Purpose of our Grants

The aim of the Melbourne Women’s Fund Grants Program is to help improve the well-being of 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 project at our annual Grant Awards Celebration in July. 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.

Through the collaborative nature of our submission process, we strive to help strengthen the grant-seeking capacity of the non-profits we invite to 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 one-on-one pitch training. We also conduct a site visit to each organisation so members can see their work first-hand. In the past, engagement with our finalists has resulted in members contributing pro bono services to these 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. 

Participation in our grants process is by invitation only. However, if you know of, or represent, an organisation working for the benefit of vulnerable women and families in Melbourne that meets the following eligibility requirements, please contact us by clicking here.

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 criteria.

Deductible Gift Recipient

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.

Invitation Only

Receive an invitation from the Melbourne Womens' Fund to put forward an application.

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