Community support

Financial support for programs that benefit Victorians

The RACV Community Partnerships Program focuses on five areas: arts, environment and sustainability, health and wellbeing, mobility and safety, and welfare. The current partners are:

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks is RACV’s Major Community Partner.

Only 90 minutes from Melbourne, Phillip Island Nature Parks is home to one of Australia’s best known and loved natural wildlife attractions, the Penguin Parade. Nature Parks also operates three other popular attractions; the Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm and The Nobbies Centre. These four major attractions offer memorable experiences and bring visitors closer to the natural environment and Phillip Island’s unique wildlife.

The focus of the five-year RACV and Phillip Island Nature Parks partnership is the construction of the new Penguins Plus viewing platform. This eco-sensitive structure enables up-close, multi-level viewing of the Penguin Parade within a natural environment.

Penguins Plus is now open to the public, and RACV members will be able to enjoy it and all Phillip Island Nature Park's other attractions at a special member price.

Visit the Phillip Island Nature Parks website for more information.

Melbourne Vixens/Netball Victoria

RACV is the Premier Partner of the Melbourne Vixens and Netball Victoria. Celebrating 85 years, Netball Victoria is a non-for-profit organisation responsible for the management and development of the sport of netball across Victoria.

The Melbourne Vixens were launched in 2008 and participated in the ANZ Championship (Trans-Tasman Netball League) from 2008-16 and currently play in the Suncorp Super Netball League (2017).

A leader within the sport, the Melbourne Vixens have claimed the ANZ Championship trophy twice in competition history, winning in 2009 and 2014.

The Melbourne Vixens have a strong partnership with the Victorian Institute of Sport, the leading provider of high performance sports programs for talented athletes in Victoria, enabling them to achieve national and international success in netball.

RACV members receive a 10% discount on all Melbourne Vixens memberships and tickets.  

For more information on the Melbourne Vixens visit https://melbournevixens.com.au/

For more information on Netball Victoria visit http://vic.netball.com.au/

Melbourne Recital Centre

RACV and Melbourne Recital Centre have partnered to deliver the RACV Music for Victoria program. This exciting and diverse program is being presented between 2016 and 2018 in at least five regional Victorian centres and will reach thousands of Victorians.

RACV members will also enjoy exclusive offers at Melbourne Recital Centre, and RACV’s network of shops, resorts and RACV Club will be involved in the regional program and the Melbourne Recital Centre’s wider events calendar.

Melbourne Recital Centre is an acclaimed music venue showcasing the best music, artists and ensembles from around the world at two world-class auditoriums. To discover more, visit Melbourne Recital Centre’s website.

You can get a taste of what you can experience at the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Best Place to Hear, in this video.

Wildlife Victoria

RACV and Wildlife Victoria have partnered to deliver RACV Wild Bytes – Stories From Your Backyard, a series of 21 events designed to reconnect people with wildlife and their environment.

The events will highlight the species found in Victoria’s backyards, tips for living with wildlife, driving safely when wlidlife is around and the importance of biodiversity.

They will be delivered in 2016, 2017 and 2018 across five metropolitan regions and four regional centres.

Wildlife Victoria provides an essential service to the people of Victoria on behalf of the state, ensuring wildlife in need of care is provided with the most appropriate management.

Visit Wildlife Victoria for more information.

To report a wildlife emergency click here or call 1300 094 535.

Travellers Aid Australia

RACV is funding the Community Travel Training (CTT) program, an initiative by Travellers Aid Australia (TAA), an organisation that for 100 years has been providing simple, practical transport-related support and aid to help people travel independently, confidently and safely.

The Community Travel Training (CTT) program will help meet a growing demand for customised travel training information sessions, particularly in regional areas. It will involve sessions across Victoria and also the training of new volunteers for the existing Medical Companion Service (MCS).

See Travellers Aid Australia for more information.

FareShare

RACV is the founding partner of the FareShare Kitchen Garden program.

The first FareShare Kitchen Garden is in Abbotsford, providing a diverse crop of high-yield vegetables such as zucchini, pumpkin, eggplant, broccoli, capsicum and cauliflower. The aim is to produce more than a tonne of vegetables each month.

FareShare started in 2001 baking pies for homeless people, and today produces more than a million nutritious meals for the homeless and hungry each year. The meals are provided free to hundreds of charities operating food banks, soup vans, crisis care and other welfare services.

See FareShare for more information.

Landcare Australia

For more than 25 years Landcare Australia has supported the Landcare movement’s role of protecting, restoring and sustaining the productivity and value of our natural environment. Landcare Australia works collaboratively with federal, state and local governments, corporate partners, sponsors and individuals to deliver hundreds of projects annually through the volunteer efforts of community groups, indigenous groups, and more than 5400 Landcare and Coastcare groups across Australia. Landcare’s vision is for all Australians to actively care for the land and water that sustain us.

RACV and Landcare Australia have partnered to deliver the RACV Goldfields Landcare In Action program: seven environmental projects close to the RACV Goldfields Resort covering revegetation, weed removal, riparian protection, soil testing, educational workshops, community events and upgrades to infrastructure and equipment.

Visit Landcare Australia for more information.

Partnerships are reviewed annually. Applications for 2016 are now closed.

For more details contact Rory Sackville, Community Programs Co-ordinator, on (03) 9790 2995.

Minor sponsorships

RACV provides financial and in-kind assistance to many local charitable and non-profit community organisations and groups.

Minor sponsorships are worth up to $2000.

Sponsorships may be considered for events, organisations, programs and activities, and should demonstrate a good fit with RACV’s values in one or more of the following areas:

  • Arts and leisure
  • Community development
  • Environment
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Mobility and safety
  • Welfare

Applications will be processed within a month of submission.

For details about RACV’s Minor Sponsorship Program, please download our guidelines below. If you have further queries, contact the Community Programs Co-ordinator on (03) 9790 2995 or communityprograms@racv.com.au.

Please note: Applications can be submitted all year. If your proposal is for a specific activity or event, please submit the application at least a month before the event.

2016-17 Minor Sponsorship Program guidelines

RACV Sir Edmund Herring Memorial Scholarship

The RACV Sir Edmund Herring Memorial Scholarship supports projects to prevent road trauma and improve the quality of care given to road trauma victims.

The scholarship has been awarded annually since 1983 in memory of the late Sir Edmund Herring, a former Lieutenant Governor of Victoria and RACV Patron for 34 years.

Applicants must be health professionals working in Victoria, and the successful applicant(s) will receive up to $58,000 to undertake their specified project.

Previously funded projects include the trial of speech pathology tests to better identify high-level communication problems in brain injury patients, and the development of guidelines for returning to driving following a traumatic brain injury.

Applications for the 2016 scholarship are now closed

For more information about the scholarship program, please contact Rory Sackville, Community Programs co-ordinator, on 03 9790 2995.

For information on previous Sir Edmund Herring winners, see royalauto.com.au.

RACV member volunteer program

RACV provides members with volunteering opportunities through our community partnerships, sponsorships and activities.

We have ongoing member volunteering opportunities with Phillip Island Nature Parks and FareShare.

Volunteering Victoria

RACV is a member of Volunteering Victoria, the state's peak body for involving volunteers in community projects. Volunteering Victoria works for a collaborative, sustainable, thriving volunteering community and movement in Victoria.

Visit Volunteering Victoria for more details.

Staff volunteer program

The RACV staff volunteer program provides practical support to the community.

RACV staff volunteers have taken part in activities such as:

Member volunteering terms and conditions