SmartySearch FAQs

Our SmartySearch tool is an online grants search tool powered by the Funding Centre’s comprehensive grants database. SmartySearch makes finding grants easy for RAV members, with free access to an unlimited number of grant searches.

The Funding Centre is Australia’s smartest grants database and fundraising capacity building website. It includes Australia’s most comprehensive grants database, grant application management tools, and help sheets and tools to help not-for-profit organisations become more successful fundraisers.

The Funding Centre is an enterprise of Our Community. Learn more here.

The RAV SmartySearch grants database is powered by the Funding Centre’s grants database and is customised according to the needs of RAV members. The Funding Centre is a subscription-based service. See here for information on pricing.

No, the EasyGrants newsletter is a monthly grants newsletter that Funding Centre subscribers receive with tailored information about grants that match their preferences.

The Funding Centre grant search is an online grant search tool on RAV’s website, powered by the Funding Centre grants database.

No, only Funding Centre subscribers receive the monthly EasyGrants newsletter. Learn more about memberships here

Yes, you can use the RAV SmartySearch tool to search and find grants. To manage your grant seeking activity, including saving grants to your dashboard, you will be directed to the Funding Centre website to login.

No, SmartySearch is a new tool for RAV members to find grants on the RAV website. Current Funding Centre subscribers will retain access to their subscription, including EasyGrants newsletter, dashboard tools, and email alerts until 31 October 2023. To maintain Funding Centre access, members need to purchase a subscription. See membership options here.

Search for grants by keyword, provider, location, category and/or eligibility, and funding amounts and click “Go” to search. You can also leave all fields blank and click the “Search” button to see all grants currently open.

No, only Funding Centre subscribers can track and manage grants on a personalised dashboard. Learn more about the Funding Centre’s tools here.

Click “Clear” in the search box to remove some of the categories you have selected in your initial search, as they might not match the categories assigned to the grant you are searching for.

You can search for a grant being offered by a specific funding provider by selecting from the drop-down “Provider” menu on the grant search page. You can also search by keyword, and filter by the following:

  • The region that the grant is being offered
  • The categories that the grant belongs to
  • The activities that are funded
  • The applicant eligibility requirements.

You can refine your search using the filters on the left-hand side of the grants search page. You can sort those grant results by the following:

  • Grants most relevant to you
  • Amount being offered
  • Grant name
  • Grants with application dates closing soon
  • Grants most recently updated in the database.

Activity categories are intended to be used in addition to (not instead of) subject and beneficiary categories (arts and culture, sports and recreation, youth, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, for example). To get the most accurate grant results in your search, select at least one subject/beneficiary category. You can opt to also add a minimum of one activity categories to your grant search.

Activity categories are a recent addition to the Funding Centre grant search, and so not all grants listed have an activity category assigned. If you are not getting many grants results in your search, try removing activity categories from the filters.