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The APWF can only consider applications for funding from organisations with (DGR) - Deductible Gift Recipient status.

The Foundation was established for the specific purpose of granting funds to organisations to provide services and support for the welfare of elderly persons.

Types of projects we wish to support:

  • Persons over 60 years of age.
  • Persons who need food, shelter or clothing.
  • Persons who are unable to meet their needs from their resources.
  • Persons in need of companionship, advice or transport.
  • Groups being cared for by another registered charity when the care required is for entertainment or some other activity which their charity cannot fund.
  • Persons living in their own, or rented, homes but who need help to repair or maintain or alter their home but either need management or funds to get those things done (ref ‘Stay Put’ schemes).
  • Persons who have the opportunity to obtain special care but who must have some assistance in order to participate.
  • Carers i.e. people who give most of their time to caring for others e.g. care of old or incapacitated people – often relatives.  This is respite care to either party from time to time (we would have to fund the respite caring charity).
  • Support to individuals (but not paid to them), often as members of a group who give help as needed to old people – maybe only by giving a daily check-up phone call.
  • The purchase of equipment (wheelchairs, buses etc.) to groups, subject to appropriate conditions (we not having liability) and ownership rights and responsibilities (including maintenance).

Grant exclusions

Grants cannot be used for:

  • research of any description unless it supports a program for aged people and uses only a minor portion of the grant funds
  • education, or religious or spiritual support, unless it is an essential part of the program for which the funding is sought
  • payments to collection agencies or consultants, or for the payment of commission by the Applicant in relation to the Application, overhead expenses, payments to persons other than staff giving hands on care
  • payments to medical staff or practitioners, including nurses already employed by the program
  • any expense normally recouped from Governments grants or subsidiaries on purposes which can be funded by Applicants from their own resources as part of the standard requirements of a retirement village, hostel or nursing home
  • for the care or use of a single individual
  • purchase, construction, repair, maintenance or occupation (leasing or licensing) of land, buildings or other capital items. This does not include specialised equipment
  • buses, unless essential for a new project and solely to be used for such project
  • care normally provided by hospitals or specialist charities
  • overseas aid
  • programs or projects where the outcomes do not improve the lifestyle of aged persons
  • salaries and other staff expenses - except where these are essential for setting up or organising a project for a specific time period (for example, the administration of and recruitment of essential volunteers)
  • projects which are not ‘stand alone’ – that is, applications for a contribution towards the development of a large project.  At the Trustees discretion however, the Foundation will fund part of a program if a part of the essential funding is being provided by the Applicant or some other organisation
  • entrepreneurial activities


  1. Service Providers specialising in Aged Care establishing projects for aged care residents should be preferred to peak organisations including the care of aged residents as one of their services
  2. Equipment Updating can be approved because the Founder had emphasised "Innovation" in care (the applicant should advise the Trust of lessons learned from such innovation - as this will benefit the care industry).