FAQ

Have some questions about what we do or how we work? We have answered some frequently asked questions below, if you can’t find what you’re looking for though, please get in touch!

Applications (5)

Once you submit your application, your local committee will receive notification and begin the reviewing process.

You may be asked to attend an interview (by phone, Skype or face-to-face) so that your local committee members can get to know you and ask further questions about your education aspirations.

You will be notified in writing if you are unsuccessful.

Please contact your local committee if you have any specific questions regarding the process during this time.

There are no set amounts. If successful the grant recipient will receive an amount determined by the local committee.

They will look at factors like financial and educational need, distance to your preferred campus, your desired course and of course your want and determination for education and training. You will address these sort of questions in the interview process.

Grant applications are open for 11 months of the year, from April to March, however each committee has varying consideration periods. Please contact your closest committee to find out when that is.

If you do not have a local committee to apply for a grant or scholarship to, please contact us and we will do our best to direct you to the right people.

A set of simple and broad questions will be asked that will help us ascertain your need for a CEF grant. Click here for an overview of questions asked and some tips and tricks on how to answer them.

Donations (5)

Of course! If you want your gift to go to a specific committee just nominate one. You can do this online, by calling us or by writing us a note with your funds. We promise you your funds will be directed to the right committee.

When you donate to CEF you can be sure your money is used to support students either directly in the form of grants and scholarships, to the committees who in turn support students in their own communities or to assisting the national office provide resources and programs for young people. We are also developing several advocacy platforms to help advance great outcomes for young people in rural and regional Australia.

To learn more about CEF, the work we do and the impact we have on the lives of country students please see our Strategy 2022.

Yes. All donations over $2 can be claimed back, just keep the receipt for evidence.

To get a tax deductible receipt you must donate through CEF national office. You can donate over the phone, online or by asking us for a donation slip and sending a cheque.

You can donate online, through the mail or over the phone on 1300 652 144.

General (3)

THE CEF National office supports local CEF committees with grant allocations, funding and reporting.

National office also provides a national voice on education, training and careers advocacy for rural and regional students.

National office works with existing educational partners such as universities to obtain more funding and services for CEF recipients attending those universities. Our education partners also help CEF create networks for future students, through programs like a university experience. University partners also help CEF produce two resources – the University Survival Guide and the Scholarships Guide.

Corporate partnerships are also sought by national office. These corporate relationships add to scholarship funding, fund the running costs of national office and create valuable networks in mentoring and resource attainment.

National office obtains Management (Directors and Officers) liability and Public liability insurance for committees.

National office maintains Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status enabling donors using the website or directly sending donations to National office to obtain a tax deduction for their gift.

National office obtains legal and accounting advice to ensure policies, constitutions, etc are up to date for the CEF network.

CEF provides this financial support through community-based grants and scholarships.

CEF raises funds through a community-based model. Each committee services a community, and raises fund within their own community for their own youth.

The committee is charged with opening applications, interviewing applicants, and deciding who needs the most help.

Each successful  recipient is allocated a certain amount of money – this can be $500 or it can be $10,000. It varies from applicant to applicant.

Local CEF committees look for a youth who needs the money and will use it to the best of their advantage, whether it be rent, textbooks, tools, travel expenses etc.

Recipients must provide proof of what the money is being used for. This is done by reimbursing the recipient, rather than the recipient receiving the money in one lump sum. This allows CEF to monitor and track how the generously donated funds are used, and to make a recipient’s educational and training needs are met.

The Country Education Foundation of Australia is a non-profit organisation focused on providing financial support to rural and regional youth aged 16 to 25. Financial support is offered to school leavers interested in pursuing further education, training and career progression. They are eligible no matter if they attend university, private courses, TAFE and other education institutions.

Local Foundations (8)

This will depend on how many students your committee would like to help. There is no minimum limit to the amount you must fundraise each year, however if you would like to, we encourage you to set some targets and goals within your committee.

There is no set or minimum amount that can be granted to a successful applicant. Each successful CEF recipient is allocated a certain amount of money – this can be $500 or it can be $10,000. It varies from applicant to applicant.

This really depends on the time you have. We all know that the more time you can give will determine the success of your local foundation. There are no minimum requirements of your time.

Yes. CEF provides seed funding to new foundations. Every dollar you raise, we’ll match dollar for dollar to a total of $5000 in the first year; 50 cents in year two and 25 cents in year three.

 

This may differ between states, so you will need to check with the relevant authority in your state. However as a guide, in NSW an incorporated association must have a minimum of 5 members at all times. An association’s registration may be cancelled if it has fewer than 5 members.

Three members are required in management roles (the executive) such as chair, secretary and treasurer etc.

  • Committees are required to hold an AGM within 6 months of their end of financial year. Following this they should advise head office of all members and contact details.
  • Committees are required to submit their committee account report (financial), annually at the end of August.
  • Grant reports (all the details about the students you have awarded grants to) need to be finalised and lodged annually in March.

To check for other requirements of an incorporated association by appropriate state departments please check your state’s relevant organisation.

Our local foundations are run by volunteer committee members. Their role is to promote the work of Country Education and raise money for their local students in their communities. They identify students who can benefit from this and run the interview process.

The national office provides support and resources to enable the committees in their work.

If you are interested in starting a local CEF in your town, area or region our committee liaison officer will be happy to help – send her an email at juliet@cef.org.au or give her a call.

You can complete the online expression of interest form here and your EOI must be approved by the CEF board.

Once approved you would form a committee to then incorporate as an association in accordance with your states’ incorporation legislation. You will also receive our policies and procedures manual full of guidelines and helpful tips and tricks to running a successful local CEF.