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For over 65 years the Give Where You Live Foundation has been providing grants to reduce entrenched disadvantage and increase social and economic participation that ensures greater equity of opportunity in the wider Geelong region so that ALL people and places thrive.

Our Theory is that disadvantage is decreased when people have adequate education and learning to maintain a sustaining and sustainable job and they are not limited by a life crisis.

As a result, we provide grants in three key program areas: Education, Employment) and Life Crisis. The Foundation provides a number of different kinds of grants (in terms of size and focus) within these three programs throughout the year. The Foundation’s Grant Guidelines outline the Foundation’s entire grant-making framework which you can read via the link below under Eligibility and Grant Programs.

Grants Awarded Recently
Read our most recent Community Grants announced in June 2020 by clicking here

Read our Emergency Grants in response to the Covid-19 emergency announced in April 2020 by clicking here

Read our Community Connections Grants announced in November 2020 by clicking here 

Read our Feed Geelong Grants announced in November 2020 by clicking here


Eligibility and Grant Programs
In order to be eligible for a grant, your request must align with one of our three grant program areas and must benefit the wider Geelong region. The endorsements you hold may also impact your eligibility to apply. You can learn more about our eligibility requirements and the three program areas we accept grant applications by clicking here.


Grant Round Calendar
The Foundation manages a number of Grant Rounds throughout the year. Some relate to one of our program areas, others relate to all three program areas. Below is a calendar that highlights Grant Rounds available and their open and close dates for 2020 (while we aim to identify all grant round dates for the upcoming calendar year, dates may change slightly due to unforeseen circumstances):

Grant Round Summary Status Key Dates
Pitch Up Geelong


Are you an organisation with a big idea or a program that needs a little more support to achieve great things in the Geelong/G21 region? Are you seeking to reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on students as they transition and reconnect to education in 2021?

On Thursday, 18 March 2021 the Give Where You Live Foundation will host an opportunity to financially support 3 organisations like yours who are aligned with our Theory of Change and grant making strategy through Pitch Up Geelong.

Expressions of Interest for Pitch Up Geelong

are currently closed

Expressions of Interest are currently closed
Feed Geelong Grants


Provides grants of up to $10,000 (2020 only) to help organisations improve food supply and access to nutritional food for those most vulnerable. Feed Geelong Grant Round is currently closed Feed Geelong Grant Round is currently closed
Community Connections Grants


Provides grants of up to $10,000 to help reduce social isolation and/or support the social participation of vulnerable community members to promote resilience vulnerable.

Read more about our Community Connections Grants here 

Community Connections Grant Round is currently closed Community Connections Grant Round is currently closed
Innovation Grant Expression of Interest  Provides grants of up to $175,000 over 3 years to test, demonstrate, trial or pilot a new concept; or support the expansion or scaling up an innovative, proven pilot program. Grant Round is currently on hold while we make some adjustments to our Innovation Grants – we look forward to providing an update on the process and timeline in late 2020.
Community Grants


Provides grants to support the community service sector and includes support for service delivery (up to $30,000), organisational capacity building (up to $30,000), and capital works and equipment (up to $10,000). Community Grant Round is currently closed Community Grant Round will open in April 2021.


Grants Notification List
To receive a notification when our various Grant Rounds are open and materials (including applications) are available on the Give Where You Live Foundation website please send an email with your contact information.

Community Grant Review Panels
Engaging the community is an important part of our grant process. If you are interested in being a community grant review panelist please view our current opportunities here.


If you have any questions about our grant making please contact the Grants Team via email at or phone 5229 4364