RACV Community Foundation

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What are we here for?

In challenging economic times the community services RACV Community Foundation helps to fund are being called on more than ever. It's important the Foundation makes a significant contribution to the social fabric of Victoria.

  • Vision: To provide a source of philanthropic funding for Victorian charitable and community organisations in order to improve quality of life.
  • Mission: To provide funds to grassroots community service organisations that look to improve mobility in Victorian communities, with a view to enhancing social cohesion, safety, and/or environmental sustainability.

Grants of up to $20,000 help grassroots organisations – often staffed by volunteers – deliver local projects that help improve the lives of people in need across Victoria.

Since 1997 the RACV Community Foundation has approved grants of more than $3.7 million to more than 300 charities.

2016 round of grants

Thanks to all those who applied through the 2016 grant round.

The 2017 grant round will open in April, 2017.

You can join more than 800 people who make one-off donations to the Foundation every year by clicking on the Donate button on this page and following a few simple steps.

Alternatively, for donations of $5000 or more, it’s easy to establish a sub-fund within the RACV Community Foundation that will carry your name, act as a focus for your charitable work and continue to grow and last beyond a single gift.

We are a charitable fund so all donations are tax-deductible, and you can be sure your donation will make a real and positive difference.

Reasons to support the RACV Community Foundation

  • A demonstrated history of community impact across Victoria – more than 50% of all grants have been awarded to rural and regional organisations.

  • A focus on small community organisations – more than 80% of grants support organisations with annual turnovers of less than $5 million.

  • Direction and support provided by an advisory committee of RACV directors, staff and community representatives with decades of collective expertise in business and working with the non-profit sector.

  • A strong charter and rules ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation.

  • A rigorous grants approval process.

  • Qualified and experienced management and staff.

 

Read about our previous year

RACV Community Foundation Annual Review 2015

 

Find out more about our grant recipients

ReconCYCLEation Program

Freedom flows from learning how to ride a bike, and for rural kids it’s a chance to pick up useful skills and test their independence. ‘A rite of passage’

Livvi’s Place’ – Casey – Inclusive Playspace

With the assistance of a $18,500 grant from the RACV Community Foundation the first inclusive play space in Melbourne’s southeast was built in the City of Casey.

Funding Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities

A $20,000 grant from the RACV Community Foundation assisted Special Olympics Australia (Vic), Melbourne Inner East Region to enable athletes to participate in the National Games.

Enterprize Sailing

A grant of $16,510 from the RACV Community Foundation assisted the Enterprize Ship Trust to take children with disabilities, staff and translators on day trips and overnight trips (for older youth) sailing on Port Philip Bay on the Enterprize Trust Ship, a 1830s tall ship.

Contact us at foundation@racv.com.au

RACV Community Foundation manager:  Shane Austin - 03 9790 2919

Administrative assistant: Carline Allas