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Grants and Scholarships Available Specifically for Deaf Children and Adults

This information only refers to grants and scholarships for deaf and hard of hearing, or disabled people.  This information does not include funding available from various State or Federal government departments.

This information is correct at the time of publication and Deaf Children Australia takes no responsibility for incorrect information.

Please contact us if you know of other funding available specifically for deaf and hard of hearing people.

Deaf Children Australia’s Youth Grants – (National)

Deaf Children Australia’s Youth Grants recognise the ideas and achievements of young deaf people and highlights their positive contribution to society.  Youth Awards are available to a maximum of $2500 and are awarded to assist young deaf people achieve their dreams. Applications from Australian citizens close in April each year.


Deaf Children Australia
Ph: 03 9539 5300

Cecilia and Allen Tye Estate – Victoria

Established in the 1948s, the Cecilia and Allen Tye Estate is administered for the benefit of deaf and blind Victorians.

For many years the Estate operated a camp property at Romsay in country Victoria. Increasing costs led to the decision to sell the property with the funds being invested. Interest earned on the investments are divided equally between the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind and Deaf Children Australia.

Applications are invited from organisations on behalf of individuals requiring financial assistance towards the costs of holidays, rest, recreation and convalescence of deaf people of all ages.


Deaf Children Australia
Ph: 03 9539 5300

Educational Scholarship – (National)

The Deafness Forum provides educational scholarships to facilitate participation for people who are Deaf, or people who have a hearing impairment in post-secondary education.

Each year, Deafness Forum provides these scholarships to:

  • Provide financial assistance to enhance their participation to further education;
  • Increase the number of Deaf and hearing impaired students to further education;
  • In particular, to increase education for students from the indigenous community, regional communities and non-English speaking background.

Application opens during Hearing Awareness Week of each year.

Support services such as interpreting, transcription typing and purchase of assistive listening devices or other services deemed the responsibility of tertiary institution under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, will not be considered under this scholarship.


Deafness Forum
218 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon ACT 2612

Ph: 02 6262 7808
TTY: 02 6262 7809
Fax: 02 6262 7810

Individual Athlete Scholarships – Victoria

Scholarships are awarded to disabled athletes to undertake specialist coaching, sport science, sports medicine, training and competition expenses and education and career development. Applications must include endorsement from the relevant State Sporting Organisation.


Ph: 03 9425 0061
TTY: 03 9425 0100

Deafness Foundation  (Victoria)

The Deafness Foundation, Victoria, has annual grants available for projects that support deaf and hearing impaired people through research, prevention, education, early detection and technology.

Application closes each year on 31 October.


Deafness Foundation Victoria
Ph/TTY: 03 9738 2909

Educational Encouragement Award (Victoria)

The Deafness Foundation, Victoria, recognise the effort and level of commitment required for deaf and hearing impaired students. The Awards aim to encourage students in their pursuit of training and qualifications.

Two awards presented annually: these are:

  • Secondary school award of $2,000 Open to students in years 10, 11 and 12.
  • Post Secondary student award of $3,000 to student enrolled in post-secondary studies including university, TAFE system, apprenticeships and traineeships.

Applications are to be completed and submitted by mid-July of each year.


Deafness Foundation
Ph/TTY: 03 9738 2909

Kenneth W Tribe Fellowship (NSW)

This is administrated by the Deaf Society of NSW.  The aim is to provide up to $5,000.00 to people who are deaf or hearing impaired who wish to undertake a course of study which will lead to employment and to enhance their ability to contribute to the Deaf community.

Closing dates are on 30th June and 31st December each year. Contact:

Executive Director:  Client and Community Services
The Deaf Society of NSW
Ph: 02 9893 8555
TTY: 02 9 893 8858
Fax: 02 9893 8333

Graeme Clark Scholarship:  -(National)

This Scholarship is established to help recipients of Cochlear hearing solutions further themselves by undertaking university studies.

The scholarship consists of financial assistance towards a degree at an accredited university and is paid in annual instalments on the successful completion of each year of study for a period of up to three years. It is available to cochlear implants and bone conduction implant recipients who have been accepted into a university course or who are currently studying university courses. This includes mature age students.

Closing dates are at end of May of each year.


Cochlear Ltd Asia Pacific Region
The Graeme Clark Scholarship
PO Box 1444
Macquarie Centre
NSW  2113

Leadership Scholarship – (Western Australia)

In conjunction with Apache Energy, Deafness Council of WA offers Leadership Scholarship for students between the ages 18-35.

The scholarship is to the value of $3,000 and is available to Deaf and Hearing Impaired Western Australians with the objective of encouraging these young people to seek an opportunity to develop their leadership skills.

Call for applications open in July/ August and closes October/ November.


Deafness Council Western Australia
PO Box 1388
South Perth WA  6951
Phone: 0488 588 863

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