At a glance

Foote Trust Donor Advised Grants
27 February - 26 March 2023
17 April - 14 May 2023
Late June 2023
Enquiries must be submitted via the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Grant Enquiry Form to be considered.


In 2000, Mr Eldon Foote and his wife Anne established the Eldon & Anne Foote Trust with the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. Mr Foote was a successful Canadian lawyer, entrepreneur, and businessman and later, a very generous philanthropist.

At the age of 43, Mr Foote left behind his successful legal career and moved to Australia to begin his own business in consumer cleaning and hair products. He built this into an international operation, with a particular focus on Japan.

In May 2004, Mr Foote passed away, but he had provided for further distributions of funds to the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation through the Eldon & Anne Foote Trust, making him the largest donor to the Foundation.

Today, grants are made in many areas of interest as specified in the Foote Trust Deed of Gift. This includes grants from Mrs Foote’s donor advised fund. Under the Deed, the Board of the Foundation has the overall responsibility for final grant-making decisions.

The Foundation recognises Mr Foote’s exceptional philanthropic spirit. His gift has enabled the Foundation to have a greater impact on community needs through grant-making, and through inspiring others to also become philanthropists.

Appplication process

The Eldon & Anne Foote Donor Advised grant round is an invitation-based round. All enquiries received are reviewed, and those selected are then invited to submit a full application.

Final recommendations are then submitted to the Foundation’s Board for approval, after which all applications will be notified of the outcome.


How to apply

Enquiries must be submitted via the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Grant Enquiry Form by 26 March 2023 to be considered. 

Please send any questions to Alex Balsillie, Program Coordinator.