The following guidelines offer information to assist grant seekers in determining whether their request is compatible with the funding priorities of VFFF.
We recommend that all organisations considering applying to VFFF contact our team on (02) 9291 2727 before completing the application.
VFFF considers requests under four themes, seeking to support organisations whose work benefits:
- Community wellbeing
Within these four themes, VFFF supports initiatives that meet specific priority outcomes for particular beneficiaries, as noted below:
Within these priorities, VFFF seeks to support projects and organisations whose work is:
- Preventative in focus
- Catalytic in nature
- Capacity building
VFFF particularly seeks to support organisations that are unable to rely on high profile fundraising. As such, an important part of our assessment is whether the activity is likely to be funded through other sources (i.e. Government, corporate, community or other).
VFFF also takes into account whether an organisation:
- has sufficient capacity to carry out the proposed activity
- has other financial support or will leverage VFFF support to obtain further funding
- uses innovative or groundbreaking concepts or methodologies
- collaborates with others in their field
- is committed to evaluation and dissemination, with a view to replication
- will be able to sustain results into the future.
VFFF considers requests from organisations registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). VFFF does not make grants to auspiced entities. Auspicing is the practice whereby an organisation applies for funding through another organisation which is a registered charity.
VFFF makes distributions within Australia, with priority given to those in NSW, remote areas of northern Australia or, in some cases, to national level programs.
Organisations based outside NSW should contact VFFF before submitting an application for funding.
With a few exceptions, VFFF does not provide ongoing funding or make grants that constitute the sole funding of an initiative. VFFF does not consider applications for grants of less than $20,000.
VFFF does not provide funding for the following*:
- Generic public fundraising appeals
- Capital or endowment funds established to provide a corpus for institutions
- Conferences, seminars, forums, festivals and workshops
- Emergency requests or disaster appeals
- Individuals (including travel and accommodation costs)
- Projects which obviously duplicate existing services
- Political projects and/or lobby groups
- Fundraising costs
*VFFF reserves the right, from time to time, to approve initiatives within the exclusions list, at the discretion of Directors.