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 when the grants round opens for applications
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 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 Grant Awards Celebration.
MWF grants are reviewed by 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.