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The GrantSearch Register

First published in 1998 (as The Australian Grants Register), and now entering its fourth edition, THE GRANTSEARCH REGISTER is the definitive reference book of Australian funding sources. It contains descriptions of over 4,000 funding programs and scholarships covering all regions of Australia, in every type of activity, and is comprehensively indexed.


  • It helps individuals and organisations seeking financial support to quickly target funding sources with matching guidelines and eligibility criteria, and refers them to the appropriate point of contact for further details.
  • It combines information about financial support offered for all target groups, geographical regions and subject areas into a single, central resource.

THE GRANTSEARCH REGISTER is geared towards grantseekers, and is funded by sales rather than charging fees for inclusion or relying on advertising revenue. When in print It may be purchased from bookstores, by special offer to readers of The Australian newspaper, directly from this website by secure online order form, and wholesale via library distributors James Bennett.

Sales by market segment

Market Segment Sales (%)
Academic 16
Business 4
Government 24
Nonprofit 41
Individuals 15
Total 100

Most copies are bought for shared use by libraries, academic/research institutions, arts and community organisations, or government departments, so it is difficult to determine the number of individual readers. Taking both the sales figures and distribution habits into account, readership size is estimated to be in the region of 60,000 per edition.

Inclusion Policy
Entries are included in the main body of THE GRANTSEARCH REGISTER and the grantsearch funding database from which it is extracted free of charge or obligation to the funding agency.
As well as being submitted by Funding Agencies themselves, material is found by consulting media of every description. Though it may already appear in a number of publications, grantsearch does not use second-hand, often contradictory information, but traces it back to the source.

Requests for Inclusion
Organisations offering grants, scholarships, or other types of financial support awarded through competitive, merit-based processes are invited to submit details for inclusion in the grantsearch database and future editions of THE GRANTSEARCH REGISTER.

Potential Benefits

  • Readers consulting THE GRANTSEARCH REGISTER have a wide choice from which to select the most suitable funding agencies to approach for further details. This in turn has the effect of reducing the number of inappropriate enquiries which need to be fielded from intending applicants.
  • Funding agencies on a tight budget may lack the resources to publicise their programs as widely as they would like. Being listed in THE GRANTSEARCH REGISTER is an effective way to reach a diversity of target groups which are actively seeking financial support.

Potential Drawbacks

  • Usually some form of announcement is made about new program and funding rounds, but this rarely happens when they are discontinued or under review. This kind of information can be difficult to elicit, and the entry remains in limbo after repeated attempts have failed to establish its true status. Former administrators are asked to forward details of any such entries they become aware of and they will be promptly deleted - it is not our intention to supply stale information or to generate unwelcome enquiries.
  • Please note that due to limited space, entries are limited to essential details, and it is not always possible to accommodate requests for the use of particular text or keywords. Paid advertisements on our home page are always available on request, and in 8 pages of the printed version. Bookings will open at the following link 2 or 3 months before publication: Advertising Opportunities


  • The grantsearch database and THE GRANTSEARCH REGISTER do not contain lists of contact email addresses in a format suitable for collection by direct marketers, nor is this information passed on to any third party.
  • Email addresses are used for occasional broadcast messages relating to entries appearing in grantsearch or THE GRANTSEARCH REGISTER. These are generated from an administrator read-only database residing on a firewall-protected PC, do not exist as a separate entity, and do not form part of an Address Book or mailing list. Once messages have been sent, this virtual file is automatically destroyed.

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New Print Edition
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to be notified when published

'For those who prefer the certainty of hard copy'

Note: the online database is current, with ~70 entries updated every week
The GrantSearch Register of Australian Funding is a printed version of the database. While the database is dynamic and constantly updated, the contents of the book are static and gradually become out of date. Even so, some prefer it to online subscriptions, and continue to find it useful long after its intended lifetime of 18 - 24 months.

A new edition is now in preparation. This is a labour-intensive process which involves checking every detail of the entire database before going to press. It is difficult to predict how long this will take, so please be patient - responding to repeated requests for progress reports only increases the burden of work and leads to further delay.

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