The following guidelines offer information to assist grant seekers in determining whether their request is compatible with the funding priorities of VFFF.

We recommend that all organisations considering applying to VFFF contact our team on (02) 9291 2727 before completing the application.

Funding themes

VFFF considers requests under four themes, seeking to support organisations whose work benefits:

  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Christianity
  • Community wellbeing

Funding priorities

Within these four themes, VFFF supports initiatives that meet specific priority outcomes for particular beneficiaries, as noted below:


Funding principles

Within these priorities, VFFF seeks to support projects and organisations whose work is:

  • Preventative in focus
  • Catalytic in nature
  • Capacity building

VFFF particularly seeks to support organisations that are unable to rely on high profile fundraising. As such, an important part of our assessment is whether the activity is likely to be funded through other sources (i.e. Government, corporate, community or other).

VFFF also takes into account whether an organisation:

  • has sufficient capacity to carry out the proposed activity
  • has other financial support or will leverage VFFF support to obtain further funding
  • uses innovative or groundbreaking concepts or methodologies
  • collaborates with others in their field
  • is committed to evaluation and dissemination, with a view to replication
  • will be able to sustain results into the future.


Charitable status
VFFF considers requests from organisations registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). VFFF does not make grants to auspiced entities. Auspicing is the practice whereby an organisation applies for funding through another organisation which is a registered charity.

Geographical focus
VFFF makes distributions within Australia, with priority given to those in NSW, remote areas of northern Australia or, in some cases, to national level programs.

Organisations based outside NSW should contact VFFF before submitting an application for funding.

Funding conditions
With a few exceptions, VFFF does not provide ongoing funding or make grants that constitute the sole funding of an initiative. VFFF does not consider applications for grants of less than $20,000.

VFFF does not provide funding for the following*:

  • Generic public fundraising appeals
  • Capital or endowment funds established to provide a corpus for institutions
  • Conferences, seminars, forums, festivals and workshops
  • Emergency requests or disaster appeals
  • Individuals (including travel and accommodation costs)
  • Projects which obviously duplicate existing services
  • Political projects and/or lobby groups
  • Fundraising costs

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*VFFF reserves the right, from time to time, to approve initiatives within the exclusions list, at the discretion of Directors.

Latest Grants

  • Desert Pea Media
    $132,000 towards Ngemba Ngurra: Light of the Ngemba people - a series of four music-based workshops over 12 months with Indigenous young people at Bourke High School
  • Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia
    $300,000 over three years towards operational costs to promote the importance of primary industries among students and teachers
  • St Francis Social Services
    $340,000 over three years for The Humanitarian Hub - an Alliance between four agencies to build volunteering capacity to meet the needs of people seeking asylum
  • Weave Youth & Community Services
    $362,965 over three years for Creating Futures Justice Project, a prison release program to reduce recidivism rates of young people in Sydney's inner South East communities
  • Bourke and District Children's Services
    $28,000 to rejuvenate the childcare outdoor play area at Bourke and District Children's Services.
  • Bowen Community Technology and Homework Centre
    $20,000 towards operational costs of the Bowen Community Technology and Homework Centre.
  • The Nawarddeken Academy
    $49,434 towards The Nawarddeken Academy - a school for Kabulwarnamyo in west Arnhem Land.
  • McLean Care
    $50,000 to establish the Northern Inland Aged Care Alliance, an initiative to build sustainable not-for-profit aged care services in regional NSW communities.
  • NewLife Anglican Church Oran Park
    $46,564 towards the employment of a kids, youth and families Pastor at NewLife Anglican Church Oran Park.
  • Philanthropy Australia
    $25,000 towards the Philanthropy Austalia and National Australia Bank matched funding program, to build the capacity of not-for-profits in impact investing.