Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs have been  prepared  to  assist individuals and organisations to  apply  and manage a grant  from  the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment. The responses are general in nature and we encourage you to refer to the Endowment Guidelines in preparing your application.

Applying for the Endowment                                                                                                                         

1.   When does the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment open for applications?                                                    

2.   How do I apply for the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment?                                                                            

Completing the Application Form                                                                                                                  

3.   Do I need to login to the application form?                                                                                                                                                                                       

4.   Who should complete and submit the application – the student or the institution?                                                  

5.   Can I save my application form?                                                                                                                                

6.   Can I change or add to my application after submitting?                                                                                          

7.   Can I use old or previous versions of Application or Report Forms?                                                                         

8.   Who can act as a referee?                                                                                                                                          

9. How should the Executive Summary be signed?                                                                                                       

10. Is there a preferred format or style for the attachments?                                                                                           

11. What is the maximum individual file size attachment?                                                                                               

12. Academic record rqeuirements

13. Finances/budget                                                                                                                                                        

Application Outcomes                                                                                                                                    

14. When and how will I find out if my application has been successful?                                                                       

15. If my application is unsuccessful, can I get feedback?                                                                                               

Reporting and acknowledgments                                                                                                                   

16. What project reporting must I provide to ESA?                                                                                       

17. How and when should I acknowledge the Endowment and/or ESA?                                                      

Payments                                                                                                                                                        

18. Is GST payable on grants?                                                                                                                                         

19. Why do we need to send in a Tax Invoice?                                                                                                                

Obligations and Conditions                                                                                                                            

20. What are my obligations by sending an application or acquittal report to ESA?                                     

21. What are the general grant conditions?                                                                                                                     

22. What if I need to make a significant change to a project funded by a grant?                                                            

Privacy Statement                                                                                                                                           

23. What is the Privacy Statement?                                                                                                                                  

Further Assistance                                                                                                                                          

24. Who can I contact if I still have a query?                                                                                                                    

Applying for the Endowment

1. When does the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment open for applications?

The Holsworth Endowment runs two grant rounds each year. Round 1 is open annually from 1 March to 31 March and Round 2 from 1 July to 31 July.

2. How do I apply for the Holsworth  Wildlife Research Endowment?

Our website contains information regarding the Holsworth Endowment, including detailed guidelines, the application process and application forms.

The application form is available through the ESA website. When the grant round is open, the links to the application form will be available on our website. Please complete all requirements of the application form and attach any additional documents as requested.

Guidelines on how to complete the project description template and page/word limits are included within that document. Note that reference lists are not included in the nominated page limted

It is important that you refer to the guidelines to ensure that your application will be eligible and that your research project will fit within the scope of the Endowment.

Completing the Application Form

3. Do I need to login to access the application forms?

You do not need to login to access the forms - just follow the links on the website. the applications inculde downloadable templates that you can work on offline until you are ready to submit.

Please make sure you use the correct form. If you have not previously received Holsworth funding (including past unsuccessful applications) then please use the New Applicants form. If you have previously received funding and are applying for second or third year funding then please use the Continuing applicants form.

If you have any difficulties navigating tthe form, please email HolsworthEndowment@ecolsoc.org.au

4. Who should complete and submit the application – the student or the institution?

The exact process for completing and submitting an application for the Holsworth Endowment should be determined  by the Student and the University’s Grants Office. For ease, we suggest that the student forward a copy of their application content and a copy of the dowloadable certification template to the Grants Office to complete. the student can then upload a copy of the complete Certification and Privacy Statement in the deignated section in order to confirm that the university approves of the submission.

Applications for the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment must be approved by the university research grants office (or similar) prior to submission. Applications submitted without the knowledge or consent of the university may be declined.

Please note,  some universities require  that  all grant applications be subjected to an internal legal check. Please bare this in mind when you are completing your application as it may take a number of weeks for your university to complete this check.

5. Can I save my application form?

You do not need to save your application form. The online form includes a downloadable template for the Project description and Budget section which you can work on offline and upload as a pdf when you are ready to submit.

