2020 Events

Empowering Futures:

MWF’s 6th Annual Grant Awards Celebration

Tune in for MWF’s 6th Annual Grant Awards Celebration on Thursday, 16 July 6-8 PM! This year, in these exceptional circumstances, we will broadcast this event to you live via webinar. Register HERE

This exciting event is our year’s highlight – the event when our annual efforts to empower not-for-profits working to assist vulnerable women and families culminate in our members voting for the winner of our $80,000 Signature Grant and $35,000 Nurturing Grant. We’ll also be distributing Merit Awards to the runners up.

You’ll hear each of our three Signature Grant finalists (Birth for HumankindDomestic Violence Victoria and Margaret Tucker Hostel for Girls) and each of our three Nurturing Grant finalists (Family Access NetworkHousing for the Aged Action Group and Self Help Addiction Resource Centre) present their organisation and the program for which they are seeking funding. Then we’ll turn the evening over to our members to vote for the winner in each category.

We welcome non-members to attend. This is a great opportunity to learn about these fantastic organisations and the special impact our giving circle makes. Please feel free to share the registration link with your friends and colleagues. The more the merrier!

You can find further information on our finalist organisations and their proposed programs below.

ALL REGISTRANTS (including members) will receive a link for the webinar on 15 July, and again on the morning of 16 July, with instructions about how to log in.

MEMBERS will also receive a separate email the week of July 6 that explains the voting process. We’ll be conducting the voting via Survey Monkey (not Slido), so the process is likely familiar to many of you.

For any queries prior to the evening, please contact MWF Executive Officer Christine Darcas at christine.darcas@melbournewomensfund.org

Special thanks to our event sponsors – Bendigo Elwood Community Bank and Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation!

MWF’s Virtual Grants Information Evening Thursday, 18 June

On Thursday, 18 June we conducted our Grants Information Evening. This event is a highlight of the MWF year and an important feature of our grants process. And, for the first time, we conducted it virtually!

Grants Committee members presented information about our three finalists for our $80,000 Signature Grant and three finalists for our $35,000 Nurturing Grant, plus their proposed programs. Additionally, we heard from our 2019 Signature Grant winner (Lighthouse Foundation) and Nurturing Grant winner (Scarf).

To see the recorded event, click on the below slide.

To just see the slides, click HERE.

Our 2020 Finalists

To see a summary of each organisation and their proposed project, click HERE.


Only fully financial members can vote to award MWF’s Signature Grant and Nurturing Grant to the above deserving organisations at our 6th Annual Grants Award Celebration on Thursday, 16 July. To join or renew, please click here.

In Virtual Conversation with Jo Cavanagh OAM

On Friday, 22 May, the MWF conducted its first virtual event: ‘In Virtual Conversation’ with Jo Cavanagh OAM. Jo brought her in-depth experience in the community sector and as former CEO of Family Life to this presentation about MWF’s 2020 grant focus areas: Family Violence, Homelessness and Older Women’s Issues. She also discussed how COVID-19 has made women’s needs in these areas even more acute, plus her thinking for the future and how we can collaborate to solve these crucial issues.

See her slide presentation below and/or listen to the event here.

Our sincere thanks to MWF member Simone Clancy of Yellowfin for enabling us to deliver our ‘In Virtual Conversation with Jo Cavanagh’ and Virtual Grants Information Evening!

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