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  • Applying for DGR grant funding | Australian Neighbour

    Applying for DGR Grant Funding Some philanthropic trusts and corporations offer grants, but they require DGR status. The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR enables Houses/ Centres to apply for these grants by submitting an application to the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR. ​ Once you have found a grant that you would like to apply for that requires DGR status, follow these steps: ​ Contact Jarrah Kelly on 0428 964 817 or email jarrah@anhca.org to discuss your application. Contact the grant maker to discuss your proposal and your intention to submit through ANHCA. Download and fill in the ANHCA Grant Application form Send your ANHCA grant application form with a copy of your constitution, your latest financial statement and a list of your current committee to jarrah@anhca.org Your application is then sent through to the DGR committee as they need to approve all grant applications made. Once approved, you will receive a letter outlining approval so it can be submitted with your application. PLEASE allow two weeks before the closing date of your grant application for us to complete our process.

  • Apply to receive tax deductible donation | Australian Neighbour

    Apply to receive tax deductible donations Donations are a great way for local businesses, community members and foundations to support the work of Community and Neighbourhood Houses and Centres. Donations can be used for a range of activities and opportunities including food relief, building an indigenous garden, equipment replacement, establishing a community play space, community festivals and events. There are many ways to develop a fundraising campaign, so it is important to consider the organisations needs and circumstances to develop a plan. How to run a successful fundraising campaign ​ For your Community or Neighbourhood House/Centre to be eligible to receive tax deductible donations of $20 or more from individuals and businesses, follow these steps: ​ Fill out ANHCA online application form Fill out the attached Donation agreement here. You will need to have two signatures on the last page of this agreement. Upload this agreement with your constitution, your latest financial statements and your committee/board membership with your online form. Alternatively, you can send all the documentation directly to jarrah@anhca.org Your application will then go to the DGR committee for approval. We will thereafter get in contact with you to confirm your Community or Neighbourhood House/Centre’s eligibility to receive tax deductible donations. ​ Once approved, if you have donors interested in supporting your Community and Neighbourhood House and Centre, ask them to fill out the ANHCA donation form online. ​ Frequently Asked Questions ​ What is the process for receiving tax deductible donations from individuals or businesses? ​ Apply and be accepted by the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR to receive donations following the steps above. Let your supporters, local businesses and community members know your Neighbourhood House/Centre can receive tax deductible donations. Some of the ways you can promote your ability to receive tax deductible donations could be through your website, at special events, or launch a campaign to fund a specific event or purpose. Do not forget this needs to be in keeping with ANHCA’s purposes to qualify. Donors are required to fill out the online ANHCA Donation Form when they make a donation. This form is then sent to ANHCA via email (jarrah@anhca.org ). For more information see our Info for Donors page Donations are to be paid directly into the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR account. ANHCA will issue a tax deductible receipt to the donor for donations over $100. Information on all donations, including the project or organisation the donor has identified as their preferred recipient, presented to the DGR Committee to approve disbursement. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has determined a DGR grant-making body cannot provide assurances to a donor that it will comply with their request. If such an assurance is made, the donation would not qualify as a tax deductible gift. The ANHCA Public Fund Committee therefore retains full discretion on how it will distribute funds, and it is a legal requirement donors be informed of this. To date, all donations have been disbursed to the Neighbourhood House or Centre nominated by the donor. ​ Are Neighbourhood Houses/Centres that receive donations from individuals and businesses using the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR expected to provide reports to ANHCA? ​ We love to get photos and updates on how you are using donations, so please send them in. Neighbourhood Houses/Centres that receive donations of more than $1000 are encouraged to send a small report to donors and share this with us.

