Charity Scholarship

Fish Scholarship


This year’s winner has been announced! Find out more about our 2018 Fish Scholar here.

Here at Fish Community Solutions we firmly believe in the power of education and our business was built around the philosophy:

Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.

As such, in 2014 we developed a special education initiative, the Fish Scholarship, to support individuals working at emerging or small non-profit organisations.  This scholarship is a place for one talented, up and coming fundraiser at the FIA Fundraising Essentials Course, valued at $495.

The course is the ‘101’ of fundraising, teaching you what you really need to know about fundraising, all wrapped neatly into a one day course. The course will be offered in the winner’s nearest capital city. For more information about the course, visit the FIA website here.

The Fish Scholarship is open to those working in an Australian charity with less than five years professional experience. In line with our focus of teaching and educating emerging and small non-profits about fundraising and marketing, applicants must be working with organisations that are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission and have an annual revenue less than $500,000.

This initiative is an opportunity for Fish to demonstrate that we are not only here to give you advice, but to help educate you about becoming financially sustainable so your organisation can continue to do what you do best.

Hear from our previous Fish Scholars and how they benefited from their award. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must have less than five years’ professional fundraising experience.
  • Applicants must have less than five years’ professional fundraising experience.
  • Applicants must be working with an organisation that:
      • Has an annual revenue less than $500,000.
      • Is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission
  • Applicants must provide a suitable referee from their organisation who is happy to be contacted for a brief phone interview to discuss the perceived benefits of attending the course.

Scholarship Process:

  • Applications open 3rd August 2018 and can be submitted one of two ways:
    • With our online application here, or,
    • By downloading the 2018 Fish Scholarship ApplicationKit, preparing your submission and emailing it directly to
  • Applications close August 31st 2018.
  • The judging panel, as chosen by Fish, will consist of three people, including Bianca (aka The Fish Chick)
  • The judging panel will review all eligible applications within two weeks of closing date, scoring each applicant based on answers given within the application.
  • The winning recipient will be notified via phone and/or email by mid-September
  • The recipient must advise in which state they wish to undertake the course (on selected dates in October 2018) and Fish will register and pay for their place.

Conditions of Scholarship:

  • The scholarship covers the cost of registration only. Any other costs (such as travel expenses) must be met by the scholarship recipient.
  • The recipient must submit a written summary of his/her experience at the FIA Fundraising Essentials Course (maximum 500 words) within 30 days following course completion. This may be used by Fish for promotional purposes.
  • Promotional information: As part of your entry into the Fish Scholarship we may use all or part of your application on Fish Community Solutions social media accounts including, but not limited to Facebook and Twitter. We also request (if you haven’t already) that you ‘like’ the Fish Community Solutions Facebook Page to keep up-to-date with scholarship updates.


For any enquiries about the Fish Scholarship please email us at and we will get back to you as soon as we can.