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Community Language Schools Funding Program


The Department of Education and Training’s (the Department) Community Language Schools Funding Program provides annual per capita funding to support not-for-profit community language schools (CLS) to deliver community language programs to Victorian school-aged students outside school hours and to preschool-aged children (where approved by the Department).


2023 Grant Application:

Accredited CLS applying for funding under the Community Language Schools Funding Program in 2023 will need to submit an online application via SmartyGrants including uploading an Excel spreadsheet with their student enrolment data and campus details. The application process will commence in mid-February 2023.

Information sessions including a demonstration of SmartyGrants, will be held in early February. Attendance at ONE of the information sessions is mandatory for new CLS seeking funding for the first time in 2023.
A link to the SmartyGrants application form will be sent to all CLS following the information sessions.

For more infomraiton, please contact DET on

The Department will fund:

  • School-aged students (i.e. Prep – Year 12)
  • Students who attend approved campuses of community language schools
  • Students who are Australian or New Zealand citizens, permanent residents or hold temporary visas
  • Students whose enrolment details can be matched with a Victorian Student Number (VSN)
  • Students who are enrolled in, and regularly attending the community language school as of 21 March 2022
  • Students who are home-schooled and have a letter from the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) confirming their registration for home-schooling in 2022


Eligibility for Accreditation

A full list of eligibility criteria is available here:
For new community language school wishing to express interest, please email


Public Liability Insurance

The Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA)
All funded community language schools are now covered by VMIA insurance.

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Personal Accident - Policy Number
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy
  • Directors And Officers Liability Insurance Policy

Please contact VMIA support team at to access the client portal to download a copy of the insurance policy


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