Linux Australia Grants Scheme

2018 Grants Program

Linux Australia is delighted to announce the availability of $AUD 35,000 for open source, open data, open government, open education, open hardware and open culture projects, as part of the organisation’s commitment to free and open source systems and communities in the region.

What Grants are available?

Linux Australia Grants can be sought for the following purposes:

  • Overhead costs such as hardware, or bandwidth for an open source, open data, open hardware, open education, or open culture project
  • Resources such as web space, hosting, mailing lists
  • Advertising or media coverage of an open source, open data, open government, open education, open hardware or open culture event or conference
  • Bulk ordering of items that may be useful to user groups or special interest groups
  • Support costs for a community project that utilises Free and Open Source Software, data, hardware etc.
  • Other costs related to the delivery of the project or grant objective, within reason. Reasonable costs may be included in the grant application for labour / professional services.

Note that direct sponsorship requests are handled separately and should be forwarded directly too

Sounds great! How do I apply for a grant?

  • Make sure you are a member of Linux Australia (It’s free! You can sign up here)
  • Carefully consider your grant request, and reach out to other members of the Linux Australia community to gather feedback. The Council ( is available for feedback.
  • When you are ready, submit your Grant Application to both the council and the membership by emailing it to and
  • The Grant Application will be open for a period of two weeks to allow the community to provide feedback on the Grant Application. We recommend joining the grants mailing list so that you can answer question and provide feedback.
  • At the end of the review period, the Council will take a vote on the request, taking into consideration the views expressed by Members on the grants mailing list. You will be notified of the result, alongside reporting expectations, shortly after a vote is taken. (The Linux Australia council meets fortnightly).

Suggested template for Grant Application

Your Grant Application should address the following points:

  • Project name
  • Aim of the project, including any key stages or milestones of the project
  • How the success of the project will be measured
  • Estimated cost breakdown of the project, including any materials, projects or online services that are required to deliver the project. The cost breakdown should include estimates of labour costs and/or professional services
  • The project team, their credentials and professional capabilities, especially their history of open source, open data, open hardware or open culture contributions
  • Person responsible for project
  • A statement including a willingness to provide regular project updates on the project

Who do I contact for more information?

Linux Australia Council -