Philanthropy 500 Grant

Applications Now Closed

2018 Philanthropy 500 $40,000 Grant

The Philanthropy 500 (P500) Committee is thrilled to announce that we have reached our fundraising target for 2018 with 150 passionate, engaged and community-minded P500 donors contributing $500.

Thanks to their generosity,  a transformative grant of $40,000 has been made available with applications now closed!  The $40,000 grant represents half of this year’s donations plus $2,500 interest earned from the P500 endowment fund, established in 2017. This grant will go to a community organisation supporting young people in our region.

The remaining $37,500 from this year’s donations will be invested in the P500 endowment fund. Interest earned from this fund will be added to the 2019 P500 grant, ensuring the sustainability and growth of this program.

Grant Theme

In 2018, the grant theme is youth which was established via a vote by the P500 donors.  Grant applications were sought from community organisations working either exclusively in youth services or who offer youth-based services or programs as part of their broader work within the Geelong region of City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast Shire and southern part of Golden Plains.

Grant Applications

Applications for the $40,000 grant are now closed.

Applications have been reviewed by the Grant Review Committee made up of members of the Foundation Grants Committee, P500 Committee Members and two P500 donors.  Applications were assessed in line with existing Foundation policy and grant criteria.

The three strongest applications have now been selected as the 2018 P500 shortlist.  Those organisations are Good Cycles, Barwon Child Youth & Family and Winchelsea Community House.  Information regarding the programs these organisations are seeking funding for can be found here.

Representatives from the three shortlisted organisations will pitch their application to donors at our Grant Recipient Celebration on the 21st November. The organisation with the most donor votes will be announced on the night and receive the $40,000 grant to support young people.

Organisations will need to comply with the following requirements:

  • Grant applicants must be endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient 1 (DGR1).
  • Registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) with current and up-to-date reporting on the ACNC register.
  • Provide an ABN.
  • Provide services within the City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast Shire and southern part of Golden Plains.

This grant will be for activity that does not require ongoing financial support from the Foundation.

Grant Application Instructions

Download the 2018 Philanthropy 500 Grant Application in PDF format.

Download the 2018 Philanthropy 500 Grant Application in Word format.

Your grant application can be completed digitally, saved, printed and attached to other relevant information required as detailed.  Please contact Gail Rodgers if you have any problems completing the application form.


Please ensure that you have read the 2018 Philanthropy 500 Grant Agreement Form.

Please ensure you have provided 5 COPIES of each of the following documents:

  • 2018 Grant Application form
  • Copy of your latest Annual Report including the accounts for the last financial year

The 5 copies of your application should be mailed to:

Geelong Community Foundation
PO Box 1,
Geelong, VIC 3220

Alternatively they may be hand-delivered to:

Crowe Horwath
Level 1, 200 Malop Street
Geelong, VIC 3220

Applications for the 2018 Philanthropy 500 Grant of $40,000 supporting young people will close on Monday 24th September 2018.

If you require any further information or would like to discuss your grant application, please contact Gail Rodgers on 5244 7831 or

P500 Background

In 2017, Philanthropy 500 was established to engage new donors who are both keen to contribute to supporting our community, and who want to experience first-hand the high impact of collective giving.

Philanthropy 500 (P500) provides a collective giving group within the Geelong Community Foundation that will make a lasting difference to the people of the Geelong region.

In 2017 we engaged 90 donors who provided $500 each.  This donation was pooled to make a $22,500 grant to Gateways Support Services and the establishment of the P500 Sub Fund within the Foundation with the other $22,500.  The P500 endowment fund provides a lasting gift to our community with the interest from this fund added to future P500 grants each year.