Applications for educational assistance in 2021 are open

To receive an application form email​​​​​​​

The due date for applications in 2021 has been extended to 23rd April.


In 2021 the Foundation is supporting four categories:

  • Uniforms

  • Books

  • IT costs (includes calculators)

  • Levies (Primary School only)​


  • The Applicant must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

  • The Applicant must be enrolled in a Catholic or Independent educational institution located within the State boundaries of Victoria.

  • The Applicant can only submit one regular grant per year.

  • First time applicants must provide a Confirmation of Aboriginality Certificate.

  • The progress report must be completed by applicants who have received a grant from the Foundation in the past.

  • Applications will only be accepted on the official Application Form and ALL SECTIONS MUST be completed.

  • Applications will not be accepted after closing date - 1 April 2021​.


Before applying for a grant from the Foundation, find out:

  • What you would like to buy with the grant funds

  • How much it will cost

  • Which supplier or school you would like the funds to go to


Once a grant is approved, we will notify the applicants when the items are ready to be picked up. 


The Foundation can disburse grants to any Catholic or Independent school in Victoria. 


The Foundation has partnerships with suppliers all around Victoria. If you would like your grant, or a portion of your grant, to go to a supplier which IS NOT on the list of preferred suppliers, we will try our best to distribute funds as indicated in the application.  Click the button below to see the Foundation's preferred suppliers list.


Our staff and volunteers strive to make the applications as easy as possible for all applicants. We also appreciate feedback that will help us ensure that we can continue to effectively support Aboriginal education.

If you have questions about the grant application process, contact Brigid at or 0401 487 414.

If you have questions about the grant payment process contact John at or 0403 330 733.


  • The Foundation will not accept any forms which do not meet all application requirements.

  • The Foundation will alert the parent/guardian/carer if all requirements have not been met.

  • An application cannot be altered once it is sent unless it does not meet all criteria.

  • The Foundation strives to disburse grants as quickly as possible for the convenience of families - allow at least 2 weeks for the application to be processed.

  • Items already purchased CANNOT be reimbursed.

  • Successful applications are approved by the Board of Trustees. The approved grant amount is final and cannot be changed after approval.


The office of the Opening the Doors foundation is located on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woiwurrung People of the Kulin Nations. Opening the Doors Foundation acknowledges the traditional owners of ancestral lands across Australia. Respecting Elders past and present and local Aboriginal Custodians.


Phone 03 9443 9070



434 St Georges Rd
Thornbury VIC 3071




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