  • Information for Organisations | Australian Neighbour

    Information for philanthropic organisations and corporate foundations Thank you for your interest in receiving a funding application through the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR. The purpose of this information is to provide you with an understanding of how the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR works and provide answers to frequently asked questions. The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR Can all Neighbouhood houses/ centres access the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? Do Neighbourhood houses/ centres have DG status? How will the ANHCA Public Fund help organisatios I work for fulfill its funding obligations? What is the process houses/ centres undertake to apply for project funds from organisations? Who takes responsibility for the delivery and accountability of the project? Does the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR act as an auspice? Does the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR take a commission on donations? How can we be assured the funds will be used appropriately? The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR can assist the national network of Neighbourhood Houses and Centres to raise funds through public and corporate donations. The listing of the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) Inc. for DGR Item 1 status in Division 30, section 30-45 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 ensures donations of $2 or more to the ANHCA Public Fund are tax deductible. It is managed by the Australian Neighbourhood and Centres Association (ANHCA), the national peak body for Neighbourhood Houses and Centres across Australia. Can all Neighbourhood houses/ centres access the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? 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 Neighbourhood House and Centre Sector in Australia Promote and strengthen the national identity of the Neighbourhood House and Centre Sector in Australia Enhance the quality, skills and knowledge of the Neighbourhood House and Centre Sector in Australia Support the activity and work of the Neighbourhood House and Centre Sector in This means that ANHCA can accept funds and direct them for the work carried out by Neighbourhood Houses/ Centres, including project-based support and general support. Do Neighbourhood Houses/Centres have DGR status? Some Neighbourhood Houses/ Centres have DGR status in their own right, but the majority of them do not. They are very diverse organisations, reflecting the needs of their individual communities, and the variety of services they provide do not fit easily into a DGR category. This makes it difficult for them to raise funds to benefit their communities. The Treasury granted special listing in the tax legislation to the ANHCA Public Fund to enable it to coordinate the national fundraising activities of Neighbourhood Houses/ Centres. It is legally able to direct funds to support the activity and work of Neighbourhood Houses/ Centres throughout Australia. How will the ANHCA Public Fund help the philanthropic organisation or corporate foundation I work for fulfill its funding priorities? The ANHCA Public Fund can provide a tax deductible vehicle for philanthropic organisations and corporate foundations to support the activity and work of Neighbourhood Houses/ Centres throughout Australia. What is the process Neighbourhood Houses and Centres undertake with the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR to apply for project funds from philanthropic organisations and corporate foundations? There are a number of steps involved for Houses/ Centres to apply: Submit a project application to the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR Applications are considered by DGR Committee to ensure that they align with the purpose of ANHCA. If application meets this purpose, the application is submitted in ANHCA’s name with the Neighbourhood House or Centre listed as the contact for the application. Where application is approved, funds will be paid to the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR ANHCA will transfer donated money (less the 5% administration fee) to the relevant Neighbourhood House/Centre. Who takes responsibility for the delivery and accountability of the project? The Neighbourhood House/Centre is responsible for: Managing the project and delivering on agreed outcomes. Meeting all compliance and reporting obligations of the funding body. Providing the Public Fund with a copy of reports and acquittals provided to the funding body. If a funding body notices that the Neighbourhood House/Centre is having difficulty meeting the objectives and contracted obligations of the funding agreement, we encourage the funding body to notify us. Does the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR act as an auspice? The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR does not act as an auspice for Neighbourhood Houses/Centres accessing project funds from philanthropic organisations and corporate foundations. The ANHCAPublic Fund for DGR simply acts a vehicle for the collection of tax deductible donations or funds from philanthropic organisations and corporate foundations that require DGR status. Unlike an auspice, ANHCA is not responsible for overseeing the spending of the funds received as a result of the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR. Once it has received the funding from the philanthropic organisation or corporate foundation, ANHCA will transfer the funds to the appropriate Neighbourhood House and Centre. Does the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR take a commission on donations? Yes, currently 5% of donations goes to the administration of the Public Fund How can we be assured the funds will be used appropriately? As is legally required of all public funds, a Committee, the majority of whom come under the ATO definition of ‘Responsible Persons’, administers the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR. They review and approve the support of all project applications and the release of funds to ensure they will be used for the purposes they were granted for and to benefit of the community. Can all Neighbouhood houses/ centres access the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? Do Neighbourhood houses/ centres have DG status? How will the ANHCA Public Fund help organisatios I work for fulfill its funding obligations? What is the process houses/ centres undertake to apply for project funds from organisations? Who takes responsibility for the delivery and accountability of the project? Does the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR act as an auspice? Does the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR take a commission on donations? How can we be assured the funds will be used appropriately?

