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Grant rounds

HMSTrust offers three grant rounds across the year. The grant levels are designed to suit different types of requests and stages of a project. The timing of the grant round is also relevant to your request as HMSTrust does not fund retrospectively.

The table below lists relevant dates for each grant level, and the following guidelines will help you to identify which grant level is the best match for your request.

Grant rounds

Initial consultation with HMSTrust Grants staff is required before you make an application for any of our grant levels.

PLEASE NOTE: Our 2020 Round 2 for multi-year grants $31k – $90k has been cancelled.  For more information, go to Noticeboard.

Round Grant Level Round opens Round closes Notification
Round 1 Up to $30,000 21 Jan 2020 27 Feb 2020
(midday)
End April
Round 2 $31,000 – $90,000 5 May 2020 11 June 2020
(midday)
End August
Round 3 $91,000 – $200,000 28 July 2020 10 Sept 2020
(enquiries close)
End Nov

Which grant should I apply for?

Please read How we grant, our Programs and Applying for a grant to see if your work relates to our current areas of interest.

If you feel that your request is a strong match, please contact our Grants staff with an email request to discuss a potential application well before the closing date of the grant round that best meets your needs.

Applicants should be aware that the likelihood of an unsolicited request being successful is extremely low.

Round 1: Grants – up to $30,000

Grants of up to $30,000 are increasingly approved for requests that help build the capacity and capability of organisations working across HMSTrust’s areas of interest and objectives. Requests can include: strategic business development and marketing, or initiatives that underpin a complex, long-term project including: business planning, scoping, piloting, and evaluation.

  • Available for all programs except for Health;
  • Projects are normally completed within one year, but can extend over a longer period;
  • 2-month turnaround from application closing date to notification.

Round 2: Grants – $31,000 to $90,000 in total

PLEASE NOTE: Our 2020 Round 2 has been cancelled.  For more information, go to Noticeboard.

This grant level targets larger projects across HMSTrust’s areas of interest and objectives.

  • The application form requires more detail than for a grant up to $30,000, and includes annual milestones;
  • Projects are up to 3 years in duration, and grant payments are made in annual instalments dependent on receipt of a satisfactory progress report and financial acquittal;
  • Available for all programs except for Health;
  • 2-month turnaround from application closing date to notification.

Round 3: Grants – $91,000 to $200,000 in total

Grants at this level are limited and highly competitive (usually 6-7 per year).

Grants of up to 3 years in duration are considered for significant initiatives that clearly demonstrate positive long-term social impact.

The type of activities that may be considered include 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.

Consultation with Grants staff is essential.

NOTE: The online application form for grants at this level can only be accessed with a pass code provided by Grants staff following consultation and acceptance to proceed.

  • Applications are required to include:
    • Sustainable business model;
    • Robust business plan supported by substantiated data;
    • Clearly defined outputs and outcomes;
    • Milestones for each year of funding;
    • Confirmed partnerships and collaborations;
    • Plans for measurement and evaluation;
    • Detailed project budget;
    • Long-term benefits to the broader sector.
  • Grant payments for multi-year grants are made in annual instalments dependent on receipt of satisfactory progress report and financial acquittal;
  • 3-month turnaround from application closing date to notification.