Community Grants - Eligibility Criteria Stream 1 & 2 - Mary MacKillop Today

Community Grants – Eligibility Criteria Stream 1 & 2

To be eligible for funding through our grants program, check if you meet the criteria listed below:

  • Applicants must be a community organisation or charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) AND with an Australian Business Number (ABN). The project must be delivered within Australia. Individuals are not eligible.
  • Given the size and nature of our funding, preference will be given to ‘Small’ Charities as defined by the ACNC i.e., with annual revenue below $250,000.
  • Applications must align with the mission and purpose of Mary MacKillop Today and the Community Grants Program.
  • Applications are for a maximum of $10,000 AUD.
  • Project activities funded by the Community Grant must be completed between 1 January and 31 December 2025 (although the project itself may continue after this date).
  • Applicants may apply for up to 20% administration costs within the project budget. 80% of funds MUST be used for project activities if your application is to be considered.
  • Previous Grantees can apply for either an existing or new project; however, it should be noted that we are unable to fund ongoing service delivery, and we encourage grantees to show how the funding will enhance the project and build sustainability.
  • Applicants must be able and willing to comply with Mary MacKillop Today’s Policy Requirements in the delivery of the funded project (See Policy Requirements for more information).

We are unable to fund:

  • Multiple applications from one organisation: Applicants are encouraged to submit only one application for funding, or to clearly nominate your first preference from multiple applications.
  • Public appeal for single beneficiaries: As a general rule, grants will not be given to applications that are public appeals for a single individual, e.g. school fees for a disadvantaged student or equipment for a person with a disability, as there are likely to be more appropriate sources of support.
  • Full salaries/wages/stipends; full project administration costs; capital funding.
  • Applications for emergency relief.
  • Ongoing running costs for a project.
  • Activities for the promotion of a particular faith or religious adherence; political parties; activities that could create unwanted dependency on project funds (See Non-Development Policy).
  • Applications that distance Mary MacKillop Today from the delivery of services of the funded project will be rejected, e.g. funds to be pooled into a grants program. This includes scholarship programs.