Grant Criteria and Process

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By invitation only in these areas of charitable interest:

Health, Education and Wellbeing benefitting women and families in greater metropolitan Melbourne

Melbourne Women’s Fund seeks to provide grant funds to organisations to whom seed funding will make a significant difference to their programs aimed at women and families. Our grants must fit our mission, vision and purpose and align with the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation’s guidelines, see www.lmcf.org.au

Objectives and Goals

    • Our aim is to fund grants in the cause areas of passion and interest to our membership that will:
      • benefit targeted groups of women & families in the greater Melbourne area, and
      • align with our broader mission of improving the health, education & wellbeing of women and families.
    • We aim to invest in projects and programs that can be sustainable and ongoing.
    • We aim to support brave and/or bold initiatives to affect positive change for women and families.
    • We will consider capacity building grants to help organisations grow their work.
    • We will consider co-funding with other philanthropic funders.

2017-2018 Grant Application Guidelines

Melbourne Women’s Fund (MWF) is a charitable fund account of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (LMCF). The Fund’s vision is to create a better life and future for women and families of Melbourne. Through our mission of promoting giving, raising awareness, investing in changes and empowering futures, MWF will engage women in the power of giving collectively.

Our overall focus areas are education, health and well-being. While we do not have a limit on the size or maturity of organisations that can apply, our preference is for smaller organisations that require seed funding to respond to critical issues facing women and families in greater metropolitan Melbourne.

Participation in our grant process is by invitation only. Organisations are recommended by our membership and fall within the specific interest areas chosen annually by our membership. The LMCF reviews the shortlisted applications and, as our trustees, approves the finalists.

The Aims of the MWF’s Grants Program

  • to fund grants in the cause areas of passion and interest to our membership that will benefit targeted groups of women and families in greater metropolitan Melbourne, and align with our broader mission of improving the education, health and wellbeing of women and families.
  • to invest in projects and programs that can be sustainable and ongoing.
  • to support brave and/or bold initiatives to emerging organisations achieving positive change for women and families.
  • to provide capacity building grants to help organisations that may not otherwise attract critical funding for their programs.
  • to consider co-funding with other philanthropic funders.

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a grant from the MWF, 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 provided for projects and programs delivered within greater metropolitan Melbourne only.

How much can I apply for?

An eligible organisation can apply for one of our two grants:

    • Signature Grant – $100,000
    • Nurturing Grant – $30,000

Organisations can apply for either the Nurturing Grant or the Signature Grant, not both.

Each grant winner is to spend their funding within 12 months of receipt.

Note: the final number and value of these grants will depend upon our members’ total donations received during the financial year.

How and when do I apply?

Our grants application process is designed to be more collaborative with organisations as they progress through the stages outlined below. This approach enables our membership to build awareness of the many organisations doing good work and to participate knowledgeably in choosing the ultimate grant winners. It also gives these organisations the opportunity to meet and start building relationships with potential supporters.

  • Late November/early December: Eligible organisations will first be invited to submit a short EOI by 6 pm Friday, 2 February 2018.
  • Late February: Shortlisted organisations will be invited to submit a Full Application by 6pm Friday, 6 April.
  • Early May: from these full applicants, we will choose six finalists—three for the Signature Grant and three for the Nurturing Grant.
  • May/June/early July: members will visit the six finalist organisations (one membership site visit per organisation) to learn more about them and their proposed project.
  • July (date TBD): the six finalists will present their project at our annual members’ voting event in July.

Late submissions will not be accepted.

The Signature and Nurturing grant winners for a grant round must wait a year before applying again. Organisations that made the final six for a year may reapply the subsequent year if invited, but not for the same project.

What documents do I need if my EOI is successful and I am invited to submit a full application?

If your EOI is successful and we invite you to submit a full application, you will need to attach the following documentation with it:

Annual Report and Financial Statements

  • URL links to your most recent Annual Report and audited financial statements. If these are not available online, please send them with your application to melbournewomensfund.grants@gmail.com

Tax Endorsement Notices

  • A copy of your organisation’s most recent Notice of Endorsement as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), Item 1
  • A copy of your organisation’s most recent Notice of Endorsement for Charity Tax Concession (TCC) (as issued by the ATO on or after 1 July 2005).

What happens if my full application is successful?

If your full application is successful, you will be among our six finalists. As a finalist, you will present your project at our annual MWF members’ voting evening in July 2018. At this event:

  • MWF members will have the opportunity to hear from successful finalists and review the list of eligible projects to fund.
  • Members will democratically vote for the project(s) they want to fund.
  • The most successful application (by number of votes) for each grant will be declared that grant’s recipient. Merit Awards may also be made.

To assist each of our six finalists in making as compelling a presentation as possible on the awards night, the MWF will assist each organisation in producing a short video about themselves. We will finance this production; the video will then be the organisation’s property to use for their own marketing purposes.

If our membership votes you the winner of either the Signature or Nurturing grant, the LMCF will prepare a Grant Agreement and Letter of Offer for you to sign and return. Once this documentation has been received, LMCF will process payment of the grant.

What are the funding conditions?

  • It is a condition of grant funding that the MWF and LMCF will be acknowledged in your relevant publications, promotional materials and media releases, in print and online.
  • Public liability insurance or any other applicable insurance category appropriate to the activities within your proposal are the responsibility of the applicant.

Is there a Grant Evaluation process?

Your organisation will be required to present a brief Interim Acquittal Report and a Final Acquittal Report, the formats of which will be made available to you. The due dates and details will be specified in your Grant Agreement.

Exclusions – Grants are not provided for the following

  • Endowment funds
  • Retrospective funding
  • Recurrent expenditure where there is no plan in place for the long-term sustainability of the project or program
  • Auspicing – the organisation applying must be the organisation undertaking the project or program.

Please note:

  • MWF grant guidelines and criteria may be subject to change based on the decisions of our Advisory Committee and a compliance review by LMCF. Any changes will be posted on this website.
  • All recommendations for funding are at the discretion of the MWF Advisory Committee and are recommended for final approval by the LMCF’s Board.
  • Should a proposal be rejected, reasons will not necessarily be provided.
  • As a Collective Giving Account of the LMCF, MWF is bound by the LMCF Privacy Policy. The LMCF collects, handles and discloses your information in accordance with their Privacy Policy which is available online at www.lmcf.org.au/privacy-policy
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