RACV Community Foundation

Investing in programs to make a difference in your community

The RACV Community Foundation exists to support the wellbeing of all Victorians by investing in initiatives that focus on reducing social isolation and strengthening community bonds by empowering people to get involved in a range of programs and activities. We do this through our annual grant program, where we provide successful applicants with funding between $5,000 and $150,000 for their initiative. 

Programs and initiatives

Successful grant recipients have programs and initiatives that aim to boost the confidence, skills and sense of belonging for one of the following target groups:

  • Youth 16-24 years
  • New Victorians including migrants transitioning into Victorian society
  • Older Victorians 65+ years

Applications for the 2020 Community Grant have closed. Register your interest for 2021 by filling out our online form.

  • Key dates

    Applications open:
     7 October 2019

    Applications close: 2 December 2019 at 5pm

    Grant outcomes announced: 30 April 2020

    Only successful applicants will be notified.

  • Eligibility

    Organisations need to meet the following requirements to apply for funding:

    • Endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1
    • Must be a Tax Concession Charity (TCC)

    For a full list of criteria and exclusions, see our 2020 Grant Guidelines.

Types of grants

  • Helping Hand Grant

    Funding between $5,000 and $20,000

    For organisations and projects that require efficiency, capability or operational improvements. This can include support for upgrading/replacing equipment, resources, or process improvements.

  • Scaling Up Grant

    Funding between $20,000 and $50,000

    For organisations seeking to build or demonstrate the effectiveness and impact of their programs. This can include funding a pilot test program to scale up organisational impact and/or build capacity.

  • Scaling Out Grant

    Funding between $50,000 and $150,000

    For organisations looking to expand or replicate a program to increase their impact and broaden their reach. We’re particularly interested in innovative approaches and models that have evidence of previous success.

How to apply

Choose the grant your project most aligns to and apply via SmartyGrants by clicking one of the buttons below. An itemised budget is required for all grant applications. Check out our sample budget for help.

If you need help with your application, contact our team by calling (03) 9790 2985 or sending us an email at foundation@racv.com.au

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of programs or initiatives can’t be funded?

Grant funding isn’t available for ongoing operational expenses associated with running your organisation, including salaries, rent and administration costs.

We also don’t provide grants for capital building works or any of the following:

  • Recurrent projects or activities
  • Medical research
  • Grant applications for religious or political purposes
  • Fundraising events or appeals or sponsorships (e.g. charity auctions, dinners)
  • Events (e.g. festivals, roadshows, etc.)
  • Camps
  • The purchase or lease of cars, buses, mini vans, trucks and trailers
  • Foundations that are themselves grant-making bodies, i.e. DGR Item 2
  • Retrospective funding or budget deficits
  • Applications duplicating existing programs
  • Applications under auspice
  • Multi-year funding or tranche funding
  • Government organisations
  • Recurrent funding needs such as office rental, general overheads, staffing, etc.
  • Recurrent funding for food, e.g. food banks, canteens and community kitchen replenishment
  • Programs that denigrate, exclude or offend minority community groups
  • Attendance at conferences or to fund holding a conference
  • International aid appeals
  • Programs or activities that will be run or held outside the state of Victoria
  • Transport costs, e.g. bus, Myki, fuel cards, vehicle leases and driving lessons

Will you fund pre-existing programs?

Given our focus on innovation, we don’t fund existing projects, although we may consider applications for strategic expansions of existing programs or new/innovative additions to an existing project. Please note that the Foundation does not fund retrospectively – we will not fund projects that have already started.