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Philanthropy Supporting Positive Social Change

For over 90 years, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation has been at the forefront of responding to community need.
Today, we continue with this tradition but also aspire to contributing to positive social change within the community.
Our work continues to evolve and is becoming more aligned with the principles of social change philanthropy.
Social change philanthropy focuses on the root causes of social, economic and environmental injustices; includes people impacted by injustices as decision-makers; and makes philanthropy more accessible and diverse. Foundations also become more accountable, transparent and response in their grantmaking.
One of the ways we plan to contribute to social change is by adopting a more targeted granting program.
We aim to provide life opportunities, promote social inclusion and cohesion, build company resources and improve quality of life within the community. Our grants program focuses on four key Impact Areas: Increasing Life Opportunities, Homelessness, Housing & Disadvantage, Community Health & Wellbeing, and Sustainable Melbourne.
The granting program continues to support small organisations requiring material aid and small infrastructure as well as through the Thrive and Basic Needs granting programs.
It also provides opportunities for innovative organisations to explore ideas and test new service models within our four key Impact Areas. With this granting approach, we will support organisations or projects that intend to facilitate real change in people facing social and economic disadvantage.
To learn more about our model of social change philanthropy, please contact our grants team on 9633 0021.


2015/2016 Grant Rounds:

Eldon and Anne Foote Donor Advised Program Grants  CLOSED
In Our Community Grants   OPEN - Applications close Fri 1 May 2015
Innovation Grants (Expression of Interest)  Applications open Mon 13 April 2015
Exploration Grants  Applications open Mon 13 April 2015
Feed Melbourne Grants  Applications open Thurs 30 April 2015
Thrive Grants  Applications open Mon 16 November 2015
Basic Needs Grants   Applications open Mon 16 November 2015