Our Grants

Backing the Future Grants

Round One Snapshot 

Geography: NSW only

Amount: $50,000 over 12 months to individuals

Number of grants (awarded per round): 10

Applications open: 5 August 2022

Applications close: 31 August 2022

Shortlisted candidates notified for second stage interview: By 30 September 2022

Recipients announced: November 2022

How to apply: Applications must be submitted through this LINK. The application process involves a combination of written and video responses.


Note: Our priority is for the application process to be as inclusive as possible. If the video component raises accessibility challenges for you, please call (02) 9291 2727 or email [email protected] to discuss.


VFFF hosted a Q&A webinar for round one of Backing the Future Grants in August 2022. Please see a recording of the session below. 


What is a Backing the Future grant?

Backing the Future grants award $50,000 over 12 months to individuals whose work is focused on rural and regional young people across one or more of VFFF's four focus areas: Decent Work, Caring for the Environment, Contributing to Society and Exploring Christian Faith and Values.

Backing the Future grants support individuals researching, piloting or accelerating early-stage ideas.

10 grants will be allocated per funding round. The two funding rounds in Year One will be:

  • August 2022 - NSW
  • February 2023 - QLD.  

Backing the Future Grant recipients will be working on projects that include or involve:

  • Innovative ideas that advance the independence, social purpose and future security of young people 
  • Testing or developing new ways of working 
  • Elevating the voices of young people 
  • Supporting rural and regional communities to drive change 
  • Work that is youth-led, co-designed or actively incorporates the voices of young people 
  • Opportunities for young people to grow personally and professionally. 
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Eligibility and Exclusions

Eligibility exclusions table

How to apply

It is strongly recommended that applicants read through the eligibility and exclusions table, application questions budget template and FAQs prior to starting their application.

Application steps:

 1. Click here

 2. Create an account

 3. Complete the eligibility quiz

 4. If eligible, complete the written and video application process

 5. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

Supporting documents

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Application process

BTF Process Diagram

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