17 July 2019

Midnight 27 Aug 2019

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Why does my organisation no longer need to have Deductible Gift Recipient Status (DGR) Item 1 status in order to be eligible for the grant.

Northern Rivers Community Foundation has partnered with FRRR (Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal) to distribute grants to non DGRs. Your organisation must still be a charitable entity registered with the ACNC in order to be eligible.

How do I know if my organisation is eligible?

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 is a registered charity with the ACNC.

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 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 have submitted 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 2020 Community Grants Program funds projects with activities that take place in the 2020 calendar year.


How do we apply?

You may apply via a downloadable form that can be submitted by post or email. This form will be available on the Grants page of this website from Wednesday 17th July.

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 here.

When do I need to provide a quote?

If your project 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.

Do we need to include any supporting documentation with our application?

As part of your application you will be required to provide the following:

  • Organisation P&L & Balance Sheet. 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.
  • If you are applying for a Capital project – i.e. for the purchase of equipment or a renovation project, you are obliged to submit a quote for any costs over $500.

You may also submit the following as additional support material:

  • Signed Letter of Support from a community organisation
  • Documents, 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 via email, you will receive an acknowledgement email from Northern Rivers Community Foundation confirming that your application has been received. If you submit your application by post, you will only receive a confirmation if you provide a contact email address.

When does the Grants Round open?

Applications open on Wednesday 17th July 2019.

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications close at midnight AEST on Tuesday 27th August, 2019.

How will we know if our application was successful?

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email by late October.

How much does NRCF typically grant?

Organisations can apply for funding from $2000 – $10,000. The average grant request is around $4,000. NRCF does not fund 100% of a project. Organisations are expected to fund a portion 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 firstly 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 here.

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. Projects must commence on or after January 1, 2020.

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 six weeks 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?

The information is hosted on our external system provider’s secure data centre. However, it complies with our privacy policy, details of which are available on our website.

Is the system secure?

Yes. The information is hosted on our external system provider’s secure data centre. Only NRCF and support staff from our provider will have permission to access our data. Once again, it is managed in line with our privacy policy.

Who do I contact if I am having system / technical difficulties or I need some help completing the application form?

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 info@nrcf.org.au.