Professional Development Grants: Governance for Social Impact


It is important that you read through this document before applying for a grant as it will assist in your application.

There are 4 grants available annually to non-executive board directors from registered not-for-profits across Australia to undertake the Governance for Social Impact 2-day Program, delivered in partnership between AGSM and CSI UNSW thanks to the support of Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy Australasia.

These grants will cover the full cost of the course fee. The grants are available for the program held on September 16th and 17th, 2019.

Opening date: Monday July 1st

Closing date: Friday 2nd August 5pm

Recipients will be informed by Friday 9th August of the outcome



  • You are an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

  • You currently hold a position as a non-executive director on a NFP board in Australia

  • The organisation must be a registered charity

Applicants are required to email to :

  • One-page submission, with your bio and the reason why you would like to be considered for this grant to attend this program;

  • A letter/email of support from an NFP leader (for example a fellow board member or an executive from the NFP you volunteer with)

Grants are awarded based on the calibre of applications in a given period and are awarded on the basis of merit. Each applicant will be assessed on their demonstrated leadership and engagement in supporting, developing and contributing to better outcomes in the social purpose sector. Successful applicants should outline their ability to apply and scale program learnings after completion of the program.

If suitable recipients are not identified grant funds may be reserved for future applicants.

Please note, late applications cannot be accepted.




  1. Which organisations qualify as Not-for-Profit in Australia?

Applicants must be a non-executive board director from an Australian not-for-profit organisation which is has ‘registered charity’ status in accordance with the Australian Charities and Non-Profits Commission.

  1. Can I apply again if I miss out this time around?

You may apply for a grant as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. If you applied previously for a grant and were unsuccessful, and you remain eligible; you can apply again.

  1. What is the size of the grant?

The grants are generously funded by an anonymous funder for the amount of $2860, which is 100% of the program cost.

  1. How are scholars selected?

CSI will convene a panel consisting of CSI and AGSM staff. The panels will review all applications and make recommendations for consideration. All decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  1. What will be required of me if I am selected to receive a grant?

The grant will require you to attend the two-day program in Sydney. There is no financial support for accommodation or travel expenses. The grant covers the full cost of the two-day program course fees.

You should consider carefully whether you can attend before you apply – if your application is successful, but you find you don’t have the time to meet the requirements, you must resign the grant immediately.

To ensure that there is appropriate acknowledgement for their contribution, you may be asked to take part in one or two publicity activities. This would involve having you sign a release.

  1. How and when will I be notified if I receive a grant?

It takes 1-2 weeks to conclude the process of awarding the grants. We will notify you as soon as possible via email to ensure that you can undertake the program. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified via email once successful applicants have been notified.

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