Parent Initiatives in Education funding for school and preschool communities
Parent Initiatives in Education (PIE) funding is available each year to support schools and preschools and their communities to develop innovative projects or new initiatives that:
- encourage and promote greater participation of parents and caregivers who are not well represented in their school and preschool decision making
- encourage and increase an understanding by parents and caregivers of their role in supporting children and young people's learning in literacy and numeracy through parent engagement strategies.
Eligibility for 2018 PIE funding
Sites may submit more than 1 application form.
- not exceed $3,000
- be initiated by parent or caregiver groups, such as governing councils, parent clubs or individual parents or caregivers
- indicate the support to be provided for the initiative by the school or preschool
- include a detailed budget.
Applications open Monday 31 July 2017.
Applications close Friday 1 September 2017.
Late or incomplete documents will not be accepted.
How to apply
Complete and submit the application form. This form will be made available on 31 July.
Applications close Friday 1 September 2016 at 5.00 pm.
When completing your application, you might find it useful to read about:
- helping children and young people learn
- the family-school partnerships framework
- strengthening family and community engagement in student learning
- working with families pre-birth to 8 years.
What can be funded
The following items are eligible for funding.
Printing and photocopying
For example, photocopies at 10c per copy. Cost includes paper and ink. This includes pamphlets to promote events and information packs for parents.
For example, morning or afternoon tea for parent and caregiver participants. You must include the number and cost per head (maximum $3.50 per head, per break).
Include the number and age of children, as well as the number of workers and the current hourly rate.
Transport for parents and caregivers
Bus or taxi. Include the name of the operator, cost of each journey, numbers of passengers, names of the passengers, and the distance
Include the name of the facilitator, their organisation, the session name, and cost per session. Education department employees cannot be paid.
List the languages, translator’s name, the organisation’s name, and the cost per hour.
List the languages, translator’s name, the organisation’s name, and the cost per word or page.
Costs associated with placing resources for parents on site websites .
What will not be funded
The following will not be funded.
- Resources and materials for the school or preschool, such as sports, kitchen or catering or gardening or horticulture equipment, televisions, DVD players, computers, CD players, curriculum resources, furniture, books, toys, games.
- Expenses incurred for an award ceremony or school celebration.
- Wages or honorariums to any education department employees (excluding OSHC), payments to parents and caregivers.
- Advertising costs, such as in commercial newspapers.
- Flights, accommodation, and gifts for guest speakers.
- Encouragement awards.
- Cooking ingredients for parent or student cooking classes.
- Equipment for parents, such as pedometers, trailers for camping gear, and clothing.
- Governing council training.
- Commercially available parenting courses or parenting literature, books, magazines, DVDs, CDs for parent loan, or resource libraries.
- First aid training.
- Contingencies and shopping trips.
- Venue hire.
- Criminal history screening checks for volunteers.
- Production of items for future fundraising, such as a parent resource.
Types of activities that have been funded in the past include:
- seminars, workshops and information sessions
- consultations, surveys and interview
- artwork, including murals and mosaics
- community gardens
- hands-on activities, including cooking, festivals, events
- skill development for parents
- new resources, such as websites, fact sheets, videos and mobile applications.
The PIE funding projects document has more information about past initiatives.
The Parent Initiatives in Educations (PIE) advisory committee will assess applications from schools and preschools.
The parent engagement team will notify you of the outcome before the end of term 4, 2017.
On this site
Department for Education and Child Development
Parent Engagement unit
Phone 8226 3734