6. Can I change or add to my application after submitting?

No, your uploaded application is your final version. If  you  have a significant need  to  change  your  original  application  you can contact us prior to the Closing Date by HolsworthEndowment@ecolsoc.org.au

7.  Can I use old or previous versions  of Application or Report Forms?

You can cut and past from previous forms where relevant. Please make sure that you are using the current form and are addressing the current guidelines. 

8. Who can act as a referee?

You can use your supervisor as one of the referees; however, we require that at least one referee be external to your University and be capable of providing a general academic reference as to the quality of your work. The external referee does not need to be a direct academic colaborator but does need to be able to support the value of your project and it's outcomes eg local Landcare group, Government department, NGO. If it is not possible to provide a referee external to your University then they should at least be external to your project. External feree reports should be on organisation letterhead. 

9. How should the Executive Summary be signed?

There is no signing declaration for the executive summary an it does not need to be on letterhead - just added to the online form as requested. Please ensure that the Student and  Primary  Supervisor  details are provided and  includes contact  and position details. While there is no signing declaration, it is strongly recommended that the student seeks feedback from their supervisor on the applications. Also, make sure you observe the required word limit. 

10. Is there a preferred  format or style for the attachments?

There is no specific font style or size that is required for the  attachments.  Please ensure  that  the  attachments are uploaded  in PDF format. Please note, the Executive Summary should be no more than 300 words in length.

11. What is the maximum individual file size attachment?

There is a maximum file limit of 25 megabytes. However, it is strongly recommended  you try to keep files under 5 megabytes.

If your attachments are over this size, you can either send them in separate emails or some software allows you to manually reduce the size of graphics and files. In addition, logos, pictures and other graphics can be deleted to reduce the file size.

12. Academic record

1. Do I need a certified copy?

No, your academic record does not need to be certified but does need to be on University letterhead ie copy of official trasncript not just a printout of results.

2. I'm an international student - do I need an english translation?

If you have an english translation then please include a pdf of that document as well as the original. If you do not have an english translation and cannot easily access one then include a pdf of the original and we will contact you if we need any further clarification.

13. Finances/budget

1. What should be included?

The particulars of your budget will be largely dependent on the nature of your research. However, as per the Guidelines, the budgetary details generally relate to expenses associated with travel and fieldwork. Exact quotes for travel etc. are not required.

A downloadable template has been provided to help you structure your budget and can be worked on offline until you are ready to submit.

2. Can I apply for conference attendance?

The guidelines allow for first and second year applicants to apply for up to $500 to attend a national conference, and third year applicants to apply for up to $2000 to attend an international conference. You will need to provide details of the conference you are proposing on attending and whether you will be presenting.

If you are a second year applicant in your final year of study then you can apply for the $2000 international allocation but must state clearly in your application that it is your final year and you will not be submitting a further Holsworth application.

Application Outcomes

14. When and how will I find out if my application has been successful?

After you lodge your application you will receive an automated email to acknowledge receipt  of  your application.  If you do  NOT  receive an email acknowledgment within three working days, please check your spam filter. If you have still not received the acknowledgement, please let us know by sending an email to: HolsworthEndowment@ecolsoc.org.au

After the Grant Round has closed, the Holsworth Endowment  Advisory Panel will  review all applications. As a general rule, notification  of the decision is usually sent to applicants between two to three months after the closing date.

All  applicants will receive  a  notification email or letter regardless of whether their outcome has been successful or not.

15. If my application is unsuccessful, can I get feedback?

Generally no feedback is given unless there is something quite specific in the application that could be improved, or the organisation is ineligible to apply. There are typically more  applications  than  funding   available  and  often strong  applications  and  worthy  projects  are unable  to be supported.

Reporting and acknowledgments

16. What project  reporting  must I provide  to the Ecologial Society of Australia?

The Ecological Society of Australia is very interested in the outcomes of all projects funded. All continuing students provide a Progress Report as part of their Continuing  Application.  We also expect to receive a Final Report within two months of the completion of the project, as well as a copy of the thesis.

Report templates are available online. If you are unable to access the forms or have queries on completion please email HolsworthEndowment@ecolsoc.org.au.

17. How and when should I acknowledge the Endowment, Equity Trustees or the Ecological Society of Australia?

We  understand   that   you  or  your  organisation   may want to  recognise the  support  provided  by  the Holsworth Endowment and it is expected that funding support is acknowledged in all presentations and publications.

