Friday, 29 October 2021

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation has announced $12 million in grants to charitable organisations at its 98th Annual Meeting which reported on the 2020/21 financial year.

The Foundation maintained granting levels due to the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Foundation continued to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic while still addressing the big challenges of homelessness, climate change and economic inclusion. Wherever possible the Foundation supported projects that supported the capacity of the charitable sector and contributed to building back better.

The Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Catherine Brown OAM said, “With the support of our donor community, we are pleased to report that the Foundation maintained its granting levels to provide $12 million in grants to charitable organisations. I would like to thank all of our donors who have enabled us to achieve this, and especially recognise the people who left us bequests over many years. This meant we were able to respond when we were needed most.”

“Throughout the year, we have been working to support the resilience of the charitable sector by funding capacity building and resources; and recovery by funding health equity, job creation and overcoming homelessness.

“We have identified huge potential in job creation linked to clean technology transition and renewable energy, women employed in trades as well as investing in social enterprise.”

The Foundation also continued its grantmaking program for its four priority Impact Areas, providing grants across:


  • Education & Employment $1.712 million

  • Environment & Sustainability $2.011 million

  • Healthy & Resilient Communities $1.787 million

  • Homelessness & Affordable Housing $2.272 million

  • Inspiring Philanthropy $1.488 million

“As we begin to recover from the pandemic, we believe that everyone should have an opportunity to participate in and enjoy a more sustainable, healthy and inclusive future.

“We look forward to working with our donor community and our grant and collaboration partners in the coming year,” added Dr Brown.