2021 Grants

Our grant focus areas for 2021 are Homelessness, Family Violence, and Employment & Economic Empowerment.

Our 2021 Signature grant will be $75,000 and our Nurturing Grant will be $35,000

This year we have introduced an Expression of Interest stage that opened on 5 July and closed 6pm Friday 30 July. 

NOTE: This is a new extended close date to account for the impact of the COVID lockdown

We are currently evaluating the submissions received during the EOI stage. 

To assist in preparing EOI responses, download the EOI Form Template HERE, and view our How to Prepare a Strong EOI Webinar HERE

Outcomes will be notified on 19 August 2021, and shortlisted applicants will be invited to complete a full application by 3 September 2021. A full application will require the submission of an Activity Implementation, Evaluation and Budget Plan which you can view HERE. Note this plan is for information only and is not required for the EOI stage. 

Purpose of our Grants

The aim of the Melbourne Women’s Fund Grants Program is to help improve the well-being of vulnerable women and families in Metropolitan Melbourne.

We do this primarily by distributing a Signature Grant and a Nurturing Grant annually to two bold, often smaller, non-profit organisations striving to do outstanding work for the benefit of these individuals. Our membership votes for the two grant winners from among six finalists that present their organisation and proposed activity at our annual Grant Awards Celebration in November. We also provide smaller Merit Awards to our finalist runner-ups.

As we are a giving circle, our grant amounts are dependent entirely on the funds we receive from our members by 30 June each year.

Grant amounts are announced in July each year at the opening of the Expressions of Interest stage.

Through the collaborative nature of our submission process, we strive to help strengthen the grant-seeking capacity of the non-profits that submit an application. This includes: providing a webinar in best-practice grant application preparation; being available to consult, listen and answer questions throughout; and providing individual written feedback on unsuccessful grant submissions.   

For our finalists, we deliver tailored pitch training. We also work flexibly with each finalist organisation to arrange a site visit or other engagement activity so MWF members can see their work first-hand. In the past, engagement with our finalists has resulted in MWF members contributing pro bono services to organisations and/or funding support. This is in addition to a variety of network support we provide our finalists and winners after the Awards Night

MWF grants are reviewed by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer and approved by its Board.


To be eligible to apply for a Melbourne Women’s Fund grant, organisations must meet these four main criteria.

Before applying, please read the Grants Guidelines HERE


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).


Be up-to-date in its reporting to the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC).

Previous Year Finalists

Organisations cannot be a MWF Finalist or Grant Recipient from the previous year. Note: Recipients & finalists from previous years that are not from the immediate past year ARE eligible to apply again.


The activity takes place in metropolitan Melbourne and the direct beneficiaries are: Young and/or adult women OR Young and/or adult women together with their families.
Activities that involve young and/or adult men are eligible if purposed to achieve positive outcomes for the above direct beneficiaries.

Melbourne Women’s Fund is a Charitable Fund Account of Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

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