Grants and awards

The Financial Program

Applications are invited from organisations across Australia for Financial Grants from the Deafness Foundation.

Projects should support the Deaf and Hearing Impaired community through research, prevention, education, early detection or technology.

Applications close on the 31st of October of each year.

If you think that you have a project which falls within any of the above criteria, click to download: For further enquiries, please contact Jennifer Coburn
          Email: or phone (03) 9738 2909

Applications should be forwarded with six copies by the 31st October to:

          The Chairperson
          Grants Committee
          Deafness Foundation
          P.O. Box 42, Nunawading, 3131

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Education Encouragement Awards

The Education Encouragement Awards recognise the effort and level of commitment required from deaf and hearing impaired students. The Awards aim to encourage students in their pursuit of training and qualifications

Two awards are presented annually. These are:
  • Secondary student award of $2,000
  • Open to students in years 10, 11 & 12

  • Post-secondary student award of $3,000
  • Open to students enrolled in post-secondary studies, including university, TAFE institutes, apprenticeships and traineeships.


Applicants must: -
  • be deaf or have a permanent hearing loss in both ears.
  • If the student wears hearing aids or has a hearing loss, a current audiogram, performed by a qualified audiologist must be provided with the application.
  • If the student uses a cochlear implant, a statement from the Cochlear Implant Clinic, a Teacher of the Deaf, or a Disability Liaison Officer that a cochlear implant is used must be provided.
  • be currently attending a Victorian educational institution or be enrolled with an educational institution in Victoria.
  • be nominated by a person who can provide supporting evidence for the nomination (teachers, aides, interpreters, tutors, course coordinators, families/caregivers).
  • be a permanent resident of Australia

  • To be completed and submitted to the Education Committee of Deafness Foundation for consideration, appraisal and final selection by 30th June each year.

Selection will be by a panel and a process of shortlisting will be used. Interviews may be required.

The decision of the Education Committee is final and no further discussion will be entered into.

The winner of each Education Encouragement Award will be notified in writing. He or she will be invited to attend a presentation and receive the award in person.

All applications will be acknowledged.

All forms and applications for the Encouragement Award to be returned by 30th June each year to:

          Selection Panel
          Education Committee
          Deafness Foundation
          P.O. Box 42, Nunawading, 3131

Download an application form, guidelines and checklist. A flyer for the Education Award is also available for download.

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