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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/G21 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: Live and Learn (education), Live and Earn (employment) and Survive and Thrive (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 and can be found here.

Grants Awarded
Learn about our most recent Community Grants as announced in June 2020 by clicking here

Learn about our Emergency Grants in response to the Covid19 emergency announced in April 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 Geelong/G21 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
Community Connections Grants

Grant Round Opening Tuesday 11 August

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

Read more about our Community Connections Grants here 


You can download the Community Connections Grant Guidelines here so you’re ready to submit your application when the round opens

Register here to attend a grant applicants Information Session that will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 18 August at 12 pm – 1 pm.

Community Connections Grant Round opens Tuesday 11 August and closes Thursday 10 September 2020. 

Grant application links will be available here during those dates

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 now CLOSED. All applicants have been notified of their status and grants awarded have been publicly announced. 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.
Feed Geelong Grants Provides grants of up to $5,000 to help organisations improve food supply and access to nutritional food for those most vulnerable.


Grant Round Now CLOSED. All applicants have been notified of their status and grants awarded have been publicly announced. Feed Geelong Grant Round will open 25 August and close 24 September 2020.  Applications will be available from the Feed Geelong website during these dates.


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).


Grant Round is now CLOSED. All applicants have been advised of their status and grants awarded have been publicly announced. 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 grantmaking please contact the Grants Team via email at grants@givewehereyoulive.com.au or phone 5229 4364