P500 Grant Round

Grant Opportunity

The Foundation will seek applications for the 2024 P500 grant from community organisations for activities across each of the four Foundation grant streams in early August 2024. For more information on our grant streams click here.

The grant amount will be determined prior to the program opening for applications.  Past recipients can be viewed at our P500 Giving page.

Activities must be delivered within the City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast Shire and Golden Plains Shire. Activities can be delivered over a 1 or 2 year period.

Applicants can apply for grants that support organisational activity, new and existing program delivery, new and existing projects and capacity building initiatives. Grant funding can be used for operational, salary and capital expenditure, or a combination of these. Grant funding cannot be used for expenses that have already been incurred.

Grant eligibility requirements

  • Grant applicants must be endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient 1 (DGR1) or have a confirmed auspice arrangement with an organisation that has DGR1.
  • Grant Applicants (or confirmed auspice organisation) must be registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) with current and up-to-date reporting on the ACNC register.
  • Only small and medium sized organisation with an annual revenue of under $3 million (excluding income for capital projects) are eligible to apply.
  • Previous recipients of the P500 grant are not eligible to apply.
  • Shortlisted applicants from the 2023 P500 program are not eligible to apply.
  • The grant application must be for the delivery of an activity within the City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast Shire and Golden Plains Shire.
  • Applications must be submitted for the full grant amount with only one grant available.

Grant Assessment

Grant Applications will be reviewed by the P500 Grant Review Panel. The panel consists of members of the Foundation’s Grants Committee, P500 Committee Members and P500 donors.  Applications will be assessed in line with the Foundation’s grant criteria and scoring matrix.

The three strongest applications will be shortlisted to pitch their application to donors at the P500 Pitch and Vote Night. Shortlisted organisations will be informed mid October.

The P500 Pitch and Vote Night will be held on 14 November 2024 at Geelong West Town Hall. At this event, donors will vote for their preferred application. The organisation with the most donor votes will be announced on the night and will receive the grant to deliver their activity in our community.

The other shortlisted applicants will have the opportunity for their application to be rolled into the Foundation’s 2025-26 Main Grant Round that will open for applications in December 2024, with funding provided in June 2025.

Key Dates

  • Applications open Monday 12 August 2024
  • Applications close 11:59pm Monday 16 September 2024
  • Shortlisted organisations will be notified of outcome Monday 15 October 2024
  • Shortlisted organisations will be supported to prepare for the Pitch and Vote Night – mid October- mid November.  A video regarding your organisation will be developed as part of this process and also provided to your organisation for your own future use
  • 2024 P500 Pitch and Vote Night Thursday 14 November 2024
  • Funding provided December 2024
  • Grant delivery timeframe 1 January 2025 to 31 December 2025


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