Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

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Grant Levels

Which grant should I apply for?

All grant applications are required to fit within one of our five Programs and match to at least one of that Program’s focus areas. Your project must meet at least three of our five Key Objectives. Opening and closing dates for each grants round are set out under grant dates.

Within our grants rounds, there are three grant levels ranging from One-off Grants to the Impact Grants.

You are required to discuss your proposal with us before you make an application. We take enquiries for each grant level throughout the year, not just when a grant round is open. Contact Grants staff here

You can search approved grants in our Grants Database to see the sorts of projects we have funded under the different levels.

One-off Grants – up to $30,000

  • Initial consultation with HMSTrust Grants staff to discuss your proposal is required before you make an application. We encourage you to contact us before the grants round opens. Contact Grants staff here
  • 1-stage online application process
  • One-off grants for smaller projects which deliver good, practical community outcomes
  • Projects are normally completed within one year, but can extend over a longer period
  • Available for all program areas except for Health
  • 2-month turnaround from application closing date to notification

Multi-year Grants – Total funding of $31,000 to $90,000 (over 2 to 3 years)

  • Initial consultation with HMSTrust Grants staff is required before you make an application. We encourage you to contact us before the grants round opens. Contact Grants staff here
  • 1-stage online application process
  • 2 to 3-year grants for larger projects which deliver good, practical community outcomes
  • Grant payments are made in annual instalments dependent on receipt of a satisfactory Project Report and Financial Acquittal
  • Available for all program areas except for Health
  • 2-month turnaround from application closing date to notification

Impact Grants – Total funding of $91,000 to $200,000 (up to 3 years)

Impact Grants are by enquiry only. Initial consultation with HMSTrust Grants staff is required. Due to the volume of enquiries we receive, we recommend you contact us well in advance of the opening date of the grants round and don’t leave it until the last minute. Contact Grants staff here.

Access to the Stage 1 online application form is via a special individual code provided by HMSTrust Grants staff following discussion about your project. The form cannot be opened without the password.

Impact Grants are available in all program areas, are highly competitive and few are awarded. On average, 6-7 Impact Grants are approved each year.

Impact Grants respond to larger funding requests for well-developed projects, with clearly defined milestones based on solid data. At this grant level, the Trust is looking for proposals that have a strong potential to achieve significant outcomes within our program focus areas. The type of activities that may be considered included those that: will result in benefits across multiple organisations or communities; have substantial reach in beneficiary numbers; or take a new approach to an identified sector issue within one of our focus areas.

These grants involve a longer and more complex application process. Here are the key differences:

  • We have a 2-stage online application process.
  • Grants up to 3 years are considered for projects which clearly demonstrate positive long-term social impact. Applications will need to include:
    • Sustainable business model
    • Robust business plan supported by substantiated data
    • Milestones for each year of funding
    • Confirmed partnerships and collaborations
    • Clearly defined outputs and outcomes
    • Plans for measurement and evaluation
    • Detailed project budget
    • Benefits to the broader sector
  • 5-month turnaround from Stage 1 application closing date to notification.
  • Grant payments for multi-year grants are made in annual instalments dependent on receipt of satisfactory progress report and financial acquittal.

By invitation only – Lead Grants – over $200,000

From time-to-time, HMSTrust will fund a major initiative for the benefit of Victoria.

  • By invitation only
  • Multi-year grants for projects and initiatives that redefine current practices
  • 3-stage process
  • Lead Grants are not linked to a specific grants round