Scholarship Funds

The characteristics of a scholarship fund that enable it to be endorsed as a deductible gift recipient.

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Do you need to comply?

Yes – if you operate a scholarship fund that qualifies as a deductible gift recipient.

Conditions of compliance

The scholarship fund DGR (deductible gift recipient) category covers funds with the following characteristics:

  • the fund is a public fund
  • the fund is established for charitable purposes, and
  • the fund is established and maintained solely for providing money for eligible scholarships, bursaries or prizes.

These terms are defined on the Australian Taxation Office’s website.

If you have to comply, what do you have to do?

Organisations that want to be endorsed as DGRs must apply to the Tax Office for endorsement.

You will need to complete the scholarship fund schedule.

You will need to complete the form Application for endorsement as a deductible gift recipient (NAT 2948). You can obtain the application form by phoning the ATO on 1300 130 248.

The application form and schedule are to be lodged together. Your completed application form and schedule should be sent to:

Australian Taxation Office
PO Box 3373
Albury   NSW   2640

What are the consequences if you don’t comply?

You may be in breach of Australian taxation laws.

Who will help you?

Independent Schools Victoria contact:

Peter Roberts
Director, School Services
Ph. 03 9825 7211

Kieren Noonan
School Services Advisor
Ph. 03 9825 7275

Links and Resources

External linkAustralian Taxation Office: Scholarship funds (web)

External linkAustralian Taxation Office: Scholarship fund • schedule for deductible gift recipient applicants (NAT 15611) (web)

TelephoneAustralian Taxation Office: non-profit information line ph 1300 130 248 (phone)

InformationYou should also seek your own professional taxation advice (information)