Funding principles

Whilst the Foundation has a number of areas of interest, generally it looks to support causes, organisations and projects that possess the following principles and/or criteria:

  • innovation and proactivity: we seek to support programmes that respond to an identified area of need in the community that are presently not being addressed, or that take a new approach to problem solving. Ideally, such programmes, if successful, should be able to be replicated in other locations or contexts;

  • change not charity: a focus on prevention is one of our main criteria. We endeavour to fund projects that address the causes of problems, rather than treat the symptoms;

  • longevity and sustainability: we support projects and programmes that will continue to have an impact over the long term and beyond our period of support. We also encourage programmes that are able to become financially self-sustaining;

  • project-based and goal-orientated: the programmes that we choose to fund must have strong and identifiable outcomes and key performance indicators over both the short and long term;

  • partnerships: to maximise the impact of our grants, we look towards organisations that are able to combine our funding with other sources. The ability to leverage financial support from other trusts, foundations, governments, businesses and volunteers is seen as an important criteria;

  • administration: we look to make grants to organisations that have low administration costs and solid and proven administrative backing. Organisations with a strong volunteer programme are also highly regarded;

  • low government or institutional support: our preference is to assist organisations that receive little or no government funding and are not currently the benefactor of substantial philanthropic support; and

  • Bennelong Foundation involvement: we try to support organisations that have the capacity to allow our staff to become involved in their organisation/projects, should they choose.


  • Areas considered a direct responsibility of governments.
  • General fundraising projects or appeals.
  • Travel, study or conferences (unless incidental to a project being funded).
  • Individuals.
  • Other foundations, trusts and philanthropic organisations to fund their general objectives.
  • General maintenance or overhead expenses (unless part of a specific project).
  • Applications with a religious, political or sectarian purpose.
  • Funding deficiencies.

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