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The Spencer Gibson Foundation

Perhaps The Spencer Gibson Foundation can help your organisation too.

How do our annual grants work?

About our Grants

Eligible Australian charities can apply for funding via an expression of interest process.


Who can apply for a grant?

The Spencer Gibson Foundation can fund Australian organisations that are endorsed or are partnering with organisations endorsed as Item 1 Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) charities.

The Australian Charities and Not-​for-​profits Commission (ACNC) provides information about Deductible Gift Recipient status. The Australian Taxation Office decides on DGR endorsement. The ACNC decides whether your organisation is a charity or not, and then which subtype it is registered as. Not all charities are able to be Deductible Gift Recipients.


how are granting decisions made?

The Foundation encourages applications from eligible Australian charities that:

  • advance research and care for people living with mental health problems, cancer, heart disease or epilepsy.
  • ease people’s access to community life and spur their growth through education, the arts and creative expression.
  • support people beyond crisis accommodation and into stable long-​term housing.

The Foundation accepts applications for funding up to the value of $100,000 per annum and may consider supporting multiple-​year funding agreements with suitable charitable partners. The Foundation encourages submissions that demonstrate matched funding from other sources.

How do I apply for a Grant?

Funding decisions are made in line with The Foundation’s focus areas. We suggest you consider the following steps prior to contacting us directly:


  1. Familiarise yourself with The Foundation’s focus areas above to determine whether your organisational priorities are likely to align with the Foundation’s broad goals.
  2. Register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form below.
  3. You may be contacted by Australian Executor Trustees (AET) to complete a detailed application form for consideration by the Foundation’s advisory committee.

What happens next?

Australian Executor Trustees may contact you directly and invite you to complete a detailed application. Watch for emails sent from addresses ending

The trustees and founders meet between April and May each year. Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their submissions in early June.

Your information will be protected by the Privacy Policies of both aet/​IOOF and The Spencer Gibson Foundation.


Thank you

The founders and trustees are grateful for your Expression of Interest, which we will consider carefully alongside all other eligible grant requests. The Spencer Gibson Foundation wishes you every success as your project progresses.