential.

It will take several weeks after the close of the funding round for all applications to be assessed. Please take this into account when applying for funds. If you require funds urgently, you may need to find an alternative source of funding.

When final decisions are made, you will receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your application.

If your contact details change, please advise the Dame Roma Mitchell Grants Executive Officer so that you can be notified.

How applications are considered

All eligible applications received by the closing date will be assessed by the Dame Roma Mitchell Grants Board.

Priority will be given to applications that would not generally be eligible for funding from another grant, scheme or funding source. The Board will also take into account the applicant's history of approved Dame Roma Mitchell Grants. If you are applying for more than one item, the board will assume that you have put the most important item first.

If your application is unsuccessful, this is not a reflection on you personally. The Board only has a limited amount of funds it can grant in each round of funding. It may be that you have applied for something the Board cannot fund or may have funded you for previously.

You can help to support the grants by:

  • participating in a workplace giving program
  • making a tax deductible donation.

Participate in a workplace giving program

Workplace giving lets you donate through automated payroll deductions.

All donations made through payroll deductions are pre-tax unless otherwise specified.

To set up automated payroll donations:

  1. complete the authorisation form (DOC, 325.5 KB) (DOC, 325.5 KB).
  2. give the form to your payroll provider.

You can change or cancel your donation at any time by resubmitting the form to your payroll provider.

Make a donation

You can donate via direct deposit, credit card, cash, or cheque at any time by completing the donation form (DOC, 328.0 KB).

All donations over $2 are tax-deductible. You will receive a tax receipt if you provide your address with your donation.


The Executive Officer
Dame Roma Mitchell Grants

Phone: 1300 650 971