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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 disadvantage and making a difference on the issues of education, employment or life crisis? Then you’ve come to the right place!

On Thursday 12 March 2020 the Give Where You Live Foundation will host and an opportunity to financially support organisations like yours that are aligned with our Theory of Change and grantmaking strategy through PITCH UP GEELONG.

PITCH UP GEELONG is a live crowdfunding event brought to you by the Give Where You Live Foundation. The event is based on the model developed by The Funding Network. The event connects people who want to make a change with the people who are doing it – you potentially!

We are currently seeking three organisations to participate in this event. We will provide the organisations selected with:

  • Pitch coaching – our professional pitch coaching will help you better articulate what you do, not only to secure funding at the event, but from other sources in the future. The training builds your story telling skills and your confidence to tell your story. This half day training will take place the week of February 3, 2020.
  • Individual support – post the pitch coaching training we will continue to work with you to hone your pitch and build your confidence to tell your story.
  • Matched funding – The Give Where You Live Foundation and its partners expect to provide at least $10,000 per participating organisation to match pledges made to you at the event. That means every dollar raised for you on the night up to at least $10,000 will be matched dollar for dollar!
  • An event – we do the work to promote the event and manage the event that will be held on 12 March 2020. At the event you will have an opportunity to connect with new donors and to maximise some of your existing donors through the offer of matched funding, helping you to raise needed funds. The event also provides exposure and an opportunity to tap into in-kind support. You simply have to show up on the night and make your pitch!

Not sure what such an event or experience might be like? Watch this episode of ABC’s Compass program which features our first PITCH UP GEELONG event conducted in partnership with The Funding Network in 2018.


Information Session
To assist potential applicants, we will be hosting a Public Information Session at the Give Where You Live Foundation offices (18 Myer Street, Geelong) on Thursday, 28 November 2:00-3:00pm.

At this session we will be sharing information about this year’s PITCH UP GEELONG event and the Expression of Interest process.

If you are interested in attending this session please RSVP via email. If you are unable to attend this session the PowerPoint presentation used at the session will be available on the website after the session.

Expression of Interest to Pitch
If you are an organisation interested in participating in 2020 PITCH UP GEELONG event, please read our 2020 PITCH UP GEELONG Guidelines and then complete the online Expression of Interest form by Wednesday 17 December 2019. 

For questions about this opportunity please contact Cynthia Scherer via email or phone (03) 5229-4364.