Frequently Asked Questions
Can someone help me fill in my application form?
How will I know if my application has been successful?
Why aren’t all grants successful?
Can I get the results over the phone?
How long does the process take?
How is the payment made?
How long do I have to spend my grant?
Is my information kept private?
Yes. Anybody can help you with your application – a family member, social worker, counsellor or friend. If someone does help you with your application, please let us know on the application form.
You will be sent a letter to advise you of the outcome of your application. If your application has been successful, you will also be sent an acquittal form which you will need to return prior to payment being made.
If your application has not been successful, this is not a reflection on you personally. The Board only has a limited amount of funds and has to make difficult decisions about how to spend them. You may have applied for something that is not within the current guidelines, you may have already received a number of grants or you may have applied for something that is already available through the state or federal government, the local community or another service provider for no cost.
No. The Forde Foundation cannot give out details of grants decisions over the phone.
It can take some time to process grant applications. Please take this into account when applying for funds. If you require funds urgently, you may need to find an alternative source of funding.
In normal circumstances, a cheque will be made out to the supplier of the item but the cheque will be posted to your address for you to pass on. The main exception to this is if you have received a Queensland Health Dental grant. The Public Trustee will make payments directly to Queensland Health rather than through you.
Once approved, you will need to use the grant within six months. If you need more time, you will need to apply in writing telling us why.
To an extent. The information you provide is shared with the members on the Board of Advice, the Public Trustee and officers from the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, including the Executive Officer, whose duties include providing support to the Board of Advice.
How are grant applications assessed?
The Board of Advice assess all grant applications. They consider many factors when coming to a decision including:
• whether the application has been made by an eligible individual or NGO
• whether the requested item or service falls within the grant guidelines
• whether the item or service is already freely available from another provider
• how many successful grants the applicant has already received
• the value of successful grants the applicant has already received
They then make recommendations to the Public Trustee about which grants should be approved.
As a rule, the Public Trustee accepts this advice. If the Public Trustee is not sure whether a recommended grant falls within the terms in the Deed of Trust, they may ask the Board of Advice for further information before approving it.