  • Information for Donors | Australian Neighbour

    Information for Donors Thank you for your interest in making a tax deductible donation to a Neighbourhood or Community House/Centre. The following information outlines some details about the Public Fund and how you can make a donation to your local Neighbourhood House or Centre. What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? How can I donate to Neighourhood House/ Centre? Can we specify which Neighbourhood House/ Centre the gift will benefit? Does the ANHCA Public Fund take a commisson on donations? Who oversees how funds are used? What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR The Australian Treasury granted special listing in tax legislation to ANHCA to establish and operate a Public Fund to coordinate the national fundraising activities of Neighbourhood Houses/Centres. ANHCA is legally able to direct funds to other entities to support the activity and work of Neighbourhood Houses/Centres throughout Australia, as outlined in our statement of purposes. The listing of the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association Inc (ANHCA) as Item 1 DGR in Division 30, section 30-45 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 ens ures donations of $2* or more to the ANHCA Public Fund are tax deductible. Due to the limited resources of ANHCA we are unable to issue receipts for donations of less than $100. How can I donate to a Neighbourhood house/ centre? To make a donation to a Neighbourhood House/Centre you can: Speak to your local Neighbourhood House/Centre directly or Fill an online donation form CLICK HERE Donations must be made to the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR. In order for you to receive a tax receipt, donations cannot go directly to the House/ Centre as they need to go through the ANHCA Public Fund. ANHCA bank details are on the online form. Can we specify which Neighbourhood house/ centre the gift will benefit? You are able to indicate the Neighbourhood House or Centre you would like your donation to go to. To date, all donations made have been directed to the organisation nominated by the donor. Your donation must be made unconditionally to the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR in order to be tax deductible, and the distribution of funds received is legally the decision of the ANHCA Public Fund Committee. Does the ANHCA Public Fund take a commission on donations? Yes. ANHCA takes a 5% from all donations in order to support the continued administration of the Public Fund. Who oversees how funds are used? The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR operates under the rules determined by the Australian Taxation Office, which requires the majority of committee members to meet their definition of ‘Responsible Persons’. As not-for-profit entities, each organisation must report annually on their financial position to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), their state regulatory body and their members. How can I donate to Neighourhood House/ Centre? Can we specify which Neighbourhood House/ Centre the gift will benefit? Does the ANHCA Public Fund take a commisson on donations? Who oversees how funds are used?

  • Information for Houses & Centres | Australian Neighbour

    Information for Houses and Centres What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? What is Deductible Gift Recipient status? Does the existance of the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR mean that my house/ centre has DGR status? Is there a cost assoicated with accessing the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR How can the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR assist my house/ centre Eligibility Aligning with ANHCA Constitution Does this mean houses/ centre can access salary packaging and other tax consessions Administration of the funds Advocacy What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? What is the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR is a vehicle Neighbourhood Houses/Centres can use to accept tax deductible donations or apply for grants from philanthropic foundations/trusts and corporations requiring DGR (deductible gift recipient) tax status. It is overseen by the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) Inc. The listing of ANHCA Inc. for DGR Item 1 status in Division 30, section 30 -45 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, ensures donations of $2 or more to the ANHC Public Fund are tax deductible. What is Deductible Gift Recipient status? An organisation that has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status can receive tax deductible gifts. An individual or business that makes a donation to an organisation with DGR status can deduct the amount of the donation from their taxable income, which means they pay less tax. Does the existence of the ANHCA Public fund for DGR mean that my House/ Centre 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. Is there a cost to access the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? An administrative charge of 5% is deducted from donations and grants. This charge contributes to the costs associated with administrating the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR. How can the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR assist my Neighbourhood House/ Centre? Neighbourhood Houses/ Centres can now use the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR to receive tax deductible donations and apply for funds from philanthropic organisations and corporate foundations requiring DGR status. Is my Neighbourhood House/Centre eligible? To be eligible, your Neighbourhood House/ Centre 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 Neighbourhood House or Centre in its own right, it must apply funds to furthering or supporting the work of Neighbourhood Houses/Centres 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 Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia Promote and strengthen the national identity of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia Enhance the quality, skills and knowledge of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia Support the activity and work of the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector in Australia. ANHCA can accept funds and direct them for the work carried out by Neighbourhood Houses/ Centres, including project-based support and general support. Does the ANHCA Public Fund mean Neighbourhood Houses/Centres can access salary packaging and other tax concessions? 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 and even if it were, it could not pass on additional tax incentives to other organisations. Who is involved with the administration of the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? The fund is governed by the ANHCA Public Fund Committee, made up of representatives from the Neighbourhood House and Centre sector, the majority of whom come under the ATO definition of ‘Responsible Persons.’ Why do not all Neighbourhood Houses and Centres have DGR status themselves rather than having to go through the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR? Ideally, all Neighbourhood Houses/Centres should have DGR status in their own right. Some do – about 14% Australia-wide – but the majority who have applied for DGR status have been turned down from endorsement because the variety of services they provide do not fit into an existing DGR category. ANHCA has lobbied hard for many years to change the tax laws to include a general DGR category for Neighbourhood Houses/Centres. (See our Advocacy page ) What is Deductible Gift Recipient status? Does the existance of the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR mean that my house/ centre has DGR status? Is there a cost assoicated with accessing the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR How can the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR assist my house/ centre Eligibility Aligning with ANHCA Constitution Does this mean houses/ centre can access salary packaging and other tax consessions Administration of the funds Advocacy

