The two grant categories are explained below:
This award targets applicants with appropriate qualifications, and are employed by a host institution, at which they will conduct the proposed research project. This institution may be a university, a university affiliate, or an appropriate independent research institute. In 2017, the Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund will make one award of $50,000 to fund research to advance the health, wellbeing and life experiences of people with a disability, in particular people with an intellectual disability.
Non-profit Organisation Award
This category targets non-profit organisations in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, such as sporting, artistic, cultural or music organisations. The aim of this award is to encourage non-profit organisations to consider how they could directly include people with a disability (especially people with an intellectual disability) within their current work and practice. Non-profit organisations may request a grant to develop and/or run a project that would enable them to expand their current activities and better engage with people with a disability, or to fund the purchase of specialist equipment to allow them to include people with a disability. Disability-specific non-profit organisations may also apply for innovative projects that enhance social inclusion for people with a disability, but ongoing programs of service delivery will not be funded. In 2017, the Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund has a total pool of $35,000 available within this category. Non-profit organisations are invited to apply for up to maximum amount of $35,000.
Please visit the Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund Apply webpage to download the relevant application form.
Completed application forms along with any supporting documentation must be submitted using the online submission form (also located on the Apply webpage). The complete application (including any supporting documentation) must be uploaded as one file (preferably as a PDF file, however Word files are also acceptable). Please note that file size cannot exceed 5MB.
Applications must be uploaded via the online submission form by 5pm (AEST) on Friday 21 April 2017. No applications will be accepted after this time.
Key dates for 2017 Grants Round:
- Grants Round opens on Monday 13 March, 2017
- Grants Round closes at 5pm (AEST) on Friday 21 April, 2017
- All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email, no later than Monday 29 May, 2017
- Funding for approved grants will commence on Monday 19 June, 2017
The Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund will give preference to research projects that address issues where there is currently little or no research to inform service delivery, and/or issues that have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people with a disability (particularly people with an intellectual disability), and their ability to engage with the community to lead a fulfilling life, with real possibilities. Applicants who engage with pressing issues for the Australian disability sector will be viewed favourably by the Assessment Panel.
The Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund is interested in the translation of research findings into implications for policy and practice in a form that is useful and accessible to people with a disability, practitioners, service providers and policy makers. Preference will be given to researchers who formulate an appropriate dissemination strategy in their grant application form.
Research projects will be assessed against the following three criteria:
- Research impact (impact of research question and potential outcomes for people with a disability)
- Research quality (excellence in project conception, methodology and leadership)
- Productivity (justification of resources, likelihood of successful delivery, and dissemination strategy)
Non-Profit Organisation Award
The Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund will give preference to proposals that specifically target people with an intellectual disability, and are focused on arts, culture, music, sporting, and other forms of community engagement. Projects that will expand the current work of an existing organisation to include people with an intellectual disability are also preferred.
Proposals must relate to one or both of the following criteria (against which the proposal will be assessed):
- Engagement (the project will allow the organisation to better engage with people with a disability)
- Participation (the project will directly support people with a disability to participate in the community and lead an ordinary life)
Researchers may use Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund grant funding to cover expenses directly related to data collection, transcription and analysis. The following costs are not covered by Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund Award grant funding:
- The costs associated with conference attendance for dissemination purposes
- University overheads or infrastructure costs
- Applicants’ salary costs, although it is acceptable to use funding to engage a research assistant or to buy out teaching time to conduct the research. In cases where the applicant is a Research Fellow on a fixed-term contract, it may be legitimate for them to claim salary costs. In this case, please contact us to seek advice.
Non-profit Organisation Award
Non-profit organisations may use Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund grant funding to cover expenses directly related to the cost of project development and delivery. Applicants who propose to use the Award to fund part of a major project with multiple sponsors or projects started or completed by the time grant funding is approved will not usually receive funding. The following costs are not covered by Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund grant funding:
- Ongoing service delivery
- One-off events
- Recurrent costs (including salaries/wages of a regular nature)
- Overheads and administration costs
- Loan repayments
- Airfares, accommodation and meals
Goods and Services (GST) Tax – Include or Exclude?
Including or excluding GST in your budget will depend on whether your university, research institute, or organisation is registered for GST. The following information is provided to guide your decision regarding whether to include or exclude GST from your budget:
- Applicant is Registered for GST
If your university, research institute, or organisation is registered for GST, and can provide the Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund with a GST invoice for the grant amount plus 10% for GST, then the grant amount applied for in your budget description can exclude GST
- i.e., the applicant can apply for up to $50,000 (excluding GST) for the Research Award, and up to $35,000 (excluding GST) for the Non-Profit Organisation Award
- Applicant is not Registered for GST
If your university, research institute, or organisation is registered for GST, then your grant application budget should include GST
- i.e., the applicant can apply for up to $50,000 (including GST) for the Research Award and up to $35,000 (including GST) for the Non-Profit Organisation Award
Recipients of a grant from the Endowment Challenge Fund will receive an Acceptance Letter containing a Grant Agreement Form which will need to be signed and returned to the Endowment Challenge Fund indicating your acceptance of the terms of the grant. Part of your responsibility in accepting a grant from the Endowment Challenge Fund includes reporting on your progress. Reporting requirements vary according to the type of grant awarded.
For all grant categories, the Endowment Challenge Fund may still ask for a brief update from time to time after your grant term is completed. The purpose of this request will be to collect information about the long-term outcomes of your project.
If you have received a Research Grant, you must nominate a responsible office at your research institution that will administer grant monies on your behalf. Your nominated responsible office will receive a copy of the Acceptance Letter for their reference and will be required to send an invoice to the Endowment Challenge Fund to request a release of your approved funds.
Researchers are required to submit a brief annual Progress Report (Researchers) during the course of the project, outlining research activities, key achievements, and plans for the next 12 months (if the research is ongoing). You will be asked to supply documentation obtained from your nominated responsible office that tracks expenditure for the project. A Final Report (Researchers) is requested within six months following project conclusion. This final report will ask you to reflect on the overall achievements and impact of the research.
Non-profit Organisations Award
Non-profit organisations will be asked to provide an Impact Report (Non-Profit Organisations) within six months following project conclusion or purchase of equipment. Reporting for organisation grants aims to assess the impact of the grant awarded for people with a disability.
All decisions of the Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund Board are considered final. The Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund receives many more requests than it is able to fund at any given time. Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to contact us for feedback about their application.
If you have any further questions that have not been clarified in these guidelines, please contact us for more information.