Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

Next open date for applications is 16.01.2018 View Grant Dates

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Hints and Tips

  • Please make contact with us for a conversation about your work. Our office is open all year round and we welcome the opportunity to talk about your work in the community. We recommend doing this before a grant round opens.
  • Enquiries for Impact Grants is necessary and should be made well in advance of the opening day of the grants round.
  • Don’t try to fit a square peg into a round hole – if your project does not easily fit to one of the focus areas of a program, or our 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. If you are not sure, please call us for a chat about 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 at least three weeks to submit your online application. Please don’t leave it to the last day.
  • If you are going to include letters of support, make sure they are not identical! If they are genuine about supporting your work, they should be able to write the letter themselves.
  • 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