The RACV Community Foundation is a grant-making charity that provides funding to not-for-profit groups focused on reducing social isolation for Victorians. Since the RACV Community Foundation was founded in 1997, we have provided over $5.1 million to 500 Victorian charities and community groups.
Communities play a critical role in providing a safety net and support network for Victorians and as such we seek to fund programs that target Victorians who are experiencing loneliness. We are interested in initiatives that help to build new skills and create a sense of belonging and purpose with others in their communities.
The Foundation’s funding is targeted towards 3 areas of focus:
- Youth (16 – 24 years): Providing support to programs that aim to help young people build confidence, skills, belong and thrive.
- New Victorians (including migrants transitioning into Victorian society): Providing support to programs that recognise and celebrate diversity by welcoming all new Victorians, supporting the transition into society and exchange with resident Victorians in the community.
- Older Victorians (~65+years): Providing support to programs that enrich and improve the lives of older Victorians by building a sense of confidence, belonging and purpose through social support.
The principles that guide our approach to funding are:
- Early intervention
- Support in transition
Effective early intervention works to reduce risk factors and prevent problems occurring, or to tackle them head-on when they do, before problems get worse. It also helps foster personal strength and skills that help prepare members of the community and support better outcomes.