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​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



​Yes, 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 Universities
  • ·       Higher Education Institution
  • ·       Approved Research Institutes
  • ·       School Building and Library Funds
  • ·       Education Scholarship Fund; and
  • ·       Others.


​Basically, yes.


​Most philanthropic 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 ways:


1.     directly meet the funding requirement (e.g. Charitable purposes)


2.     be auspiced by an eligible organisation (e.g. Parents and Citizen’s Association)


3.     partner 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 October 2009. "Young 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 for networking.


​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:

  1. check 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.
  2. meet the required eligibility requirements or have sought a genuine partnership with an organisation that does
  3. have 'thought' about their idea before putting pen to paper and are committed to project.


​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’ requirements.


​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 well.


​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:

  1. Many 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.
  2. There may be fund sources you had not previously considered or known about.
  3. Funders may indicate that even though their funding round has closed they will still accept 'expressions of interest'.


In 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:

  • one closing date per calendar year;
  • multiple funding rounds per calendar year;
  • ongoing, meaning that you can apply at any time of year
  • only funding 'subject' to availability.
On The Tender Bridge website we alert you to closing dates in three key ways:
  1. On 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.
  2. 'Hot funds': This 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.
  3. 'Modified funds': This 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.