About Us

A Little About

Engineering Community

Our sister company – Engineering Business – was founded in 2016 primarily to assist Small to Medium Businesses compete for government contracts and win. Over the last six years our services have expanded to provide a one stop shop for government tenders – sourcing tenders, developing tenders, managing successful contracts and providing across the board advice and services on strategy, compliance and systems engineering to ensure our clients put their best foot forward – every time.

Having the good fortune to work with clients that are innovative, creative and community focussed has led us down the path of seeking grant funding to support new cutting-edge ideas and projects that transform communities – and there lies the genesis of ‘Engineering Community’.

Engineering Community is all about the grants space, where to find them, how to apply and how to stay on top of all the related governance (read ‘paperwork’!).

Grants, unlike tenders, are all about buckets of money to solve real world problems. Everything from unemployment to sustainability, from increasing female founded businesses to increasing the commercialisation of R&D. Where someone has identified a gap, someone has identified a bucket of money to solve it. So, if you have a great idea, a new piece of revolutionary tech, a program that can change lives, and just need some funding to get it off the ground – then talk to us.

Engineering Community is all about supporting opportunities that grow communities.



Our Engineering Community team brings both professional and personal experience to ensure grant applications are authentic, well supported and convincing. Between us we cover start-ups, innovation, sport, sustainability, governance, defence, manufacturing, CALD communities, Not-For-Profit charities and regional Australia.

  • Julie Mikhail

    Founder and Managing Director

    Founder and Managing Director, Julie’s drive comes from being a female engineer and business founder, volunteer on several charities with a sport loving family! This has driven a passion for Women in STEM programs, funding that supports female founders and grass roots programs that grow community sport and address marginalised communities. With an engineering skillset Julie has a knack for taking technical jargon and creating a persuasive pitch that can secure much needed funding.

  • Andrew Hamilton

    Grant Specialist

    Grant Specialist, Andrew has more than 17 years senior management experience in government and the not-for-profit sector and has worked in federated and unitary structures including organisations in sport, allied health, charities and disability areas at local community, state and national level. As a grant writer over the last 5 years Andrew has been successful in securing funding for organisations that include Councils, Sports Clubs, State and National Sporting organisations, Foundations, museums, and tourism bodies, with speciality areas that include sport, arts, indigenous, disaster recovery, and legal. Projects areas include events, infrastructure, equipment, mental health, and participation based in metropolitan, regional, and remote areas.

  • Sam Nejad

    Technical Consultant

    Consultant, Sam is our local innovation and sustainability expert with 15 years industry experience in research and sustainability projects. Sam has a passion for technology-based projects and is driven to ensure grant applications are supported by convincing facts and well thought through logic. Sam brings international experience in biofuels and circular economy and a range of project management skills that add credibility to grant submissions.