The Working Together More Fund supports collaborations and mergers that bring long-term benefits to non-profit organisations and the communities they serve.

To be eligible, applications need to meet the following criteria. Please note funds are generally not granted for ongoing operational costs – unless it would significantly add collaborative value to your work.

  • The lead applicant must be a non-profit legal entity registered with the Charities Service or as an Incorporated Society
  • At least one other non-profit partner organisation or group is, or will be, involved in the initiative
  • Participants are able to demonstrate how they will accomplish high-quality collaboration – see best practice indicators for collaboration in the ‘guidance’ tab
  • The collaborative initiative or merger will result in identifiable benefits to participating organisations or groups and the communities they serve
  • Grants will not be approved for political organisations, groups involved in promoting religion, overseas-based groups, initiatives delivered to overseas communities, or for overseas travel.

WTMF will not support events or conferences – unless their focus is ongoing collaboration and a strong likelihood exists that a significant increase in ongoing collaboration will result.

Your initiative needs to reflect best practice collaboration as outlined in the ‘guidance‘ tab.

Here’s an example of what the Fund might support:

Imagine a number of environmental groups working in isolation focused on slightly different areas – say sea, land or air quality. With similar values and visions, they might come together to avoid competing for funding and to utilise skills, strengths and resources from across the groups. By agreeing to collaborate, to share resources and expertise, they would identify common issues which exist for all. They can clearly show greater outcomes can be achieved collaboratively than if their organisations were to work independently.

A less collaborative example might be:

Take these same environmental groups agreeing to place information about their different focus areas into a central database. An excellent idea, and perhaps collaborative in principle, but more at the level of ‘cooperation’, with groups simply supply information for the database. It’s clear little in-depth collaboration would be involved and such applications would have less chance of success.

Find out how Cooperation, Coordination and Collaboration Differ:

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Please note, we rarely exceed grants of $30,000 to support mergers and $20,000 for collaborations. If your proposal exceeds these figures, we suggest you contact the Project Manager before applying.