IMPACT Funding

Thanks to the generosity of our clients, Perpetual distributes more than $75 million annually from the charitable trusts and endowments we manage.

Many of these trusts and endowments are created with specific directions around the charities that will benefit.

However, where trusts and endowments have a more flexible approach to grant making, we undertake a rigorous application program that matches our clients’ wishes with suitable organisations.

Our IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program allows philanthropists and Not-for-Profits (NFPs) to connect, and allows NFPs to demonstrate how they improve outcomes for the communities in which they operate.

We encourage high quality outcomes by identifying organisations that can maximise their impact through:

  • good governance
  • solid leadership
  • strong strategy
  • an outcomes focus.

The 2018 IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program

Application documents

Applications for funding is now closed




Applications open: Monday 29 October 2018 at 9am AEDT

Applications close: Friday 7 December 2018 at 5pm AEDT

Applicants informed of outcomes: by Friday, 28 June 2019



Download the 2018 IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program Guidelines

Download the 2018 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Funding Conditions and Acquittal Reporting

Perpetual is honoured to assist our clients in providing funding to organisations with programs that align to the areas they wish to support through their philanthropy.

Please note that the following conditions apply to all grants provided by Perpetual:


  • The funds received may be only used for the purposes outlined by your organisation in your grant application. If the nominated activity does not proceed, it is your organisations responsibility to let us know as soon as possible so that we can agree on an appropriate course of action, which may include any unspent grant funds being repaid to the Trust that provided the funding. If you wish to make any changes to the timeframe, project focus or expenditure of your grant, please complete and submit a Change Request form, available under My Submissions in your Perpetual SmartyGrants profile. All changes must be approved by Perpetual as Trustee before proceeding.


  • The charitable tax concession and deductible gift recipient status of your organisation are correct during the period of 1 April 2018 to 30 June 2018 on the ABN Lookup website


  • During the funding period your organisation remains registered with the ACNC and does not appear on the ACNC “Double defaulters” list published by the ACNC.  For more information see


  • In the event a receiver, liquidator, administrator, trustee or similar official is appointed over your organisation, or an application is made or resolution is proposed for the winding up of your organisation, any unspent grant funds that cannot be utilised for the nominated activity must be repaid to the Trust that provided the funding.


  • Your organisation is required to submit an Acquittal Report to us for funding received. Acquittal reports must be submitted by 31 January annually until your grant obligations are completed and funding has been fully utilised. Failure to provide acquittal reports by these deadlines will be taken into account when considering future funding applications from your organisation. Blank Acquittal Forms will be available under My Submissions in your Perpetual SmartyGrants profile. If you are not the person in charge of completing acquittal reports, please let the most appropriate team member know where the forms are located.


  • If your organisation received an ad hoc or general distribution, outside of our annual IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program, you may also be required to submit an acquittal report. Please refer to your notification of funding for further details.


If your organisation is unable to meet any of these conditions, please notify Perpetual as soon as possible. Please call us on 1800 501 227 during business hours (EST) or email


Recognition of donors

If your NFP organisation wishes to name the trusts or endowments that have provided funding for your activity via your website, newsletters or in the media, please email to request approval.


IMPACT Philanthropy Funding Programs

Additional IMPACT Philanthropy Funding Program 

At Perpetual we are committed to encouraging philanthropy that supports non-profit organisations who demonstrate a strong focus on Leadership, Capability, Strategy and Outcomes in their sectors.

As part of our commitment to IMPACT Philanthropy, we are identifying opportunities to support a limited number of non-profit organisations NFP partners annually with longer term and deeper support designed to help them maximise their impact. At Perpetual we have a number of programs in place to provide grants to organisations working towards crucial outcomes for the communities and sectors they serve. This year we are excited to announce two new programs as part of our 2018 program of funding, the new IMPACT Capacity grant program and the Innovation & New Solution Grant programs.

All eligible organisations have been notified. 

Download the 2018 IMPACT Capacity Grant Frequently  Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Download the 2018 Innovation & New Solutions Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)


2018 Partnership Partners

In 2018 the IMPACT Partnership program has been replaced with our new IMPACT Capacity Grant Program. Perpetual still has six active IMPACT Partners and will continue to fund those organisations to the conclusion of their projects.




Drive the development of a National Food Relief Strategy though partnership with others in our sector. The funding will enable SecondBite to work with partners towards the provision of 1 million meals to Australians in need every day

Epworth Foundation

Develop and validate a diagnostic test for use in routine clinical genomic-testing for cancer. The work will have broad application but initially focus on haematological (blood) malignancies.

The bloodstream carries genetic material that has 'leaked-out' from a person’s malignancy: known as ‘circulating tumour DNA’ (ctDNA). ctDNA is 100 times more abundant in blood than are tumour-cells and can be accessed via blood test rather than performing invasive biopsies. ctDNA is a game changer as it will revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment for all cancers. It promises to be the speedy, cost-effective diagnostic and monitoring tool that is currently lacking in genomic medicine.

Westmead Medical Foundation

In 2017 the Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) and the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD), in collaboration with the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) at Westmead, will establish a Centre for Adult Immunisation Research (CAIR). Twelve internationally expert vaccine investigators will combine their expertise and resources in five research projects extending from vaccine development in the laboratory to deployment in the community.


Digital transformation of Redkite’s Financial Assistance Program. This will enable families who have a child with cancer to quickly and easily access vital financial support while increasing efficiency, building capacity and guaranteeing the sustainability of this flagship program.



We’re also committed to supporting sector leaders and helping non-profit organisations manage their endowment investments.

Not-For-Profit and Philanthropy


The NFP funding tightrope stretches between financing current programs and those of the future. It is a delicate balancing act and if you take your first step without a spending policy you’re at risk of a fall.