The Victorian Women's Benevolent Trust has conducted an annual grants program since 1985. In 27 years we have raised over 3.5 million for more than 400 grants that invest in positive social change.
Investing in women and girls makes great sense
The Joyce Thorpe Nicholson Fund was named in honour of Joyce because of the enormous effort she put into the Trust's early fundraising. The interest earned on this Fund is distributed annually as General Grants. Joyce passed away early in 2011. We honour her lifelong commitment to women and girls.
Every year, thanks to those who donate to our work through this Fund, we are able to support creative and inspiring projects that improve conditions for women and girls across Victoria.
You can be part of this positive and powerful capacity to give and make a difference! You can donate to the Victorian Women's Benevolent Trust annual grants round online, over the phone, in person or by mail.
Every donation helps create a better world for women & girls.
We also have a suite of Sub-Funds, which are aimed at specific issues for women.
You can donate online to any of the funds listed or contact us
Con Irwin Sub-Fund Tackling discrimination, violence, and inequality of educational opportunity.
Essie Burbridge Sub-Fund Building bridges between European, Middle Eastern and Asian cultures.
Johnstone Gumption Sub-Fund For intiatives that engage women as active citizens, harness women's experience and wisdom, and support indigenous health literacy.
The Prue Myer Sub-Fund Supports projects for immigrant, refugee and other disadvantaged girls and young women to provide mentoring, improved educational outcomes and engagement in political life.
Grants Summary here
The Joan Hudson Sub-Fund Supporting projects that provide community assistance for mothers and their children, respite care for mothers of children with high need disability and practical support for young women from disadvantaged backgrounds to access educational opportunities.
Grants Summary here
The Jean McCaughey Sub-Fund Funds projects that relate to women in the areas of homelessness, poverty and family wellbeing, and strengthening local communities.
The Moira Rayner Fund for Equal Opportunity To help women take action to protect their rights.
You can also directly help our work by:
Making a Bequest
A bequest to the Trust ensures that the Trust's work will continue into the future. Find out more
Starting a Sub Fund
You can start a named Sub-Fund. In order to generate adequate interest for grant making, a minimum endowment of $100,000 is required. Find out more