Why does my organisation need to have Deductible Gift Recipient Status (DGR) Item 1 status in order to be eligible for the grant.
Northern Rivers Community Foundation is a charitable entity with DGR Item 2 status; as such we are only able to distribute grant funds to other not-for-profit organisations with DGR Item 1 status. This is a legal requirement of the Australian Taxation Office.
How do I know if my organisation has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 status?
By entering your organisation’s ABN into the ABN Lookup tool on the Australian Business Register you will be able to determine if your organisation has DGR Item 1 status.
My organisation is not based in the Northern Rivers but we operate programs in the region. Can we still apply?
Yes, if your organisation has a local branch or office in the Northern Rivers and your lead organisation’s annual gross revenue is equal to or less than $5 million then you would be eligible to apply.
We will also consider applications from organisations outside the region who do not have a local office. However 100% of their project or program activities must benefit a Northern Rivers community. We encourage you to contact the NRCF office to discuss your application before applying.
If my organisation has been previously funded by Northern Rivers Community Foundation can we still apply?
Yes, even if your organisation has previously received grant funding from NRCF you may apply for a grant as long as you meet the eligibility criteria and complete your Acquittal Report. If your project is currently being funded and has not yet finished, you will need to provide a progress report along with your new application. Please contact NRCF office for more details.
My organisation has previously applied for a grant from Northern Rivers Community Foundation, and has not been successful, can we still apply?
Yes, even if your organisation has previously applied unsuccessfully for a grant from Northern Rivers Community Foundation you may apply again, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria.
Who are the target groups of individuals our organisation needs to be supporting in order to be eligible?
Your organisation needs to be actively supporting individuals in one or more of our target groups:
- Indigenous Australians
- Refugees & asylum seekers
- Women or Men at risk
- Children or Youth at risk
- People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
- People who have experienced family or domestic violence
- People living with a disability (including carers)
- People living with a health issue (including carers)
Our Community Grants program aims to help create fairer, more inclusive communities by supporting organisations working with individuals in these target groups because as a cohort, they are often some of the most socially and economically disadvantaged members of the Australian community.
What programs or activities are ‘excluded’ from the Community Grants Program?
We don’t provide grant funding for the following:
- Medical research
- Programs promoting religion
- Charity works outside of Australia
- Sponsorship or fundraising activities
Our Community Grants program aims to help create fairer, more inclusive communities across Australia. As such, we support community organisations that provide improvements in the quality of life of fellow Australians (in our target groups) experiencing disadvantage. If your organisation is seeking funding for programs or activities on our exclusion list, you may wish to visit www.ourcommunity.com.au for alternative sources of funding that may be available to you.
My organisation supports communities overseas. Are we eligible to apply for a NRCF grant?
No, we are seeking to support organisations strengthening communities and helping people in need in the Northern Rivers.
Why are organisations that have annual gross revenue in excess of $5 million per annum ineligible for a Community Grant?
We acknowledge the valuable contribution that not-for-profit and community organisations of all sizes make to the Northern Rivers community, however through our Community Grants program we are seeking to support smaller community organisations that often have a considerable reliance on grants and fundraising in order to continue their activities.
Our project will start in November of this year. Can we still apply?
No, the 2019 Community Grants Program funds projects with activities that take place in the 2019 calendar year.
How do we apply?
Online applications are preferred and can be accessed through the Grants page of this website. If accessing the internet is an issue, you may apply via a downloadable form that can be submitted by post or email. This form is also available on the Grants page of this website.
If you are applying online, we strongly recommend preparing your application content in a saveable MS Word document or text file and then transferring your final application content to the online form. When you are entering information into the online form, please remember to save by pressing the next button at the bottom of each section at regular intervals.
Before submitting your application please ensure you have prepared and reviewed your answers and supporting documents as applications cannot be amended once submitted.
What sort of questions should we expect in the application form?
Please refer to sample questions in the Guidelines which are available to download from the Grants page of this website.
Do we need to include any supporting documentation with our application?
As part of your application you will be required to provide the following:
- Certificate of ABN (Compulsory)
- Signed Letter of Support if being auspiced
- Organisation P&L & Balance Sheet (Compulsory) of lead organisation i.e auspicing organisation). Please ensure your statements include your organisation’s annual gross revenue. Please use the figure in your financial statements lodged with the ACNC or other relevant regulatory body for the last financial year.
You may also submit the following as additional support material:
- Signed Letter of Support from community organisation
- Photos or video describing any previously funded projects that are relevant to your application
How will we know if you have received our application?
If you submit your application ONLINE, you will receive an acknowledgement email from Northern Rivers Community Foundation confirming that your application has been received. This email will include your application number along with a pdf copy of your application. If you submit your application by email or post, you will receive a confirmation email.
