Victorian AEDC community grant program

​The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) community grants program 2021-2022 is open to schools, local communities and community partners in Victoria. The grants available aim to help local communities come together to use their AEDC data to respond to local vulnerability.

Grants available

Small seedling grants of up to $1000 will be awarded to successful applicants who wish to initiate conversations about how they might use their AEDC data to address the social and emotional health of the children and young people in their community.

The 2021 AEDC results for all of Victoria will be published in early 2022 and these grants are designed to help ready a community.

In Victoria we use the AEDC data to support our policy, practice and services to improve outcomes for all children. We hope the opportunity of a small grant might kick off a process for communities to take an even closer look at their AEDC results. Together communities can review what has been done, what has worked and what more there is to do.

Note: The grants will be drawn from funds received through registration at the Victorian AEDC Forum, 25 March 2021 and matched through the AEDC Victorian project.

Who should apply

Community leaders are invited to apply, including:

  • Principals
  • LLENs
  • Shires and Councils.

Application dates

Apply by Friday 27 August, one month after the 2021 AEDC data collection finishes.

Applications will be evaluated by a team of AEDC champions and money disbursed by February 2022. Local community and national AEDC profiles will be released in March 2022.

How to apply

To apply, prepare the following:

  1. short overview of proposed project (maximum 300 words)
  2. maximum 100 words addressing each the following questions:
    • how will this project increase engagement with the AEDC data?
    • who are the partners who are willing to authorise your project?
    • what is it that you would like to address in your community that has been prompted by the AEDC findings?
  3. high level budget outlining how the grant will be used
  4. contact details for the project lead and approvers.

Email these materials to

Approval process

A small panel will assess applications, including:

  • at least one community member (e.g. a Principal or teacher)
  • at least one researcher who is active in the academic community.

Selection criteria include:

  • whether the project is likely to increase engagement with partners through AEDC data and can it be quantified
  • whether the project engages multiple community partners, e.g. from health, early years, human services, education.

More information and support

For more information and support contact Catherine Watkin Nolan, Victorian AEDC coordinator on: