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Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Grants

The VCAA is pleased to call for nominations for the 2020 Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Grants.

The grants provide an important financial stimulus to VCAL providers to develop learning initiatives for their students that support lifelong learning and increased community participation.

Principals, VCAL coordinators and teachers are strongly encouraged to apply for a 2020 Lynne Kosky memorial VCAL grant.

Lynne Kosky the former education minister is smiling into the camera and sitting down leaning on a desk

Lynne Kosky, former Victorian Education Minister

Frequently asked questions

What is the Grant?

The Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Grants acknowledge the outstanding contribution Lynne Kosky, the former Victorian Education Minister, who passed away in December 2014, made to education and training in Victoria. The Grant replaces the Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Scholarships which were administered by the Department of Education from 2015 – 2017.

How much is each Grant?

Each grant is valued at $6,250.00

How many Grants are available?

Each year the VCAA will provide up to eight (8) Grants.   

Who can apply for a Grant?

All registered VCAL providers are eligible to apply for a grant.

What is the aim of the Grant?

The aim of the grant is to provide support to VCAL providers to implement an initiative that will:

  • extend student progress and attainment in their VCAL studies.
  • increase VCAL student opportunities for lifelong learning.
  • enhance VCAL student opportunities for community engagement.
  • engage VCAL students in the design, making and/or finishing stages of the initiative.

Applicants will be asked to demonstrate how their proposal meets these aims in the selection criteria.

What will be expected of Grant recipients?

Providers receiving a grant will be expected to spend the grant money within the 2020 school year and submit a report on the success of the initiative that was supported by the grant.

How to apply

Only registered VCAL providers, as identified on the State Register, can make a grant application.

  1. Grant applications can only be made by registered VCAL providers as identified on the VRQA State Register.
  2. In the case of multi-campus providers, only the parent organisation can apply.
  3. The grant application will require the endorsement of the Principal/CEO (docx - 71.05kb) of the provider for the application to be considered. This signed endorsement must be attached to the online application.
  4. The Principal/CEO of the provider should refer to the Victorian Common Funding Agreement Terms and Conditions (docx - 78.3kb) for the grant.
  5. Grant applications must include a summary of the VCAL project the Lynne Kosky Memorial Grant would be used for (maximum 500 words) and clearly address the five (5) grant selection criteria (maximum 500 words each):
    • How will VCAL student progress and attainment be positively impacted by the grant?
    • How will the grant create new opportunities for lifelong learning by VCAL students?
    • How will the grant enhance opportunities for VCAL students to foster greater community engagement?
    • How will VCAL students be involved in the design, making and/or finishing stages of the initiative being funded by the grant?
    • What other additional benefits for VCAL students may arise from this initiative?
  6. Upon completing the application online, applicants have an opportunity to download a pdf version of their submission. This will act as a confirmation of acceptance of the application.

Application suggestions

Applicants are encouraged to consider:

  • being specific about links to VCAL curriculum, including references to level of qualification and Learning Outcomes being met, and indicate what the positive impact on progress or attainment may be, for example more students successfully completing the unit, students working more collaboratively or independently, and make the connection between the project and the anticipated outcomes.
  • being specific about the skills and mindset required for lifelong learning that this project will focus on and indicate how this project will provide new, or different, opportunities for this growth than what is available within your current VCAL program.
  • being specific about the nature of the proposed community engagement and what the students will benefit from in this project and indicating how the project will provide new, or different, opportunities for community engagement than what is available within your current VCAL program. 
  • being specific about how you will work with your VCAL students to personalise your proposal so that it meets the learning needs of your 2020 cohort and indicate where student involvement is going to be key, acknowledging that it will likely be heavier in some aspects and lighter in others.
  • being specific if there is any other aspect of the VCAL curriculum, not previously stated, where there could be a positive impact and indicate any skills, knowledge or attributes that are aligned with VCAL than may be developed through this project that you haven’t yet mentioned.

Key timelines

Need assistance in applying for a Grant?

If you are unsure about how to apply or what to include in your application, contact the VCAL Unit on 9032 1725 or email vcaa.vcal@edumail.vic.gov.au

What will not be considered?

  • Applications for support to individual VCAL students or teachers.
  • Applications from entities that are not registered VCAL providers as identified on the State Register.
  • Initiatives that are already being funded under other government programs.
  • Initiatives that are already being implemented if there is no significant change brought about by the grant.
  • Initiatives that do not engage VCAL students in the design, making and/or finishing stages
  • Initiatives that are for “one off” activities such as camps, events or travel to events.