• Impact Area alignment
    To be eligible to apply for a grant, you must demonstrate that your application aligns with one or more of the outcomes within the Impact Area you are applying under.
  • Tax endorsements

    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. 

    Evidence of these endorsements must be attached to your 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: a copy of the organisation’s entry on the ABR Register is not be considered sufficient evidence of tax endorsement status.

  • Location
    Grants from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund are provided for projects delivered in Victoria, especially but not limited to Greater Melbourne.  Grants made from the Eldon & Anne Foote Trust (part of the Eldon Foote Bequest) may be made for projects delivered nationally.
  • Exclusions
    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.
  • Eligibility summary table
    Please refer to the grant page for detailed information, this table is for quick reference only.
    Grant TypeImpact AreasTax StatusLocation
    Innovation Grants
    • Inclusive, Sustainable Economy & Jobs
    TCCAustralian charities, especially those operating in Victoria, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory.
    • Healthy & Climate Resilient Communities
    • Homelessness & Affordable Housing
    TCC and DGR1Australian charities registered or operating in Victoria, especially but not limited to Greater Melbourne. 
  • Universities and Research Institutes

    Universities and research institutes are encouraged to apply for funding to appropriate Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Grant Types.

    The Foundation does not fund clinical research trials and has a preference for funding projects within universities and research institutes that have the capacity to bring transformational change to a particular sector or area of practice.

    In addition to the Foundation’s general exclusions, universities and research institutes should note the following requirements:

    • All applications from universities and research institutes must be submitted in conjunction with the appropriate central office (e.g. Research, Grants or Advancement Office). Applications received directly from individual researchers or academics will not be accepted.

    • The university or research institute registration on the Foundation’s Grants Portal must be for a contact person within the central office, as above. If your institution has multiple campuses or is national, you must identify and liaise with your appropriate central office.

    • Universities and research institutes can submit a maximum of one application per Foundation Impact Area per Grant Type. Any applications received over this limit will not be considered, and the university’s key contact will be asked to prioritise the applications for consideration.

    • Notifications of outcomes will be sent to the central office contact, as listed on the Foundation’s Grants Portal.