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Plan & deliver a cancer screening project

Budget and funding

What to consider for budgets and funding


Every project will be different, but we have outlined some considerations to help you map out what you may need:

  • Childcare and other incidentals (such as venue hire, catering).
  • Salary costs (how many full-time/part-time workers do you need and for how long?)
  • Print costs for meetings.
  • Transport.
  • Costs relating to your program or initiative (a stall at an information day, etc.).
  • Internet, phones, data for your organisation to take on this work.
  • Advertising space for print, radio or social media advertisements (price differs based on: the length of the radio ad; space your print ad takes up on the page; colour vs black and white ads; audience/readership of the radio/TV outlet).
  • Cost of developing resources, including translation and community checking.
  • Cost of hiring bilingual health facilitators.
  • Cost of community consultations (e.g. payment and reimbursements for community members attending focus groups or co-design sessions).

To save costs, look at leveraging existing platforms and resources. Examples may include using community service announcements for a media channel to promote events and adapting existing resources rather than starting from scratch.


When you’re exploring sources of funding, ask colleagues if they know of any grant options. There may be local council grants available.

Philanthropy Australia’s Effective Grant-Seeking Handbook is a good place to start when looking for funding. Note that philanthropic grants are only granted to not-for-profit organisations or individuals.

Once you’ve selected the grants you would like to apply for, check out some hints to help you get started: Guide to writing a grant application by Funding Centre.