Education and training grants

Below is a selection of projects and programs funded in the area of financial education and training.


Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN)

Financial Capability Project

ABCN will recruit a Project Manager to produce a feasibility study on creating financial literacy and wellbeing mentoring programs for primary and secondary school students. They will consider how they might support young people from low socio-economic backgrounds to build their financial capabilities through their existing employability and skills development programs. 

Project stage: Feasibility study
Grant duration: 1 year
Grant commenced: 2019


The below grants were decided by Financial Literacy Australia (FLA). The business and activities of FLA were transferred to Ecstra in December 2018.


Monash University

M-cubed: Money, meaning, and maths for learners with cognitive disability

The 'M-cubed' team led by Dr Sarah Hopkins will develop a robust assessment tool (app) of financial mathematical knowledge (encompassing both understanding and skills) for secondary school students with cognitive disabilities, and report assessment findings for over 300 students.

Project stage: Pilot
Grant duration: 2 years
Grant commenced: 2019


NESA Solutions Ltd

Indigenous Money Health

'Indigenous Money Health' will develop and introduce a workforce development strategy within Indigenous communities.  10 workshops will train up to 250 participants (frontline staff) who will use the training and behavioural change techniques to support, train and mentor their Indigenous job seekers and community members. Up to 1,000 community members are expected to directly benefit from this initiative.

Project stage: Pilot
Grant duration: 2 years
Grant commenced: 2019


Women's Health In the North

Let’s Talk Money

Let’s Talk Money is a financial literacy program developed for migrant and refugee women. It uses a peer education model where women from diverse cultural backgrounds are trained to deliver practical, tailored financial education to other women in their own language and communities. A 2017 grant funded the program evaluation which resulted in a further grant to deliver the program for another 2 years (co-funded).

Project stage: Scaling up existing program
Grant duration: 2 years
Grant commenced: 2019


Brotherhood of St Laurence

Stepping Stones to Small Business

The Stepping Stones program helps women, men and youth from CALD backgrounds to develop the skills and confidence to start their own micro-enterprise.

Project stage: Scaling up existing program
Grant duration: 2 years
Grant commenced: 2018


Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand

Firmer Foundations

The Firmer Foundations program uses a small group and coaching model to build the financial capability of women who have experienced family violence, economic abuse and/or inter-generational poverty.

Project stage: Pilot
Grant duration: 3 years
Grant commenced: 2017


Participate Australia

Financial literacy education

Participate Australia is developing an e-Learning platform based on their practical money skills program for young adults with an intellectual disability. They previously received a grant from in 2015 from FLA to improve the existing financial literacy program.

Project stage: Scaling up existing program
Grant duration: 2 years
Grant commenced: 2018


Foundation for Young Australians

$20 Boss

$20 Boss is an immersive entrepreneurship program for secondary school students delivered nationwide.

Project stage: Scaling up existing program
Grant duration: 3 years
Grant commenced: 2018


The Smith Family

Certificate I: Financial Services for Disadvantaged Youth

The Certificate 1 in Financial Services program for students aged 15-17 is delivered in disadvantaged schools.

Project stage: Scaling up existing program
Grant duration: 3 years
Grant commenced: 2015
Grant status: Concluded


Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network Ltd (ICAN)

ICAN – Yarnin' Money Financial Literacy Program

Implemented the Yarnin’ Money Financial Literacy program for service providers and residents in remote Indigenous communities in far north Queensland. The three-phase financial literacy training program delivered two financial literacy training tools, Yarnin’ Money (Service Provider) and Yarnin’ Money (With the Mob) and online professional development (train the trainer) programs for financial counselling/capability workers and community services providers.

Project stage: Pilot
Grant duration: 3 years
Grant commenced: 2014
Grant status: Concluded