What is an in-kind contribution?
An in-kind contribution is a contribution of a good or a service other than money.
Some examples include:
- voluntary labour (for example, painting work)
- donated goods (for example, kitchen equipment)
- donated services (for example, professional advice from an architect)
How do you calculate your in-kind contribution?
The calculation of your in-kind contribution is based on your best estimates.
The following figures may help guide you:
- calculate volunteer general labour at $20 per hour
- calculate volunteer specialist labour (for example, engineer or architect) at $45 per hour
- calculate donated goods at the price you would pay for them if they were not donated
Example of how to calculate your in-kind contribution
|Goods/service to be provided||Organisation/Supplier||Number of Hours||Rate per hour|
|Architectural drawings||Smith Consulting||10||$45||$450|
|Labour to paint the new community hall – 5 people||Members of XYZ community organisation||10||$20||$200|
|Donation of new kitchen equipment||Commercial Kitchens Ltd||n/a||n/a||$4000|
Do you need to provide evidence of in-kind contributions?
In-kind contribution calculations
If you have in-kind contributions that count towards your organisation’s funding contribution for an activity, you may be asked to outline in-kind contributions as part of your application:
- as part of budget proposed in the application form (all applications)
- as a completed In-Kind Contributions Worksheet submitted with your application form (requested only for funding categories where minimum matched contributions apply, such as community infrastructure)
To help you with evidence of in-kind contributions, download the
In-kind contributions received
You do not need to submit written records of in-kind contributions received for your activity. However, it is your organisation’s responsibility to keep written records (e.g. letter of donations or receipts) of the in-kind support committed or received. These records should be available upon request by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship.
Reviewed 30 August 2019