Funding guidelines

Funding timetable

Except for urgent applications the Trustees make grants in one round each year. 

The opening date for applications is mid-April each year. and closes on 30 June each year.

If an application is urgent, please contact the the Executive Officer to discuss how to apply. If the Trustees regard any application as particularly urgent, they may fast-track the application for consideration and, if approved, the payment will be made within a week of being approved.

The Trustees' normal practice is to finalise their decisions on all applications submitted by the end of October. All applicants are then notified of the outcome of their application and successful applicants will receive payment for the approved funding at this time.

Lodging an application

All applications are submitted online using the online application form which can be found under the Applications and Acquittal. 

If you are not able to submit an using the online application system please contact the the Executive Officer to make other arrangements to submit an application.


The terms of the Wills give the Trustees complete discretion in making their decisions on what they fund or choose not to fund in support of the Designated Purposes.

The general funding practices currently adopted by the trustees are:

  1. To fund a variety of organisations and initiatives rather than making very large grants to fewer organisations – see Annual Distributions
  2. From time to time consider funding multi-year grants.
  3. Being prepared to support organisations that collaborate with other grant-makers to maximise impact and eliminate duplication.
  4. To support organisations to build their capacity (build organisational capacity). This includes:
    • staff costs;
    • costs to improve effectiveness through technology; and
    • developing strategic capacity.
  5. Not to support the following:
    • initiatives that only benefits an individual or an individual's family;
    • contributions to the corpus of another grant making organisation.

Guidelines by individual fund

The links below provide some of the areas that are supported under each individual fund.

Grant conditions

Unless stated otherwise, a grant will be made on the following conditions:

The recipient will:

  • use the whole of the grant exclusively for the project as described in the application
  • endeavour to complete the project within 12 months from the date of receipt of the grant.
  • inform the Fund when any material change, which may affect the recipient's ability to undertake or complete the project within 12 months from receipt of the grant.
  • expend the grant only within Australia.
  • show the receipt of the grant in its financial accounts and keep appropriate records to verify the use of grant.
  • provide the Fund with a receipt for the amount received.
  • submit a grant acquittal at the end of the funding period using the online grant acquittal form .

The recipient gives approval for their distribution details to be published on our website and in other other publications. 


The 2020 grant application process will open in mid-April and close on 30 June 2020.

Online Acquittal Form

The online acquittal form, for both interim and final acquittals can be found under the GRANTS tab.