P500 Grant

2021 P500 Grant Applications are now closed

Grant Theme

We are seeking applications from community organisations working either exclusively in the area of community wellbeing or offering community wellbeing services/support 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.

The highly successful 2021 campaign has delivered a grant of $68,000.

Grant Applications

Applications for the 2021 grant will close at midnight on Tuesday 14th September 2021.

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 2021 P500 shortlist.  Representatives from the three shortlisted organisations will pitch their application to donors at our Grant Recipient Celebration in November.  The organisation with the most donor votes will be announced on the night and receive the $68,000 grant to deliver a community wellbeing initiative in our community.

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.
  • In 2021, only small and medium size organisations will be eligible to apply (annual revenue under $1 million).
  • Provide an ABN.
  • Provide services within the City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast Shire and southern part of Golden Plains.
  • Previous recipients of the P500 grant are not eligible to apply.
  • Applications must be submitted for the full grant amount of $68,000.  There is only one grant available.

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

Grant Application Instructions

The online grant application for the 2021 P500 grant can be accessed here.

An income and expense budget, narrative and project plan will be required to support your application.  The excel template is available here.

You will be required to read the 2021 P500 Grant Agreement Form to ensure you can comply with the requirements of the grant.  This form is available here.

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 copy of your final submitted application will be sent to this email address.  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, which is encouraged, please contact Gail Rodgers on 0431 059 905 or gail@geelongfoundation.org

P500 Background

2021 Grant Recipient

In 2021, we secured 237 donors @ $500 each, giving a total of $118,500, half of which is added to the P500 Endowment Fund. The interest generated in 2021 from the Endowment Fund was $9,071 which was added to the $59,250, providing a grant total of $68,000 (rounded).

As the Endowment Fund grows so the interest component will grow that is added to the grant amount each year.

The three shortlisted organisations in 2021 were;

1.   Common Ground Project
2.   Geelong Mums
3.   Geelong Youth Engagement

Information regarding these organisations can be found here

Geelong Youth Engagement was the successful grant recipient in 2021 receiving $68,000.

2020 Grant Recipient

In 2020, we secured 174 donors @ $500 each, giving a total of $87,000, half of which is added to the P500 Endowment Fund.  The interest generated in 2020 from the Endowment Fund was $2,500 which was added to the $43,500, providing a grant total of $46,000.

As the Endowment Fund grows so the interest component will grow, eventually surpassing the donated amount.

The three shortlisted organisations in 2020 were;

  1. BCYF (Bellarine Child Youth & Family)
  2. Feed Me Bellarine
  3. Hope Bereavement/Bluebird Foundation

Information regarding these organisations can be found here

Feed Me Bellarine was the successful grant recipient in 2020 receiving $46,000.  More information about the successful applicant can be found here.

2019 Grant Recipient

In 2019, we secured 180 donors @ $500 each, giving a total of $90,000, half of which is added to the P500 Endowment Fund.  The interest generated in 2019 from the Endowment Fund was $7,500 which was added to the $45,000, providing a grant total of $52,500.

As the Endowment Fund grows so the interest component will grow, eventually surpassing the donated amount.

The three shortlisted organisations in 2019 were;

  1. Shine for Kids
  2. The Sanctuary Counselling Centre
  3. Ocean Mind

Information regarding these organisations can be found here

The Sanctuary Counselling Centre was the successful grant recipient in 2019 receiving $52,500.

2018 Grant Recipient

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;

  1. Good Cycles
  2. Barwon Child Youth & Family
  3. 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 receiving $40,000

2017 Grant Recipient

In 2017, P500 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 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.

The three shortlisted organisations in 2017 were;

  1. Gateways Support Services
  2. Samaritan House
  3. Lazarus Community Centre

More information about each of the finalists is available here.

Gateways Support Services was the successful grant recipient in 2017 receiving $22,500.