Teaching Initiatives Program 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered an initiative?

New ideas and methods of teaching are considered initiatives. The TIPs committee generally favour ideas that have student welfare goals and educational benefits.

Ideas need to come under 1 of the 4 categories: Indigenous culture, sustainability, engage with Asia or general curriculum. Members can view summaries of the previous year's successful TIP applications on our website.

I have applied to the TIP in the past and was unsuccessful. Can I apply again?

Yes. You may apply for the TIP as many times as you like, however it should be noted that each year the calibre of applications is improving. If you plan to resubmit a previous application and your initiative has been unsuccessful in the past, it may be worthwhile rethinking some aspects of your initiative, or perhaps rewriting your application to better highlight the educational benefits of your initiative.

I have applied to the TIP in the past and was successful. Can I apply again?

Yes. You may apply for the TIP as many times as you like.

Who is on the TIP committee?

The TIP committee is made up of Bank First Directors and senior members of staff.

What is not considered an initiative?

The purchase of computers and software is not considered a teaching initiative, however the development of software that may be used by students or staff will be considered for a grant.

The payment of wages for personnel is also not considered a Teaching Initiative.

Further, introducing a program that is in place at another school or institution is not considered a Teaching Initiative. New ideas and methods of teaching are initiatives.

Do I need to supply quotes with costing details in my application?

No. You should break down the total cost of your initiative, however quotes are not necessary. An estimated cost for each part of the initiative will suffice for the application, however please remember to include GST in your estimates of cost. If your application is successful, you will be asked to provide a review of your initiative following implementation of your program.

How much can I apply for?

There is a total pool of $30,000 available. Historically, this has been shared by approximately 20 schools and preschools each year. Grants to successful applicants have historically ranged between $200-$2,000.

How many schools/preschools will be awarded a grant?

Historically, the $30,000 pool has shared by approximately 20 schools and preschools.

Is TIP open to all Victorian Government, Catholic and Independent Victorian schools?


When will applicants find out the result of their application?

Applicants will be notified via email in May regarding whether their application was successful. Successful applicants will also be posted on our website.

If I am successful in my application, when will I receive my grant?

Your local Relationship Officer will arrange a visit to your school/preschool to present your TIP funding cheque and certificate after the winners are announced. A presentation to all staff will be conducted, either at a staff meeting or during the school day.

Grant cheques will not be sent early, or via the mail.

I have already begun my initiative earlier in the year. Can retrospective payments be made?


I would like to submit an application for a program I wish to run next year, can I still apply?

Yes. You may apply to the TIP in advance of the commencement of your program.