Frequently Asked Questions


Can we apply if we are not a legal entity?

No - however, where the lead organisation is not a legal entity (i.e. Incorporated Society or registered charity), it may be possible to use a registered organisation as an ‘umbrella group’ to act as the lead applicant

Am I eligible if one partner in our collaboration is a profit-making business?

If one of your partner organisations is a for-profit business, you must have at least one other non-profit as a participating partner. The for-profit partner cannot be a recipient of any grant made by WTMF or receive income directly from your initiative. They are also expected to be contributing to the initiative in some way.

Is a Social Enterprise eligible to apply?

As per the criteria, under all circumstances the lead applicant must be a non-profit organisation registered with the Charities Service or as an Incorporated Society. Social Enterprises can therefore be involved as partner organisations.

Can I include ongoing operational costs of my organisation in the WTMF application?

WTMF grants cannot be used to support existing operational expenses. Grants are to support additional costs you may incur in developing new or improving existing collaborations, and/or mergers of two or more organisations. This could include meeting or facilitation costs to bring groups together to kick start a collaboration in its early formation.

What types of mergers will the Fund support?

We look for indications that, by merging, the newly formed (merged) entity would become more effective or have greater impact than the existing non-merged entities. Ideally costs would reduce or financial resources could shift to service delivery. Also of interest will be how the new organisation intends to adopt strong principles of collaboration as part of the way it will operate.

Do WTMF grants include GST?

If you are GST-registered, you need to use GST-exclusive figures in your application (where you can claim the GST back). If you are not GST-registered, you can use GST-inclusive figures.

If the funded merger or collaborative initiative changes, will the grant have to be refunded?

  • If any changes result in a variation of the application or for purpose which the grant was approved, we are happy to discuss this and provided the original purpose remains, a simple agreement could be made. If, however, the purpose of the grant changes as a result of ongoing discussions among your stakeholders, and falls outside the committee’s rationale for making the grant, it is likely the WTMF Committee will be asked to approve the change in purpose or request a return of the grant.
  • If your grant is underspent, you will be asked to refund the variance or seek approval for any redirection of funds.

If our collaboration will go through several stages – for example, exploration, research, development and design, piloting and/ or implementation – will WTMF fund all stages?

  • If your initiative is likely to comprise of multiple stages, you are invited to reapply for each stage provided alignment with the criteria remains. We ask you to notify us in the application that your initiative has multiple stages
  • Multiple applications will be considered on their own merits and factor in the results of prior completed stages

Can we apply for funding to simply explore whether a potential collaborative initiative is valid?

The initial explorative phase is something the Fund is open to supporting and welcomes applications for this

How much can we apply for?

  • Grants generally range between $1,000 and $30,000
  • If you are applying for funds towards a larger scale project, the committee will need to see from where supplementary funds are being sourced.