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Applying for a grant

Eligibility requirements

The Foundation accepts applications from organisations with an ABN. We do not accept applications from individuals or profit making businesses. Preference will be given to applications initiated at community level or with substantial community input.

To apply for a Foundation grant you need to do three things:

  1. Download and read the Grant Applicants Kit to make sure that your proposal fits with our guidelines and our focus.
  2. Contact our Grants and Legal Information Manager, Jane Kenny, on (02) 8227 3210 or email to make an appointment to discuss your proposal before submitting your proposal. This allows time for you to consult with us, and act upon any advice that we can offer you to assist you to make your application more competitive. You are strongly encouraged to contact the Foundation’s Grants and Legal Information Manager to discuss your proposal as early as possible.
  3. Once you have discussed your proposal with the Grants Manager, if we think that it sounds like a good fit with our grants program, you will be provided with the link to our SmartyGrants applicant website. You can then log in and access our application form. Submit your application form, with any relevant attachments, by the round closing date and time.

The Foundation's Grant Applicants Kit has been developed to assist you to put forward the best grant application you can.

The Grant Applicants Kit contains all the information about our grants program, including the key principles, current focus, a list of what we don’t fund, and important information on how to apply. It also includes tools such as a guide to steering committees and a risk management checklist.

We strongly encourage you to read the Grant Applicants Kit thoroughly before commencing work on your application.

If you have any difficulties downloading or accessing the Grant Applicants Kit, please email

If you are not already a registered user of SmartyGrants, read the SmartyGrants Help Guide For Applicants

For further information see: