Thrive grants

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Thrive Grants

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.
Education & Employment, Healthy & Resilient Communities, Homelessness & Affordable Housing, and Environment & Sustainability.
Australian charities registered or operating in Victoria, especially Greater Melbourne.



Thrive Grants Program supports organisational capacity building and acknowledges the importance of smaller, grass-roots charitable organisations, supporting them to do what they do better in the Foundation's Impact Areas.

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 & Cohesive Communities Impact Areas, the Foundation has a specific focus on two age groups: young people (8-28 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:

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
  • Communications
  • Information Technology
  • Management of legal issues
Change Management Capacity
  • Partnership development
  • Program development
  • Organisational learning
  • Program evaluation and monitoring
  • Strategic planning

This grant round will open in late 2017. Updated program information will be available shortly.

How to Apply

Annual Income
Thrive Grants are available to organisations with an annual revenue of $5 million or less.

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).

Applications for the Thrive grants can be accepted from eligible Australian charities endorsed as Deductible Gift recipients, which are registered or operating in Victoria, especially Greater Melbourne. These are funded from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund.

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

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

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