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Are you a student (or a parent of a student!) looking for support or are you one of our current students looking for some information?

Below are the answers to our most frequently asked questions but if you don’t find what you’re looking for, get in touch.


How we provide grants

Applications for grants are processed through the CEF website. When you apply for a grant, you will need to apply on the CEF National webpage and choose ‘Port Lincoln’ as your local CEF foundation. If you are successful your grant will be awarded and managed by us.

CEF grants are non-cash. Instead you are reimbursed for education or work related expenses, or a supplier can be paid directly.

Grants can cover a broad range of education or work related expenses such as text books, tools, work equipment, petrol, transport, accommodation, laptops, internet access.

Please note: We are not able to provide grants for the payment of HECS fees, debt or course fees.

Who is eligible?

Grants are available to local youth who have lived and/or attended school in the region for the majority of their high school years. Grants are based on financial need, not academic success. You will however, need to demonstrate commitment to achieving your goal. The four essential selection criteria are:

  • You have a demonstrated need;
  • You are aged 16-25 years;
  • You have attended high school in or currently live in our region; and
  • You are able to demonstrate commitment to achieving your goal.

When to apply

Our grants open in xxxxx and close on xxxxx annually. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview in early/mid January.

How to apply

Please read these instructions before completing and submitting your application form. Click here for an overview of the questions and some helpful hints.

  • Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria above.
  • Create a profile so you can save and review your application later.
  • Any supporting documents you would like to provide can be scanned or photographed and attached at the end of the form.
  • You will be advised of the outcome of your application by mail and/or email.
  • If shortlisted, you will be asked to attend an interview with the selection panel from CEF Port Lincoln.


How do I claim funds?

We do not provide cash grants directly to grant recipients – CEF Port Lincoln reimburses you for a pre-agreed expense or pays for the goods and services directly to the provider.

You cannot be reimbursed for more funds or spend more money than you have been allocated in any financial year.

Please contact our CEF xxx if you have questions about claiming funds: add email here

Mid and End of Year Reports

As part of receiving a grant, we ask that you report to CEF Port LIncoln / CEF National Office every six months on how your goal is progressing, how the grant has assisted you and your marks/grades for the semester if applicable. You will receive an email asking you to fill out an online form for mid-year and end-of-year reports. The CEF uses this information to report back to funders.

CEF National Alumni Program

When you receive a CEF scholarship or grant, you automatically become a member of the CEF alumni family.

Alumni membership is free and opens up a range of benefits from mentoring and networking opportunities to speaker events.

See more about the CEF’s Alumni program here.

I need help - who do I contact?

For general questions about applying for a grant, or about CEF Port Lincoln, please contact: add email

For help with claims, or awarded grants, please contact [email protected]

I want to change courses or defer...what do I do?

Please contact add email if you want to change courses or need to defer your studies.

Can I apply again next year?

Yes! You are encouraged to apply / reapply in any year in which you are eligible (See ‘Who Is Eligible’ above). Grants are given on an annual basis, so you need to apply each year for funding.

Your obligations

Should you be successful in receiving a grant, we request that you agree to the following obligations:

Notify CEF if you receive any other grant/scholarship/funding from another source;

Agree to assist with and attend local foundation fundraising and promotional events if available at CEF’s request; and

Report to CEF every six months on how your goal is progressing, how the grant has assisted you and your marks/grades for the semester if applicable.

Alumni Committee Positions

We reserve places on our Committee for CEF Alumni, and would love to hear from additional alumni who would like to join us.



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