Philanthropy 500 Grant

2019 Applications Now Closed

Fundraising for the 2019 Philanthropy 500 (P500) Grant has ended with the grant amount to be offered of $52,500.

The grant represents half of this year’s donations from 181 donors, $45,250, plus the $7,250 interest earned from the P500 endowment fund, established in 2017. This grant will go to a community organisation providing family support in our region.

The remaining 50% from this year’s donations, $45,250, will be invested in the P500 endowment fund. Interest earned from this fund will be added to every P500 grant round, ensuring the sustainability and growth of this program.

Grant Theme

The 2019 grant theme is family support, this was established with a vote by the 2018 P500 donors. We are now seeking grant applications from community organisations working either exclusively in family support or offering family support 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 the southern part of Golden Plains.

Grant Applications

Applications for the 2019 grant of $52,500 are now open and will close Monday 16 September.

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

The three strongest applications will be selected as the 2019 P500 shortlist.  Representatives from the three shortlisted organisations will pitch their application to donors at our Grant Recipient Celebration on Tuesday 12th November 2019. The organisation with the most donor votes will be announced on the night and receive the $52,500 grant to support families.

Grant applicant 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

Link to the online grant application for the 2019 P500 grant is here.

An income and expense budget will be required to support your application.  The template can be downloaded here.

Please ensure you have read the 2019 Philanthropy 500 Grant Agreement Form.

Your grant application will completed online.  We recommend that you complete the application in word and cut and paste into the online format.  Please ensure the email address you use in your application is correct as a link to you saved grant application and a PDF of your final submitted application will be sent to this email address.  If this email address is entered incorrectly, we will be unable to recover your application. Please contact Gail Rodgers if you have any problems completing the application form.

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.

In 2018, we secured 150 donors providing a grant of $40,000 which included $2,500 interest earned on the P500 endowment fund which commenced in 2017.  An additional $37,500 was also added to the P500 endowment fund.  Interest from this fund will be added to the P500 grant annually.  The three shortlisted organisations in 2018 were Good Cycles, Barwon Child Youth & Family and Winchelsea Community House.  Information regarding the programs these organisations sought funding for can be found here.

Good Cycles was the successful grant recipient in 2018.