  • ANHCA Public Fund for DGR

    About the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR ANHCA Public Fund for DGR can support your Neighbourhood House/Centre to receive tax deductible donations and project funding from philanthropic organisations and corporate foundations. ​ The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR (deductible gift recipient) is a vehicle Neighbourhood Houses/Centres can use to accept tax deductible donations ($20 or over) or apply for grants from philanthropic foundations/trusts and corporations requiring DGR tax status. It is overseen by the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) Inc. ANHCA is listed by name as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) from 1 Jul 2013. ​ It is covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. This ensures donations of $20 or more to the ANHCA Public Fund are tax deductible. ​ Find out how to apply to receive tax deductible donations here Find out how to apply for a grant that requires DGR status here

  • Community Refugee Sponsorship Australia

    Community Refugee Sponsorship Australia ​ ​ ​ ​ The Australian government has partnered with Community Refugee Sponsorship Australia (CRSA) in the design and delivery of a new Australian community sponsorship program for refugees, known as the ‘CRISP’ (Community Refugee Integration and Settlement Pilot) This program enables groups of everyday Australians (including those in regional communities) to welcome refugees into their local community from ‘day one’ of their Australian journey and provide them with practical resettlement and integration support, in line with other community sponsorship programs operating successfully around the world. In 2023, CRSA partnering with the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) in the delivery of the CRISP program. ​ ANHCA’s role in the CRISP ANHCA will be providing administrative and financial management support in the delivery of the CRISP program. ANHCA is providing access to the Shout for Good platform as a tool that enable Community Supporter Groups (CSGs) to raise funds they anticipate requiring when welcoming and supporting a refugee household under one of CRSA’s programs. Using the ‘Shout for Good’ platform is a convenient way for CSGs to collect donations in one place and as ANHCA is named at law with Deductible Gift Recipient status, when fundraising through this e-platform, a tax-deductible receipt will be issued to donors even if CSG is not an incorporated entity or a registered charity. Learn more about ANHCA's partnership here . To register for a fundraising page on Shout for Good platform sign up here ​ For more information please review our key documents: ​ For any questions about this process, please email jarrah@anhca.org or call 0428 964 817 ​ Learn more about the CRISP If you are interested in learning more about the CRISP program or want to get involved, please visit the CRISP page on CRSA’s website. ​ humanKIND short film In 2022 members of the Wonthaggi community came together to welcome a refugee family from Syria under the new CRISP community sponsorship program. humanKIND, a short film directed by Sal Balharrie, follows the group’s journey as they prepare for the Ali family’s arrival and welcome them into the local community. The film gives a clear and engaging snapshot into the life of a CRISP group. CRSA and the filmmaker have made the 30-minute film available to community groups (with no charge) to give insight into the CRISP and grow the community sponsorship movement in Australia. If you’d like to show the film for a community event – perhaps a refugee fundraiser or an event to recruit members for a CRISP group – please get in touch: info@refugeesponsorship.org.au . ​ Watch the full film here! (PASSWORD: humanKIND_launch_23) ​ Grants Policy Fundraising Guidelines ANHCA & CRSA Partnership

