Responsive grants program

About

Granting principles

Each year, Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation receives and evaluates grants applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations seeking assistance for initiatives which contribute to improving quality of life for those experiencing disadvantage and to address important social issues and challenges.

The Foundation's approach to grantmaking is reflected in the following funding principles:
 

Increase life opportunities

Support projects and programs which work to increase life opportunities and overcome barriers for participation.


Promote social inclusion and cohesion

Support projects, programs or organisations which actively promote social inclusion and cohesion.
 

Community Engagement

Support projects, programs and organisations that encourage community engagement.
 

Engage beyond grants

Leverage our grantmaking, when appropriate, with other tools for change.
 

Knowledge creation and dissemination

Promote and encourage knowledge creation and dissemination through our work, both as an organisation and as a partner.
 

Transparency and Accountability

Work transparently and responsibly across all of our operations.
 

Sustainability

Sustainability of the activity following the conclusion of the grant will be taken into consideration when assessing grants.
 

Balanced Giving

Work to achieve a balance in our granting between addressing immediate needs and investing in projects and organisations that support long-term social change.

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Grant types and key dates

2017/2018 Responsive Grant Rounds
 
Exploration Grants  CLOSED
Innovation Grants CLOSED
Thrive Grants Open December 2017
Eldon and Anne Foote Donor Advised Grants CLOSED

Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation 2017/2018 Responsive Grants Program is arranged into four key grant types: Exploration, Innovation, Thrive, and the Eldon and Anne Foote Trust Donor Advised Program.

The Foundation also makes Signature and Proactive Grants. These are initiated by the Foundation to respond to specific issues of particular interest or concern to the Foundation and form part of our Catalytic Grants Program.

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Standard conditions and reporting

Grant Agreement

Successful applicants are required to sign a Grant Agreement which outlines the Foundation’s requirements.
 

Reports and Acquittals

Reports and financial acquittals are a standard requirement for all grants.

 

  • Progress and Final Report forms are emailed to grant recipients one month prior to the submission date
  • Satisfactory progress reports are required for all multi-year grants before subsequent instalments can be paid
  • A final report on your project outcomes and expenditure is due within three months of project completion

    We appreciate photographs of your project (via email, USB or CD) for possible inclusion on our website or annual report (please note that photographs that feature faces require permission from all individuals or their guardians).

If you have any queries, please contact us or call us on 03 9633 0021.

Grant Amendments

You are required to contact the Foundation with any changes to your project, including key personnel, project scope, timeline, expected outcomes and outputs.
 

Communicating Outcomes

A key part of the Foundation’s work is the dissemination of the outcomes of its grants. This may be as a case study on our website or in one of our newsletters. If your application is chosen as a case study you are welcome to use it as a promotional tool. Grant partners are encouraged to use the Foundation’s logo on public documents relating to the project however they must not use the Foundation’s name or logo without the written permission of the Foundation’s Graphic Designer or Digital Marketing and Content Manager.
 

Acknowledging the Foundation

Grantees are welcome to acknowledge our support. A .png or .eps format of our logo is available on request. Please contact the Marketing and Communications Team for a copy of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Style Guide and Brand Pack for further detail.

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Grant application flowchart

  1. CHECK ELIGIBILITY AND EXCLUSIONS
  2. SELECT IMPACT AREA
  3. SELECT GRANT TYPE
  4. CONTACT US TO DISCUSS YOUR APPLICATION
  5. SUBMIT APPLICATION
  6. RECEIVE EMAIL CONFIRMING RECEIPT OF APPLICATION
  7. APPLICATION ASSESSED BY LORD MAYOR'S CHARITABLE FOUNDATION STAFF AND EXPERT GRANTS ADVISORY PANEL
  8. APPLICATION CONSIDERED BY LORD MAYOR'S CHARITABLE FOUNDATION BOARD
  9. RECEIVE NOTIFICATION OF APPLICATION OUTCOME 
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Eligibility

Impact Area alignment

To be eligible to apply for a grant, you must 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.
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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).

Helpful hint: a copy of the organisation’s entry on the ABR Register is not be considered sufficient evidence of tax endorsement status.

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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.
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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.
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Eligibility summary table

Please refer to each grant page for detailed information, this table is for quick reference only.
 
Grant Type Impact Areas Tax Status Location
Exploration Grants TCC, DGR1 Australian charities registered or operating in Victoria, especially but not limited to Greater Melbourne. 

Projects should indicate if there is potential national impact.
Innovation Grants TCC Australian charities, especially those operating in Victoria, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory. Projects with potential for national impact are preferred.
TCC, DGR1 Australian charities registered or operating in Victoria, especially but not limited to Greater Melbourne. 
Thrive Grants TCC, DGR1 Australian charities registered or operating in Victoria, especially Greater Melbourne.
Eldon & Anne Foote Trust Donor Advised Grants TCC Eligible Australian charities based or operating in Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland or Norfolk Island are preferred
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