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Major Grants open for EOIs

We are currently taking Expressions of Interest for our Major Grants up to $400k

At this level, grants are highly competitive with only 4-5 grants annually. We seek to fund projects that meet our purpose of helping build fair, creative and resilient Victorian communities through initiatives that promote positive change.

Funding opportunities must align with our vision, purpose and values, and contribute to our long-term impact goals:

  • Building organisational capacity and sustainability
    Stronger organisations are able to deliver stronger outcomes. COVID-19 has highlighted the impacts of vulnerable business models and limited resources that hamper an organisation’s ability to deliver its mission effectively now and in the future.
  • Changing sector practice
    We seek to support solutions that have the potential to change entrenched sector practices that are no longer addressing the needs of our target beneficiaries across the Trust’s areas of interest.
  • Contributing to systems change
    In order to address the root causes of the social problems that impact the communities we choose to support, we will focus on the components and structures of the systems that drive social change.

In addition to addressing Focus areas and Impact goals, we look for an alignment of vision, purpose and values, and expect the funding opportunities to address two further key elements of our grants framework: Target beneficiaries, and Levers for change. For more information, go to our 2021-25 Grant Strategy.

Requests for projects and activities that do not align with our strategy will not be considered for funding.

Expressions of Interest are open until 12pm midday on 18 May 2021 and the form can be accessed through the Applying for a Grant section of our website.