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2020-21 Grant Applications Open Soon

Geelong Community Foundation grants are provided annually to fund projects and programs for the benefit of the broader Geelong community.  The Foundation has been providing grants to organisations in the Geelong region since 2001.  $8.7m has been granted to date, funding a diverse range of initiatives.

The Foundation’s key priority is to support programs and projects that have been identified by organisations to address current issues and challenges in the broader Geelong region and impact positively upon the lives of the people within our community.

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

Online Application Process

Applications will be provided by organisations through the Foundation’s online grant application process.

Below you will find a link  to direct you to the online application form.  The form can be partially completed, saved and an email will be sent to provide a link to allow you to continue the application process over time.  Ensure that you enter the correct email address for the link as applications cannot be recovered where incorrect information has been entered.  We recommend that you complete your application in word and copy and paste into the application form.

For those organisations who received funding in 2019/20, an online Grant Progress Report will be required.  You will find a link to this report in Part E of the application form.

Should you experience any problems or have any questions regarding the grant program or your application, please do not hesitate in contacting Gail Rodgers on 0431 059905 or gail@geelongfoundation.org .

Key dates:

  • Applications open Monday 9th December 2019
  • Applications close Monday 17th February 2020
  • Outcome of your application will be advised w/c 4 May 2020
  • Successful applicants will be required to attend the Foundation’s Annual Grant Reception on Thursday 4th June 2020

Funding Guidelines:

Applications are invited from community organisations which are either endorsed as Deductible Gift Recipients 1 or with Income Tax Exemption as a Tax Concession Charity.  Organisations that are funded predominantly by state government, i.e. public hospitals, public schools etc., are ineligible to apply.  If you are unsure of your status, please contact us before you commence your application.

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.  Organisations can apply only once.

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.  Organisations applying for grants up to $100,000 will be required to present their case for funding at a face to face interview with members of the Foundation Grant Committee Review Panel.  Please contact the Chief Executive Officer to discuss your project before applying.

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.

Impact areas for our funded programs include:

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

Our Grant Committee will make recommendations for organisation funding to the Foundation Board at our April 2020 Board Meeting after which advice regarding the outcome of your application will be advised.  A Grant Agreement will be sent out for signature at the beginning of May and on its return, the grants will be paid.

You should familiarise yourself with the Grant Agreement Form to ensure your organisation can meet the requirements of the grant program.

Other Grant Opportunities in 2020

The $100,000 Adroit Golf Day Capital Grant will be available again in 2020 with details to follow midyear.

The Philanthropy 500 Grant will be available again in 2020 with the theme tba.  Details will be provided when the 2020 campaign launches in February.

Grant Application Form Link

Grant Documentation