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Online Safety Grants Program 2021

This is a preview of the 2021 OSGP Form form. When you’re ready to apply, click Fill Out Now to begin.


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About the Online Safety Grants Program grant opportunity

Our Office

The eSafety Commissioner's (eSafety) was established in July 2015 as the Government’s official agency committed to keeping Australian citizens safer online. eSafety is an independent statutory office supported by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). eSafety has various functions and powers, under Australian Government legislation, to foster online safety.

eSafety provides strategic leadership and guidance, through the delivery of evidence-based resources and outreach programs, to educate Australians about online safety. The eSafety Strategy (2019-2022) guides our work.

By anticipating how new technologies might be used and misused, we work towards systemic change and prevention through awareness raising, education and best practice guidance. Our programs and resources are based on robust evidence about online risks and how to reduce online harms.

We are committed to the principles of Safety by Design, which is our initiative that places the safety and rights of users at the centre of the design, development and deployment of online products and services.

More information about our work is available at

Our Program

The Online Safety Grants Program (OSGP), administered by eSafety, will provide $9 million in grant funding over three years (2020-21 to 2022-23). This funding is only available for non-government organisations (NGOs) that are registered as a not-for-profit charitable organisation with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC).

We will fund projects across five focus areas:

  1. Preparing our schools
  2. Preparing our children and young people
  3. Preparing our communities
  4. Delivering safer online services, and
  5. Supporting innovation

Who should apply?

We are seeking applications from NGOs registered as a not-for-profit charitable organisation with the ACNC that can demonstrate an ability to use evidence-based research and best practice in online safety education to develop services, resources and products that provide new solutions for improving online safety.

Schools are not eligible to apply for a grant under the Online Safety Grants Program (see section 4.2 of Online Safety Grant Program Guidelines). 

The OSGP provides grants to NGOs to deliver practical and innovative approaches to online safety education, including in schools and other places of learning.

The objectives of the OSGP are to:

  • support innovative development, collaboration and implementation of online safety education programs
  • ensure children, young people and their communities can access inclusive, citizen-focused online safety education resources
  • promote and increase the positive and safe use of digital technologies in at-risk communities, via improvements in service delivery
  • contribute to driving diversity and inclusion online
  • maximise opportunities for all Australians to understand the online safety support, complaints and referral pathways they can access
  • create a culture where safe online behaviour among children and young people becomes the ‘norm’
  • deliver projects that use co-design and evidence-based frameworks as standard practice for delivering online safety education, and
  • embed Safety by Design principles, in the development of solutions and programs, where appropriate.

Before you begin

IMPORTANT: Please read the information below to assist you in completing your application online.


Welcome to the eSafety Commissioner's online grant application service, powered by SmartyGrants.

Please ensure you save as you go.

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact us via email at and quote your application number.

Click here for general information about the program.

If you need more help using this form, download the SmartyGrants Help Guide for Applicants or check out the SmartyGrants Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


On the right hand side of every screen, there is a box which links directly to every page of the application. Click the link to jump directly to page you want.

You can also click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the application.


If you wish to leave a partially completed applicationpress 'save' and log out. When you log back in and click on the ‘My Applications’ link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and start where you left off.

You can also download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the ‘Download’ button at the bottom of the application navigation panel.


You will find a ‘Review’ button at the bottom of the Navigation Panel. You need to review your application before you can submit it.

Once you have reviewed your application you can submit it by clicking on 'Submit' at the top of the screen or on the navigation panel.  You will not be able to submit your application until all the compulsory questions are completed.

Once you have submitted your application, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible.

When you submit your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email with a copy of your submitted application attached. This will be sent to the email you used to register.

If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then your submission has NOT been received.


To support your application, you will be required to submit the following documentation:

  • Evidence of support from your organisation's Board (CEO or equivalent).
  • Evidence or intention to provide or develop child safety guidelines or policy for your project if it involves working with people under the age of 18 years.
  • Accountant declaration that states your organisation is financially viable and that the grant funds sought will not be used to pay for any of your organisation's usual running costs.

You will need to upload/submit attachments to support your application. This is very simple but requires you to have the documents saved on your computer, or on a zip drive, or similar. You need to allow enough time for each file to upload before trying to attach another file. Files can be up to 25MB each; however, we do recommend trying to keep files to a maximum of 5MB – the larger the file, the longer the upload time. If you are not able to upload a document, please contact us for support (see contact details above).


A number of people can work on an application using the same log in details as long as only one person is working at a time. Ensure you save as you go.


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Have you read the OSGP guidelines and the draft agreement? * Required

This section is not applicable because of your response to question: "Have you read the OSGP guidelines and the draft agreement?" on page 1

Please ensure you read and understand the guidelines and sample grant agreement. If you are successful, we will use the Commonwealth Standard Grant Agreement as outlined in section 10.1 of the Guidelines.