Eligibility and Exclusions

Please note that to be eligible to apply for a grant you must be able to demonstrate that your application aligns with one or more of the categories within the Impact Area you are applying under. Impact Areas are community issues, which the Foundation regards as a priority.

Your organisation must be endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC) and, depending on the grant program, a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) as covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. This will be clearly stated on our website information for each grant program in 2016/17.

Evidence of these endorsements must be attached to your online application:

  • A copy of the organisation’s most recent Notice of Endorsement as a Deductible Gift Recipient as issued by the ATO; and
  • A copy of the organisation’s Notice of Endorsement for Charity Tax Concessions (as issued by the ATO on or after 1 July 2005).

Please note that a copy of the organisation’s entry on the ABR Register will not be considered sufficient evidence of tax endorsement status.

Grants are generally provided for projects delivered in the Greater Melbourne area in line with provisions in the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund Act, however some grants are made in other regions of Australia based on requests by the Foundation’s charitable fund account holders.

If you are unsure of your organisation’s eligibility, please contact the Grants team on 03 9633 0021.


Grants are not provided for:

  • Clinical research projects;

  • Endowment funds;

  • Retrospective funding;

  • Auspicing - the organisation applying must be the organisation undertaking the project or program.