2018 Grant Applications Now Closed

Geelong Community Foundation grants are given annually to fund projects and programs for the benefit of the community.

It is well documented that some individuals or areas in our Region suffer from a combination of linked problems such as unemployment, low skills, low incomes, higher than average crime rates, poor health, mental health issues and family breakdown. These problems are in greater numbers in those areas identified as being more disadvantaged.

Compared with State averages in a G21 report, our Region has:

  • Lower levels of education, professional skills and training
  • Higher levels of poor physical health, such as obesity and poor diet as indicated by lower intakes of fruit and vegetables.
  • Higher levels of chronic disease, particularly in areas of identified disadvantage
  • Higher levels of depression and crime associated with violence

The Foundation’s key priority is to support programs which address these issues and impact positively upon the lives of the most disadvantaged within our community.

The Foundation will prioritise funding projects where the need is the greatest and where strategic solutions have been developed.

Funding Guidelines

Applications are invited from charitable or welfare not for profit organisations, which are either Income Tax Exempt and or endorsed as Deductible Gift Recipients.

Funding is available for grants from $1,000 to $40,000 for suitable projects and programs. There will also be two grants provided from $40,000 to $100,000.  Grants must be for projects or programs that are delivered in the Geelong region.  The Geelong region is defined by the boundaries of the City of Greater Geelong, the Borough of Queenscliffe, the Surf Coast Shire and southern part of Golden Plains Shires.

While generally the $1,000  to $40,000 grants are for a one-off activity which can be completed within 12 months and do not imply continuing support, the Foundation will consider applications for projects or programs that have a two year life span, with a maximum annual grant of $40,000 and no continuing support implied.  The two grants between $40,000 and $100,000 may be delivered over a two year period.  Please contact the Chief Executive Officer to discuss before applying.

Impact areas for our funded programs include:

  • Aged Care
  • Community Wellbeing
  • Education and Training
  • Family
  • Health
  • Heritage and Arts
  • Research and Innovation
  • Youth

Our Grants Committee will make recommendations for organisation funding at our 26 April 2018 Board Meeting after which I will advise all applicants of the outcome. Grant Agreements will be sent out for signature at the beginning of May and on their return, the grants will be paid.​

Grant Documentation