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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.

Grants Focus Areas 

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

Key Dates

Applications open: Thursday 11 July 2024
Applications close: 6pm, Friday 9 August 2024

Changemaker Grants Expo: Thursday 24 October 2024
Six grant finalist organisations present at the expo

Finalists notified of their grant success : Friday 25 October 2024

Changemaker Grant finalists are voted by Melbourne Women’s Foundation members with successful applicants notified 25 October 2024.

2023 Grant Finalists

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
Use this form to outline the details of your grant application, activities, how you will evaluate the activities & impact and budgeting

Grant Activity, Implementation, Evaluation and Budget Plan

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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

By 6pm on Friday 9th August, 2024

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

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 grants round opens for applications


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


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 Greater 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.