Types of Grants


The 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.

Thrive Grants are available to organisations with an annual revenue of $5M or less, who are working in one of the Foundation's four key Impact Areas Education & Employment, Healthy & Cohesive Communities, Homelessness & Affordable Housing, and Sustainable Melbourne.

Within the Education & Employment and Healthy & Cohesive Communities Impact Areas, the Foundation has a specific focus on two age groups: Youth (8-28 years) and Older Australians (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.

Grants of $20,000 to $40,000 per year are available for between 1-3 years. Organisations may also request up to an additional $10,000 to support any small infrastructure requirements (computers/hardware/software, furniture and refurbishments, cameras and monitoring equipment, and/or leasing of equipment, including office equipment) which will assist with meeting the objectives of the organisation's capacity building project.

Thrive Grants are provided for the following areas of support that will demonstrably improve the ability of the organisation to achieve its mission:

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

  • Staff development
  • Operational planning
  • Knowledge management
  • Financial planning and management
  • Human Resource planning and management

  • Core operating support
  • Fundraising
  • Communications
  • Information Technology
  • Management of legal issues

  • Partnership development
  • Program development
  • Organisational learning
  • Program evaluation and monitoring
  • Strategic planning


To be eligible 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.

Before applying for a Thrive Grant, please ensure you have read the Thrive Grant Guidelines and spoken with one of our Program Managers.

Thrive Grant Application Dates


Open Date Monday 12 December 2016
Closing Date Friday 27 January 2017
Applicants notified April 2017

How to Apply

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation is currently implementing a new online Grants Management System. As this system will not be available for the 2016/2017 Thrive Grant Round, please complete the Word version of the application form, and email with the required attachments (outlined in the Thrive Grant Guidelines) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the due date of 5pm, Friday 27 January 2017. Please note that the word limits as specified in the application form must be adhered to.

Download Essential Thrive Grant Application Documents