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


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 2017

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

What to consider when applying for Children’s Brokerage

Things to consider when applying for children’s brokerage


Additional Funding

Ardoch School Costs Guide (2017)
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
This allows eligible children aged 2-17yrs to claim up to $1000 of dental care per calendar from dental services including private services. Bulk billing services will mean no claim form needs to be completed. A bulk billing private dentist means that there is no wait list for a public dentist and the clients will not be out of pocket.

Community Sector Banking Grants now available

Department of Health and Human Services Student Scholarship Program

How does it work?

The Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Student Scholarships 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.

The Victorian Government funds the Student Scholarships Program to help young people stay engaged with education and complete years 11 and 12 at Government Secondary Schools or TAFEs.

The money from the scholarships can be used for items that broadly assist educational participation and achievement, such as textbooks, computer equipment, public transport, disability aids or other specialist equipment. Aside from financial assistance, the program also acknowledges students for their effort and attendance and supports them to build a solid foundation for their future.


DHHS Student Scholarship Program

Family Reconciliation and Mediation Program (FRMP)

Family Reconciliation and Mediation Program
FRMP is funded by DHHS to work with agencies across Victoria, providing workforce capacity building, training opportunities and most significantly, much-needed financial support for young people (aged 16-25) who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness to access individual counselling, animal assisted therapy, family therapy, mediation, art therapy, group work, respite strategies and discretionary funding to assist with child care, emergency housing, interpreting services and public transport.

FRMP’s focus on therapeutic interventions has resulted in an extensive State-wide recruitment of a diverse range of therapists including recreation, coaching, art, music, narrative and animal assisted interventions. The FRMP Private Practitioner Register provides a detailed skill and expertise profile of each Practitioner.
View a profile or select a Practitioner from FRMP’s Register


Group Work Grants Application Form – March 2018

Therapeutic Interventions Application Form – March 2018


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.

Kid’s Under Cover Scholarships
The Kid’s Undercover Scholarships for 2018 are now open for children going into VCE/TAFE and living in community housing or at risk of homelessness. Funds can pay for education needs such as resources and camps among others.

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)


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.