What is the deadline for applications?
Applications close at midnight AEST on Tuesday, 18 September 2018.
How will we know if our application was successful?
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email by early November.
How much does NRCF typically grant?
Organisations can apply for funding from $2,000–$10,000. The average grant request is around $4,000. NRCF does not fund 100% of a project. Organisations are expected to fund a % of the project with their own cash and/or in-kind contribution, or from another partner.
How do you assess the grant applications?
Applications are checked by the NRCF Office to ensure eligibility.
Assessment is then undertaken by the NRCF Grants Committee who have extensive experience in the community grant process and are knowledgeable about relevant local community issues.
Assessment is based on Essential Criteria. For a full explanation of this criteria please download the Guidelines from the Grants page of this website.
The Grants Committee sends their funding recommendations to the NRCF Board. The Board makes the final decision on funding applications.
If we are successful, when will we receive the funding?
Community Grant recipients will receive grant payments by mid December for projects commencing on or after January 1.
Do we need to report on the project once it is finished?
Yes, it is a condition of the grant agreement that you submit an Acquittal report no more than two months following the completion of your project or program. This acquittal form will be sent to you along with your grant agreement.
Where is the data stored?
Is the system secure?
Does it make a difference to what web-browser I use?
All browsers are supported by the online application software. Do NOT use your browser’s back and forward buttons to navigate through the form as that may cause you to lose your application data. Use the “Next” and “Back” links at the bottom of each section of the application form. Pressing “Next” will also save the form data so you may return to continue the application by using the emailed link you received after registration.
My web-browser isn’t allowing me to access the online system?
Ensure that internet “cookies” are enabled on your browser. If you aren’t sure how to check this, or how to enable them, just Google — “how to enable internet cookies” and you will have several help options.
We have difficulty accessing the internet and sometimes the connection drops in and out. Will this mean that I will lose all the information I have entered already and have to start all over again each time?
If you have issues with internet access, we encourage you to write your application in a Word or text document, then you will be able to copy and paste it into the online form without losing it.
I am not confident using an online process. Is it possible to complete an application in hard copy format?
We understand that this new approach may be daunting. If you or a friend or relative has access to a computer and the internet, our staff are happy to assist you to create an account and complete the application online. If internet access is an issue, you can complete the application in an alternative format. Please go to the Grants page of this website for more details or call or email the NRCF Office.
Can I go back and edit/add further information over a period of time? Yes, you will be able to go back and edit your responses, or upload additional documents over the course of the grant program being open, up until you hit the ‘submit’ button. You can save what you have done using the “Next” button at the bottom of each section. To continue the application, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU USE THE LINK IN THE EMAIL WE SENT YOU WHEN YOU FIRST REGISTERED. CLICK ON THE LINK IN YOUR REGISTRATION EMAIL TO GO BACK IN AND CONTINUE THE APPLICATION YOU HAVE STARTED.
NOTE: If you have lost the original registration email, then click on the APPLY NOW button on the NRCF website’s grants page. You will be sent another email with a link to register. If you register again using the same email address, you can continue the application from where it was last saved. If you use a different email address to register, you’ll be starting over again.
Can I exit the application form even when I haven’t finished and go back to it at a later stage?
Yes, you can save and exit from each section. However please make sure you finish the page you are on before exiting by clicking “Next” at the bottom of the section. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU USE THE LINK IN YOUR ORIGINAL REGISTRATION EMAIL TO GO BACK IN AND CONTINUE ANY APPLICATION YOU HAVE STARTED.
NOTE: If you just click on the APPLY NOW button on the NRCF website’s grants page again, you will be sent another email with a link. If you register again using the same email address, you can continue your application from where you last saved. If you use a different email address to register, you’ll be starting over again.
Can I upload documents to the system, and if so which format do they need to be in?
Yes, you can upload a set number of supporting documents to the system. The system supports several different document formats, but we prefer PDF, Word documents, and JPG files for photos.
When do I need to provide a quote?
If your budget item is for renovation services and/or equipment and is less than $500, you do not need to provide a quote. If your budget item is over $500, a quote is highly regarded. The provision of ‘over $500’ quotes (or an explanation of why you are unable to provide these quotes), will impact your assessment. An explanation of why you are unable to provide a quote can be detailed in the budget notes section of the application form.
Who do I contact if I am having system / technical difficulties in completing the online form / submitting required information?
If you are having technical difficulties, please contact the NRCF office on 0499 862 886 during business hours Monday to Thursday, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who do I contact if I need some help completing the online form(s)?
Please review our GUIDELINES and FAQs if you need some help completing your application. If you still have questions, then contact the office and one of the team will be able to help you. Call 0499 862 886 or email email@example.com.
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