Grant Criteria and Process

Victorian Refugee and Immigrant Women

The 2018 grant round has now closed.

On Thursday, 19 July, 2018 the MWF awarded a $100,ooo Signature Grant to Herspace and a $30,000 Nurturing Grant to Safe Futures.

Read here about the 2018 Grant Award finalist organisations

The Aims and Objectives 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 & families in the greater Melbourne area, and
      • align with our broader mission of improving the health, education & 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 affect positive change for women and families.
    • To consider capacity building grants to help organisations grow their work.
    • To consider co-funding with other philanthropic funders.

Our grants fit our mission, vision and purpose and align with the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation’s guidelines, see

Grant Application Guidelines

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.

Grants are provided for projects and programs delivered within greater metropolitan Melbourne only. Each grant winner is to spend their funding within 12 months of receipt.

We will be revisiting our Grant Application Guidelines prior to opening our 2018/19 grant round.

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).

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.

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.

How much can I apply for?

An eligible organisation can apply for one of our two grants: the Nurturing Grant or the Signature Grant. We determine the amounts of these two grants annually based on the total donations received from our members 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. While we haven’t finalised the exact dates for the 2018/19 grant round, the approximate schedule is:

  • Late November/early December: Eligible organisations will be invited to submit a short EOI.
  • Late February: Shortlisted organisations will be invited to submit a Full Application.
  • 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: the six finalists will present their project at our annual members’ voting event.

Late submissions are not accepted.

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.
  • The total amount awarded annually depends on the total value of member donations received by June 30th.
  • 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
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