Not all foundations are the same. ‘Foundation’ does not have a legal meaning in Australia. A Foundation could be:
- A trust
- A not for profit company
- A division of a not for profit company
- A division of a for profit company
A Foundation could be established:
- Under a will
- By an individual
- By a family
- By a company
- By a community
but only for grants that relate to buildings
In order to be a DGR, an educational organisation must be approved by
the Australian Tax Office (ATO) as fitting under one of a number of DGR
categories. These include:
- · Public
- · Higher
- · Approved
- · School
Building and Library Funds
- · Education
Scholarship Fund; and
- · Others.
organisations are not for profit – any with charitable or DGR endorsement
status would be. However, there would be some corporate philanthropics that,
while they are called a ‘foundation, may actually just be a division of a
company that is for profit.
In general, yes,
service clubs are not-for-profits but status can depend on their Constitution.
Not for profit means that the members/owners should not receive any of the net
surplus from the organisation.
As long as the school
meets the eligibility requirements of the not for profit funder, there should
not be any further issues. The school will obviously have to meet reporting
requirements (e.g. project outcomes, maybe an audited financial report etc).
There are three key
meet the funding requirement (e.g. Charitable purposes)
auspiced by an eligible organisation (e.g. Parents and Citizen’s Association)
with an eligible organisation and that organisation is the applicant (e.g. that
organisation has the required DGR status).
Here is a recent
example from Queensland in which a school's Parents and Citizen's Association made
an application on behalf of the students at the school. This article was
reported in the Ayr Advocate on 7
athletes at the Millaroo State Primary School have improved facilities to work
with following the purchase of new sporting equipment using funding from the
community grants scheme. The school's Parents and Citizen's Association were
successful with their application to the Queensland Country Credit Union's
community grants scheme ... The funding of $2450 resulted in the purchase of new
athletic equipment including block high jump mat, rubber discus, shot put and
long jump strips ... "
You could start by looking at peak bodies who
are not-for-profit. Your local council is also a good source of information,
particularly in the area of social and environmental planning – this will help
you place your project within the local context, which will be helpful in
funding applications. Breakfast meetings run by councils provide great opportunities
This varies from
fund to fund, but as general rule, this information is posted on the funder
website. Check these dates carefully and ensure you know your deadlines and how
applications will be accepted.
Funders look for
prospective applicants that:
the 'funder's' website for details about the funds they offer. It's
frustrating for the funder when the applicant has not looked at the
funder's website before contacting them or worse, submitting an
application that does not fit the criteria. Remember, funding priorities
can change from year to year.
the required eligibility requirements or have sought a genuine partnership
with an organisation that does
'thought' about their idea before putting pen to paper and are committed
We not only search
for funds but we also contact each funder directly about their entry on The Tender Bridge website. This
generally results in three courses of action:
1. The funder agrees
with the information and how it is presented in The Tender Bridge database - no changes required.
2. The funder takes
the opportunity to speak directly to educators (as one of their target
audiences) and the funder adds or deletes some text – the entry is modified (in
addition to the entry appearing in the main search engines, it automatically
also appears in the short-cut button 'modified funds' on the funds page).
3. The funder asks us
to remove their entry. We take the time to liaise with the funder about why
this request is being made. Sometimes a funder is concerned that an unrealistic
expectation message to schools may be given if the fund appears on the website
and they will be inundated with proposals. Generally, this concern can be
overcome by making it clearer in the entry that the funder is perhaps very
small and unlikely to fund all requests, or welcomes schools in genuine
partnerships with eligible organisations to apply but historically has not
funded schools because they fall outside their ‘required by law eligibility’
As we search for
funds to include on The Tender Bridge
database for you, we also come across funds that on first glance appear to fit The Tender Bridge brief (i.e. relevant
to schools or schools in partnership with others) but on further investigation
do not. When this happens, we do not just discard that information. Instead, we
add to a database of 'ineligible' funds. The reason we do this is so we can
respond to any queries from our subscribers about why we might not have a
particular fund in our database. We only publish on the website what you can
access, but do be aware we are keeping a file of what you cannot apply for as
On The Tender Bridge, we mark
clearly the 'status' of each entry (2010, post 2010 etc) and monitor the status
of these entries each week. We include the status of 'dormant' - remember that
dormant means that a funder is not currently accepting applications. We do so
for three key reasons:
funds are 'annual' or funders have 'multiple' funding rounds. ‘Dormant’
may indicate that the funder is not currently taking applications, but they
may list information about future funding rounds. Knowing this in advance may
help with your planning.
may be fund sources you had not previously considered or known about.
may indicate that even though their funding round has closed they will
still accept 'expressions of interest'.
n addition to
monitoring the 'closing dates' of funds we also monitor the 'dormant' records
on The Tender Bridge website. We do this by going regularly to the
funder's website to check on the status of the information. Alternatively,
because we provide each funder with a copy of their entry they let us know when
they are about to launch a new funding round. Even though we have these
processes in place, if you notice that a fund is no longer 'dormant' we would
welcome you letting us know at
When you click on this link on the ‘Funds’
page it will take you to all the funds in our database that have closing dates
in the next two months.
You'll notice that
funders will have different approaches to not only how but when they
allocate funds. These include:
closing date per calendar year;
funding rounds per calendar year;
meaning that you can apply at any time of year
funding 'subject' to availability.
On The Tender
Bridge website we alert you to closing dates in three key ways:
the full record:
These are accessed from the 'Funds' page. Sometimes funders will provide
not only a closing date, but some additional information that can help you
make a more informed decision about when to apply. This may include, for
example, a note from the funder that they will consider applications in
the order they are received. In these situations, even though a funding
round may be over a number of weeks or months, if funding is limited you'd
be advised to get your application in sooner rather than later.
link is found on the 'Funds' page. We monitor the closing dates of all
entries on The Tender Bridge. If a fund is going to close within
the next 60 days, it will appear in this list.
link is found on the 'Funds' page. We send all entries of The Tender
Bridge to funders. At times, they will change some information about
their entry. If you click on the 'modified funds' link it will take you to
all those fund entries that have been modified in the last 7 days. It will
also include any newly entered funds on The Tender Bridge in that
period of time. It does not necessarily mean that information about the
closing date has changed, but in some cases it may and it's always worth
remembering to have a look to see if the fund you are considering applying
for has any updated information from the last time you looked.
The terms ‘sponsorship’, ‘grant’ and ‘donation’ can get used in loose ways, which are not always
technically correct. However, generally speaking, a grant is non-commercial
in nature; a once only payment made for a specific purpose for which the
successful applicant must account in full. In contrast, sponsorship is generally acknowledged as a marketing activity, in
which the funder can see a tangible benefit in providing funds (e.g. a niche
market; supporting their image as good citizens etc). A tax deductible donation
must be a gift. Sponsorship is not a gift.