Opportunity Round-up

by | Aug 20, 2020 | Bush Voices

Listed below are a range of scholarships, funding opportunities, programs and professional development currently on offer. We encourage you to share them amongst your students and communities.

Support for bushfire affected individuals and communities


2020 YACVic Rural Activators Program
Applications close: 11.59pm on Friday 24 July 202
For people aged 16-25 who live, work or study in an area impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires across rural and regional Victoria. The 2020 YACVic Rural Activators will work to develop a project to help their local community and build their skills. The program offers mentoring, training and $1000 funding.
For more information visit:

St Vincent de Paul Society Bushfire Education Scholarships
Applications close: 30 September 2020
The purpose of the scholarships is to incentivise and support students to remain engaged in their learning. After facing adversity, such as the bushfires, financial distress should not be the reason that students are unable to pursue their future aspirations through further education.
This support is for students graduating secondary school in 2020 who have been impacted as a result of the 2019/20 summer bushfires. The scholarship is contingent up successful admission into tertiary education in 2020.
For more information visit:

Rural Arts Victoria Creative Recovery Small Grants Program
Applications close: 31 October 2020
The Creative Recovery Small Grants Program supports community connection, engagement and resilience for communities impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires in regional Victoria. The program will focus on the creative activity that assists these communities with short and long term recovery.
The Creative Recovery Small Grants Program will support individual artists and organisations based in six local government authority areas of Alpine, East Gippsland, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong and Wangaratta.
Up to $5,000 is available for individuals and organisations. In limited circumstances, applicants may be invited to apply for funding above this threshold after consulting with Regional Arts Victoria.
For more information visit:


VicSRCongress 2020
Registrations close: Monday 24th August
Registrations are open for VicSRCongress 2020. This annual event from the Victorian Student Representative Council is an incredible student-led opportunity, we encourage you to share this with your cohort. VicSRCongress sees students from across Victoria come together to plan action that will help solve the top issues in the education system, as voted by students. These action priorities become VicSRC’s advocacy platform for the next 12 months, spearheaded by the VicSRC Student Executive Advisory Committee. In light of COVID-19 the Congress event has moved online in 2020, happening this September school holidays, 29 Sep – 2 Oct.
Students must register to secure their involvement.
Book for Congress 2020: https://events.humanitix.com/congress-2020
View the Congress program: http://www.vicsrc.org.au/congress/program

ABC Heywire Storytelling Competition, entries open
Entries close: 16 September 2020
The annual Heywire cycle begins with a storytelling competition – open to people aged 16-22, living in regional or rural Australia. Heywire encourages young people to tell stories about their life outside the major cities in text, photo, video or audio format. Over the past 17 years more than 9,000 young Australians have taken part.
To register, or for more information head to the website:

The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) Emerging Young Leaders Program.
Applications close: (for the September program) Tuesday 25 August 2020 at 5 pm
The Emerging Young Leaders Program is a free online program for young Victorians who identify as having a disability, chronic illness, being blind or vision impaired, being Deaf, neurodiverse and/or having lived experience of mental health issues.
For more information visit: https://www.yacvic.org.au/ydas/get-involved/youngleaders/

CSIRO Virtual Work Experience Program 2020
Food preservation techniques, technology, composition and processing
The virtual work experience program will support students undertake work experience despite COVID-19 interruptions and provide access to work experience opportunities for students who may face geographic or other barriers to participating in traditional work experience. It also allows students the opportunity to experience contemporary ways of working, from homes, and with people across geographic boundaries, just as CSIRO scientists do every day.
To apply visit: https://www.csiro.au/en/Careers/Work-experience


Youthrive University Scholarships for current year 12 students
Applications close: August 24 2020
Each year Youthrive Victoria offers a number of scholarships for Year 12 students who are planning to go to university.
University scholarships are funded by private donors, philanthropic trusts and sponsors and provide up to $10,000 per year for three years plus transition and career mentoring and leadership development opportunities.
Scholarships are awarded to Year 12 students who have leadership potential and a commitment to contributing to a strong, just and sustainable rural and regional Victoria.
Applications are open to Victorian Year 12 students who plan to attend university after they complete secondary school. Each rural/regional school can endorse a maximum of three applicants.
For more information visit: 

Public Education Foundation Student Scholarships
Closing dates vary, see website.
The Public Education Foundation Ltd has an incredible range of scholarships on offer for primary, secondary and tertiary students.
There are opportunities tailored for specific year levels, as well as those open to broader age groups. Head to the Public Education Foundation’s website for the most up-to-date information on eligibility and closing dates.
Note that the Public Education Foundation also has a number of teacher and principal scholarships. Applications for these are currently closed but will reopen in late 2020.
For information on open applications visit:

Professional Development

CEP professional development in term 3
Steve Munby: Leading Professional Development within and beyond your school
It’s not too late to register to attend the last session of Steve’s three-part series. The final session is on Wednesday 2 September 2020, from 4:15 – 5:30 pm.
For more information visit: