Many grants in Australia require that the lead applicant is registered as a ‘Deductible Gift Recipient’ or ‘DGR’. In short, A DGR is an entity or fund (usually a registered charity) that is endowed by the Australian Tax Office to receive tax deductible gifts.
DGR status is important in the Australian grants context for two reasons:
1. Many grants are specifically intended for organisations with charitable purposes. An organisation registered as a DGR is quickly able to identify themselves as having charitable purposes in a grant application.
2. It can make an organisation a more attractive prospect for grant-makers as any grant funds endowed to DGR organisations are tax deductable for them.
To find out more, and to check if your organisation is eligible for DGR status, check out this handy guide from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) https://www.acnc.gov.au/tools/factsheets/deductible-gift-recipients-and-acnc