The Foundation is not a recurrent funder. Our Grants Program cannot be used to support the ongoing activities or infrastructure of an organisation, or to purchase office equipment.
Any organisation which has access to other available funding sources (such as Australian Research Council or internal university research funding) must demonstrate in the grant application that they have exhausted all of these sources and provide the reasons for the failure to attract these other funds.
The Foundation is more likely to support research that addresses known problems and yields answers that are able to be immediately and practically implemented at the conclusion of the research. Research proposed that is largely exploratory, or that will lead to a recommendation for further research before any direct action can be taken, is unlikely to be supported with a grant from the Foundation.
The Foundation will not fund individual research or study to obtain a tertiary qualification.
The Foundation is unlikely to fund projects from a private business or consultancy. However, applicants may subcontract private consultants to do part of their project provided this is identified in the funding submission and approved.
Interstate and international applicants
The Foundation receives its income from the NSW Public Purpose Fund and is obliged to ensure its grants benefit the people of NSW. We will not fund projects that primarily benefit residents of other states or countries. The Foundation may fund part of a national project if the project benefits the people of NSW.
The Foundation will not fund individual travel grants.
The Foundation does not sponsor conferences or conference attendance except in exceptional circumstances.
The Foundation will not cover expenditure incurred before the grant has been approved. Similarly, we will not fund projects which have deadlines which fall before the normal timelines for grant approval.
The Foundation will not fund litigants.
The Foundation will not normally fund lobbying activities.