ACT Government Equity Fund Applications

Equity Fund 2023 now open

Applications for the 2023 Future of Education Equity Fund are now open.

The Equity Fund provides low-income families and independent students who meet the eligibility criteria with a one-off payment to assist with costs of education expenses such as school uniforms and excursions, sport equipment and activities, tuition, and music lessons – the things that support student to fully engage in their education.

The Fund is open to eligible students living and studying at all ACT schools from preschool (attached to a school) to year 12.

Payments are:

  • $750 high school and year 11 and 12 students
  • $500 primary school students
  • $400 preschool students attending a preschool attached to an ACT public school.

Applications can be made online and close 3 November 2023. Families with students attending different schools can use the one application form available here.

Should you require more information, please contact the Equity Fund team on 6207 1818 or email EquityFund@act.gov.au

Applicants must:

  1. Reside in the ACT
  2. Have sole or shared parental responsibility for a dependent student(s) in grades P-12; or be an independent student
  3. Be financially responsible for the student(s)
  4. Demonstrate low-income status through:
  • a current means-tested Health Care Card or Centrelink card, which must list the student(s) as dependents; or
  • alternative forms of evidence proving low-income status or equivalent financial stress.

Applications can be made at https://educationact.smartygrants.com.au/equityfund2023