Our preferred wording for this is ‘This project was funded by the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment – Equity Trustees Charitable Foundation & the Ecological Society of Australia’.

Dr Holsworth is also interested in reading your thesis when you have completed your PhD. Copies of your thesis can be sent to the Ecological Society of Australia exectiveofficer@ecolsoc.org.au or to:

Dr Holsworth

c/o Ecological Society of Australia

PO Box 2187

Windsor 4030

Payments

18. Is GST payable on grants?

ESA considers the grants made to organisations as gifts that are freely given and would not ordinarily constitute consideration for taxable supply by recipients. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) provides information on GST and grants on its website taxreform.gov.au. Information  on GST and non-profit  organisations forms part of the ATO’s “Resolved Issues Document” (July 2001). Applicants and grant recipients are advised to seek further information from the ATO regarding their specific individual circumstances.

19. Why do we need to send in a Tax Invoice?

This ensures that the grant is recorded for taxation and auditing purposes by the grantor (Ecological Society of Australia) and the grantee. In addition, as all grant payments are made by EFT, this also ensures that EFT advice can refer to a Tax Invoice Number for verification and reconciliation purposes. The Tax Invoice should clearly indicate that supply of the grant is GST-free.

Obligations and Conditions

20.  What  are  my  obligations  by  submitting an    application     or    acquittal     report     to  ESA?

By submitting an application or report:

•  You certify that to the best of your knowledge the statements contained therein and any supporting documents are true.

•   You consent to  the information  being  disclosed to or by the Ecological Society of Australia for the purpose of assessing, administering and monitoring  any current or future Grant Applications.

•   You understand  that  if  the Ecological Society of Australia approves a Grant Application,  your organisation will be bound by the contents of the Grant Application to carry out the project  as described therein and in accordance with the grant conditions, timeline for completion and reporting  requirements as set out in the Ecological Society of Australia’s Letter of Approval to the successful applicant.

•   You consent to  the Ecological Society of Australia making  public  any successful Grant Applications,  including  the project description,  the name of your organisation and grant amount awarded to you.

21. What are the general grant conditions? Unless otherwise  stated,  the  Grant  Conditions  below apply to all grants associated with the Ecological Society of Australia. Those conditions are:

1.  The Grantee will use the whole of the Grant exclusively for the Project as described in the Grant Application and not for any other purpose.

2.  The Grantee will use its best endeavour to complete the Project usually within 12 months from the date or receipt of the Grant or in the case of multiple year grants as specified by the Grantor (the “Specified Period”).

3.  The  Grantee  will  promptly   advise  the  Grantor  of any material change which may affect the Grantee’s ability to undertake or complete the Project within the Specified Period.

4.  The Grantee will expend the Grant only within Australia and where specified within the particular State or Territory (with the exception of Government accredited Australian Overseas Aid Agencies).

5.  The Grantee will show the Grant separately in its books of account and keep records adequate to enable the use of grant funds to be checked readily.

6.  The Grantee will acknowledge the assistance of the Grantor in any published or display material.

7.  The Grantee will give the Grantor an annual Progress Report (in the case of multiple year grants) and a Final Report within two months of completion of the project. The Grantor will send the Grantee instructions for accessing the template report.

22. What if I need to make a significant change to a project funded by a grant?

Any proposed  material  changes to  a project  must be made in writing or by email and must be approved by the Ecological Society of Australia. Please ensure that you outline the changes proposed (timing/scope/funding)  and any reasons for the change from the originally proposed project.

For research grants, funding is provided to the institution, not to the individual researcher. Where a researcher changes institutions, the researcher must apply to have the grant transferred to the new institution.

If you are unsure of your obligations, please email us at HolsworthEndowment@ecolsoc.org.au

Privacy Statement

23. Application Privacy ?

ESA values the privacy of our members and clients and does not share any information with external organisations or persons with out permission of the applicant.

Further Assistance

24. Who can I contact if I still have a query?

If you cannot resolve your query by reference to these FAQs or our website, please email us at HolsworthEndowment@ecolsoc.org.au