The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation (TFFF) is a Private Ancillary Fund or PAF, formerly known as a Prescribed Private Fund or PPF. It can only distribute to entities that are endorsed as Item 1 Deductible Gift Recipients (DGRs), which are also charitable. PAFs are prohibited from giving to other PAFs, ancillary funds, individuals, and political parties.

Applying organisations must also hold tax concession endorsements from the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

Applications to TFFF are by invitation only and are considered at quarterly Trustees meetings in MarchMay, August and November each year. For further information regarding the application process and closing dates see the Enquiry page.

Please contact TFFF staff on (07) 3001 4404 if you would like further information regarding eligibility.

Amount of Funding

TFFF does not consider applications for funding of less than $10,000. TFFF does support applications for funding over multiple years where relevant and appropriate.

Mission & Vision

The TFFF exists to support rural, regional and remote communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory to address the particular challenges they face due to their geographic location.

We aim to achieve this by building the capacity of communities to improve their vibrancy, connectedness, resilience, and sustainability.

We focus on initiatives that are community driven; support leadership; encourage diversity; strengthen the community sector; and involve collaboration between both private and public sector partners in the community.

We envisage a future where people in rural, regional and remote communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory are afforded a level of opportunity equal to their metropolitan counterparts.

Funding Themes

In pursuing our mission and vision, the TFFF funds in the following themes.


Supporting initiatives that:

  • Extend community exposure to, and experiences with, a variety of artistic opportunities.
  • Build the capacity of individuals and communities to access and engage with the arts in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Supporting initiatives that:

  • Aim to redress isolation, especially those targeting specific imbalances within communities.
  • Build the resilience and the capacity of communities to cope with challenging circumstances.
  • Improve wellbeing through inclusion and connectedness within and across communities.

Supporting initiatives that:

  • Demonstrate best-practice strategies to optimize early years’ learning outcomes.
  • Improve the engagement and achievement of school students using best practice frameworks.
  • Support young people to develop their aspirations for further education and career pathways.
  • Develop and support educators in community through professional development, peer networks and whole-of-school approaches.


  • Political projects, parties, lobby groups
  • Sporting related events
  • Cost of fundraising for an event or organisation
  • Travel and accommodation—unless they directly relate to the provision of services in regional, rural and remote communities
  • Medical research
  • Vehicles, including buses
  • Buildings and capital projects
  • Endowment funds
  • Individuals
  • TFFF cannot fund schools directly.