2020 MyState Foundation Grant Application Guidelines

Thanks for your interest in applying for a MyState Foundation grant. We give Tasmanian youth a hand by providing accessible grants for community groups. We believe it’s the little ideas & local organisations like you that help make a big difference in people’s lives and help build a richer Tasmanian community.

Please note: Annual grants of up to $10,000 may be extended to groups who can strongly demonstrate that the youth of Tasmania will benefit greatly from this level of capital injection into their program or project. Multi-year grants are also available for up to $10,000 per year, for a maximum period of two years.

There is no doubt we have all been affected by the current COVID-19 global pandemic. The impact this virus has had on the world has been unprecedented. We understand that this year will present a number of challenges, and is likely to change the way you run your programs. Charitable organisations have had to quickly change & adapt to the current climate to continue to provide vital services to Tasmanian youth.

As part of your application, can you please put some consideration into how you could continue to run your program if the social distancing regulations continue for the foreseeable future. This is a difficult time, and we want to be able to continue our vision to provide support and assistance to programs and initiatives that make a genuine difference to the lives of young Tasmanians.

Please read the below guidelines before proceeding to the next page of your online grant application. This will determine if your organisation and project is eligible for funding.

If you have a question not covered in these guidelines or on our website, please email foundation@mystate.com.au


To be eligible for a MyState Foundation grant, your organisation must:

  • Have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status (approved by the ATO)
  • Be an incorporated not-for-profit organisation*
  • Hold an Australian Business Number (ABN)

Please note that MyState Foundation grants are only available for eligible organisations with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

You will be asked to provide evidence of your organisation’s status as a DGR under Subdivision 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

If your organisation does not have DGR status, your application will not be accepted. If you’re unsure of your organisation’s status, check the ATO website or consult your accountant before proceeding with your application.

*Endorsement as an income tax exempt charity is not mandatory for applications.


Applications open:
Monday 2 March 2020

Applications close:
Friday 1 May 2020

Applications processed:
May – June 2020

Grant presentations:
June – July 2020


Grant applications will be assessed by the MyState Foundation Board. When reviewing applications, the Board consider a number of key criteria, including:

  • The outcome of this program/initiative aligns with the purpose, vision and vision of the Foundation focusing on disadvantaged youth.
  • The program/initiative addresses a defined need in the Tasmanian community and creates impact
  • Could the grant make a real difference and are the funds necessary for the program/initiative to occur?
  • The applicants ability to successfully carry out the initiative?

Preference will be given to organisations that:

  • Benefit as many young people as possible in the Tasmanian community
  • Demonstrate that funds will be retained in Tasmania
  • Demonstrate a measurable long-term benefit and achievable goals
  • Meet an identifiable need in the community
  • Support programs which increase the capabilities of Tasmania youth
  • Encourage a learning culture and increase opportunities for young people to further their education
  • Build self-reliance, confidence and responsibility in young Tasmanians
  • Improve health and wellbeing outcomes of young Tasmanians
  • Support disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Tasmania
  • Offer unique opportunities for young Tasmanians that aren’t currently provided elsewhere

The Foundation does not award grants for:

  • Individuals, foundations or organisations that are themselves grant-making bodies
  • Fundraising events and campaigns
  • Normal operating costs, administration etc., other than in exceptional circumstances
  • Debt retirement or budget deficits
  • Conference organisers or attendees
  • Excursion based activities not part of a broader project focusing on MyState Foundation objectives
  • Applications for funding that involve additional funds in future grant cycles
  • Equipment purchased not associated with an ongoing project
  • For an activity which began in the previous financial year.


Grants are given exclusive of GST costs. If an organisation incurs GST for the purchase of equipment or provision of services, GST costs will not be included or added to the amount given in the MyState Foundation’s grant.


Organisations successful in receiving a grant will be required to sign terms and conditions set out by the Foundation and provide a grant update by 31 December 2020 and satisfactory project acquittal statement no later than 30 June 2021. If you are successful in your application for a multi-year grant, you will need to provide an additional grant update by December 31 2020 and a second project acquittal statement by 30 June 2022.

Recipients are requested to acknowledge the support of the MyState Foundation in publicity and printed materials. The Foundation logo can be used provided conditions of use set out by the Foundation are followed.

Successful organisations are asked to be available for media purposes as required by the Foundation.

Successful organisations will be listed on the MyState Bank website and in MyState and Foundation publications. From time to time projects funded by a MyState Foundation grant may be featured on the MyState Foundation website and in its publications.

Please note: Decisions made by the MyState Foundation Board are final and cannot be disputed.

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