Community Grants

$100,000 for tomorrow’s change-makers – today. 

Every year, we give up to $100,000 in community grants to support and fund innovative projects in our community. Applications are open to any private sector, community group, charity, social enterprise, or group of passionate, like-minded individuals ready to make a change. Crescent Foundation has created:


Islamic Community
Project Funding


Years in Refugee




Care Packs
for the Homeless

Applications for our 2023 community grants are now closed. 

Thank you to everyone who applied. We will reach out to each applicant with their respective outcomes.

Our Focus

Our ‘Community Projects’ initiative funds grassroots programs and our high impact projects support transformative, scalable and sustainably funded programs designed to make an impact in four key areas of impact:  


Education & Refugees

Programs that focus on the education, empowerment, and employment of people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.


Civics, Youth, & Democracy

Initiatives that empower our youth to be the leaders of tomorrow.


Islamic Art & culture

Projects designed to foster community harmony and develop an understanding of the values and contributions of Muslims to Australian society.


Helping the Homeless

Solutions to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people positively change their lives.

About Crescent Community Grants

Crescent Community Grants is an open-source competition that will enable any entity – whether private sector, third sector or group of individuals – to apply for funding of up to $30k from Crescent Foundation.

Our strategic objectives include


To support & fund initiatives that have a catalytic impact on the target segment


To inspire others to act in a catalytic manner


To catalyse funding from a wider section of partners, institutions and donors

Meet some of our previous grant winners

Tasnia Alam and Fariha Chowdhury were awarded a Crescent Community Grant in 2021 and have gone on to found Arise Foundation – a not-for-profit organisation providing support to victims of financial abuse.

Through the provision of no-interest loans, employment programs, job placement, and access to a network of mentors and service partners, Arise Foundation is dedicated to empowering survivors of financial abuse and creating sustainable pathways to financial freedom. 

Find out more

A breakdown of the annual $100,000 prize

  Grant amount Total funding allocated

Community Projects

(2 x $5,000) $10,000
High Impact Projects (3 x $30,000) $90,000



Key Features


After careful deliberation based on transparent selection criteria, Crescent Foundation’s board will choose the initiatives it will fund in FY 2023-2024.


Up to 5 grants with a total pool of $100k will be allocated annually & payable over three years, subject to mutually agreed performance milestones.


It's the board's discretion whether to fund all 5 grants, the Foundation may choose to not fund any initiatives depending on submission quality.


A summary of the selection criteria




Funding initiatives related to Refugees, Homelessness, Islamic art and culture or Civics, youth and democracy – initiatives outside of this core mandate may be funded if they are seen to be unanimously and overwhelmingly deserving by the Board.


Must be set up as an organization before receipt of funding. Individuals may apply as a group so long as they can demonstrate that they can set up an entity to deploy the funding upon receipt.


Only for Australian registered entities

Board's Ultimate Discretion

While the board utilises the criteria, the board reserves the right to choose outside of these criteria where they believe some projects are more deserving as the board sees fit. ​

Criteria Elaboration


What we are looking for


The Crescent Foundation Board is looking to spark and accelerate the change-makers of tomorrow.

You might have a rough proposition, but you know you can do it because you’ve done awesome stuff before. We want to be the catalysing force that backs you to make that decisive transformation that will change the condition of your target segment.

We’re looking at individuals, groups, teams and organisations who will use our funding to catalyse other funding, preferably sustainable sources such as generating revenue through the sale of goods or services.

We’re looking at teams that will be a catalytic force on the target segment and not just solve the immediate symptom.

We’re looking for role models that will inspire the future generation of change-makers.

Are you ready to spark change?

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