Current funding guidelines

The terms of the Wills give the Trustees complete discretion in making their decisions on what they fund or choose not to fund in support of the Designated Purposes.

General guidelines

The general funding practices currently adopted by the trustees are:

  1. To fund a variety of organisations and initiatives rather than making very large grants to fewer organisations – see Annual Distributions
  2. From time to time consider funding multi-year grants.
  3. Being prepared to support organisations that collaborate with other grant-makers to maximise impact and eliminate duplication.
  4. To support organisations to build their capacity (build organisational capacity). This includes:
    • staff costs;
    • costs to improve effectiveness through technology; and
    • developing strategic capacity.
  5. Not to support the following:
    • initiatives that only benefits an individual or an individual's family;
    • contributions to the corpus of another grant making organisation.

Guidelines by individual fund

The links below provide some of the areas that are supported under each individual fund.


The online application and acquittal system has been upgraded. If you are planning to make an application in 2019 you are encouraged to familiarise yourself with the new process (refer to Completing an application located under the Grant applications tab). This will ensure that submitting an application and acquittal form is as smooth as possible.

Applications for 2019

Online applications for 2019 are now open and close will on 30 June 2019.

It is expected that the review process will be completed and all applicants notified of the outcome of their application by 31 October 2019. 

Online Acquittal Form

The online acquittal form is available under the Grant acquittals tab.