ACF First-Timers Kit

New to the ACF? Start here! This is your first-timers kit, designed to have you ready to fundraise before you can spell ACF backwards.

The animation below covers the key processes involved in using the ACF, from start to finish. For more detailed info, check out our FAQs.


You might be wondering:

  • Am I eligible to raise money through the ACF?
    To be eligible to register a project you must:
    be a practising artist or group of artists or a not-for-profit arts or cultural organisation;
    be engaged in arts and cultural activities;
    plan to use the gift (funds) for the designated purposes; and
    plan to use the gift (funds) within Australia or for the benefit of Australia.
  • Where should I start?
    Read through our FAQs. our ACF handbookthe A-Z of ACF and watch the ACF FAQ video series before you make a start.  If you have a fundraising strategy and a solid plan of attack, whether short and simple or long-term and involved, you are more likely to reach your target.

 

 

  • How long does it take to get my project approved?
    Projects are generally approved within 3 business days.

 

  • Can I edit my campaign after it goes live?
    Via the Artist Dashboard you can update your images and video links once you go live, and you can post progress updates to your page, but any other changes you’ll need to get in touch with us to approve and update for you.

 

  • What happens to donations if my project doesn’t reach its target?
    You keep what you raise!

 

  • Are there any fees charged on donations to the ACF?
    The ACF is free to use. 5% of donations are retained for administration costs, and your donors can elect to cover this cost when they donate. Find out more here.

 

  • Can philanthropic trusts, foundations and Private Ancillary Funds give through the ACF?
    Yes!

 

  • Can I give or receive any form of (tangible or material) benefit in exchange for an ACF donation? 
    No. The ACF is not a rewards-based fundraising platform. Your donors receive a tax-deductible receipt and as such cannot receive a tangible benefit. More about that here.

 

  • How do I get the money once a supporter donates? How long does it take? 
    You will receive your funds in the form of a grant, in the month following the end date of your campaign. Find more info about this process here.

 

  • How do I stay in touch with my donors?
    Your donors are your greatest supporters and you should make sure you thank them for their donation, and keep them posted on the project progress, as well as your future work.  To get in touch with your donors you access their email addresses via your Artist Dashboard.   Remember that posting an update to your campaign page will not automatically be seen by your donors, you need to send them your news directly!   Don’t go crazy, keep it regular but not too frequent, you want to make your donors feel valued but not bombarded!

 

  • What’s tax-deductibility?
    Watch this video.

 

  • Can Creative Partnerships Australia auspice my project? 
    No. We can receive your donations but not auspice (manage) your funds or project.

 

All our FAQs are here.

Don’t forget to read the trusty ACF handbookthe A-Z of ACF and watch the ACF FAQ video series, a library of videos of commonly asked questions, designed to start you on your ACF journey.

For more information about payments, invoicing and acquittals, read this blog post.

If you’d like to make a time to chat with the ACF team by phone, please contact us, including your availability for a 15-minute discussion.

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Happy campaigning!