Education Support

The Education Support Fund (ESF) was launched in 2013 to grant financial support to young and mature aged students who are transitioning into third level education. While it's an exciting time of year for our rural students, we acknowledge that it can be financially challenging to relocate and buy supplies for new classes. 

Families and students can spend more than $5,000 on books, stationary, technology and accommodation bonds, all before they even get through the front door of their Uni or TAFE. We are grateful that we have this named perpetual fund in place in conjunction with the Mirboo North and District Community Bank® so that together we can assist local students.

About the ESF Fund

The Mirboo North & District Community Bank® and Support Co-operative Fund was created in 2018, the bank committing to supporting locals undertaking higher education for the long term.

The Community Bank donated almost $160,000 to create this perpetual fund, which means that each year into the future the earnings from the investment of the initial $160,000 will go into the Education Support Fund and ultimately support its mandate.   Like the Community Foundation itself, the Community Bank’s support for local students is future proofed.

To date

We have given $130,000 in ESF grants to young people and mature aged students beginning tertiary education for the first time.

This is a fantastic example of the resilience of our district and its community, and demonstrates that when we work together, we thrive together.

Applying for a grant 

As Spring arrives, the Year 12 students in our district are in sight of the end of their secondary education.  It is the point at which they are finalising choices for future study, whether at TAFE, University or Online courses.  It is also the time of year when mature students think about further education to enhance existing experience and knowledge. 

However, as a rural district, our students are faced with additional costs to access post secondary education due to our distance from an urban centre.  This is where the Community Foundation’s Education Support Fund (‘ESF’) can assist with an ESF award. 

The purpose of the Educational Support Fund is to provide financial support to students in our district to help overcome the challenges of transitioning to tertiary education.  Whether the challenges relate to distance /location, or their own specific circumstances, the ESF awards can be used for relocation costs, bonds, rent, course materials etc. 

Who can apply? 

People enrolled in or intending to enrol in their first year of a recognised course of study in the following year. This must be an approved curriculum and course at an Australian post compulsory institution that is recognised by Australian educational authorities. 

  • Residents of or people with a strong demonstrable connection to the Mirboo North District.  
  • Australian citizens or permanent residents (evidence is required). 

Applicants may apply for funding for the first year of a second recognised course of study at an  Australian post compulsory institution, but these will be considered as a lower priority. 


What can the Support grant be used for? 

  • Approved curriculum and post compulsory education courses at an Australian higher education institution or registered training organisation that are approved or recognised by Australian educational authorities. 
  • Expenses related to living away from home (including rent / board) 
  • Expenses directly related to the course being undertaken (e.g. Books, laptop materials) 

When can I apply? 

The Grant round opens in October each year.

Online Student Application Form
Online Reference Form

Applications are not yet open for 2021.