Homelessness & Affordable Housing Grants

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At a glance

Seed Innovation Scaling-up Innovation
Seed Innovation Grants: Up to $50,000, for one year
Scaling-up Innovation Grants: Up to $300,000, over two years (maximum of $150,000 per year)
10 September 2018
Friday 28 September 2018
December 2018
Australian charities registered or operating in Victoria, especially Greater Melbourne.


Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation continues to seek out innovative solutions to overcome entrenched homelessness and find new ways to develop and provide affordable housing.

Currently the Foundation’s Homelessness & Affordable Housing Impact Area focuses on two priorities:

  • Priority 1: Increasing the supply of affordable housing
  • Priority 2: Early intervention to prevent entry into and entrenchment in homelessness

Learn more about each of these priorities before applying for a grant » 

The Foundation offers two types of grants for organisations whose work aligns with one or more of the priorities of the Homelessness & Affordable Housing Impact Area: 

Seed Innovation Grants: Up to $50,000 for one year. The Foundation’s goals for these grants are to support the researching, testing or piloting of a new idea or approach. This can include:

  • Project funding to test, demonstrate, trial or pilot a new concept or idea that will lead to a service improvement or an advance in a major community issue.
  • Research funding to build understanding of an area or issue.
  • Inform program design or practice, inform policy development and philanthropic investment or identify best practice.
  • Funding to support the initial development phase of a social enterprise.

Projects funded by a Seed Innovation Grant may be considered for a Scaling-Up Innovation Grant in future years.

Scaling-up Innovation Grants: Up to $300,000 for two years (maximum of $150,000 per year). The Foundation’s goals for these grants are to support the expansion or replication of a proven innovation with the potential to be transformative on a broader community or systems level. This can include:

  • Piloting or scaling up a new service model.
  • Applying a new approach to improving service effectiveness and/or service quality.
  • Increasing impact and/or service effectiveness through sharing space or back office support, or other forms of partnership, merger or collaboration.
  • Building an understanding of an emerging issue or area through applied research.



Impact Area
Project must align with one or more of the priorities of the Homelessness & Affordable Housing Impact Area.

Tax Endorsements
Organisations must be endorsed as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC) and as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) as covered by Item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Grants are provided to Australian charities registered and operating in Victoria especially but not limited to Greater Melbourne.

Universities and Research Institutes
In addition to these general requirements, universities or research institutes must adhere to unique application requirements.

Supporting Documents

As part of the application, financial statements, tax endorsement notices, letters of support and a Project Implementation Plan, must also be submitted.

Please see the guidelines for information on the required supporting documents.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online via the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation’s Grants Portal.

Before submitting an application, please ensure that you have read the Guidelines and have spoken with a Program Manager.

Download Essential Application Documents


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