Grant guidelines

Our Grant Guidelines outline the eligibility criteria of our grant making.

The Trust’s granting is aligned to two key strategic goals;

  • Partnerships – Build partnerships and engage in collaborations to leverage our resources.
  • Communities – Build strategic relationships with communities founded in our values of respect. integrity, transparency and collaboration.

An important element of our granting strategy is that the application clearly describes the objectives as well as the key drivers of the desired change and the anticipated outcomes/impacts. The application must make clear ways in which progress can be monitored over the grant period (if relevant) and the outcomes/impacts evaluated at the conclusion.

What is important is the gathering and sharing of knowledge relating to how the project works to enhance the wellbeing and development of children and youth in rural, regional and remote Queensland.

We have intentionally not defined “children” and “youth” in our guidelines nor do we intend to apply strict definitions to “wellbeing and development” as we prefer a broad and flexible approach. We understand many projects directed at assisting families or communities may achieve transformative change for children and youth.

If you have any queries as to whether your proposal fits within our strategic granting objectives, please contact the Trust’s office or submit an enquiry via the Contact Us page.

Grant attributes which will be given priority

Demonstration of potential outcomes/impacts of the project or service applied across more than one area of social need – ie health, education, social welfare, disability. Given that The John Villiers Trust is a charity registered with the ACNC we prefer to see the purpose of the grant categorised according to the ACNC Charitable purposes.

For example, a vocational training program in a regional area of Queensland focusing on young people with special needs will satisfy the multiple impacts of Advancing Education, Advancing Health and Advancing Social or public Welfare.

Demonstration of the utilisation of partnerships or collaboration with other charitable organisations, foundations, industry or Government to broaden or expand the anticipated impact of a project or service.

A project or service which is multi-year with demonstrated longer term sustainable impact.

A project or service where the applicant organisation or its project partners provide a reasonable and material contribution in either cash, in kind support or both.

A project or service which has an additional and intended outcome/impact of increasing the organisation’s capacity or the communities’ collective capacity

We require the following as essential in any application:
  • Grant Funds from The John Villiers Trust must be applied in Queensland.
  • The project or service described in the grant must have a demonstrated benefit to people living in regional, rural and remote Queensland.
  • The application must clearly demonstrate that the project or service meets the needs of the particular community they serve and achieves transformative change for the wellbeing and development of children and youth.
  • The application must clearly identify potential outcomes or impacts of the project or service in accordance with the ACNC charitable purposes and in addition, it must include means of measuring and/or evaluating the outcomes/impact of the project at the grant acquittal stage (and in some circumstances, for some period thereafter).

Information on the various Charitable Purposes can be found on the ACNC website – click here

The John Villiers Trust is unable to consider Grant Applications which include the following:
  • Projects that take place in full or in part outside of Queensland
  • Where submitted on your behalf by an auspice organisation
  • Requiring retrospective or deficit funding
  • Part of a general fundraising appeal
  • Infrastructure projects and service programs considered to be a government responsibility at a Federal, State or Local Government level
  • Promotion of religion
  • Political agendas or from political organisations
  • The purchase of cars or any type of passenger transport
  • Direct grants to individuals, including travel expenses, personal study or attendance at conferences

There are limitations on the number and frequency of EOIs that can be submitted.   

  • One application only to be submitted by any organisation within a 12-month period except in special circumstances at the discretion of the Directors.
  • Existing grants must be successfully acquitted at least three months before a new EOI can be submitted.
  • An applicant cannot reapply for a previously declined project except by invitation following discussion with Trust staff.
  • A re-application for a project which the Trust has funded during the previous 2 years except by invitation following discussion with Trust staff.
  • Organisations that have been registered with the ACNC for a period of less than 3 years should not apply, except by invitation following discussion with Trust staff

The processing of your submission is likely to be enhanced if you discuss your proposal with Trust staff prior to submission.

Further information on the guidelines can be found here.