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Purpose of our Grants

The aim of the Melbourne Women’s Foundation Grants Program is to help improve the well-being of vulnerable women and families in Metropolitan Melbourne.

We do this primarily by distributing a Signature Grant and a Nurturing Grant annually to two bold, often smaller, non-profit organisations striving to do outstanding work for the benefit of these individuals. Our membership votes for the two grant winners from among six finalists that present their organisation and proposed activity at our annual Grant Awards Celebration in November. We also provide smaller Merit Awards to our finalist runner-ups.

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

Through the collaborative nature of our submission process, we strive to help strengthen the grant-seeking capacity of the non-profits that submit an application. This includes being available to consult, listen and answer questions throughout and providing individual written feedback on unsuccessful grant submissions.

For our finalists, we deliver tailored pitch training. In the past, engagement with our finalists has resulted in MWF members contributing pro bono services to organisations and/or funding support. This is in addition to a variety of network support we provide our finalists and winners after the Grant Awards Celebration.


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 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.