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.

Our goal in the first year of this program was to engage 100 people who provide $500 each.  This donation would be pooled to make a $25,000 grant to one local charity of the group’s choosing, and to establish a $25,000 endowment fund in the group’s name. The P500 endowment fund provides a lasting gift to our community with the interest from this fund to be added to future P500 grants each year.

Grant Theme

In 2017, the inaugural grant will focus on making a valuable impact on community wellbeing in the Geelong region of City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast Shire and southern part of Golden Plains.

Grant Applications

The P500 program has been successful in engaging with 90 donors so the value of the grant for 2017 which will be awarded to one organisation will be $22,500.

Applications are now closed.

Applications will be reviewed by the Foundation Grants Committee along with members of the P500 Committee. Three organisations will be shortlisted and the Foundation will then provide support for the development of a three minute video for each of the three organisations, highlighting key aspects of the grant application.

At the P500 Grant Evening on Friday 17th November, the three organisation’s videos, plus a three minute pitch from an organisation representative, will be presented to the P500 donors. At the conclusion of the presentations, the P500 donors will vote on their preferred project. Votes will be counted and the successful applicant will be announced on the night.

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 2017 Philanthropy Grant Application in PDF format.

Download the 2017 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 ensure that you have read the 2017 Philanthropy 500 Grant Agreement Form.

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

  • 2017 Grant Application form
  • Copy of your Deductible Gift Recipient Notice of Endorsement
  • Organisation brochure (if applicable)
  • 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 2017 Philanthropy 500 Grant Program close Friday 22 September 2017. If you require any further information, please contact Gail Rodgers on 5244 7831 or