Our Grants

Our approach

VFFF makes grants to charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Grants between $20,000 and $50,000 are available for organisations working in NSW or Queensland.

Grants above $50,000 are available for organisations working in NSW.

Every grant starts with a conversation with one of our team, to hear about your ideas and learn about your organisation – what you do, how you do it, what you want to do, and what you see as your opportunities and hurdles. We’ll spend time to understand what you are about and to see if our priorities align. If we don’t see alignment or we can’t help, we’ll tell you straight. We won’t ask you to make an application if we don’t think you will succeed. If we are aligned, we will think hard about how our funds could be most impactful to you in the pursuit of your goals. We will ask you what your most pressing needs and opportunities are and try to construct our support around what is most important to you. Most of our grants support organisations, rather than projects, so we often fund operational costs, capacity building and infrastructure, especially to enable you through critical times of transition or development. Each year, we aim for 60% of funds to support core operations and capacity building, and 75% to support work in rural and regional communities.

We encourage you to read about our grant streams, review the Guidelines and FAQs, and then call us to discuss your ideas.

Who and what we support

VFFF looks to take thoughtful, bold risks on high potential organisations whose work aligns with our funding streams. We like to support organisations that are forward-looking and ready to take ambitious steps to bring their ideas to fruition. We back new ways of thinking and working and aim to support highly catalytic work. However, we are also willing to support organisations to keep plugging away at things that work, when it fits with our priorities.

VFFF seeks to:

  • Direct its funds into the grassroots of communities, where the causes and opportunities for change lie;
  • Support local people to drive the changes they want for their communities (community-led);
  • Connect local people with like-minded others who can support them to achieve their goals;
  • Enable communities and organisations to test new approaches to persistent issues;
  • Make investments in organisations we believe in (rather than being project-driven);
  • Support organisations at critical times of transition or development;
  • Support organisations that are unable to rely on high profile fundraising; and
  • Support cross-sector work and collaborations.

We have two funding streams. Our Thriving People and Places grants are about people and communities reaching their educational, social and economic potential and about working together to find better ways to combat persistent challenges. Our Christianity grants focus on young people having positive experiences of Christianity.

Application process

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Thriving People & Places

Thriving People & Places

Despite the efforts of dedicated people and significant investment over many years, Australia hasn't been able to 'shift the dial' in places and within groups of people where disadvantage has persisted for decades.

Our Thriving People & Places funding stream is our way of acknowledging and acting on our learning that new ways of operating are needed, working alongside those experiencing the challenges, so everyone in Australia can fully participate in education and work and build the future they envisage.

The diagram below articulates how VFFF sees its contribution to building thriving communities – both among people and in places. We acknowledge there are many other elements of thriving communities that intersect with those detailed here, however our funds are directed to:

Working together on new approaches

These grants are about moving beyond the traditional approach to social services that sees funding for programs awarded to individual organisations to work on individual issues. This includes collaborations and systems-change initiatives.

Learning & education

These grants recognise the importance of learning opportunities in building the life you want to have.

Jobs & economic development

These grants are about the power of a job and an economy with opportunities for work and enterprise.

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Examples of the kinds of projects funded include:

Working together on new approaches

  • Centre for Policy Development, Cites and Cities Program – towards developing an integrated service delivery model that will equip Australian cities to more effectively deliver employment and settlement services for refugees ($600,000 over three years).
  • Sugarvalley Neighbourhood Centre – to employ a regional grant writer to support fundraising for a collective of 12 neighbourhood centres in the Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie and Barrington areas ($23,560 over 12 months).
  • Logan Together – towards engaging all parts of the community in tackling systemic problems of place-based disadvantage, to close the gap in rates of healthy child development in Logan by 2025 ($692,016 over three years).
  • First Steps Count Foundation – towards the construction and operational set-up of a unique integrated child and community centre in Taree NSW, building on the strength of existing services and community ties ($1,650,000 over two years).

Learning & education

  • Country Universities Centre – towards employing academic mentors across six regional centres to support students in academic engagement and success ($520,049 over three years).
  • Girls & Boys Brigade – to build fundraising capacity and culture, allowing the organisation to continue to offer holistic services for families and children in the area ($426,000 over three years).
  • Royal Far West – towards the Kids in Parkes initiative, a community-led response to improve health and education outcomes for children in the Parkes Shire ($376,582 over two years).

Jobs & economic development

  • Byron Region Community College – towards Sourdough Business Pathways, supporting entrepreneurs to stimulate existing and new businesses and drive economic development to ensure the region’s future prosperity ($415,000 over three years).
  • The Social Outfit – towards organisational development, enabling TSO to focus on providing employment, training and social inclusion programs to the refugee and new migrant community ($130,000 over 12 months).
  • Community Resources – for key leadership positions to consolidate five years of high growth and ensure a strong future of the organisation, which is home to multiple social enterprises that provide work to people facing barriers to employment ($335,485 over three years).
  • Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development – towards core costs of resettling migrants with employment in regional areas ($305,000 over two years).

 

Christianity

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