Frequently asked questions

Expression of Interest

In consultation with the Foundation Directors, the IOOF Foundation will not be opening a grant funding round in 2023.

The Directors acknowledge there is significant demand within our current partners programs and a limited amount of funds to grant, therefore it was decided to continue supporting the existing programs in 2023.

At this point in time, the IOOF Foundation will not be accepting any new grant applications.

Please stay tuned as we work on developing the IOOF Foundation further to support those most in need in our community.


The IOOF Foundation can only make grants to charitable organisations with a Deductible Gift Receipt (DGR) Item 1.

The Australian Government's Australian Business Register at enables you to search your organisation's name or ABN and see whether it is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Receipt (DGR) and Tax Concession Charity (TCC).

As a general rule, IOOF Foundation does not intend to include the GST incurred by an organisation for the purchase of equipment or provision of services to the community in any gifts. It is presumed your organisation is registered for the GST and therefore you are able to reclaim this amount. All grants are GST exclusive.


If you are interested in applying for a grant from the IOOF Foundation, you will be required to submit a one page express of interest.

In most cases this form provides sufficient information to determine whether the request is one that can be progressed to a submission for Directors consideration.

If required, we may request additional information such as:

  • A copy of the latest annual report
  • Audited financial statements
  • Constitution including Objectives/Statement of Purposes
If you are interested in applying for a grant from the IOOF Foundation, you will be required to submit an online application form.

Small grants are generally provided for a one year period.

General grants have the option to have a multi-year funding of two years, additional funding will only be considered by invitation after the application is reviewed.

Multi-year funding is subject to a satisfactory progress reports and if required, a further application may be required to continue the grant.

Multi-year projects are considered, we recognises that many projects need to be for a substantial term if they are to succeed.

We suggest that you apply to the area that you think it best fits and we will reallocate to a different area internally if we believe that it is necessary or more suitable.

You should note this in your application form and if your organisation has a Newsletter, Bulletin or Minutes from the Annual General Meeting these can be included as an alternative. This information helps our reviewers to get a picture of the people within the organisation and the activities being undertaken. All recipients must provide the latest audited financial statements.

Please email with details of the change. We will consider the circumstances on a case by case basis.

We recommend that you apply for your organisation’s greatest need.

Post application

Each application is logged into our data system and after an initial review we may contact you to request further information, discuss the project, or make an appointment to meet you, especially if it is for a larger grant. Projects are then short-listed for discussion and a final set of recommendations are compiled for submission to the Directors for approval.

Only if you are seeking money for a different project or have received pre-approval.

Generally, the process of evaluation, assessment and approval takes approximately three – four months. You will be notified via email whether or not you have been successful.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are not always able to provide individual feedback.

We will endeavour to meet all applicants that are invited to progress. As we assess a large number of applications, unfortunately we are unable to meet with all non-profit organisations during the application process.


All grants are made subject to the terms and conditions of the IOOF Grant Agreement. The IOOF Grant Agreement outlines obligations for grantees, such as reporting and evaluation.

Failure to comply with the reporting requirements of activities funded will result in your organisation being declared ineligible for funding in future funding rounds (until the report is received).

Contact us

For all enquiries please email