Organisation eligibility for the GCBF

To be eligible for funding your organisation must meet the requirements of either a legal entity or a sponsored entity that is not listed as an ineligible organisation as determined by us.

A legal entity can apply for funding in its own right and as a sponsor for other organisations. A sponsored entity requires a legal entity to sponsor its grant application.

Eligible organisations must register on the GCBF online portal as either a legal entity or sponsored entity and are responsible for reviewing and updating their registration details annually to ensure eligibility is maintained.

Eligible organisations

For your organisation to be eligible, it must meet the requirements of either a legal entity or a sponsored entity.

A legal entity:

  • is incorporated or registered under an Act of Parliament
  • has an active ABN
  • has not-for-profit objectives
  • has a bank account in the name of the legal entity
  • must provide a bank verification form stamped by the organisation’s financial institution; if your financial institution is unable to complete the bank verification form, please contact us for assistance.

A sponsored entity:

  • is unincorporated and not registered under an Act of Parliament
  • has not-for-profit objectives
  • requires a legal entity to sponsor its application
  • may be a local ambulance committee, rural fire brigade or State Emergency Service group must be sponsored by their relevant government department.

We may request other documentation to verify eligibility.

While schools are not eligible, parents and citizens associations (P&Cs) and parents and friends associations (P&Fs) can apply.

Ineligible organisations

Organisations that are not eligible for the funding are:

  • state, private or independent schools (as noted above, this excludes P&Cs and P&Fs)
  • proprietary limited or public companies limited by shares or trusts where the shareholders are individuals or for-profit companies
  • individuals (sole traders)
  • organisations trading for profit.

You are also ineligible for the funding if your organisation:

  • has duplicate registrations in the online portal
  • does not provide information we request by the due date
  • does not update the financial details registered with us before applying.

Registration requirements

Organisations must review and update their registration details each year as well as when applying.

Most importantly, the financial position of the organisation (to be taken from your financial statements within the last 2 years) must be up to date.

Failure to update this information by the closing date of the funding round will deem the organisation and application ineligible for that round.

If the sponsored entity does not maintain financial records, you must email to let us know before the closing date of the funding round.

While it won’t affect your eligibility, it’s helpful to make sure the details for your organisation’s contact person are also up to date.

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