2024 Changemaker Grants

$80,000 – Capacity Building Grant

$45,000 – Enabling Grant

Three finalist organizations will be shortlisted for each major grant. Our giving circle members will vote to select two organizations to receive the grants.

The four runners-up each receive a $10,000 Spotlight Award.

Grant focus areas

  • Employment & Economic Empowerment
  • Mental Health
  • Homelessness
  • Family Violence


Key Dates

  • Application Period
    Thursday 11 July to 6pm Friday 9 August 2024 
  • Applicants/Finalists notified
    Wednesday 25 September 2024
  • Changemaker Grants Expo
    Thursday 24 October 2024
    Finalists present at the expo
  • Finalists notified of their grant success 
    Friday 25 October 2024
  • Annual Celebration + 10th Anniversary
    Thursday 28 November


How to Apply

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Download and review the Changemaker Grants Program Guidelines and Application
It has everything you need to know about eligibility, application requirements and guidelines


Changemaker Grants Guidelines and Application Information

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Download and complete the Grant Activity Implementation, Evaluation & Budget Plan below

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Click on the ‘Apply here’ button below when you are ready to submit your application online, along with required supporting information

Apply here

By 6pm on Friday 9th August, 2024

If you need assistance or have a question about Grant Applications click the button below

Contact Grant Enquiries

Purpose of our Grants

The aim of the Melbourne Women’s Foundation Grants Program is to boost the ability of an organisation to effect change that actively improves the wellbeing of women or women with  families residing in Greater Melbourne.

We do this primarily by distributing  two Grants annually to two bold, often smaller, non-profit organisations striving to do outstanding work for the benefit of Melbourne women. 

All applications received in the granting round are rigourously assessed by the Melbourne Women’s Foundation Grants Committee.  Six finalist organisations are selected to be presented to our membership at the Changemaker Grants Expo on Thursday 24 October 2024.

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.

Grant amounts are announced in July each year when the grant round opens for applications.


2023 Grant Award Finalists


To be eligible to apply for a Melbourne Women’s Fund grant, organisations must meet these four main criteria.

Before applying, please read the Grants Guidelines within the Resources Pack


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.


The activity takes place in metropolitan Melbourne and the direct beneficiaries are: Young and/or adult women OR Young and/or adult women together with their families.
Activities that involve young and/or adult men are eligible if purposed to achieve positive outcomes for the above direct beneficiaries.

Contact the Grants Committee


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