General Information for Grant Applicants

The Australian Institute of Quarrying Education Foundation is a charitable tax-exempt organization that was created in 1982 to raise and manage funds to provide grants for quarrying and related industries training and education for those involved in the industry. 

Persons or organizations seeking funds from the Foundation are required to complete an application using the application form on this website, or in a similar format, and provide sufficient information to enable the Foundation’s Council to properly consider the request and to assess the benefits that are expected to flow to the industry.

In reaching a decision, the Council takes into consideration the education level at which the initiative is set and the number of people who could reasonably be expected to benefit from its outcome. 

It is important for applicants to understand that the Foundation’s charitable status is held conditional on the benefits derived from the use of its funds being available to all in the industry and not be confined to particular individuals or organizations.

As the amount of money available is restricted to the earnings on the Foundation’s capital and the outcome of its annual auction it may not be possible to provide funds for all requests in a particular year.  The Foundation prepares its budget in April each year for the following July to June financial year.  It is therefore recommended that potential applicants advise the Foundation Secretary of their proposed grant applications by the end of March.  

The Foundation’s Council considers formal requests as they are received by the Secretary.  Applicants can expect a response within a month of submission of applications.  The Foundation’s Councilors reserves the right to not enter into discussion regarding decisions made on funding applications.

Please refer to the Foundation’s Secretary if further information is required regarding the completion of an application.

General conditions for submissions for AIQEF Educational Grants

Submissions for financial support will be dealt with by the Education Foundation provided that they:-

  • are made in the format approved by the AIQEF, using the one available for downloading on this website, or similar;
  • are for projects that are substantially educational and clearly aimed at benefiting a range of people engaged in the extractive and related industries;
  • include all relevant criteria essential for the success of the project’s outcome have been addressed, including budgets and revenues; and
  • have full disclosure of all interested parties.

Projects funded by the AIQEF must:

  • have a feedback facility provided by the successful applicant;
  • be cost-effective with clearly identifiable learning objects/outcomes and may be for capital support (i.e. resource development) and/or operating  support (i.e. seminar/workshop fixed costs);
  • be capable of being completed in a timely fashion and not be open-ended;
  • have outcomes that are to be consistent with current national extractives industry training package goals;
  • be broadly based, and provides a long-term benefit to the extractive and related industries; and
  • not bring the AIQEF into disrepute and must identify hazards and minimise risks associated with both development and delivery.

Projects may be a joint venture with other individuals or organisations.

The AIQEF will deliberate on all submissions made to it, and in its sole discretion, determine the outcome of that deliberation (including requiring additional information from the applicant).

All requests for additional information shall be made by, and replies channeled through, the Secretary of the AIQEF.

The AIQEF will communicate its decision on any request to the submission’s proponent.  Each successful application will be allocated an approval number for use in all subsequent correspondence.

It is a condition of all AIQEF grants that there must be clear and prominent acknowledgement of the AIQEF having made the grant, be it on the publication, in the resource or programs publicity and during the programs delivery.  

A copy of the AIQEF logo can be obtained from the AIQEF Secretary.

The AIQEF may cede its ownership (or part ownership) of a product to a successful applicant in which case the successful applicant shall be the sole arbiter of commercial delivery from that point onwards, provided however that the applicant maintain adequate records of the product benefits which the AIQEF may request from time to time.

Where a successful applicant has been granted intellectual property rights from the AIQEF, it may enter a joint ownership arrangement or allocate funds to best advantage. 
Such successful applicant will develop a register of ceded projects and may license individuals or organisations at any time, place or manner to deliver the product without necessarily utilising the developer of the product (though protocol demands that developer be given first right of refusal).

All educational courses/workshops/training delivered on behalf of the successful applicant must have been “vetted” by a suitable qualified review panel for quality of education content, delivery and for relevance to current technical applications.