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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 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.

2019 Grant Awarded
Please read our current grants as announced in July 2019 that are assisting to fund programs currently being implemented within our region.

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 in here.

2020 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


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. 2020 Grant Round Now CLOSED 2020 Grant Applicants will be notified of their status in October 2019.
Feed Geelong Grants



Provides grants of up to $5,000 to help organisations improve food supply and access to nutritional food for those most


2020 Grant Round Now CLOSED



2020 Grant Applicants will be notified of their status in October 2019.


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. 2019 Grant Round is now CLOSED. All applicants have been notified of their status and have been publicly announced. 2020 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 by October 31, 2019
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). 2019 Grant Round is now CLOSED.  All applicants have been notified of their status and have been publicly announced. 2020 Grant Round will open 2 March 2020  and close 16 April 2020.


Youth philanthropy program that provides grants ranging from $5,000 – $15,000 to organisations working on youth issues. 2018 grant focus: the causes of youth unemployment. 2018 Grants Awarded. 2020 Grant Round will open TBA.


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 panellist please view our current opportunities here.


If you have any questions about our grantmaking please contact Cynthia Scherer, Community Impact and Grants Manager.