The Queensland Department of Education's (DoE's) CLS program provides funding to support eligible, not-for-profit community language schools (CLS).
There are two types of grants available to eligible CLS:
While the grants assist CLS to provide language programs, the grants are not intended to cover all of the costs associated with operating the CLS.
This is a one-off grant for a new CLS setting up language classes or for an established CLS receiving DoE funding for the first time.
New CLS must advise DoE by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org when the first class commences and they will be eligible for set-up funding 6 months from this date.
Prior to receiving set-up funding, successful CLS applicants will be required to sign a letter of acceptance agreeing to the requirements of the program.
CLS that have received set up funding will then be invited to apply for an annual grant at the appropriate time.
Find out more about
establishing a CLS and applying for
set-up funding for a new CLS.
CLS Grant Program
DoE manages payments of grants to individual CLS that have successfully
applied for an annual grant.
CLS that have successfully
applied for a grant will receive payment in February each year.
Grants are calculated according to eligible student attendance plus a base amount.
CLS may receive additional funding for students who have successfully completed the
Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) Senior External Examination.
Grant payments to eligible Queensland CLS
Number of CLS, languages and students funded
Number of CLS teaching each language in 2020–2021
In 2020, the most commonly studied languages in funded CLS are:
- Mandarin (59%)
- Vietnamese (15%)
- Tamil (6%)
- Korean (3%).