Helpful Hints for Applying

This list provides helpful hints to keep in mind when applying for a grant and are based on the applications we have received to date. The Foundation has given careful consideration to the specific areas where we want to make a difference, in partnership with the charitable sector.

 

  • Thrive Grant applications must clearly articulate how the funding will increase the capacity of the organisation or enable the organisation to ‘thrive’.

  • If you are applying for an Innovation Grant, please ensure that the project concept is well developed and researched, and that it has the necessary support within the organisation to ensure it will have a reasonable chance of success.

  • Core program funding is not provided under Exploration or Innovation Grants, and Innovation Grants are not intended to fund capacity building projects within large organisations. These grant types are aimed at testing new ideas and solutions.

  • An Exploration Grant application should centre around testing or piloting a new concept, or undertaking research to understand an area or issue. Ongoing program funding is not supported under the Exploration Grant type. A successful Exploration Grant may provide an opportunity for consideration for an Innovation Grant in future years.

 

  • The Foundation has a specific focus on two age groups: Youth (8-28 years) and Older Australians (55 years and older). When applying for either an Exploration, Innovation or Thrive Grant under the following Impact Areas, organisations must ensure their project is working within one of these groups: 
    • Education & Employment
    • Healthy & Cohesive Communities

In addition to youth and older people, the Foundation also applies a gender lens within the Homelessness & Affordable Housing Impact Area so that women and their families are included in this area.

  • Please ensure that your application fits within the Impact Area to which you are applying. The project needs to be clearly aligned with one or more of the sub-categories under that Impact Area. For example, if you are applying under the Education & Employment Impact Area, your application must address one or more of its sub-categories:
    • Supporting access to education and learning
    • Supporting access to work 

 

  • Any organisation looking to apply for a grant must contact a member of the Grants Team before submitting an application to confirm that their project fits the criteria of the Impact Area and/or Grant Type they wish to apply for. This will save you time and effort.

  • All of the Foundation’s grant types are highly competitive. The success rate averaged across the responsive grants program is approximately 20%.

  • Ensure that the objectives of the project are clearly aligned with the stated outcomes. A mismatch indicates to us a lack of clarity in the application or the project itself.

  • Provide a clear, detailed project plan and budget which illustrates that you have considered each element of the project and cost of the implementation.

  • Clearly articulate how the outcomes of the project will be measured. This will require a statement regarding how information will be gathered and the method that will be used to evaluate the outcomes. For smaller grants, this need not be overly complex. You may include appropriate evaluation as an item in your project budget.

  • Ensure that you explain why the project should receive philanthropic support and why it is not suitable for, or ineligible to receive, government support.

  • If your project is dependent on partnerships or other funding sources, please be sure to provide evidence that those partnerships are in place (letters of support are required to be included with your application), or the current status of these discussions.

  • A project budget and project plan must be realistic.

  • Try not to use jargon in your application.

  • Provide adequate detail of any background research which has been undertaken and be clear about the target group. We encourage you to use evidence to support the need for your project.

  • If you are developing a new service, explain how and why it is necessary and, if the same service exists, how you will partner with organisations already providing that service.

  • Provide information on the potential for recurrent sources of government funding at the end of the project and whether, if this is the case, whether you have begun discussions with government.

  • Ensure that your application is fully developed and the expected outcomes are conveyed clearly. Provide evidence or research to support the proposal.

  • If your project relates to exploring a new idea, ensure that the research you wish to undertake has not already been done elsewhere, or is not currently being done by another research institute or organisation.

  • If there has already been a significant amount of research undertaken in the area which you are seeking to address, be clear about how your project will expand or add value to this body of knowledge.

  • Ensure that the expected medium and long-term outcomes of the project in your application are clearly conveyed in your application.

  • Ensure that there is a clear plan for sustainability beyond the grant, particularly if the grant is to support salaries and is not a pilot project.

  • If relevant, please consider partnering with other organisations who are working with the same cohort or target group.