Student, Teacher & School Awards & Grants

Every year a range of grants programs are open to schools to support them in delivering improved outcomes for their students and teachers. There are also awards and events open to young Queenslanders that recognise their contribution to school and community life and celebrate their achievements in particular disciplines.


School Grant Programs

Schools Plus | An organisation that brings together donors and schools where the student need is greatest. Their mission is to provide vital resources that ensure students are engaged learners, teachers are highly-skilled and communities, especially parents, are engaged and involved in their schools and child’s learning. Schools Plus helps *eligible schools and parent groups raise funds for projects that change students’ lives | Learn more

* Eligible schools have a value below 1000 on the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA). Check the MySchool website to see your school’s value.

The Maker Projects| A grants program open to Australian schools and community organisations to help set up dedicated maker spaces that offer students hands-on experience in practical aspects of design, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship as well as STEM engagement activities. Launched on 16 March 2017.

Applications open until funding is exhausted | Learn more


Student Awards & Competitions

Fred Hollows Humanity Award: The Fred Hollows Foundation is calling for teachers, parents and community members to nominate students for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award. The award recognises Year 6 students who show compassion, integrity and kindness in their lives, just as Fred did.  Award recipients will be recognised at a state presentation ceremony where a Junior Ambassador to The Foundation will be announced.

Nominations close Sunday 10 September | Learn more

Premier’s Anzac Prize 2018 | Queensland state and non-state schools are being urged to nominate up to a maximum of two students for the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Prize. Students in Years 8 to 11 must address a specific question and develop an historical argument referring to evidence of the Anzac spirit from Australia’s involvement in wars and conflicts from Gallipoli through to the present day, and to relate those experiences to positive values and activities in everyday life.

Student applications close 15 September 2017  | Learn more



School, Student, Teacher & Community Awards & Events

2018 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards: The awards – established by the Commonwealth Bank and national charity Schools Plus – recognise and reward excellence in teaching and school leadership across Australia. The awards celebrate educators who are having a positive impact on students’ lives and education outcomes, by leading change that sets students on a path to success. In 2018, 12 outstanding educators will receive a $45,000 Teaching Fellowship, including $30,000 for a project at their school, $10,000 for professional development and a $5,000 study tour to a high-performing education system.

Applications close October 12 | Learn more

ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award: A new ARIA Award has been introduced to celebrate the passion and contribution of Australia’s music teachers in educating children to play and love music. The award is open to any teacher working in a school, kindergarten, early childhood centre, youth centre or private tuition music school running a music program. The award is a partnership between ARIA (the Australian Recording Industry Association) and The Song Room, a national music and arts education organisation. Nominations are open now.

The winner will be announced at the 2017 ARIA Awards in November | Learn more

Free Math Thrills Program for Schools | Schools across Australia are being urged to grab a free mathematics resource that makes learning fun through fiction. Developed by QUT roboticist Associate Professor Michael Milford, the Math Thrills program draws on the books, movies and games students love to consume to excite them about mathematical learning. The Math Thrills school pack includes five paperback copies of the teen thriller Code Bravo, written by Professor Milford and young adult writer J.C. Pollari, five illustrated study guides, e-books, 26 downloadable education worksheets and access to extensive animated online tutorials. The pack best suits readers aged 12-18.

Schools are invited to register for their free pack through the Math Thrills website.

Order of Australia | A prestigious national awards program that recognises outstanding members of the community at a national level. Nominations from the public accepted year-round.

Nominations open year-round | Learn more