Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQs

When does the Foundation funding round open and close?

The 2019 Funding Round opened at 9am on Monday February 25th and closed at midday on Friday 29th March. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by early June 2019.

Dates for the 2020 Funding Round will be announced in December 2019.

What is the process for applying for funding?

Applicants must: -

1. Complete this Expression of Interest document, following the page limit and heading guidelines as set out. Applicants can begin this process at any time.

2. Applicants must prepare ‘Supporting Documentation’ which includes: -
- A copy of your organisation’s “Endorsement as a Deductible Gift Recipient” issued by the ATO, or a copy of the section (showing the item number) in which the applicant organization is specifically named as  DGR in Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

- A copy of your organisation’s “Notice of Endorsement for Charity Tax Concessions” issued by the ATO on or after 1 July 2005 (if available).

3. The 2019 Funding Round will open at 9am on Monday 25th February, and at that time an online registration form will become available on the website. All applicants MUST complete this online registration form.

4. Once you have completed the online registration form, applicants are then required to email your completed Expression of Interest form and supporting documentation to, with confirmation that you have completed the online registration form. Acknowledgement of receipt of your application will be emailed to you within seven (7) days. Please only contact the Foundation Office to check that we have your submission if you do not receive formal notification within the designated period.

When will grant applications be accepted?

Applicants can only submit a proposal to the Foundation during the funding round period. The 2019 Funding Round opened on 25th February and closed on 29th March. Applicants will be notified in early June regarding the outcome of their application.

Dates for the 2020 Funding Round will be announced in December. Contact the Foundation Office if you would like to be added to the database to receieve the most up-to-date information about the funding round.

How much money can I apply for?

Funding round applicants may apply for funding of between $30,000 (12 month project) up to $350,000 for a two (2) to three (3) year program.

How many grants are available in each round?

It is anticipated that funding will be awarded to a maximum of five (5) partner organizations with final allocations to be dependent upon program duration and what funds the Board has available in any given year.

How do I know if my project will be considered 'charitable'?

Charitable is defined as possessing at least one of the following qualities:

  • The relief of poverty
  • The relief of the needs of the aged
  • The relief of sickness or distress
  • The advancement of education

There are also many other charitable purposes, commonly referred to as other purposes beneficial to the community. The following purposes would not be considered charitable:

  • To confer private benefits
  • Sporting, recreational or social
  • Political, illegal or against public policy
  • Commercial
  • Governmental

If you are still unsure whether your project fits these guidelines, please refer to the Non-Profit Organisations section of the ATO website (

What happens if my application is successful?

The Greater Charitable Foundation has a two-stage funding round.
1. Expression of Interest (EOI) – the first phase of the funding round is the Expression of Interest phase. The Foundation Board will shortlist a small number of charities from this first phase based on their EOI application;
2. Final Proposal – shortlisted applicants will be contacted and asked to prepare a final proposal document that expands upon their original EOI form. They will also be asked to undertake a short presentation to the Foundation Board. The Board will then make the final funding round decision once they have heard from all the shortlisted applicants. If you are successful in receiving funding from the Greater Charitable Foundation, you will receive a letter from us confirming the conditions of the grant, payment schedule and reporting arrangements. You will also be asked to undertake an induction meeting to take you through the grant requirements (link). Grants will be paid through Electronic Funds Transfer within four (4) weeks after you have received formal notification from us. Funded organisations are required to provide a receipt within 21 days following payment.

What happens if my application is unsuccessful?

If your EOI submission is not shortlisted in the 2019 Funding Round, we will notify you in early June.

Are there recognition requirements attached to the funding?

Your organisation will be required to acknowledge the grant from the Greater Charitable Foundation through the use of our logo in publications and other promotional materials. We will supply you with an electronic copy of our logo which must be used in compliance with the grant conditions as outlined in your grant agreement.

Can I apply for ongoing support for my project at the expiration of the funding period?

There may be an option to renew support beyond the life of the initial grant period, following an extensive review process, but this is not guaranteed and is contingent upon a range of factors.

Can my organisation apply for more than one grant?

No, there can only be one (1) application per organisation per calendar year funding round; however, eligible universities, hospitals, and medical research institutions may submit one (1) application per department, up to a maximum of two (2) applications per organisation.

What areas constitute South East Queensland for the purposes of the funding round?

Areas within which a Greater Bank branch is located (Helensvale, Tweed Heads, and Robina).

Am I still eligible to apply for funding if I reside outside Australia?

No, we are only able to provide funding to organisations which are based within Australia and projects where activities take place in Australia.

What is a deductible gift recipient?

Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) is a specific legal status that can only be used to describe organisations specifically endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Follow this link for a detailed explanation of a DGR -

If your organisation does not have DGR status, there is the option to auspice the funds through another organisation who does have DGR status. If this is something you are considering, please contact the Greater Charitable Foundation Office to discuss in more detail before submitting your application.

What do I do if I need more information?

For more information contact the Foundation Office: -
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P - (02) 4921 9671

Where can I find your privacy statement?

The Greater Charitable Foundation's Privacy Statement can be found by clicking here.

Can I apply for funding if I am a current partner of the Foundation?

If you are currently in receipt of funding from the Foundation and your organisation is contracted to deliver services beyond 1 August in any given year, you are ineligible to apply in that year’s funding round.