The Plus1 grant process
Get familiar with the process of our Plus1 matched funding campaign, including details around application, verification, project delivery and reporting.
Our Plus1 matched funding program comprises of several stages.
Learn what you can expect throughout a Plus1 matched fundraising campaign, and what’s expected from you as a successful applicant.
The stages of our Plus1 program include:
- Stage 1: applications
We strongly encourage all Plus1 applicants to contact program staff to discuss your application prior to submission.In-person or phone appointments can be arranged; these are subject to availability, and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
All Plus1 applications must outline:
- Your organisation.
- What stream you are eligible for.
- The proposed fundraising campaign and target.
- The groups and networks to be approached during the campaign.
- Key responsibility areas for fundraising staff.
- The elements of your fundraising activity and marketing strategy.
- How Plus1 will be used to leverage support from the private sector.
- The anticipated impact of the campaign and project/activity on your organisation’s sustainability.
- The proposed project/activity and case for support.
- The budget for the proposed project/activity.
- Audited accounts (to be provided).
- Quotes received for budget items such as consultancy fees, hardware/software expenses etc. (to be provided).
Note: Applicants should not embark on any activity that depends on support from us prior to notification of Plus1 decisions.
- Stage 2: fundraising
We offer ‘in-principle’ support to successful applicants, up to the amount requested (capped at $25,000 for organisations with a turnover of less than $500,000 and $50,000 for organisations with a turnover in excess of $500,000 and $5 million.) Successful applicants will need to complete an online declaration to accept program conditions and confirm participation. Plus1 matches funds sourced from:
- Private giving.
- Fundraising events.
- Business sponsorship or partnership.
- Trusts and foundations.
- Workplace giving programs.
Plus1 does not match:
- In-kind support.
- Earned income (including membership, box office and non-deductible ticket expenses).
- Local, state or federal government funding.
- Hospitality, food and beverage expenses.
We offer a range of additional tools and resources to help with your fundraising activities: from FAQs and successful case studies to guides and factsheets.
Note: Fundraising legislation varies from state to state. Before submitting a Plus1 application, please familiarise yourself with your state’s legislation. Information is available at The Funding Centre and ATO websites.
- Stage 3: verification and contracting
All funds sourced through Plus1 fundraising campaigns must be secured within the Plus1 fundraising campaign dates, as published in the program guidelines.
Recipients should retain the following documentation:
- Copies of bank statements with donor names, deposit amount and dates.
- Copies of bank-issued deposit receipt provided to donors.
- Written confirmation from donors that funds have been deposited.
Once the target is reached, recipients will enter into a funding agreement with us and will be paid, subject to the signed contract and tax invoice being returned to us.
Our Plus1 funding agreement conditions ask that organisations agree to:
- Seek approval in advance of any changes to the Plus1 project/activity (e.g. changes in the scope, budget or timeline).
- Provide Plus1 project/activity information to us on request.
- Provide progress reports as outlined below.
- Satisfactorily account for funds spent or return any monies unaccounted for.
- Comply with all applicable laws.
- Acknowledge our support—including use of our logo and acknowledgement reference in all promotional material associated with the project and on your website.
- Stage 4: project delivery
Successful recipients can commence their funded project/activity once they have completed their fundraising and funding agreement from us. Recipients are expected to liaise with us on the progress of the project/activity and the impact of Plus1 funds. Any changes to the funded project/activity must be approved by us in advance.
- Stage 5: acquittal
Recipients are required to report on the progress and results of their campaign and project, as part of the acquittal process. Templates are provided to the recipient prior to the report due date.
Acquittal 1: Fundraising campaign report
- Value of funds raised and the number and type of campaign contributors.
- Evaluation of their campaign strategy.
- Assessment of unexpected problems, challenges and opportunities encountered through the campaign and overall impact to stakeholders.
Acquittal 2: Plus1 project and updated fundraising report
- How private sector funding and Plus1 matched funds were spent.
- Overall benefits of Plus1 project/activity to the organisation and stakeholders.
- Financial reconciliation of the project/activity.
- Additional information as requested, including testimonials, media, promotional material and details of ongoing donor relationships.
Long-term outcome reports (on request)
Plus1 recipients must provide all project/activity reports to us to meet their contractual obligations. We cannot provide further funding to organisations with overdue progress reports.