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About the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR 

The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR is a channel Neighbourhood and Community Houses and Centres can use to accept tax deductible donations ($20+) or apply for grants from philanthropic foundations/trusts and corporations that require DGR tax status.

The Public Fund for DGR is overseen by the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) Inc. This includes the ANHCA Public Fund Committee, made up of representatives from the NCHC sector, the majority of whom come under the ATO definition of ‘Responsible Persons.’


ANHCA has been listed by name as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) from 1 July 2013. It is covered by Item 1of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. This ensures donations of $2 or more to the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR are tax deductible.

NOTE: To support the continued administration of the Public Fund for DGR, ANHCA receives 5% from donations

What is DGR status?

DGR stands for deductible gift recipient. An organisation that has DGR status can receive tax deductible gifts. This means that when an individual or business makes a donation to an organisation with DGR status they can deduct the amount of the donation from their taxable income, which means they pay less tax. 

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Hambledon House Community Centre, QLD

Key Information for Neighbourhood and

Community Houses and Centres (NCHC)

Is my NCHC eligible?

To be eligible, your NCHC must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an organisation (as opposed to an individual)

  • Be a financial member of the relevant State peak body

  • Be a legal entity (ie an incorporated body)

  • If the organisation is a network or peak body rather than a NCHC in its own right, it must apply funds to furthering or supporting the work of NCHCs

  • Not have DGR status

Do the funds have to align with ANHCA Constitution?

Yes, the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR can legally only direct funds to other entities in furtherance of the purposes in ANHCA’s constitution. These are to:

  • Contribute to national policy and issues of common interest to the NCHC sector in Australia

  • Promote and strengthen the national identity of the NCHC sector in Australia

  • Enhance the quality, skills and knowledge of the NCHC sector in Australia

  • Support the activity and work of the NCHC sector in Australia.

ANHCA can accept funds and direct them for the work carried out by NCHCs.

Does the ANHCA Public fund for DGR mean my NCHC has DGR status in its own right?

No, the DGR status remains with ANHCA, which is why funding applications are lodged in ANHCA’s name and all donations and grants money must be paid through ANHCA to be issued with a tax receipt. 

Does the ANHCA Public Fund mean NCHC can access salary packaging? 

No. Salary packaging is only available for employees directly employed by a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI). The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR is not a PBI.

Does the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR act as an auspice?

No, the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR does not act as an auspice for NCHC accessing project funds from philanthropic foundations/trusts and corporations. The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR simply acts a vehicle for the collection of tax deductible donations or funds that require DGR status.

Do you need support?

If you need assistance with the process, contact Jarrah at 0428 964 817 or

Upcoming Info Session

Upcoming Info Session | Tue 13 August, 2pm AEST | REGISTER HERE 

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