Funding announcements

13 June 2021: Continuation of Skilling Queenslanders for Work announced.
19 August 2021: Application window for 2021–22 funding round now closed.

Community Foundation Skills is one of 8 programs that form part of the Queensland Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. Through a suite of targeted skills and training programs, Skilling Queenslanders for Work aims to improve the skills, employment opportunities and social inclusion of disadvantaged Queenslanders.

Program overview

Community Foundation Skills offers assistance to disadvantaged Queenslanders with low level language, literacy, numeracy and digital (LLND) skills to equip them with the knowledge and confidence to participate successfully in a modern knowledge economy.

In 2021–22, $5 million in funding will be available for community-based, not-for-profit organisations throughout Queensland.

Funded projects

For job seekers, the best way to find a current Skilling Queenslanders for Work project is by navigating a map.

To view projects recently announced under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, go to the funded project lists.

Who does the program support?

Community Foundation Skills primarily targets Queensland residents who either:

  • are ineligible for Australian Government employment services or assistance, or
  • require complementary services because they have significant barriers to learning and employment, or
  • have accessed Australian Government services for more than 6 months and remain unemployed.

What does the program fund?

Community Foundation Skills funds organisations to deliver customised foundation skills training to people with low level LLND skills.

Participants under Community Foundation Skills can be enrolled in nationally recognised foundation skills qualifications, or appropriate non-accredited foundation skills preparatory courses that provide an essential pathway to further education and work.

The delivery of training and assessment services for community-based training projects are funded under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program.

The delivery of projects should be tailored to participants' circumstances.

Community Foundation Skills funds cover the tailored support that must accompany the delivery of nationally recognised foundation skills training within a community-based setting and the student co-contribution fees.

Who can apply for funding?

Community-based not-for-profit organisations, registered for GST, are eligible for funding. The training and assessment services component of the funded project must be delivered by a registered training organisation (RTO) that has Queensland Government Skills Assure supplier (SAS) status.

More information is detailed in the Community Foundation Skills Guidelines for funding 2021–22 (PDF, 350KB).

Funding levels and conditions

Funding is available for a maximum 12 month term. The level of funding is dependent on the type of project and nature of the training and assistance to be provided, as well as the number of participants targeted by the project.

How to apply

Applications are accepted during 2 open funding rounds each year.

First and second rounds generally open February/March and August/September respectively.

To learn more about the application process and how to apply, go to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work applications page.

Program documents

Community Foundation Skills Guidelines for funding 2021–22 (PDF, 350KB)

Community Foundation Skills 2021–22 fact sheet (PDF, 308KB)

Sample Skilling Queenslanders for Work Services Agreement (PDF, 987KB)

Contact information

For general enquiries about Skilling Queenslanders for Work, email or phone 1300 369 935.

Community-based organisations with specific enquiries about a Community Work Skills application should contact their local DESBT regional office or the Skilling Queenslanders for Work team at

Related information

Last updated 23 June 2021

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