Late Application Policy

We try to set a deadline that is fair for all applicants. Usually this will be in the middle of the week, so that CBF staff and volunteers can begin processing and assessing as soon as possible, and in the middle of the day so that CBF team members are available to support any technical difficulties across all time zones.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their Grant Applications well in advance of the due date to allow extra time for any unexpected delays and/or time to correct any errors identified by CBF Grants Administrators.

It is unfair to all other applicants if an applicant is given an extra hour, day or week to complete their application. That is an extra hour, day or week that other applicants were not allowed to complete their applications.

The CBF may accept a late application where there are exceptional circumstances beyond the applicant’s control that meant that the deadline could not be met.

There is a two-week window of consideration after the application due date and time, during which time the CBF might consider accepting a late application. Acceptance of late applications will be made on a case-by-case basis, dependent upon the explanation provided.

The CBF will not accept any applications received beyond the window of consideration.

Note: Quick Response grants are available to support community media organisations experiencing emergencies that risk discontinued transmission or operations, or who have been provided with a time-limited opportunity. To see whether your application would be considered as a Quick Response grant see

How to lodge a late application

An applicant should contact the Grants Support Team to discuss their intention to request a late application.

Sometimes a request to lodge a late application may be required in writing to the CBF. This will be determined by the Grants Administrator responsible following the initial discussion.

For a written request, only an explanatory letter or email is needed, however the applicant may provide documentary evidence to support the exceptional circumstances. Examples of documentary evidence could include weather or news reports, medical certificates and confirmation of power outages.

While the reasons for late application submission are sometimes personal in nature, specific information about the timing and cause of the delay should be provided so an informed, objective decision can be made. This request is available only to members of the CBF Support Team who need to know (such as those with referral or review responsibilities); it is not shared with our Board, Grants Advisory Committee, Grants Assessors or other staff.

The Grants Administrator responsible will determine whether a late application will be considered and accepted.

If the request to lodge a late application is agreed with the Grants Support Team, the applicant must submit the application within the timeframe determined by the Grants Administrator.

How a late application request will be considered

The Grants Support Team will determine whether there were exceptional circumstances beyond the applicant’s control that meant that the deadline could not be met.
Examples of exceptional circumstances could include, but are not limited to:

  • Significant CBF infrastructure failures
  • Extreme weather, natural disasters or other emergency situations
  • Power outages that meant the applicant could not submit the application by the deadline; and/or
  • Death or disability of key personnel.

Examples of reasons why late applications will not be accepted:

  • Personal events
  • A very busy schedule
  • A misunderstanding of the due date and time, or a miscalculation of the time zone of the deadline
  • A lack of awareness of the grant opportunity until it is too late to prepare an application
  • Time management issues at the application organisation
  • Ongoing or non-severe health problems
  • Problems with computer systems at the applicant organisation
  • Failure to follow instructions in the application or promotional materials

No CBF team member has the authority to give permission in advance for submission of a late application. All applicants should make their best effort to meet the application due date and time.

CBF team members will investigate reports of SmartyGrants computer system issues on a case-by-case basis. If SmartyGrants confirms a computer system issue, the application will not be considered late so long as the applicant works diligently with the CBF to ensure the submission process is completed in a timely manner.

Date of approval by Board: 1 June 2018. Download CBF Late Application Policy (PDF, 666KB)

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