The year in review

The year in review

In a year of challenge and change, our grant recipients have proven their resilience, tenacity and agility in responding to community need.


Across the year we worked with our grantees with openness and flexibility to ensure they were best able to serve their beneficiary groups in the rapidly evolving context of the global pandemic.

The Response and Recovery grants program continued in FY21, an initiative of FY20 in response to the Black Summer bushfires and onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program supported organisations responding to the immediate needs posed by the pandemic, and to the longer-term needs of communities supporting bushfire recovery. 33 grants totalling $2.4m were contributed through the Response and Recovery grants program.

Through our general grants rounds we provided just over $2m across 28 projects. Organisations were supported to develop their capacity across a range of areas. More information is available in the Case Studies on the following pages of this Annual Report.

 As we continue along the journey of delivering on Helen’s legacy, we listen to sector leaders, our peers, and grantees to inform our grant making, and best deliver the Trust’s vision of Balit, noogee ba kangooeit biik – A strong, just and sustainable Victoria.