Country Education Foundation (CEF) Fund

Your local Country Education Foundation (CEF) supports youth in your area through financial grants for education and employment expenses. The grants contribute towards apprenticeships, traineeships, cadetships, diplomas, certificate level studies, university qualifications or employment.

How grants are provided

CEF assistance is determined through their local grants program. When you apply for a CEF grant you will need to apply to the local CEF foundation in your area. If you are successful your grant will be awarded and managed by your local foundation.

CEF grants are non-cash. Instead you are reimbursed for education or work related expenses, or a supplier can be paid directly. Grants can cover any education or work related expenses, eg. text books, tools, work equipment, petrol, transport, accommodation, computers, internet access.

Please note: Grants are not able to be provided for the payment of HECS fees or debt.

Who is eligible?

CEF grants are based on financial need, not academic success. You will however, need to demonstrate commitment to achieving your goal. The four essential selection criteria are:

• You have a demonstrated financial need;
• You are aged 16-25 years;
• You have attended school in or currently live in the region covered by your local CEF  and
• You are able to demonstrate commitment to achieving your goal.

When to apply

Grant applications are generally open during the second half of each calendar year, however each committee has different dates for consideration. You can check with your local foundation for opening and closing dates.

• Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview with their local committee.
• Grants will be allocated after interviews have been completed and you are accepted into your chosen course/apprenticeship/training.

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