Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

Next open date for applications is 16.01.2018 View Grant Dates

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Hints and Tips

  • If your project does not easily fit HMSTrust’s funding criteria, please don’t apply. You are probably wasting time that could be spent more successfully applying to another trust or foundation with funding criteria that are more appropriate for your project.
  • Avoid acronyms – assume we don’t know what they mean. The only exception is your organisation name, which should be written in full the first time. Then an acronym is acceptable.
  • Ensure that your budget is accurate and reflects the full cost of the project including the value of in-kind support.
  • You have three weeks to submit your application. Please don’t leave it to the last day. Enquiries for Impact Grants should be made in advance of the opening day of the grants round.
  • Read the case studies and check the grants database from recent years to get a feel for what we fund.
  • The online application form has strict word limits. We recommend that you don’t generalise, but include specific facts and figures, for example “this project will benefit five communities and approximately 5,000 people” rather than “this project will benefit many communities”.
  • Write in clear simple English, please avoid jargon.

If you are unsure about any part of the grants process, please visit our FAQs for further information.

You can also send us an email or call (03) 9999 3000