Thrive grants

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At a glance

$20,000 to $40,000 per year, 1-3 years.
Organisations can request up to an additional $10,000 for small infrastructure requirements that will help achieve the objectives of the nominated project.
Friday 1 December 2017
Thursday 25 January 2018
May 2018
Education & Employment, Environment & Sustainability, Healthy & Resilient Communities and Homelessness & Affordable Housing
Australian charities registered or operating in Victoria, especially Greater Melbourne.


Thrive Grants support organisational capacity building, and acknowledges the importance of smaller, grass-roots charitable organisations, supporting them to do what they do.

Areas of Interest

Thrive Grants are available to organisations working in one of the Foundation's four key Impact Areas: Education & EmploymentEnvironment & SustainabilityHealthy & Resilient Communities and Homelessness & Affordable Housing.

Within the Education & Employment and Healthy & Resilient Communities Impact Areas, the Foundation has a specific focus on two age groups: young people (12-25 years) and older people (55 years+). 

When applying for a Thrive Grant under either of these two Impact Areas, organisations must ensure that their project is working within one of these two age groups.

Thrive Grants are provided for the following areas of support that will demonstrably improve the ability of the organisation to achieve its mission. Applicants must select the organisational capacity area (listed below) that they will focus on.

Leadership Capacity
  • Clarify or share vision and values
  • Enhance decision making
  • Board governance
  • CEO development

Management Capacity
  • Staff development
  • Operational planning
  • Knowledge management
  • Financial planning and management
  • Human Resource planning and management
Operational Capacity
  • Core operating support
  • Fundraising or marketing
  • Communications
  • Information Technology
  • Management of legal issues
Change Management Capacity
  • Partnership development
  • Program development
  • Organisational learning
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Strategic planning

This grant round will open on Friday 1 December 2017. Updated program information will be available late November.

How to Apply

Annual Income
Thrive Grants are available to organisations with an annual revenue of $3 million or less, who are working in one of the Foundation's four Impact Areas.

Tax Endorsements
To apply for a Thrive Grant, an organisation must be endorsed 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, and as a Tax Concession Charity (TCC).

Grants are generally provided for projects delivered in the Greater Melbourne area.

Before submitting an application, please ensure that you have read the guidelines and spoken with one of our Program Managers.

Learn More

Responsive Grants Program