Applications for 2018 are now open.

Criteria for Consideration of Assistance
The Foundation was formed to help cover the gaps in existing funding, not to duplicate or take the place of existing services. As a result applications requesting support for school uniforms, book lists, levies, VET & VCAL subjects and extra curricular activities will take priority.

The Applicant (student) must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and supply a Confirmation of Aboriginality.

  • The Applicant (student) must be enrolled in an independent educational institution located within the State boundaries of Victoria.
  • Applications can only be accepted on the official Application Form and ALL SECTIONS MUST be completed.
  • An account must be enclosed with the Application Form (school account, book supplier, uniform supplier invoices, etc.). Applications can only be considered if the amounts requested have corresponding accounts/invoices.
  • Any assistance granted will be paid by cheque to the nominated supplier. Monies cannot be paid directly to families. Please Note: Items already purchased CANNOT be reimbursed.
  • Assistance will be granted only once for a school year and applications will not be accepted after the announced closing date.
  • If a student has received prior assistance from the Foundation the Progress Report in the Application Form must be completed before further assistance can be considered.
  • Applications will be considered on a “needs” basis.

The Opening the Doors Foundation is committed to protecting the privacy of families and students who apply to the Foundation for assistance with educational expenses. Our policies ensure that your confidentiality is protected at all times. The information that you provide us is required to assess your application and als helps us to plan and improve our policies and operations. We do not disclose your information to any other organisation and we never ask for personal information from other organisations without your consent.


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