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Only charitable organisations that hold both DGR Item 1 and TCC status are eligible to apply for a grant. Refer to the Eligibility and Exclusions page to learn out more.
Unfortunately we are not able to advise applicants regarding their GST exposure. Please refer to the new GST ruling on grants - GSTR 2012/2 issued on 30 May 2012 by the ATO.
We suggest that you apply to the program area that seems to fit best and if necessary our staff will redirect the application to a different program area.
The Foundation’s Funding Principles, the objectives for each the program area and our general and specific exclusions provide clear guidance regarding our funding priorities. You will be guided through these as you progress through the grant-seeking process on this website – please take the time to read these carefully.
We also suggest you read the relevant sections of What We Support and review some case studies to get a better idea of what we fund. We also encourage you to speak to the relevant program manager about your project. This is a requirement if you are applying for a grant over $50,000.
If the authorised person (usually the CEO) is not able to sign the declaration (for example, if they are away on extended leave) the reason must be outlined in the application. An authorised second may then sign the declaration.
Most of our program areas offer small and large grants with specified minimum or maximum amounts (refer to the program area objectives). Within these parameters, most organisations ask for the amount that they need to run their project but this may vary according to circumstances and other funding arrangements. If you are unsure please contact us.
If your organisation does not produce an annual report you can attach newsletters, bulletins or minutes from your Annual General Meeting in its place. This information helps our reviewers to gain a better understanding of your organisation.
Support letters are well regarded and helpful. Please make sure they are relevant to the application and support your case for funding. They must be included if you are planning to work with a school.
Given our focus on innovation, we do not fund existing projects, although we may consider applications for strategic expansions of existing programs or new/innovative additions to an existing project. Please note that the Foundation does not fund retrospectively – we will not fund projects that have already started.
Yes! If you can’t find the information you need on the website, our program management team can be contacted by phone or email to discuss your project and application. Our administration team can assist with queries regarding eligibility and the application process.
The Foundation is run by a small number of staff. Due to the large number of applications we receive, unfortunately it is not possible for us to provide formal feedback for unsuccessful applications.
Yes. For regular applications, we set strictly enforced closing dates which are set out on the website. Please note that in addition to the online application we require a hard copy. This must also be received by the deadline. Applications postmarked with the closing date will not be accepted.
Application deadlines to not apply for Expressions of Interest. All grant applications are considered at the Foundation’s board meetings, which are held three times a year.
Generally the Foundation requires a current grant to be successfully completed and acquitted before awarding a subsequent grant.
You will receive an email acknowledging your application. The program manager then makes an initial assessment and may contact you to request further information or discuss the project, or make an appointment to meet, especially if it is for a larger grant. We sometimes uses expert external reviewers to help ensure that funding is given in context and to the best of our knowledge and ability. Priority projects are then short-listed for discussion by committees that include members of our board and a final set of recommendations are compiled for submission to the board at one of our thrice-yearly board meetings.
All grants are subject to our Standard Grant Conditions. The Standard Grant Conditions outline obligations for grantees, such as reporting and evaluation, after a grant has been awarded.
Generally, the process of evaluation, assessment and approval takes approximately three months from the funding round closing date. After the board meeting you be notified in writing whether or not your application has been successful. Please refer to the grants process diagram.
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