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Online Safety Grants Program

The Online Safety Grants Program, led by the eSafety Commissioner, is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to keeping children and young people safe online. 

Grant funding of between $80,000 and $1 million is available to non-government organisations (NGOs) that deliver online safety education to children, young people and their communities, or training to those who work with them. A total of $9 million will be allocated starting in mid-2020.

This is an open competitive grants program for NGOs.

Applications for the Online Safety Grants Program closed on 21 May 2020. 

Information about the second round of funding for the financial year 2021 – 2022 will be announced via our website in early 2021.

2020-2021 round successful grants 

The eSafety Commissioner is excited to announce there were eight grants awarded as part of the 2020-2021 Online Safety Grants funding round. The successful applicants were selected from a large pool of high-quality proposals in an over-subscribed and highly competitive application process. 
Details of the successful applicants, including program descriptions, focus areas, audience and funding, can be found here.

The media release announcing these grants is here.

The objectives of the Online Safety Grants Program are to:

  • support innovative development, collaboration and implementation of online safety education programs
  • ensure children, young people and their communities can access inclusive, citizen-focused online safety education resources
  • promote and increase the positive and safe use of digital technologies in at-risk communities, via improvements in service delivery 
  • contribute to driving diversity and inclusion online through resources for at-risk communities
  • encourage help seeking behaviours and provide clear pathways for assistance for children and young people who are experiencing some form of online harm 
  • create a culture within schools and communities where safe online behaviours amongst children and young people become the ‘norm’ 
  • deliver projects that use co-design principles and evidence-based frameworks as standard practice for delivering online safety education
  • embed Safety by Design principles in the development of solutions and programs, where appropriate.

You can Register your organisation’s ongoing interest in the Online Safety Grants Program, so you can get future updates. Our Guidelines and the draft Commonwealth Simple Grant Agreement and FAQs are still available for reference at the end of this page. If you have any further questions, email us at

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Grant Agreement and Guidelines – Accessible