  • Home | Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association

    The Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) is the national peak body for Neighbourhood Houses and Centres in Australia. About Us We represent over 1000 neighbourhood and community houses and centres across Australia. ANHCA Public Fund for DGR The ANHCA Public Fund for DGR assists eligible Houses and Centres to receive tax deductible donations from individuals and businesses and apply for project funding from philanthropic trusts and foundations. ANHCA and the SDGs We are dedicated to working towards the United Nations 17 Goals. Find out how here Life is worth getting on with when you are able to come to the centre, feel safe, and connect with others who are feeling just like you do. Life is brighter if you have something to look forward to and someone to talk and laugh with. Centre Attendee Rostrata Family Centre in Western Australia

  • Public Fund Trustees | Australian Neighbour

    Public Fund Trustees As is legally required of all public funds, a Committee, the majority of whom come under the ATO definition of ‘Responsible Persons’, administer the ANHCA Public Fund for DGR. The people listed below are known as the ‘Public Fund Trustees’ and are responsible for reviewing and approving the support of all project applications and the release of funds to ensure they will be used for the purposes they were granted for and for the benefit of the community. ANHCA Public Public Fund Trustees : Cameron McCrae Vanessa Meachan Ryk Eksteen

  • Contact | Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association

    Contact We would love to hear from you! Contact Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) today. ​ Contact: Jarrah Kelly, Project Support Specialist Email: jarrah@anhca.org Mobile: 0428 964 817

  • Rochester Flood Relief Fund | ANHCA

    Rochester Community Access Flood Relief Fund In response to the floods in October 2022, Rochester Community House established a flood recovery bank account to collect donation funds to be distributed to the flood-affected residents of their community. To assist with the distribution of these funds, Rochester Community House has partnered with the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association (ANHCA) . With additional funding from Commun ity Bank Elmore, Lockington and Rochester , ANHCA has established the 'Rochester Community Access Flood Relief Fund' . We aim to ensure that these funds are readily available for local community members of Rochester and surrounding residents. Who can rece ive funding? Residents of Rochester (3561) and surrounding localities impacted by the October 2022 flood event . This funding is only available for your primary residence. This includes people who are renting or are homeowners. This excludes rental properties that are rented or owned but are used as a secondary residence (e.g., holiday homes). Rental properties will be addressed on an individual basis. This funding is only available for individu als and not for businesses. ​ Funding Available: Apply for up to $500 of financial support payments. From the generosity of Commun ity Bank Elmore, Lockington and Rochester, Bendigo Bank applicants can receive a $200 Bonus on top of the $500 payment ($700 total). Read more here . Round One: Open 20 July 2023, max $500 per household. Close date is to be confirmed. ​ Assessment Process: Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis. Funding will be transferred after assessment to community members who are deemed eligible. The administrator’s decision is final. Feedback for unsuccessful applications may not be provided. Other s upport available for flood relief Financial support available for people impacted by the Victorian floods and Bogong landslip Business Groups Flood Recovery Grants Register for a structural assessment Good Shepherd's No Interest Loans (NILs) Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee Salvation Army Disasters Assistance Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) Disaster Relief Grants ​ If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please contact: Jarrah Kelly, Project Support Specialist jarrah@anhca.org ​ Open 20 July 2023 - 30 June 2024 DOWNLOAD GUIDELINES APPLY ONLINE If you are having difficulty with the online application you can alternatively fill out the paper application form and email a scanned copy to jarrah@anhca.org DOWNLOAD PAPER FORM

  • Donate | Australian Neighbour

    Donations “Thank you to all Neighbourhood Houses. The dedication of staff and volunteers is second to none, changing lives every day.” Thank you for your interest in donating to our wonderful neighbourhood houses and centres. ​ We accept and distribute donations on the behalf of states, houses and centres under our DGR Status. We also are able to accept donations for the Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres Association as the peak body. Click on the links below to direct your donation. Donate to a House or Centre here Donate to ANHCA

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