Funding

School Support Funding Programs

Loddon Mallee Homelessness Network School Support Program

Providing funding to homelessness assistance services across Loddon Mallee Region to help meet the financial gap faced by parents in supporting their children’s educational needs, this program has been made possible with ongoing funding of the R E Ross Trust  whose generous support has made a positive difference to many children’s lives.

LMHN School Support Grant Guidelines
LMHN School Support Funding Application Word
LMHN School Support Funding Application PDF


Department of Health and Human Services  Brokerage

Also providing funds to help meet gaps in educational expenses, in addition, the DHHS funding can provide access to counselling support for children and childcare costs.

DHHS Brokerage Guidelines
DHHS Brokerage Application

Please ensure that you carefully read the eligibility guidelines and contact the Children’s Resource Program Worker, who can provide you with any additional information required.

T: Ph 5430 3000

Additional Funding

Ardoch School Costs Guide (2018)
Information for parents and caregivers on how to manage and reduce school costs.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund
Available to  concession cards holders or foster parents and paid directly to the school.

Child Dental Benefits Scheme
Available to parents receiving Centrelink benefits, with criteria outlined on the website.

Department of Health and Human Services Student Scholarship Program 

Helps young people living in public or community housing, or those at risk of homelessness, get the support they need to stay in school and achieve their full potential.

Family Reconciliation and Mediation Program
State-wide service providing financial support for young people aged 16-25 who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness to access a range of therapeutic services and brokerage for material goods.

Find a  Therapeutic Practitioner


Glasses for Kids
A program providing free glasses for disadvantaged students.

HEY Grants
Supporting organisations to undertake mental health promotion and community engagement activities that focus on same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) young people, aged between 14 and 25 years. Focusing on development of new and innovative approaches to address and support the mental health of SSASGD young people, but also supporting implementation of tried and tested models in communities where existing support for SSASGD young people is limited.

Pet Medical Crisis Fund (PMCF)
The PMCF has been created to help pensioners ad disadvantaged pet owners who can not afford surgery to keep their family pet alive.

State School Relief Program
Assists public school students experiencing hardship; poverty, homelessness, financial hardship, family violence, house fires and natural disasters. Students in need can apply to the principal for a new school uniform or pair of shoes, materials for secondary students or calculator.

School Costs Poster (2018)

Education Costs Brochure (2018)

School Costs Guide for Printing (2018)

Sunshine Bendigo
Sunshine Bendigo collect and distribute essential new and pre-loved baby goods and nursery equipment to families in need. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am – 3pm. Daly Street. Long Gully.

Transition to Independent Living Allowance
TILA is a payment of up to $1,500 from the Australian Government to help eligible young people pay for basic costs involved in moving out on their own for the first time.

Youth Cadetship Scheme
Provides opportunities for young people who may have faced barriers to employment to complete traineeships within the public sector.