Each year, ACF makes hundreds of grants to support charitable organisations and projects all around the country and internationally.

Follow the links below to determine if you’re eligible to receive a grant from ACF, understand the application process, submit a request for funding or to find out more information.

To speak to our Grants Team, call (03) 9412 0412 or email grants@communityfoundation.org.au

Please note: the acceptance of funding requests has been temporarily suspended as we are in the process of transferring to a new online platform. We expect the new platform and Funding Request Directory to be ready for use in early August. Please check this page for updates.

ACF only makes grants to organisations with the following Australian Taxation Office endorsements:

  • TCC – Tax Concession Charity status
  • DGR – Deductible Gift Recipient Item 1 of the table in Section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act (1997)

To confirm you are eligible for an ACF grant, please search the Australian Business Register using your organisation’s name or ABN to see whether it is endorsed as an Item 1 DGR and TCC organisation.

If you hold the correct ATO endorsements, you can apply to list a project or funding request on our Funding Request Directory.

The Funding Request Directory is a database of requests ACF has received and approved. It is used regularly by our donors to source projects or organisations they want to support. The Funding Request Directory is not publicly available and projects listed on the Directory can only be viewed by ACF donors.

To apply to appear in the Directory, please complete and submit the Funding Request Form.

The Grants Team reviews funding request applications weekly. Once approved, requests remain on the Funding Request Directory for three months. Organisations will only be notified if their application to appear on the Directory was unsuccessful – i.e. they do not hold the appropriate ATO endorsements.

Note, organisations can submit a maximum of two funding requests per calendar year.

Organisations that have been nominated to receive a grant will be contacted by the ACF Grants Team to carry out further due diligence and to collect information such as bank details. Funding Request nominations are then prepared for approval by the Grants Committee.

Once a grant payment has been approved by the ACF Grants Committee, the successful organisation will receive a letter of offer from ACF. ACF distributes all grants by electronic funds transfer.

Note, grants over $5,000 made to specific projects are required to sign a Grant Agreement. The Grant Agreement will be issued with the letter of offer and must be returned with a receipt within 30 days.

For grants over $5,000, ACF requires a progress report on the project 12 months after the grant is received. Organisations that fail to provide reports may not be considered for future funding.

Click here to report on your grant.